Amanda Holden talks home fragrance


With the launch of Rylan Clark-Neal’s gorgeous new home fragrance range, Luxenoa, we thought it was time to catch up with another of our celebrity friends, QVC Ambassador Amanda Holden, to find out how she keeps her home beautifully scented.

Read on to find out which fragrance Amanda loves for her Cotswolds cottage, as well as her favourite Yankee Candle scents.

QGossip:  Hi Amanda! We’re loving home fragrance at the minute and we know you’re a fan too. Do you prefer scented candles or reed diffusers?

Amanda Holden: I have both because a diffuser is constant and I always find they’re a little bit cheaper. I’m a bit precious about candles. Because the packaging looks so nice, I burn them in the evening or when we can really appreciate them. I don’t like to have them on the go all the time.

QG: We’ve always wondered, do certain types of fragrance work better in different rooms in a home?

AH: In our Cotswolds home I have lavender diffusers because it’s one of my favourite smells and we have a lot of lavender in the garden. It’s a smaller space so the delicate fragrance works there. I think you have to have a stronger, bolder scent the bigger the room in your home is. Something like Yankee’s Lemon Lavender would work well if you’re looking for that same subtle scent, or Mulberry & Fig if you’re after a more robust but still fruity fragrance.

QG: Do you keep the scent the same in your home or do you try and vary it?

AH: No, I’ve got all kinds of things, I’ve got quite an eclectic taste. We have so many different fragrances in diffuser and candle form throughout my house, in my daughter’s bedrooms, everywhere really! My friend Rylan’s home fragrance range has just launched with QVC too and I love it. Gorgeous scents and they look so luxurious. I’ve definitely got my eye on a few pieces to add to my ever-growing collection!

In fact I love the range so much, I’ve included one of his candles in my Instagram advent calendar this year.


QG: Do you change your fragrance depending on the season or just pick the pieces that take your fancy? 

AH: I just go on a sniffing mission in shops! Often you go into shops and they already smell of something lovely. They’ve usually got something by the till which is a sure-fire way of making me buy anything so I normally ask for a recommendation and go with it.

That’s why I love QVC so much, I get all the fantastic recommendations from the presenters and guests, then I can order the candle or diffuser I want, smell it in person and try it out in my home for a month to give it a good test. If I love it, fabulous, if I don’t I can just send it back.

QG: Do you tend to return to the same type of fragrance?

AH: I think I always go for a “just come out of the shower” smell, fruity and clean. Yankee Candle are brilliant because they do so many different fragrances. I’m a big fan of the Black Cherry and Black Coconut jar candles, and Clean Cotton is such a classic scent that I can’t get enough of.

QG: Thanks for chatting, Amanda! We’re off to update our candle collection now…

Don’t forget to check out Rylan’s new Luxenoa range for a fabulous selection of home fragrance options inspired by his love of travel.

And be sure to have a browse of Amanda’s gorgeous homeware range, BundleBerry. Her AW18 collection is full of classic pieces with a modern twist that work wonderfully well in any home.

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