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Make Your Home Smell Like a Five-Star Hotel

January 1 | 3 minute read

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Words by Ruby Devlin

Originally published on | January 22

What makes five-star hotels so good? Is it the king-size bed you don’t have to make? The freshest, fluffiest towels you don’t have to wash? Incredible food you don’t have to cook?

Or perhaps it’s because they’re scented to perfection by some of the world’s best fragrance houses. Fragrance is one of the best ways to add a touch of everyday luxury to your home. To help we’ve found the scents of some of the world's fanciest hotels so you can live the suite life – no check-in required.

If you want your home to smell like...

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Exterior of Le Sirenuse hotel in Positano. Credit: Le Sirenuse

The Italian coast

Perched on the cliffs of Positano, Le Sirenuse has seen the likes of Kylie Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski and Anne Hathaway check-in to enjoy the best views along the Amalfi Coast.

Turn your home into an Italian paradise with Eau d’Italie’s Le Sirenuse Scented Candle and Room Diffuser. Notes of musk, bergamot and blackcurrant will take you to a world of citrus groves, spritzes on tap and a horizon of endless blue sea.

You can even add some luxe to your ‘everything showers’ with the matching shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, bath salts and body lotion.

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Lounge of the Shangri-La suite at Shangri-La The Shard in London. Credit: Shangri-La The Shard.

Waking up in London

Dreaming of a spot of tea and scones and the smell of fresh rain? Shangri-La The Shard in London has you covered. Complete with panoramic views of the city (the hotel is located on Level 34 of the iconic skyscraper), an infinity pool and Jo Malone London amenities.

The brand's iconic English Pear & Freesia Candle is a great way to recreate this five-star experience in the British capital at home. Pears, freesias and a touch of patchouli create an elegant scent of just-ripe fruit that will make any room feel like it’s bathed in golden sunlight (even if it’s all drizzle outside).

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Naomi Campbell leaving the Carlyle Hotel in New York before the 2023 Met Gala.

Getting ready for the Met Gala in New York

The Carlyle Hotel – aka, ‘the palace of secrets’ – is known for keeping its celebrity guest list on the down-low. However, we know A-list stars like Naomi Campbell and Rihanna book use it as their ‘get ready’ spot for a relatively low-key, unknown event called the Met Gala.

It’s not surprising that, when it came time to create a signature scent for this New York icon, the hotel turned to D.S. & DURGA Founders (and Brooklyn locals) David and Kavi Moltz. Sandalwood and honeysuckle make The Carlyle EDP as timeless as the hotel it’s named after.

If you’re wanting to recreate the vibe of the Carlyle at home, we recommend D.S. & DURGA’s Parquet Leather Candle, which will make your space ooze quintessentially New York cool with notes of leather, oak and maplewood.

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BOOM at The Standard High Line in New York. Credit: The Standard Hotel.

Going to the Met Gala in New York

The 18th floor of The Standard hotel in New York is known as the after-party spot; score an invite to any of these events and you could be rubbing shoulders with everyone from Grammy winners, to fashion designers!

Maison Francis Kurkdjian has previously worked with The Standard to scent the iconic hotel, and for a home scent that will transport you to the glitz and glamour of a star-studded soirée in a superior suite, we recommend the brand’s Oud Satin Mood Candle which has notes of violet, oud and vanilla.

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Pool at Le Meridien Khao Lak Resort in Khao Lak. Credit: Le Meridien Khao Lak.

A tropical oasis in Thailand

If you’re dreaming of somewhere more tropical, why not scent your space like the Le Méridien Khao Lak. This beachside resort in Thailand boasts stunning views, multiple pools and some ultra luxurious amenities from Malin+Goetz. 

The brand's Mojito Candle epitomises greenery, calm ocean waves and warm days lounging around. With notes of lime, mint, tonka bean and sandalwood, you’ll feel like you're sipping a mojito poolside in no time!

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