Beating the heat doesn’t always mean poolside lounging or tropical canopies. Sometimes—it’s about creating an atmosphere. To enter this state of mind while at home, you can create a luxurious spa-like experience. Start with opening a chilled bottle of Bonterra Chardonnay made with organic grapes. Next, turn on some light music to set the mood. And finally, bring in the relaxing power of scent. You may have a grandmother who used to always have something aromatic simmering in the kitchen—and there was a reason for this—she was creating a stovetop potpourri infusion. To get you started with some creative scent combinations, we’ve made a list of some of our favorites. Invite the scent of summer into your home and let the relaxation and rejuvenation begin.
We might not actually be in Provence, France, but we can dream, can’t we? With this classic combination of lemon and lavender, you’re sure to be instantly transported. Peaceful and awakening, this balanced mix will energize a summer scent experience, any day of the week.
Orange Rosemary Thyme
The sweet citrus scent and aromatic spice of herbs will inspire a certain mood. We like to think this one is ideal at the end of a long day just before that early evening bubble bath. As dusk turns to night, let the tranquility take you away.
Pine Cedar Berries (or berry blossoms)
Have you ever walked through the forest in the summer and taken in that mix of sweet, earthy, woodsy air? It’s called forest bathing—and it’s a serene way to relax in the heat. Thankfully, you can recreate that scent in the comfort of your own home.
Coffee Cinnamon Sage
Sometimes it’s not all about feeling zenned out and maybe you need a little invigoration. This one is wonderful any time of year, but during those times of a slow and lethargic summer mood, it’s sure to liven you up!
Summer is in full bloom, which means summer blossoms are in full bounty! Dip your nose in the petals of this mystical mixture and take in that sweet, heavenly smell. Is there any combination more ethereal than jasmine and rose?
Lemongrass Ginger Lime
Yes, these might also be fantastic ingredients to make a Thai chicken salad, but they are also incredibly strong scents that, when combined, create a clean, revitalizing aroma. Ideal for early morning or midday, this combination is a must-do.
The next time you’re looking to inspire a mood and arouse the senses in your home—go to your local farmers’ market or wander the aisles of the produce section. Pick out some of your favorite edible aromas to simmer while you sip on that chilled glass of Bonterra Chardonnay!
- Add your scent mix ingredients into a large saucepan with 2 quarts of water.
- Bring the water and ingredients to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer! As the water evaporates throughout the day, continue to add water.