21 July 2016

How To Make a House a Home ft. Molton Brown Home Fragrance Goodies

Molton Brown Home Fragrance Collection Ylang Ylang
Moving is never an easy process as much as it sounds like a fun thing to do. One friend of mine moved 12 times in the last 7 years (with his wife and 5 kids!). Another friend changed her abode 3 times in 2 years. When I hear about experiences like that, I am gobsmacked. On the one hand, I admire them for talking about it all so casually like it's no big deal (superhuman skills, right?). On the other hand, it sounds physically and mentally exhausting and I don't know how they are not breaking into tears sharing about it. I had to move twice in the last (almost) 2 years. Being a homely and home-loving person that I am who is all about that comfort and coziness, I have tried and tested what worked for me in order to make a new house feel like home. Molton Brown contributed to that. Let's find out how.
Hubby and I moved a month ago (yay!). It didn't happen very smoothly if you remember a few of my tweets around that time. Let's just say that no matter if you're in a position of a landlord or a tenant, you have to be 3 things: honest, respectful and responsible. Thankfully, everything worked out perfectly fine and we found a lovely new apartment (I have a love-hate relationship with Right Move). To say that moving is a lot of work is definitely an understatement. Not only you are trying to de-clutter before packing all of your possessions into boxes but then there is a whole new place you now have to try to turn into your home. Here are 6 things you might need to take on board:
  1. Clean space. I don't know about you but I can't start "living" in the new place without tidying it up it top to bottom. Even if the landlord tells you it had been cleaned, don't take that at face value. People have different standards as to what can be called a "clean space" so there will be some work for you to do. You might not want to have it "Monica clean" but take your time and tackle one room after another. I usually start with a kitchen, then move onto the main bedroom + en-suite and so on. 
  2. Home assignment. Once everything is shipshape (and you have started unpacking boxes) it's time to decide where everything goes. It's easy to find stuff when every item has a "home". You can copy the arrangements you had in your previous place if you'd like. Put your organizing cap on and have fun with it. Another thing that has always helped me is using your own bits and bobs even if you're renting a fully furnished property. For example, tea tastes a lot better if the water is boiled in your very own kettle :)
  3. Home is where the heart is. Not only do I have a cushion with this saying printed on it (it's sitting on my sofa here) but I truly believe that a house becomes a home because of the ones we share it with. Either it's your better half, a roommate or family member - enjoy your new space together, make memories there and develop your own homely rituals like baking cookies or binging on your favourite TV show. Don't forget to host a housewarming party if your friends are nearby.
  4. All about that attitude. Sometimes things can be taken for granted and people can easily find something to complain about. At the end of the day, our attitude determines a lot, including whether this new place can become a home for however long you're going to stay there. Look for the positives: maybe there's a lovely coffee shop 4 min walk from you (our case, woohoo!), your new neighbours are super lovely or your favourite hairdresser's is just around the corner. Your attitude is a powerful tool.
  5. Scent is crucial. Last but not least, let's talk about the power of our sense of smell. Have you ever had a moment when you were walking down the street and someone passed you by but you were able to pick up their scent and it took you back 10 years ago to this particular moment you have completely forgotten about? I love it when that happens. Same applies to our homes. It's no surprise that you want the scent in your house to be pleasant to yourself and your guests.
Molton Brown Home Fragrance Collection Ylang Ylang
When we moved, the first thing I knew I wanted to change was the smell. Even though it justifies multiple trips to a Yankee Candle shop, I have tried quite a number of different diffusers which were anything from "fab" to "it literally does nothing". That's why whenever Molton Brown got in touch with me congratulating me on the move and asking if I would be interested to try their new home fragrance range, I was beyond excited. The choice wasn't easy but I went for Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Home Fragrance Collection* as I was looking for a soothing effect in order to give our new home a relaxing-spa-like feel. From the moment it was delivered I fell in love with this range.
Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Single Wick Candle Review
