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Our picks for the best smelling essential oils for home

Last Updated: 06/15/2023

The best smelling essential oils for home


Our preference for scent is as unique to each one of us as our fingerprint. Think of the number of times you’ve selected something for yourself based on scent, whether it was a new favorite perfume, a shower gel or even a sweet treat at your local bakery. You likely did so almost automatically because when we smell something, good or bad, our brain gives us information very quickly that helps us decide whether the smell is pleasing to us or not.


There’s a lot of good research regarding scent and the ways in which it drives human behavior. Scent can help link us to past memories and experiences, it can trigger our fight or flight reflexes and it can unconsciously encourage us to want to stay somewhere that smells good to us (like the bakery we mentioned earlier!)


Knowing that scent is as important to us as it is, it’s no wonder that we feel so strongly about infusing our living and working spaces with scents that make us happy, help us feel secure and that truly evoke the meaning of a ‘happy home’.


How to use the best smelling essential oils for home


When it comes to choosing the best smelling essential oils for home, there are a number of different ways you can bring these products into your space. One of the most popular ways to introduce the benefits of essential oils into your home is through diffusing. It’s as simple as choosing your favorite diffuser and adding 5-10 drops of a blend you love.


There is also the option of choosing topical products that you’ll apply to the body like lotions, body butters or roll-on’s, as well as choosing from a number of room sprays designed to be spritzed in the air. Read on to learn more about our top picks for the best smelling essential oils for home.


The best smelling essential oils for home: citruses




For many of us, the smell of crisp, juicy citrus fruit is a scent we would love to replicate in our home. Fresh and fruity citruses might remind us of a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, or might have us remembering the best freshly squeezed orange juice we shared over breakfast on our favorite family holiday.

Citruses are known in aromatherapy for their ability to boost our moods and to bring cheerfulness and lightness to our heavier emotions. Choose these uplifting scents when you’re looking for a fresh perspective.

Citrus oils we love:

Liquid Sunshine diffuser blend: this blend of zippy citrus scents like grapefruit, mandarin and lime is a crowd pleasing favorite here at Saje. Add 8-10 drops to your favorite diffuser for a sweet and cheerful lift to your day.

Elevate diffuser blend: this is a fresh and grassy-green blend of lemongrass, lemon and yuzu, a tart Japanese citrus fruit prized for the tangy essential oil it produces. Try this blend on a morning when you’re feeling low energy or looking to feel elevated.

Citrus Dream diffuser blend: citrus meets a touch of floral in this delicious blend of grapefruit, neroli and lemon. This zesty blend is one of our favorites to diffuse on a grey, cloudy day or anytime we’re looking for the natural mood boost that comes from the sweet scent of citrus.

Grapefruit single note: this is the 100% pure oil derived from the grapefruit rind, and known for its uses both in toning the skin and in soothing a troubled mind. Add 1-2 drops to your favorite carrier oil, like jojoba or coconut oil and massage into the skin to feel refreshed.


The best smelling essential oils for home: florals




Some of the most well-loved scents on earth come to us from the most beautiful, delicate flowers found in nature. Abundant and fragrant flowers like rose, lavender and jasmine are distilled for their numerous benefits, including acting as both grounding and balancing to the body and mind.

In aromatherapy, floral essential oils often act as the ‘heart’ of the blend, and help harmonize other essential oils when blended together. Choose these comforting and soothing scents when you’re wanting to feel reassured and at ease.

Floral oils we love:

Bliss diffuser blend: this sweet and cheerful floral diffuser blend is formulated with orange, geranium and rose. It’s perfect for an afternoon of relaxation, or anytime you’re looking for feelings of pure bliss.

Rose mist: this fresh floral mist is designed to provide a moment of wellness as either a personal fragrance, a facial mist or a room and fabric refresher. Mist generously and breathe deeply the nourishing and restorative benefits of pure rose essential oil.

Goddess roll-on: one of our most well-loved signature scents at Saje is the rich and ritzy floral blend of our Goddess line. Blended with some of the most precious floral essential oils like rose, jasmine and neroli, this blend was formulated to help boost your confidence and encourage you to find compassion and empathy for yourself. Roll this blend on to temples, wrists and other pulse points whenever you need a personal moment of wellness.

Lavender single note: the most well-known of all essential oils, lavender is floral and herbaceous, and is highly regarded for its ability to induce calm and bring about relaxation. Add this oil directly to your diffuser for a moment of peace or blend 1-2 drops with your favorite lotion or body butter.


The best smelling essential oils for home: mints




Naturally stimulating and invigorating, nature brings us some of her most powerful scents in the form of mint essential oils. Oils like peppermint and spearmint are known for their sharp, crisp aroma and their ability to help us feel naturally boosted and rejuvenated.

Mints essential oils are known in aromatherapy to be stimulating when applied to the skin, and to be freshening when diffused in the air. Choose these essential oils when you’re looking for a clean and fresh aroma that can also give you an invigorating boost of natural revitalization.

Mint oils we love:

Peppermint Halo roll-on: our best selling product for more than 25 years, Peppermint Halo is a cooling and soothing blend of peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils, known to help ease tension when applied topically to the head neck and shoulders.

Airoma Loo bathroom spray: this deodorizing spray can be misted in any room that needs a boost of freshness and a hint of mint. Not just for bathrooms, spritz this cool blend of peppermint, spearmint and eucalyptus in any room that you want to refresh and leave feeling crisp.

Peppermint single note: this highly aromatic 100% pure essential oil is known in aromatherapy for its penetrating aroma, its ability to cool the skin, and for its benefit in bringing clarity to a busy mind. Diffuse peppermint on its own or add 3-5 drops to a lukewarm water foot bath for a relieving treat at the end of a long day.


The best smelling essential oils for home: tree scents




There’s nothing quite like the sights and sounds of a long, meandering walk through the forest. The leaves and twigs crunching underfoot, the sharp and fresh scents emanating from the various trees - it helps us paint a mental picture of feeling both refreshed and relaxed. Forest bathing has gained popularity in recent years in part due to its ability to help deeply relieve a busy mind and help reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol in our bodies.

Choose these woodsy essential oils when you’re looking to feel restored and revitalized, or when you want to bring the scents of the forest directly to your doorstep.

Tree scents we love:

Into The Trees diffuser blend: grounding and renewing essential oils like pine, cypress and eucalyptus are blended together to create a lofty and soothing sensory experience through scent. Add 5-10 drops to your diffuser, close your eyes and pretend you’re in the forest.

Deep Breath diffuser blend: a blend that is both refreshing and uplifting, this diffuser blend is formulated with peppermint, marjoram and eucalyptus, and is intended to encourage you to stop, take a moment for your wellness, and breathe deeply.

Eucalyptus single note: one of aromatherapy’s most well-known and loved essential oils, eucalyptus is often referred to as ‘the breathing oil’. Fresh, crisp and sweet, this oil can be added to an existing diffuser blend you want to give a boost, or can be diffused alone for its relaxing and regenerative benefits.


Personalizing the best smelling essential oils for home


Our favorite tip for choosing the best smelling essential oils for home is to follow your nose. There is an old saying in aromatherapy, “the nose knows”, and what this means is that each of our bodies has the unique ability of recognizing and selecting different scents that we instantly know are the right ones for us. Variety is the spice of life, and one of the joys of using essential oil-based products is in having a wide range of aromas to choose from, based on your personal preferences.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to the right scents for you, and we encourage you to have fun when selecting the products you bring into your home. You may find that your preferences change based on the seasons or as you experiment with new-to-you essential oils, and that’s all part of the fun.

Kristen Rondeau
Kristen Rondeau
National Educator