Creating a Summer Mood with Seasonal Home Scents

Paul Smith Daydreamer Candle & Diffuser

Summer is the season of warmth, relaxation, and vibrant energy. The use of seasonal scents is one of the most effective ways to make your home feel more like summer. Fragrances have the power to create memories and feelings, transporting you to tropical beaches, lush gardens, or tranquil lakeside settings. Here are some tips and scent suggestions to help you create the perfect summer mood in your home.

1. Choose Light and Fresh Scents

Summer is all about light, fresh, and invigorating scents. Heavy, musky fragrances can feel overwhelming in the heat, so opt for lighter alternatives. Here are some popular summer scents:

  • Citrus: Lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit provide a zesty and refreshing aroma that can energize your space.
  • Herbal: Mint, basil, and eucalyptus bring a cooling effect, perfect for hot summer days.
  • Floral: Jasmine, gardenia, and lavender add a touch of elegance and serenity to your home.
  • Fruity: Pineapple, mango, and coconut evoke tropical vibes, making you feel like you’re on a beach vacation.
Paul Smith Daydreamer Candle & Diffuser - That September Muse

2. Incorporate Scented Candles and Diffusers

Scented candles and diffusers are excellent ways to disperse delightful aromas around your home.

  • Candles: Place candles in common areas like the living room or dining table to create a welcoming ambiance. Paul Smith’s Daydreamer luxury scented candle has fragrance notes of verbena, clary sage, lavender, and hay. It smells like a summer holiday like no other!
  • Diffusers: Essential oil diffusers are a great way to maintain a consistent fragrance. For a breezy blend, try mixing citrus oils with a dash of mint or lavender. My recent favorite is Paul Smith’s Sunseeker luxury diffuser, inspired by the designer’s summer trips to Italy and his home in the Tuscan countryside. It is made with natural bergamot, mandarin, and basil to conjure the memory of evenings spent eating al fresco in the summer. This diffuser complements the Daydreamer candle so well!
Paul Smith Daydreamer Candle &  Sunseeker Diffuser
Seasonal scents from Paul Smith

3. Make Your own Summer Potpourri

Making your own potpourri is a fun and simple way to add natural summer scents to your house. This is a basic recipe:

Ingredients include dried citrus peels (lemon, orange), dried flowers (rose, lavender), herbs (mint, rosemary), and essential oils (optional). Instructions: Place the dried ingredients in a bowl and add a few drops of essential oil. Mix thoroughly and place in decorative dishes around your home.

4. Use Fresh Flowers and Herbs

Bringing fresh flowers and herbs into your home not only provides a lovely visual aspect, but also fills the space with natural fragrances. Consider the following options:

  • Flowers: Arrange bouquets of summer blooms like sunflowers, daisies, and peonies in vases.
  • Herbs: Place potted herbs like basil, mint, and rosemary in your kitchen or living areas. These can also be used in cooking, adding both aroma and flavor to your meals.

5. Create a Scented Linen Spray

A scented linen spray can make your home smell refreshing and inviting. Here’s how to create one:

  • Ingredients include distilled water, vodka (or witch hazel), and essential oils (lavender, lemon, and eucalyptus). 
  • Instructions: Fill a spray bottle with distilled water, a tablespoon of vodka or witch hazel, and 10-15 drops of essential oil. Shake thoroughly and lightly spray over linens, drapes, and furniture.

6. Embrace Seasonal Incense

Incense may provide a rich, scented atmosphere in your home. Choose summer-inspired scents such as sandalwood, jasmine, or tropical fruit mixes. Make sure to burn incense in well-ventilated spaces and according to safety guidelines.

7. Experiment with Simmer Pots

Simmer pots are an excellent way to infuse your home with natural aroma. Here’s a summer simmer-pot recipe:

  • Ingredients: Slices of lemon and orange, a handful of fresh herbs (mint and rosemary), and a few drops of essential oils (optional).
  • Instructions: Fill a pot with water, then add the ingredients and bring to a simmer. Allow it to slowly simmer over low heat, adding water as required.

8. Seasonal Scent Combinations

Experimenting with scent combinations can create unique and inviting aromas. Here are a few ideas:

  • Citrus and Mint: Energizing and refreshing, perfect for mornings.
  • Lavender and Lemon: Calming and uplifting, great for relaxation.
  • Coconut and Pineapple: Tropical and sweet, ideal for summer parties.


By incorporating these seasonal scents into your home, you can create an appealing and inviting summer mood. Whether through candles, diffusers, fresh flowers, or DIY projects, the right fragrances can transform your space and enhance your summer experience. Enjoy experimenting with different scents and find the ideal blend that brings the essence of summer into your home.

Until next time, Ashh xo

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own and unbiased.

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