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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Five ways to use scents in your home

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 10:52 AM

click to enlarge Jonathan Steadman in his home studio.
  • Jonathan Steadman in his home studio.

Jonathan Steadman, creator of Obeah fragrances, has "always been intrigued by scent." The Slidell native and current NYC resident's first perfume was a love potion that combined six aphrodisiac scents: sandalwood, vanilla, jasmine, rose, orange and licorice. "I was going on a date, and I wanted some help," he says.

Steadman's new collection includes room sprays, linen sprays, bath crystals and custom perfumes. An art director for luxury brands, he designed the Obeah logo and chose black Italian glass bottles for his scents. At home, Steadman uses fragrance the way most people use lighting, accessories and other design elements — to create a mood. He'll whip up a custom scent to complement a dinner party or cocktail soiree.

"I am big about matching scent to activity in the home," Steadman says. "For a cocktail party, you do something like relaxing and warm like an amber. If I make Moroccan food, I might make a scent that has a spice and apricot note."

The right smell, Steadman says, is nothing short of magical, which is why he named his brand after folk magic that originated in the Caribbean islands and made its way to Louisiana as part of voodoo.

"[Scent] can change the environment or mood in the room or take you back to a place or time you’ve been," he says. "For me, that was magical, and that's why I decided to name [my product line] after something magical."

Below are five ways Steadman sets a mood with scents.

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1. In the bedroom, I like really relaxing things. My linen spray has lavender and chamomile and especially relaxing properties. I also spray the linen spray in my closet to freshen it up.

2. In the living room, I like frankincense, because it's good for welcoming people into the house. But I like to change it up. I think it is good to match your scent to your mood.

3. Made of black tea, rose oil, whole rosebuds and a blend of Himalayan pink salt and other salts, bath crystals add scent to the bathroom. A generous palmful fills the bathroom with rosy fragrance. It smells better in the water than in the jar.

4. The potions double as personal fragrances. They also have magical properties. I suggest you sprinkle the sleep potion on your bed or wear a little before you sleep.

5. If you have a date over, use something more sensual. Red rose is classic, as obvious as it is. I think it's very sexy.

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Obeah is available online and at Neon Heart (1022 Lowerline St.).

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