5 ways to make your home smell nicer

27th July 2015

Aromas can be incredibly evocative, and the scents we choose for our homes can reveal a lot about our personalities and tastes. But if your home is smelling less than fresh, worry not – I’ve rounded up a few ways that will help to make your home smell fantastic.

1. Clean your home

In today’s fast-paced world, we often don’t have much time to set aside for cleaning – me included. However, a deep cleaning session every once in a while can make the world of difference to the way your home smells and feels, and can create a ‘blank slate’ on which you can build your chosen aromas.

For starters, try the quick cleaning tips listed in our Lazy Person’s Guide to a Tidy Home post, and then either hire a cleaner to give your home a once over, or up tools yourself (and enlist the help of friends and family, if you can!) to give everywhere a good scrubbing.

If you use homemade cleaning solutions with ingredients like fresh lavender, vanilla and citrus, then you’ll not only be getting rid of any stale smells, but also instantly infusing your home with a delicious scent.

Wendy at Moral Fibres offers a range of fantastic recipes for natural cleaning products that feature a mixture of vinegar and essential oils – cheap, cheerful, and delightfully scented!

“You can make your own homemade cleaning products quite easily and cheaply, that are as effective as any shop bought chemical cleaner, so I’ve got a host of recipes here for your kitchen and bathroom, and for doing laundry and the dishes,” says Wendy. “They’ll soon have your house sparkling!”


2. Work on your sofa

Whether you have a fabric or leather sofa, it’s important to keep it smelling great. The sofa is generally the key piece in any room, so working on making it smell nice will make a big difference to the way that your room smells overall.

You could use a leather cleaner on a leather sofa to spruce it up, or even add a couple of capfuls of your favourite fabric conditioner to a bucket of warm water and use the solution to clean the furniture. For a fabric sofa, you could use the same fabric conditioner solution, but put it in a spray bottle and create a fine mist so that your sofa doesn’t get too damp.

If your sofa features any wooden parts, polish them with a beeswax cleaning product – some are available with orange oil, which smells absolutely fabulous. Products like this can also come in handy for cleaning coffee tables and bookcases, creating a fantastic scent.

3. Make cakes and coffee

The classic scents that are said to help sell houses are baking and the scent of fresh coffee, and it’s not hard to see why these smells have become so popular. There are artificial versions of these fragrances available, but in my opinion there is nothing quite like the real thing – and baking and brewing have the added benefit of a treat for you when they’re ready, too!

4. Make your own carpet deodoriser

To make your carpets – and therefore, your whole home – smell gorgeous, all you need is a couple of ingredients and a vacuum cleaner. Add an essential oil of your choice to some baking powder, then sprinkle the solution onto your carpets and leave for ten minutes (I recommend a cup of tea while you wait). Now all that’s left is to vacuum up the powder, and your home will smell lovely.

The essential oil you choose depends entirely on your taste – I personally like lavender or vanilla, but citrus would be great for spring, and cinnamon would add a festive feel to the air at Christmas time.

5. Make your own pot pourri

Creating your own dried pot pourri means that you can choose your very favourite scents and experiment with various combinations. Try drying slices of citrus fruits or apple, add pine cones or dried leaves or flowers, and spruce up with a few drops of essential oils.

For a quicker burst of scent, make simmering pot pourri by adding cinnamon sticks, vanilla essence and orange peel – or whichever ingredients you prefer – to a saucepan and cover with water before bringing to a simmer. Your home will soon be filled with delicious aromas.


There are plenty of ways to make your home smell fantastic, and it needn’t cost the Earth or take all day. With a little ingenuity, you can create your own air fresheners at home.

Have fun!

*Please note that this post contains sponsored content*

SmartSun Wristbands

1st July 2015

Hi all! Just a quick one from me today to share an awesome summertime product that I was recently sent for review.

Now the weather’s heating up I thought it’d be the best time to talk to you about SmartSun, a site that talks all about how to stay safe in the sun and the brand that produced the awesome SmartSun Wristbands I was lucky enough to test out earlier this week.

We all know how hard it is to remember to reapply SPF throughout the day when the sun is shining but popping some on in the morning isn’t enough – you’d be surprised how quickly you need to reapply when it’s as hot as it is this week! This is where the SmartSun Wristbands come in – just wear one while you’re in the sun and it’ll turn beige when you need to reapply SPF, and pink when it’s time to stay out of the sun.


I tested mine out yesterday and I was surprised how quickly my band turned beige – I definitely wouldn’t have reapplied SPF for another hour or so, so it was a really handy guide to help keep me safe from too much sun exposure.

These bands would be a fantastic idea if you’re heading to the beach or on holiday, or even if you’re heading to a festival where you might be too preoccupied to remember to reapply your sun screen. You can order the product through Amazon and it’s just £4.99 for 5 bands.

For more information about SmartSun head to their website, Facebook page or Twitter.

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Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask

9th January 2015

Origins Drink Up Mask

I’m a dry-skinned gal and, lately, a dehydrated skin gal too, so I was super excited to find myself opening a tube of this lovely stuff on the morning of my birthday. I’m a big fan of face masks but I find a lot of them dry my skin out further, so I’d had my eye on this one for a long time.

