Infusing your interiors with a fresh scent used to mean having to plug in or spray a cloying iteration or lighting a candle, which comes with its own set of safety hazards. Happily, home fragrance has come a long way. And thanks to Bluetooth compatibility and app control functions, today’s scenting is systematic — with features like timed spritzes, customisable strengths and aromas to evoke every ambience. Here are seven smart scent systems to spark your senses.
Feeling beachy or craving a citrus spritz? The Moodo aroma diffuser (US$100) lets you customize your fragrance according to your mood. It connects over Wi-Fi and pairs with the Moodo app, which allows you to control the scent schedule remotely (afternoon lemon zest, anyone?) so you don’t waste the fragrance capsules when no one is home. Scent capsules come according to fragrance families (warm, citrus, floral, etc.) in packs of four. You can select from the app’s mixes or create your own signature blend. The device is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, Siri Shortcuts and Google Assistant, so all you have to do is ask it for a specific smell and it will magically waft your way.
Much like music, scent can set the tone for your home. Vanilla or sandalwood signifies warm and cozy; citrus or lavender brings on the so fresh and so clean vibes. Due to the ease of the Aera Smart Diffuser (US$200) and its accompanying AeraForHome app, filling your space with its own aroma is as easy and safe as the touch of a screen. You can put your spray on a schedule—by time of day or day of the week, control its strength by room and monitor fragrance usage all on the app. Simply plug in your Aera, load a scent capsule and download the app to create an integrated system and a surround-scent experience.
The Pura (US$59) might look like an ordinary air freshener plug-in at first glance, but this intelligent gadget is equal parts scents and sensibility. It connects to your smart phone over Wi-Fi and gives you complete control of the fragrances it releases through an app. Each fragrance vial lasts 15 days. You can adjust the intensity, create scenting schedules and manage two different scents at the same time and even swap them. The device also doubles as a night light and lets you customize the color and brightness of the illumination.
Perk up your pad by diffusing essential oils into the air with the AroMini Bluetooth (US$336). This isn’t your stick-in-oil variety. The high-tech device uses cold-air diffusion to release nanoparticles into the air to keep the scent (and its therapeutic benefits) concentrated, which helps you (and your home) reap the most from the aromas. Connecting it to your smartphone means you can conserve oil and energy by setting specific run times, control the intensity of the fragrance and make sure it’s being distributed evenly around your room. And it covers up to 1,000 square feet, so even if you’re at the opposite end of the room, you’ll still get the full effect.
If standard scents aren’t your thing, the CINQ smart fragrance diffuser (US$120) lets you be a master mixologist by giving you the tools to create 8,000 different varieties of unique fragrances. The connected device pairs with your smartphone and Alexa. By exploring the CINQ Studio App and providing feedback on 24 specific smells, the company will send you capsules on a monthly basis. The device fits five capsules at a time and you can adjust the strength of each one to create a scent that’s uniquely you, so there’s no chance of smell fatigue.
While it looks like an elegant set of oils on a tray, Scentee Machina (price TBC) is an AI-driven device that takes home fragrancing into the future. There are 14 different scents to choose from and they aren’t your basic sniffs. Think: chocolate, red wine, buttered toast. The diffuser holds four cartridges at a time, and you’ll get a new one every month. The controls are operated by your smartphone — you can turn them on and off, set timers and manipulate intensities all remotely. Not to mention, AI intelligence analyzes your favorite fragrances from your usage history and recommends custom scents.
If you need a morning lift or help de-stressing at night, the Pium smart diffuser (US$190) emits a scent to suit your mood based on the time of day. Morning is a dose of citrus and flowers; afternoon releases an aromatic and herbal blend; and nighttime offers an herbal and floral mix. The system can handle all three capsules simultaneously and allows you to manage the strength, schedule and power of the scents through the accompanying app. It’ll also tell you when your capsules are running on empty and lets you buy more through the app. Oh, and it pairs with Alexa and Google Assistant, so all you have to do is ask it to deploy a specific blend and you shall receive one — without even having to pick up your phone.