Although they smell good, candles can be very dangerous, especially if you have small children or pets. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to candles that are not only safer, but also work better.

Diffuser sticks

Looking for a diffuser that lasts a little longer? Consider a vase filled with diffuser sticks. This type of room fragrance is not only a great home accessory, but it works well and is not too strong. In addition, the essential oil mixture lasts much longer than an ultrasonic diffuser, so you can enjoy the benefits of natural scents without too much effort. You can buy room diffusers and diffuser refill online or you can make your own with a favourite container, bamboo skewers, essential oil, baby oil and alcohol.

Essential oil diffuser

With wellness becoming more commonplace, it's no surprise that many people use popular aromatherapy items in their homes. This is the case with diffusers. Not only do they fill a room with aromatic scents, but (unlike candles) they can be left unattended. Commercial essential oil diffusers can be purchased in many shapes and sizes, so you can easily find one that fits your home decor. Most work with an ultrasonic plate that breaks down the oil into its basic molecules and uses water as a transfer method to disperse the oils into the air in an ultra-fine mist.

Make your own air freshener

For a quick, all-natural air freshener, fill a pot with water, add fresh rosemary and bring to a boil, then simmer for a few hours while the vapours spread through the house and scent the air. Later, cool the mixture and decant the liquid into a spray bottle. Store in the refrigerator and spray a little as needed. Potpourri also adds a decorative touch to bowls and containers and can add fragrance to a room. You can make your own by gathering your own natural materials, letting them dry for a few weeks and adding a few other ingredients. Alternatively, opt for sachets of dried flowers and herbs. They are often stored in wardrobes, shoes and dresser drawers to keep clothes smelling fresh and can even repel pests. You can easily make your own by drying flowers and herbs from your garden.