"Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel." -Oliver Wendall Holmes
I agree with my Holmes-boy and am passionate about scents. I'm fairly certain the obsession started with artificially-flavored scratch and sniff stickers.
Call me a snob, but Yankee Candle and Abercrombie might as well be the same store to me (aka I won't step foot inside). I prefer clean-burning soy and natural oils. I've since graduated to at least 8 perfumes (to match each mood), 15+ candles in my apartment, and Nectar Essences Sleep Spray (shameless plug) before bed every night.
At the last NYIGF I picked a new favorite candle maker: the beautiful glass jars and refreshing scents from Lafco NY. I also crave Fresh Citron de Vigne and wear lately more often than others Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau De Parfum.
I was also excited about the diffuser that I picked up, but it was not the most attractive like many diffusers out there: Glade Plug Ins (Hawaiian Breeze reminds me of my High School Econ classroom), Reeds (I prefer sticks if they are Pocky), nebulizers (which sound like a torture device and look like a child's planetarium), clay sets (I spill oil everywhere).
I was ready to give up on diffusers when I discovered the Jardin de Rochelle Flower Porcelain Diffuser.
The scent is strong and fresh, but not offensive and of equal importance, it's pretty :). I choose the rose version and love being greeted by it when I come home and open the door (pictured with Seda France Travel Tin candles).
Stop and smell the flowers here for $42 a stem.