‘Hygge’ is a Danish and Norwegian concept that has gained prominence in the UK since 2016, when it was one of Collins Dictionary’s top ten words of the year, and it has plenty of significance for fragrance ingredients and for the kinds of products made using the most familiar and homely aroma ingredients.
The word itself may share its origins with ‘hug’ and for the pronunciation, think of the start of the name Hugo, with the end of the name Helga.
It’s a mass noun – not an adjective – and refers to a sense of cosiness, familiarity and that unplaceable sense of ‘home’ or of being among friends.
This slightly abstract meaning is especially important in Danish culture, where hygge is a way of life, a way to promote emotional wellbeing and a crucial way to get through the long, dark winters in high spirits.
When we say ‘Hygge fragrance ingredients’ here, we are not just talking about the aroma ingredients in their own right, but thinking about the kind of homely, relaxing and reassuring products that might be made from them, as ultimately this is what inspires a sense of hygge in the hearts and minds of those who smell them.
For example, five of the best Hygge fragrance ingredients in winter and at any time of year include:
There is no guarantee that any one recipe will elicit hygge-like emotions in any particular person, but by layering rich, complex bases with some of these most familiar and homely of aroma ingredients, you can give your products the best possible chance of reminding customers of childhood, home, family and friends.