I rarely experiment with seasonal scents at this time of year: I traditionally wear my trusty Caron Nuit de Noel perfume to holiday parties, and I might purchase some fresh potpourri from Santa Maria Novella, but that’s about it. The Bubble Roome’s Home Sweet Home is the first new holiday-themed product I’ve adopted in a long time. It’s a multi-purpose, water-based formula fragranced with a blend of oils; its scent notes are listed as frankincense, cinnamon, peach, blood orange, plum, woody juniper, spruce, pine, vanilla, and musk.
Home Sweet Home is sold as a combination “room refresher, linen spray, body spray.” I’ve been using it liberally around the kitchen, spritzing it lightly onto curtains and sofa pillows in the living room, and testing it on my skin and hair. Any of these methods creates an instant holiday mood. The fragrance seems more vibrant in the air, with its spiced-fruit notes gradually meshing into a lively, freshly cut evergreen base. On my body (it’s a skin-safe product), the peach and orange smell rounder and deeper, with just enough cloves and vanilla emerging to add sweetness without becoming too dessert-like. Overall, Home Sweet Home is more complex and sophisticated than the typical “holiday” blends from Yankee Candle or Bath & Body Works that turned me against Christmas-specific products in the first place.
The Bubble Roome describes Home Sweet Home as evoking “the scents of a country farmhouse.” Personally, I’m indulging my idealized fantasies of a Victorian holiday season: this fragrance could serve as the olfactory illustration of some scene from Charles Dickens or Louisa May Alcott. I can imagine a room decorated with pine garlands and mistletoe, where rosy-cheeked characters feast on fruitcake and plum pudding while toasting one another with punch or mulled wine. Appropriately, Home Sweet Home’s label bears a reproduction of “The Christmas Tree,” a painting by the nineteenth-century artist Albert Chevallier Tayler.
How much do I like The Bubble Roome’s Home Sweet Home? Enough to order a few more bottles to give to friends and family members. Home Sweet Home would also be a festive little gift for the host or hostess of a holiday get-together.
Home Sweet Home sells for $14.99 for 8 oz. on The Bubble Roome’s website.