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Sweet Smells of Home 

Fragrances that make your house more inviting

Photos by Romney Photography

Bring pleasant smells back into your home with 100 percent soy-wax candles, hand-poured and wicked at a plant in the French Quarter and packaged in lovely clear glasses with a wax seal on front. The 10-oz. candles are scented with natural essential oils and burn longer and cleaner than traditional candles, plus wax spills can be cleaned up with soap and water. They come in a range of fragrances, including (shown here) Laundromat, a white cotton linen smell; White Tea with notes of jasmine, lavender, bird of paradise and gray tea; and Cilantro Verde, lime with notes of cilantro, $12 each, from French Quarter Candles (512 Wilkinson Row, 587-7049; www.frenchquartercandles.com).
Remember the sweet native smells of Louisiana? Your home can reflect its location easily (in a good way) with room freshener sprays in seven scents such as Tea Olive (sweet olive scent), Lavande (smells like lavender) and Verveine, (lemon verbena), $15 for a 2-oz. atomizer or two for $25, all manufactured by the local fourth-generation Hove Parfumeur Ltd. (824 Royal St., 525-7827; www.hoveparfumeur.com).
For a sculptural look with fragrance, try the diffuser system from Alora Ambiance, which includes a jar of fragrance topped with a wooden cap and sticks that soak up the fragrance and disperse it into the air for four to six months. Shown is a 16-oz. limited-edition diffuser of Caldo, a scent that combines amber, patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver, $76, from Oliveaux (5422 Magazine St., 899-8120; www.oliveaux.com).
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