I have always been a massive candle lover and I am one of those people who burn them all year round. A good-quality candle always wins in my books. Bargain candles might look and smell tempting but they become a disappointment and hardly ever get re-purchased. It's not the best scenario when the scent disappears within minutes and the candle itself lasts for a few hours. Without writing a mile-long essay about all the perks of going for a top-notch candle, it's vital to remember that if that's the scent you love, you might want to have it around for as long as possible without having to spend another £5 here and there on the ones with zero longevity. Now, let's stop and check out the packaging and vibrant colours + how gorgeous it would look displayed pretty much anywhere in your home. 
Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Single Wick Candle Review
Top notes of this beauty are ylang-ylang and bergamot which are well-known and oh-so-loved in aromatherapy treatments and beauty products (oils and fragrances). Ylang-ylang is famous for its antidepressant, antiseptic and sedative medicinal properties: it will uplift you, keep those nasty bacteria away and provide that soothing effect we all crave after a long and busy day. Bergamot has that lovely mixture of sweet and citrus'y notes and makes sure to keep stress and anxiety at bay. When you light this candle you would be able to sniff out heart notes of sweet cardamom, as well as base notes of musk and amber. If only scent was that easy to describe! Nevertheless, it fills the room with this unique blend of soothing and relaxing, not sickeningly sweet nor fresh, scent which is a cure from all the stress of the day. 
Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Single Wick Candle Review
Tip: make sure to trim the candle wick to about 5mm before lighting (every time) to avoid sooting and maximise the burn time.
Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Home and Linen Mist Review
This was the very first time I tried a linen mist and, oh my goodness, it was incredible! Press the pause button and get ready to unwind, indeed. Top notes of this one are different from the candle as they include a gorgeous-smelling combo of fresh and vibrant tangerine, cardamom and ginger. They are deepened by soothing ylang-ylang, sweet jasmine and rose. All that goodness is finished off by a fusion of sweetness of vanilla and balanced out by cedarwood and musk. Some blend, right? 
Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Home and Linen Mist Review
Because it says "home & linen" on the bottle, I decided to go all out and not only did I spray it on my freshly washed sheets but I also generously spritzed a few corners of our home. Forget all you know about mists (well, I am talking about the body ones) as they have no game on this one when it comes to the strength and longevity (never use it on your body, obviously). Being a real experimentator that I am, and experiments do fail at times, I "oversprayed" the hallway (haha), and yes, it still was smelling absolutely beautiful (but quite strong)! You definitely don't need to use a lot of the product to get all the benefits.
Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Home and Linen Mist Review
Tip: spray from at least 20cm away from your linen not to stain it and spritz once not to make it too overbearing (lesson learnt). 
Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Diffuser and Aroma Reeds Review
I am a bit obsessed with diffusers but would be quite picky about the scent and the overall quality. Ylang ylang used as the top note and packed into this lovely bottle gives me nothing but joy each time I come back home. It has this subtle yet present aroma providing that gentle relaxing effect. Ylang ylang is one of the most popular essential oils as it helps to ease the influence of stress and depression. It helps to keep you calm as its scent is all about adding that bit of happiness, sense of gratitude and complete relaxation. Ommmm.
Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Diffuser and Aroma Reeds Review
Being in awe over the simple (yet chic) packaging, I found that this bottle, filled with gorgeous smelling goodness, fits everywhere in our new place with its sleek design. All three products come in the glass packaging which doesn't only add that sophisticated look to them but also means that plastic isn't messing up the beautiful aroma. It comes with 8 long reeds, and what's best about it is that, unlike a candle which you can't leave unattended, you can go out and about doing what you need to do while this dissufer does its magic. 
Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Diffuser and Aroma Reeds Review
Tip: in order to adjust the intensity of the scent, you can remove or add sticks depending on how strong or subtle you'd like it to be. 
* All three are PR samples from Molton Brown. All opinions are my own.

Hope you enjoyed this post, lovelies.
We are almost done with unpacking (only a couple of boxes left full of stuff 
that we apparently don't urgently need). The place is nicely decorated and smelling great.
I couldn't be happier about these goodies from Molton Brown Home Collection.
Honestly, the scent is divine.
Now I am so tempted to get their Orange & Bergamot home fragrance range
(currently using this hand cream and loving it!).

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Leave a comment and let me know if you have ever moved (either with family or on your own).
What was your experience like? What helped you to make a new place feel like home?
Have you ever tried any goodies from Molton Brown Home Fragrance Collection?

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