Like a House

Before the House – let me tell you a few things:

  1. Thank you, Patty, for the Birthday Happy !  And thank you, my darling Posse, for all the wonderful birthday wishes.  I hope you all know how much you mean to me (indeed, to all of us, I think – but this is about ME!  So ‘me’).  Writing into the void can be scary and knowing the words mean something to you really makes it worthwhile.
  2. I haz WINNERS!  My apologies for the delay – I’d like to have some really exotic excuse but the truth is:  I plumb forgot!  Pre-holiday is always a bit of a work-jam and the past 10 days were no exception.  I mostly just worked. and worked. and worked.  But since I need to work in order to get paid, it’s a-okay by me!
  3.  So. Winners (which, can you believe? after writing #2 I was fully prepared to wribble on to the next thing – which is NOT WINNERS.  Obvs I need to Get. A. Grip.

Arielle Shoshana’s Saturday:  maggiecat

Lubin Gin Fizz (also from Arielle):  calrayo

gmail me (evilauntieanitaAT), gimme your addy details & remind me what you’ve won and I’ll get it started.  reminder:  maggiecat, your sample will come from Arielle, so I’ll be sending her your info.

Okay: let’s get in the House !  we’re talking House Scents here.  It’s that time of year when the Northern Hem is turning inward (even my LA friends are getting their faux logs set up in the fireplace – we’re heading into the rainy season there and it can get…dank).   I’m not quite prepared to plunge into Christmas scents yet but the Autumnal scents I like can be a bit intense.  So I’ve come up with some ways to have them in the space without choking me out.  Trapp’s Tabac & Leather room spray is stunning – but I’m not a fan of having my entire house smell like a fabulous smoking lounge (and it can easily become the 800-lb gorilla).  But I do love it, so!….I came up with the scathingly brilliant (if I do say so myself) idea of spraying it (layered with Trapp Burmese Wood) on my seasonal door decor!   I’m in and out of that door 20x a day?  and it’s sheltered by the glass storm door – so every time I open the door I’m greeted with that amazing scent!  As the door swings inward, the scent wafts into the area but doesn’t overwhelm it.  Instead of being choked out (as I was when I was spraying it directly) I find myself looking forward to that passing encounter.  I spray the Burmese Wood, a la Diaghliev, on my front room curtains.  When the GFA comes on, the slight breeze from the floor vent wafts a bit of scent into the room.  Delicious.

  1. smells AMAZING!

    2.  Near-Christmas smells.  As I said I’m not quiiiite ready to go full-on Fraser fir… not yet.  But I love the smell of Christmas-adjacent… and cedars and cypress are perfect for that!  Again with the Trapp (sorry – Bob Trapp is a home scent genius, ’nuff said)… and his Golden Cypress wax melts give a hint of the seasonal shift to come.

