Friends, get into your coziest pants, make something warm to drink! I hope you’ll feel inspired to snuggle up, relax, and get the most out of this blog as it is all about creating a cozy environment wherever you call home ~ I'm writing this in front of my fireplace on this cold January day!
One of the keys to creating a cozy environment is creating small spaces for people to gather. Little sitting nooks and chairs drawn together. Open concept living is all the rage, but even in expansive rooms, having small areas for intimate gatherings is key to a warm and inviting environment. Cluster pieces of furniture together to create areas for conversation and connection. Have warm accents around your little nooks - pillows and throws, soft lighting, your favorite books, a leafy plant (I won’t tell if it’s fake). Things that aren’t cluttery, but make you feel surrounded by personality and warmth.
Studies have shown that we process our memories and emotions through our limbic system, which is tied to our olfactory nerve. That means our sense of smell can have a major impact on how we think and feel. When we want to create the most inviting space possible that starts with scent! As soon as someone walks in the door, I want them to feel at home.
But have you ever wondered about all the scents we come into contact with? Sometimes, we don't even know we are smelling something that is harmful to our bodies. I can’t even tell you how many candles I’ve purchased over the years. Especially in the fall and winter! I was obsessed with finding the perfect one to fill up every corner of my household with the smell of baked goods.
Then I learned that candles are terrible for us ~ in fact, fragrance is now considered the new second-hand smoke! More than 95 percent of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals. These chemicals and a lot of other known toxins are capable of causing cancer, birth defects, nervous-system disorders and allergies—some of which are cited on the EPA’s hazardous waste list. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) researchers found more than 75 percent of products listing the ingredient “fragrance” contained phthalates (THAL-ates) which have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, reduce sperm counts, cause reproductive malformation, have been linked to liver and breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Additionally, studies by Dr. Philip J. Landrigan of the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center, link fetal exposure with autism, ADHD, and neurological disorders.
After researching and looking into this, I wanted to replace those candles and I found out that diffusing actually benefits us. That’s a pretty awesome alternative! Check out my FREE class below to find out my favourite Fireside Diffuser recipe - but also other recipes you can use to switch out those toxic products and create a healthy, cozy home.
PSST ... a little secret ... a couple of my other favourite recipes included is the Peppermint Hot Chocolate and a heavenly Bath Soak recipe!