Interior design, when taken at face value, is about looks. However, the other four dominant senses (There are more) are not really discussed. Sure you will hear people discuss a fabric because of feel, but obviously taste, sound and smell are toward the bottom of the priority list. However as animals scent is still a major part of our lives. We have all caught a nostril full and are instantly transported back to a baseball field or an old girlfriend’s apartment. So, the same way we hang pictures to remember certain events of our lives. So, it is logic to synthesize scents that could help us remember other things as well.
MenScents is a candle company that creates candles with men in mind. This is not a place where candles are named after girly drinks and defiantly don’t smell like girly drinks. Scents include New Glove (Leather), Down time (Bourbon and Cola), Play Ball (Fresh Cut Grass) and Gentleman’s Pleasure (Pipe Tobacco). These candles are 100% bees wax with no petroleum based filler.
While I am not a huge fan of potpourri, but simply getting yard trimmings and adding a few half teaspoons from your spice rack is an easy thing to do. I will throw a list of more masculine potpourri items at the bottom of the page. These are things you may possibly have around your own house. This way, you can create your own customized potpourri or oil scent (get to that in a minute) with a masculine touch.
Oil scents have become really popular in recent years. It is fairly cheap to create your own scented oils using herbs and flowers of your own choice. Creating your own will save you from having to suffer through dozens of “Rose” or “Lavender and Vanilla” scents. You will be capable to create a scent as masculine as you choose. the process is fairly simple.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash and dry fresh herbs or flowers. Put them into a 1-qt. mason jar. Fill the jar with pure olive oil or almond oil to cover the plant material well. Place the jar in an oven-safe pan and fill the pan with water half way up the jar. Put everything into the preheated oven and leave for five hours. Add more water if it evaporates. Remove the jar and allow it to cool. Strain the oil through cheesecloth and discard the herbs or flowers
Here is a decent sized list of herbs and other items that can give your potpourri/ scented oil a masculine scent. Many of these have a musky or spicy scent which is a pleasant change of pace from most of your usual candle store.
- Wood Chips (Darker woods are usually stronger scents, Consider cedar)
- Grass Clippings
- Pine or Fir Needles
- Bacon (Bacon bits work best)
- Smoke/ Carbon (Burn wood campfire style, use charred parts of wood)
- Cut Grass
- Coffee Grounds/ Beans
If there are any I missed, leave a note in the comments.