Today is minus 30 and I decided to clean the house and keep going with my organization plan. When the weather is like this I feel I just want to have coffee and watch movies. But I can’t relax in a messy house. I want it cozy and perfumed! So today I’m sharing a few favourite tricks.
I absolutely love scent diffusers and after trying with candles, many essential oils and sticks from many different brands, I adopted Barr-Co for life. It’s pricey but it’s real oil, when you pour you can see the quality, it makes no bubbles and it doesn’t smell like alcohol. The fragrance is divine and it lasts a long long time, what totally justify the price. If you want to spread more scent, just add more sticks, if the room is small, just use less sticks, easy like that! I have one bottle on each room of the house and it’s just amazing. I also like how it’s subtle and not overpowering like some other brands I tried.
The soaps smell so good and have a surprisingly smooth texture, some of them with some cool grains for exfoliating. If you are careful and avoid leaving them all wet, they also last a long time. In the future I would like to try the bath salts and oils but everything from this brand is an investment so I just buy slowly slowly. I buy most of mine at Luke’s Drug Mart but I saw them at Pottery Barn and on-line as well.
Now, for cleaning the house, I hate the common products you find at normal supermarkets. They smell weird and very chemical, the package looks ugly and I just feel irritated using them. Cleaning the house is an annoying task, I’d rather be reading or drawing! But someone has to do it and if I’m doing, I gotta have some fun. I discovered Mrs. Meyer’s in California many years ago. I don’t find so easily in Canada so I buy mine online at Amazon. My all time favourite is the Basil Scent but I’ve been ordering the seasonal limited editions and it’s so awesome, the peony one was from 2019 spring and the Iowa Pine was from this last Christmas. It’s nice to change the scents with the seasons and I love how they make my sinks and bathtub shine. Even my husband who is a fan of those atrocious “kills 99% of germs” products had to admit that Mrs. Meyer’s works better and smells much better than all Walmart cleaning products we’ve ever used. If I need some extra “killing germs” I use my steamer and done.
And the last touch for a nice scented house is natural flowers. I buy some from time to time and I’m lucky my husband is this sweetest in the world and bring me flowers when I least expect. I absolutely love having fresh flowers in the house. At this moment this is my favourite vase but I hope to find a nicer urn in the future, my dream is those silver gorgeous wide urns from the movies.
Of course the house must be vacuumed and dishes washed so this small touches can be noticed. But every time I have visits my guests ask me what is the secret for this delicious smell, so that’s it!
This week my sister and I also talked a lot about what makes a house cozy, how a place feels like home even when it’s your first visit and some other things. I think I’ll write a post in the future about that. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!