Find the best home fragrance

Can’t choose between a candle or a diffuser? Unsure about what scent to go for? Let us explain all…

Scent is one of the most powerful senses, and fragrances have long been proven to improve mood, decrease stress, and recall fond memories. After a long day, there’s nothing better than coming back to a fragrant home. So, how do you choose the best home fragrance for you? We’ve put together this handy buyer’s guide to help you pick the perfect scent for your home.

The difference between candles & diffusers

When it comes to choosing a home fragrance, you may face a choice between candles and diffusers.


Candles have a wick that is set alight, and the melting wax releases fragrance as the candle burns.

Candles have a lovely visual effect, and watching a flickering flame can be very relaxing. The warm glow and dancing shadows are calming, which is why they are often used in practices such as aromatherapy or massages.

Make sure to check the ingredients in your candle, as some contain chemicals and never leave a burning candle unattended.


Reed diffusers use scented oil that travels up the reeds in the bottle and evaporates into their air, so they don’t require a flame, plug, or batteries. This means that their scent is not as strong as that of a candle and it doesn’t travel as far through a room.

They are often more expensive than candles, but their fragrance lasts longer and does not pose the risk of a naked flame in your home – which works better for those with small children or curious pets.

Read on to discover some of the best candles and diffusers in the Boots range…

Exotic & delightful

Escape the everyday with the Yankee Candle Reed Diffuser Pink Sands. The beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla will transport you to tropical islands, conjuring memories of sun, sea and sand. 

The best reed diffusers should transform your bedroom or living room into a sanctuary - and this blend of essential oils does just that. So, forget your worries and kick back with this exotic experience.

Fresh fragrance for longer

Home fragrance experts Yankee have created this pretty reed diffuser to make your home smell sweet.

A smooth blend of vanilla, sandalwood and flora notes is released through the natural rattan reeds, providing up to eight weeks of fresh fragrance, while the sophisticated glass vase that this diffuser comes in makes it an attractive gift for family or friends.

Inviting scents for your home

WoodWick Magnolia Large Jar Candle Core

Candle experts WoodWick have created this delightful magnolia-scented candle, which comes in a beautiful hourglass jar, designed to add a touch of class to your home.

Thanks to the natural wooden wick, this candle crackles while it burns, immediately creating a cosy, homely feel.

WoodWick Honey Tabac Tin Candle Artisan

Lush white honey and smoked tobacco with hints of juicy orange blend together to create this gorgeous home candle.

The dancing flame and soft crackle create a truly relaxing atmosphere, while the magnolia, green leaves and white floral fragrances softly combine to create a scent that smells great without being too overpowering.

WoodWick Calming Retreat Ellipse Candle Trilogy

When you’re feeling stressed or tense, this calming scented candle from WoodWick will relax you in no time. The best smelling candles are created using natural fragrances, which is exactly what this soothing trilogy promises to deliver.

Choose from Lavender Spa, with added notes of eucalyptus, Sea Salt & Cotton, which offers the tranquil sensation of a crisp ocean breeze, or White Tea & Jasmine with hints of red cedar and rose.

Fragrances for all occasions

Yankee are renowned for their luxury candles that come in a wide range of tantalising scents, and these two options are no exception.

Yankee Candle Classic – A Calm & Quiet Place

The combination of jasmine, patchouli and amber musk in this Yankee Candle Classic creates an air of peace, perfect for those looking to unwind or meditate.

With a burn time of 110-150 hours, this candle can be used again and again to release natural fragrance into your home.

Yankee Candle Regular Tumbler Candle – Black Cherry

For a fruitier fragrance, this scented candle is ideal. Its blend of ripe black cherries, with notes of cinnamon and almond will suit those who prefer sweeter smells. The metal lid can even be used as a heat-proof mat.

Long-lasting scents in custom blends

Wax Lyrical’s custom wax blends are renowned for their luxury scent and gentle burn. Lavender is well-known for being one of the most relaxing fragrances, and this lovely candle blends it with delicate orange and lemon blossom for a truly decadent experience.

A chorus of white floral notes lift the fragrance further, including gentle notes of rose, lily, jasmine and violet, combined with hints of musk, precious woods and plum.

With a 42-hour burn time, this candle is great if you’re after continual fragrance for your home, while the printed box completes the luxury feel.

Luscious scents, convenient size

These travel-sized Yankee Candles are fabulous for small spaces.

Yankee Candle Classic – Car Jar® Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake

For those with a taste for sweet things, this candle gives off a rich aroma, just like biting into a creamy cupcake covered in buttery icing.

Yankee Car Jars® are perfect for gym lockers and pet areas, and provide up to four weeks of continuous fragrance!

Yankee Candle Classic – Car Jar® Ultimate Black Cherry

If you’d prefer a fruity scent, the black cherry Car Jar® releases the scent of ripe, tangy cherries. Why not tuck it in your car to freshen up the air on long journeys!

How to choose the best home fragrance

It can be difficult to choose the best candle or best diffuser for you. We’ve put together a few tips to help get you started:

  • Identify your favorite group of scents and go from there. You could use your favorite perfume or cologne as a starting point. Examples include floral, fruity, and woody
  • Pick a theme and stick to it. Avoid using clashing scents, as this can be overpowering
  • Choose fragrances that evoke memories of your favorite things; for example, a Christmassy cinnamon candle, or a diffuser that reminds you of clean laundry
  • You can use different scents for different moods – if you want to meditate, lavender will do the trick, whereas if you’re after a mood boost, go for juicy, fruity scents, or sharp citrus.

So that’s our buyer’s guide for home fragrance! Now you can make your home smell dreamy in no time!