Home Fragrance

A three-part miniseries in which we ask the founders of beloved home fragrance brands to share their favorite aromas and their secrets to creating a home’s signature scent.

Since launching in 2008, award-winning NEST Fragrances has quickly developed a devoted following of its luxurious, well-curated fragrances thanks in no small part to the discerning taste (and nose) of founder Laura Slatkin.

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Of all in the world, what are your top three favorite smells?
My three favorite aromas are always with me when I am entertaining guests at home, which is something I am very passionate about and enjoy very much. The first is the scent of the perfume I am wearing and the cologne my husband, Harry, puts on as we dress for dinner. Then, I start to smell the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen while dinner is being prepared, and that always makes me smile. And last, but certainly not least, I will light either Grapefruit or Sicilian Tangerine 3-Wick Candles in the entryway of my home to set a festive mood for my guests as they arrive. Fresh citrus and tropical fruit home fragrances are always best to use when entertaining because they are universally appealing—everybody loves a refreshing, citrusy fragrance!

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A three-part miniseries in which we ask the founders of beloved home fragrance brands to share their favorite aromas and their secrets to creating a home’s signature scent.

Voluspa duo Troy and Traci Arntsen created their first candle in their kitchen—a decade and a half later, countless people now enjoy Voluspa’s coveted fragrances in their own kitchens and homes.

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Nordstrom Beauty Blog: Of all in the world, what are your top three favorite smells?
Traci Arntsen: Snapped Tahitian vanilla bean, ocean salt and wet pavement. And burning firewood, if I get four. 🙂

What’s the most unexpected combination of scents you’ve loved?
Arntsen: Champagne and oak wood. It smells like a vineyard to me … more than just a glass of bubbly.

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A three-part miniseries in which we ask the founders of beloved home fragrance brands to share their favorite aromas and their secrets to creating a home’s signature scent. First up, the business partners, best friends and fragrance fanatics behind Antica Farmacista: cofounders Shelley Callaghan and Susanne Pruitt.

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Nordstrom Beauty Blog: Of all in the world, what are your top three favorite smells?
Susanne Pruitt: One of my all-time favorite scents is freshly cut grass. I grew up playing golf with my dad, and the smell of the crisp, green grass in the morning is reminiscent of those days. I also love the spicy notes of coriander (found in our coriander, lotus & cucumber scent) and the soothing notes of sandalwood.

Shelley Callaghan: The smell of the cigars my father smoked when I was a child is definitely one of my most cherished scents. Even today, I can smell a burning cigar as I’m walking down the street and be instantly transported to those great memories of my dad. Another favorite is fresh Daphne odora, in bloom throughout Seattle in early spring. Intoxicating! (By the way, we are working to re-create this fragrance.) The scent of sautéed chopped garlic would be another; it’s a staple in my kitchen, and a meal just doesn’t seem complete to me without it!

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We know what probably comes to your mind when we mention rose-scented perfumes. Old fashioned. Overpowering. Old lady. Until recently we may have felt similarly, but now we think it’s time to rethink roses. Revamped formulations and unexpected scent combinations make for some extraordinary fragrances with rose notes. Read on as our Online Beauty Stylists share their expertise and give us a few of their favorite, modern rose perfumes and fragrances—with a few notable classics thrown in.

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Heavenly Scents for Home

To give your abode a truly home-sweet-home air, a few well-placed fragrance elements can make every room smell divine. Here are two of our favorite collections, with décor-worthy designs as pleasing to the eye as they are to the nose.

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Antica Farmacista. With over 20 fragrances in this beautiful collection, there certainly is one (and likely more) that will appeal to you. Though any one fragrance would make a room smell delicious, some scents enhance particular spaces especially well. Try a fresh herbal in the kitchen, a soothing elixir in the bedroom and a breezy floral in the bathroom.

Preferred pick: ‘Bergamot and Ocean Aria’ Home Ambience Perfume smells like the beach. Fresh notes of saltwater blended with soft jasmine, tranquil lavender and crisp bergamot evoke the allure and effervescence of the ocean. Warm notes of white musk and lush oak moss complete the captivating scent.

diptyque. The diptyque Home collection blends classic and modern, with a cult-status assortment of intimate, unique scents that honor nature through carefully chosen raw materials.

Preferred pick: The ’34 Boulevard Saint Germain’ Diffuser is shaped like an abstract hourglass, mingling old-world charm and modern design. This visually distinctive vessel diffuses fragrance through gravity and osmotic motion, and simply requires an occasional turn. The aroma? A charming mix of citrus, spices, florals, amber and hints of wood and eucalyptus that pays homage to diptyque’s first boutique in Paris. A completely chic, luxurious way to scent your home sweet home.

Discover even more heavenly scents in our Home Decor shop.

—Stefanie Frank

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In case you missed it over at Racked, they shared their 12 favorite beauty bargains from our Anniversary Sale. What are yours?

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M·A·C ‘Illustrated – Smoky Eye Plum’ Kit by Julie Verhoeven (Nordstrom Exclusive)
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Dior ‘Vernis Les Violets Hypnotiques – Shadow’ Nail Lacquer (Nordstrom Exclusive)
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CLARISONIC® ‘Day Glo Green Mia 2’ Anniversary Sonic Cleansing System (Nordstrom Exclusive)
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Kiehl’s Jumbo Amino Acid Shampoo (Nordstrom Exclusive)
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bareMinerals® ‘In Fashion’ Anniversary Makeup Set (Nordstrom Exclusive)
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philosophy ‘raspberry sorbet’ shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath (Buy & Save)
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Lancôme ‘Defining & Brightening’ Exclusive Eye Collection
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Clinique ‘Moisture Surge – Home & Away’ Anniversary Duo
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Deborah Lippmann ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ Glitter Nail Color (Nordstrom Exclusive)
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Bottega Veneta Anniversary Set
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Dior ‘Addict – Purple Revolution’ Ultra Gloss (Nordstrom Exclusive)
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Antica Farmacista ‘Tuberose, Hyacinth & Lily of the Valley’ Home Ambiance Perfume

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We’ve mentioned our diptyque devotion before, not only for all the divine scents to choose from, but also for those elegant, simply designed containers. But what to do when your wick runs out? We discovered that we weren’t the only ones who thought it a shame to get rid of our empty jars when we hit up one of our favorite resources for inspiration—Pinterest.

Here are our favorite ideas that we came across for upcycling diptyque candle jars.


A flower vase-as-bookend topper for the literature lover, from Hope in High Heels.


A tasteful, DIY way to stay organized, from Katie Armour.


A perfect way to accent French-inspired décor and a place for chic odds and ends, from decor8.


The beauty queen’s makeup brush holder, from Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere.


An orchid centerpiece for uptown tea, from Luxiarare.

What are your creative ways for upcycling beautiful objects?

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