Our Favorite Flame-Free Home Fragrances

Francis Kurkdjian

Francis Kurkdjian

When it’s chilly outside and you’re snuggled under your Missoni for Target throw (It’s vintage now!), there’s nothing cozier than lighting your favorite candle. But in the summer, it’s often too hot to even think about taking a flame to anything other than a barbecue. But you still want your house to have have that lingering candle fragrance, right? We’ve got innovative ways to keep your house smelling great without the need to strike a single match. Save your Jason Wu for Nest burners for fall, summer is all about keeping cool with flame-free fragrances.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Les Bulles d'Agathe Violet Bubbles

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Les Bulles d’Agathe Violet Bubbles

Diptyque Scent Ovals

Diptyque Scent Ovals

Diptyque has always been one of our favorite scent makers. Who can resist the brand’s understated and clean packaging, which is both completely modern and timeless at once. Not only are they known for creating cult-favorite scents such as their summer staple Philosykos, people have even been known to save their glass candle vessels and re-use them as vases and catch-alls for around the house. You can enjoy your favorite Diptyque scents no matter how high the mercury rises with their Scent Ovals ($45, available at Nordstrom). While the brand’s candles are meant to perfume an entire room — or house even — these small objects are meant for smaller spaces. Just slip one into a linen closet to scent your sheets or hang one from a doorknob to diffuse a light, lingering scent every time the ceramic ovals swing. Each one will scent the air for about three months.

Niche perfumer Francis Kurkdijan (pictured above) honed his nose at Dior, Saint Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier and more before founding his own Maison a few years ago. Since then, he’s turned the fragrance world on its nose, if you will, by concentrating on things such as laundry detergent and home fragrance before releasing actual perfumes for the body. One of his many innovations is perfumed Bubbles ($20, available at Neiman Marcus), which are just as playful as they are ingenious. Each tube is scented with one of his signature scents (our favorite is Violet, a true French staple), and they fill the room with fragrance every time you blow a few bubbles into the air. He debuted these magical bubbles when he was commissioned by the Grand Palais and Shanghai Expo in 2010 to create an olfactory exhibit for the French Pavilion. Needless to say, it’s one of his brand’s most iconic creations.

Cire Trudon Perfumed Stink Bombs

Cire Trudon Perfumed Stink Bombs

L'Artisan Parfumeur Boule D'Ambre

L’Artisan Parfumeur Boule D’Ambre









Another flameless alternative to candles is the Boule D’Ambre from L’Artisan Parfumeur ($90-$220, available at Aedes). The artful orb is filled with scent-infused vegetable-based resin, which will slowly release fragrance as the resin melts through contact with the air. Available in three sizes, the terracotta orbs are all handmade in France and feature carved designs reminiscent of the Buddhist temples of Thailand.

The most fun way to scent your abode has to be the Cire Trudon Stink Bomb ($55 for 10 vials, available at Aedes), which takes a delinquent prank and turns it into a luxe olfactory experience. We doubt that court of Marie Antoinette (who lit Cire Trudon candles in Versaille) would approve of these stink bombs, but the playful queen herself would no doubt love the way these irreverent bombs scent a room with Cire Trudon’s most famous scents. Just toss one of the vials to the floor and you’re greeted with an explosion of scent. Subtle? No. Wickedly fun? Absolument!

Images courtesy Aedes, Diptyque, Francis Kurkdijan and Neiman Marcus




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