I always find the Christmas period quite disruptive to my skincare routine. Eating rubbish food, staying up later than usual, forgetting to drink enough water and bombarding my face with tonnes of new beauty products meant it was really in need of a little pick me up. Enter, the Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask – the perfect thing to rehydrate your sad, winter skin.

This applies like a pretty standard face mask, it’s white with a lotion-like consistency and smells absolutely gorgeous, just like apricots. I left this on for a little over the suggested ten minutes and then rinsed my face as usual. I noticed straight away that my skin felt suppler and much more hydrated – usually after a face mask I have to moisturise quickly to stop my skin drying out but my skin already felt lovely and plumped up after using this. Fast forward a few days and I still noticed the effects – even my pesky dry as the desert forehead is in tact!

I’ve read a few times that just wiping off the excess and leaving this on overnight is a great intensive treatment (although you could always buy the overnight version if you so wished!), so I’m planning on trying that out soon. I’ve used this three times so far and each time I’ve loved the way my skin feels afterwards – I haven’t had any breakouts at all and this definitely has a place at the top of my face mask basket.

If you like the look of this one you can purchase it from Boots stores or online for £23.

Have you tried the Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask before? If so, what did you think? If not, would you like to?

A Birthday Trip to London!

7th January 2015


London TripI turned 27 a few weeks ago and my mum planned a lovely surprise weekend in London to celebrate! I had no idea what we were doing until a few days before so I was pretty overwhelmed and excited when I finally found out all the amazing things she’d planned for us to do!

Our first stop was to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour, which I’ve been desperate to go to for months now. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan (obviously, who isn’t?!) and it was fantastic, even better than I’d imagined. I’ll be reviewing the tour in full over on my book blog, if anyone’s interested!

After that we headed into London and made our way to Portobello Road (via a taxi, where the driver kept telling us how many women get raped by taxi drivers in London…unnerving, to say the least! Seriously, wtf?!) to the Electric Cinema. It’s absolutely stunning in there and you can choose between a leather armchair, sofa or bed – we opted for armchairs and, man, are they comfortable! Each comes with a side table, lamp, foot rest and cashmere blanket to keep you warm during the film. We saw the last Hobbit movie and it was fantastic – even better because of our amazing surroundings! After that we popped into the Electric Diner (just next door) for a hefty burger and chips, then headed back to our hotel in Notting Hill.


Electric Cinema

Enjoying a butterbeer in the snow // the Electric Diner // the Electric Cinema

The next morning we made our way to Hyde Park to visit Winter Wonderland. I’d never been and as my birthday’s the week before Christmas we thought it’d be the perfect way to get into the festivities! It was great to wander around Winter Wonderland before it got busy and I warmed myself up with an amazing mulled cider. We also hit the Magical Ice Kingdom, which is filled with incredible ice sculptures!

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Next up was a quick stop off at Trafalgar Square to ogle the huuuuge Christmas tree and pop into the National Gallery. My favourite painting, Whistlejacket, is inside, so we had a quick look at that and a few other amazing works of art – it’s one of my favourite galleries in the world and I don’t get to visit too often so it was hard to tear myself away!National Gallery

Our last stop was to the Ice Bar, where we were cloaked in huge capes and sipped on fruity cocktails in glasses made of ice! Each group only gets forty minutes in the bar, due to the freeeeezing temperatures but it’s great fun and my mojito was surprisingly good! After that there was nothing left to do but jump onto the train, head home and catch up on some much needed sleep.

Ice Bar London

A huge thanks to my amazing mum for planning such a fantastic weekend for us! It was a great way to celebrate both my birthday and Christmas and lovely to spend a bit of girly time together.

Let me know in the comments, what are your favourite things to do in London?

Make Up Revolution Goddess of Love Highlighter

5th January 2015

Make Up Revolution Goddess of Love Highlighter

Highlighters could well have been my most purchased product of 2014. At first I was a bit intimidated by them but after realising how they can make my dry skin look glowing and radiant I jumped fully on board and proceeded to get my hands on as many different formulas as possible.

One of the most recent additions to my make up cabinet is budget brand Make Up Revolution/I Heart Make Up’s Goddess of Love Baked Highlighter. I fell in love with this as soon as I saw the product pictures on the brand’s Twitter feed and added it to my wishlist straight away. Lucky old me, I unwrapped it on my birthday and proceeded to test it out at the earliest available opportunity. Now I’ve had the chance to try it out a few times I thought I’d share my thoughts.

First up, the design of this product is gorgeous. This baked highlighter comes in a heart-shaped box and, while this isn’t great for travelling, it certainly grabs my attention when I open my make up drawers to pick out my products for the day. Also, it’s huuuge! Even if I used this daily I doubt I’d ever get through it – the whopping size makes the tiny price tag of £4.99 even more impressive.

It’s a gold, champagne colour that looks subtle and beautiful when applied to the cheekbones, centre of the nose and cupid’s bow. The fine particles mean it’s suitable to wear during the day, as you don’t have chunks of glitter on your face (which I’ve seen before in budget highlighters – not pretty!) and it also doesn’t cling to my pores – PRAISE BE.

So you can see how it looks on the skin, here’s an action shot:

Make Up Revolution Goddess of Love Highlighter

If you fancy picking this one up for yourself (and if you’re in the market for a budget highlighter then I really think you should) it’s available for £4.99 from the Make Up Revolution website or select Superdrug stores.