A few years ago March picked me up at the airport…and getting into her little car was a sensory delight!  Turns out she keeps a little bottle of Cedar Mountain Mist from her beloved New Mexico (Land of Black Widows in the Bathtub)…. I’ve only been to NM once but I totallyTOTALLY get why this is such a beloved scent – everything about this has that New Mexico vibe that whispers ‘ it’s okay.  relax’.  It’s a wonderful scent for spritzing in my office – instant chill.  Alas, they no longer have a website and it looks as if they finally packed it in (they were on the bubble the last time I got some *Update:  apparently I . Wuz. Wrong.  Clear Light carries the same scent and now that I think back on it, I remember my confusion surrounding the transition.  You can find it here.  and here (which is how I first found it and I dunno… the site is kinda cool so I thought I’d link to it. ).  I do have other lovely cedars – but nothing is quite like this.  What I love is it is a perfect ‘gateway’ scent – I am, to put it mildly, disinclined to overexpose myself to colder weather…but this cedar mist helps bridge that psychic gap between abject terror…. and even greater abject terror.  okay, wait.  that just sounds ridiculous.  Here’s the thing:  that spray gives me permission to go outside (In 40F, ffsakes.  I really am a goober)… it’s a covered porch with a fireplace, it might be getting dark (maybe – to be honest, that’s kinda pushing it but we’ll roll with it).  and I don’t need to have all the curtains drawn…not yet (okay – I’m just making stuff up now.  Those curtains have been drawn since 3:45).  That’s pretty heavy lifting for a room spray!  But it holds its own – until the first snowfall.  Then we’re into the heavier hitters – but that is for another time.  I have a couple of cedar incenses but I have to be careful with those beauties, as my sinuses can flip all the way out at the first indication of smoke.  I can more easily do diffusers – and nothing is easier than Aera –  I have a lovely collection of their cold-weather scents and am currently wafting ‘Kith and Kin’ which is part of the Hygge scent collection they put out a few years ago –  I don’t get a huge ‘throw’ from Aera diffusers – and that’s great!  My house is small and somewhat open, so a big throw would dominate – I put the Aera in the dining room (it’s a modified shotgun shack, with the walkway from the front door through the tiny dining area into the kitchen, if that helps) – so it just gently wafts as you walk through that area – and I can kinda smell it in my office (which is off the kitchen).  Of course, I could increase the throw  (it goes from 1-5? 6?) but that would mean DOMINATION!   So I keep it on 2.

Do you have any Bridge Home Scents ?  Or do you just go full-on Evergreen at the first dip in temps?  Or do you say ‘feck it’ and stick with the florals (I admit I’ve been tempted to do that 😉


  • Kathleen says:

    I love Sydney Hale & Co room sprays. My favorite’s are the Tobacco & Sandalwood (gorgeous sandalwood, not much tobacco) and Jasmine & Mint. They are gorgeous home scents and not overwhelming but lasting. I really need to look at the Trapp home scents that you mention!

  • Jennifer S says:

    I’m not too big into candles but that’s not to say I won’t ever be. Just gotta read up on them and such to see what’s good out there! Love the idea of spraying objects instead though. That screen door trick is one I would do…..if I had a screen door that is. I’m asking Santa for one. Lol! That cedar mountain spray tho is sitting in my cart atm!

  • Patty says:

    I’m full in. I have the Agraria bitter orange, I got this chesnut thing from Williams and Sonoma, my Antica Farmista White Spruce and the other few I love. They are burning everywhereeeeee. It’s ridiculous. Once we get cold enough the windows can’t be open, I got full on winter scents, no screwing around.

  • Dina C. says:

    As soon as Thanksgiving is over, I switch from fall scents to Thymes Frasier Fir. I like the little votives best. Cedar sounds good too. Someone on another site brought up Bayberry this week. Anyone else remember that scent? I was suggesting getting those candles at the gift shop from Colonial Williamsburg. They have a jar candle for $25 at

    • Musette says:

      Bayberry! the moment I saw that the scent memory came wafting up! xoxoxo

    • SpringPansy says:

      Yes, bayberry! My mom had a large green bayberry candle that I just loved growing up. I will search for one. Thanks!

    • rosarita says:

      Oh, Bayberry! My mom would put out Bayberry candles this time every year. That scent just wafted through my brain when I read your comment, DinaC 🙂

  • March says:

    I LOVE that Cedar Mountain mist, I have bottles upstairs and downstairs lol. Part of what I love is its … ability to convey walking among conifers without smelling so much like Christmas? Or the ones that make me think of Pine-Sol and bathrooms, ugh. My recent treat to myself was a Thymes Frasier Fir candle because that’s always thrown out as the perfect Christmas candle if you have a fake tree, which we do, and I bought it locally to support our twee little gift shop. I have those Trapp wax melts standing by for radiator season! So far, so good.

    • Musette says:

      so far, so fabulous, you mean! Between that orange cleaner stuff and the Cedar Mist you are good to go! xoxoxo

      • March says:

        Shoooot, and I forgot to mention that OTHER orange one you sent me which I love! Spicy orange, sort of. Makes me think of mulling spices. I did have to take it away from the kid though before he killed all of us with the heavy sprays!

