Over the past month or so, I’ve been diving deeper and deeper into the world of hygge; I can’t seem to get enough of it. I’m fascinated with the lifestyle and its celebration of simplicity, comfort, and all things cosy.
Well guess what. I’m at it again. Yep, as I was making dinner tonight, I was inspired to expand even further.
You see, I was pulling a hot dish of apple crisp out of the oven, and the warm scent of cinnamon, nutmeg, apples, and brown sugar filled my senses. It brought me immediately back to my childhood when my mom would make her special crisps; apple and cherry were my two favorites. I would always eat the warm fruit filling first, and then savor the buttery, crumbly, brown sugar topping for as long as possible.
By inhaling that wonderful fragrance this evening, I experienced the warmth of contentment. I felt comfort from the familiar and immediate gratitude toward my mom for creating those special childhood memories. The simple joy of reliving these these special memories were – in a word – hygge.
All from the smell of apple crisp.
That experience reminded me of how powerful our sense of smell truly is. In fact, studies have shown that “smells tend to trigger stronger emotional memories than our other senses.” That’s certainly the case for me!
Discussing the power of smell in connection to hygge, author Meik Wiking explains, “what makes a smell hyggelig differs very much from person to person, because smells relate a situation to ones experienced with that smell in the past…One common element of all the smells of hygge is that they remind us of safety and being cared for…The smell of hygge is the smell that tells you to put down your guard completely. The smell of cooking, the smell of a blanket you use at home, or the smell of a certain place we perceive as safe can be very hyggeligt because it reminds us of a state of mind we experienced when we felt completely safe.”The smells of hygge remind us of safety and being cared for. #hygge #hyggeliving Click To Tweet
What scents make you feel safe and cared for? Which ones bring you back to your childhood innocence?
As Wiking notes, these fragrances are unique to each person; so take some time to highlight which scents connect with you.
Some of my most hygge scents include:
Tuesday Night Cookout and Fourth of July.
Dinner in the summertime.
Chlorine Swimming Pools:
Making leaf piles and leaf houses with my sisters.
Fresh Baked Caramel Rolls:
Grandma’s House. Cousins. Laughter.
Irish Spring Soap:
School and new beginnings. Creativity.
Christmas time. My family always had a real tree in our house, and that smell will forever remind me of home and the holidays.
My family and our regular “bedtime snack.”
Rosemary and Thyme:
My mom and her herb garden.
The beach. Spring and summer vacation.
Horseback riding. Caring for horses. Camp.
Wild Rice Soup:
Other favorite hygge scents include:
- Fresh baked bread
- Hot cookies from the oven
- Thanksgiving dinner
- Freshly washed clothes
- New car
- The ocean
Creating Hygge Scents
So if scents can bring a warm hygge feeling, how can we incorporate them in our lives more regularly? How can we maintain hygge without keeping a Christmas tree all year long? There are a few different options:
The Real Deal
Luckily, some of these comforting hygge scents are easy to experience first hand. All you need to do is make that pot of coffee. Fry up some bacon. Buy fresh cut flowers. Pop some popcorn. Then, savor the aroma.
So surround yourself with these natural hygge scents as often as you can, and evoke feelings of comfort, coziness, and familiarity with ease.
Essential Oils and Diffusers
When “the real deal” isn’t possible, my next favorite options are cold air diffusers and essential oils. Whether you’re yearning for the comfort of pumpkin spice, warm vanilla, natural pine, or relaxing lavender, you can create the perfect hygge atmosphere with these natural scents.
Lotions or perfumes
Is your mother’s perfume one of your favorite hygge scents? Do you have a nostalgic memory of a particular Bath and Body Works fragrance? In addition to essential oils, lotions and perfumes are another way to create hygge with ease.
As Skagen describes it, hygge is the “ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Graciousness. Contentment. Good feelings. A warm glow.” So next time you’re in need of hygge, surround yourself with some favorite scents, and feel instantly warm, cosy, and content.
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