        • Musette says:

          omg. yeah, I can see that being a ChokeFest! That’s why I put the Tabac & Leather on the door thingy – 3 sprays on that and it’s good (and gorgeous) for a week… one spray in the house and Jane and I have to leave for awhile. xoxoxo

    • SpringPansy says:

      Yes, so glad that Musette mentioned the Clear Light Cedar mist – I remember when you first wrote about it, March. I was going to get it and didn’t. Now I definitely will. It sounds like the perfect fragrance for my PNW home. (Ha – that sounds like I have more than one home – I don’t!)

  • Neva says:

    I’m the scented candles type and I burn them the whole year round. My all time favourite is FM Jurassic Flower and now I have seasonal candles with sandalwood, myrrh, incense.
    I don’t need cookie scented candles because I bake my own cookies and cakes and the apartment smells like that anyway.

    • Musette says:

      FM candles are ridiculously beautiful, aren’t they? I reviewed them when they first came out and remember thinking 1er Mai the most gorgeous thing I’d ever smelled – and I didn’t even realize it because I actually thought it was the bouquet next to the candle – which was silk! FM looked at me like I was a total goober. Which I kinda was…;-) xoxoxo

  • Cinnamon says:

    Lovely post. I only have candles and hold the Diptyque Feu de Bois and the Tauer l’Air candles for Xmas time mostly. The intermediate things have been a fig candle (too old to read the label any more), a generic jasmine someone gave me (no label on that either) and the Daylesford farm tomato candle I picked up over the summer. I have a great tuberose candle with immense throw even though it’s not lit. That’s going to be held back till we’re once again in lockdown here, in the winter after Xmas.

  • Jo Ann (escaped from L.A.) says:

    Hi Musette and Posse People,
    It.Is.Snowing. Right this minute. First time this year.
    Kinda loving it, but am still in the mood for my Autumn scents.
    Mandy Aftel’s Alchemy. Or anything else with Amber base.
    CB I Hate Perfume’s November. Though these are great anytime of year really.
    Stay Cozy Posse. xo

    • Musette says:

      Jo Ann – I know LA can be a pain – but! It’s 18F (feels like 12, according to Weather DOT) … and if The Girl & I could be transported to LA we’d be gone in a shimmer!!! xoxox

  • Portia says:

    Hey Musette,
    We don’t really do scent sprays here, but I do have an old Perfumers Tea Rose that I spritz the common area of our apartment block with.
    We are candles and incense people. ALL of them. There are cupboards and drawers FULL.
    Yep, everything we like we have collected too much of.
    Portia xx

  • SpringPansy says:

    A belated happy birthday to you, Musette. And “scathingly brilliant” – absolutely love it and love you for saying it – Hayley Mills in The Trouble with Angels! My most favorite childhood movie. I’m going to going to see if I can work “scathingly brilliant” into my conversations at least once a week.

    I don’t do much home fragrance although once in a while I buy a diffuser from Antica Farmacista. I currently have my eye on the Naples candle from Astier de Villate. I’ll bite the bullet and order it one of these days. Kevin reviewed it on NST back in 2011 (whoa) and it’s been on my list since then. Which shows what a procrastinator I can be, I guess.

  • maggiecat says:

    Oh yay! Thank you, Musette! I’ve sent you my info. Def the best thing that’s happened to me all day!

  • Tara C says:

    I’m at the wood stage here in San Diego. As it gets colder, I will head into the frankincense, myrrh and amber phase. I burn candles mostly, as smoke from incense seems to irritate my throat right away lately. As for room spray, I spray unloved bottles of perfume on the shower curtains and bedspread (don’t have window curtains). The dog’s grooming spray is cedar oil based so she has a nice little woody aroma. 🙂

    • Musette says:

      Wood is perfect for this time of year, isn’t it! And I do the same with unloved perfume – especially samples. Your pup smells delish! xoxoxo