A study of 2 000 people found that the scent of a house is the biggest contributor to making people comfortable and welcome, according to an article on Mail Online. Scent even ranked higher than "whether or not the place is cluttered and if it gives off a homely vibe".

As the saying goes, your home is an extension of yourself and we often forget to take into account how we want our home to smell. 

Aromatherapy has the amazing ability to turn your house into a home. According to Sacha DeVoretz from The Huffington Post, "The most important factor in choosing a scent, however, is to explore how it makes YOU feel." 

There are benefits to choosing natural over synthetic fragrances. "Natural fragrances capture the true essence of the ingredient as you would experience the scent in nature."

The fragrances of Carrol Boyes's new Ethereal range of bath, body and home products are grounded in nature yet inspired by the intangible.

The new range is a natural extension of Carrol Boyes’ well-rounded portfolio of home designs and gifting lines. Intended to enhance and expand on the existing repertoire, Ethereal embodies Carrol Boyes’ signature balance of art and functionality.

From conception to production, only the highest quality imported oils were used to formulate a fragrance that would complement the Ethereal range’s artwork and design. The scent needed to incorporate elements of both light and dark while being simultaneously subtle and bold. Rich base notes of vanilla, musk and sandalwood were selected to be carefully balanced by lively top notes of jasmine, lavender and orange.

The range comprises a variety of body, bath and room products, including hand wash, hand lotion, room spray, room diffuser, fragrance sachets (to scent your drawers, linen cupboards, car or suitcase) and a luxury soap bar. All the products are made locally and are not tested on animals. 

You can win a hamper of Carrol Boyes brand new Ethereal Range in IOL's #MyHeart Competition.

How to enter:

Tell us who makes your house a home. Or tell us who you love and why: whether it's the love of your life, your BFF, your cat, your mom, your boss or your second-removed cousin on your grandmother's side, we want to know why you appreciate them so much. If you are our pick for the best story of the day, you will win one of our amazing #MyHeart prizes, which includes the Carol Boyes Hamper, and be entered into the grand prize draw.

So send an email to [email protected] telling us your #MyHeart story.

You can also DM us on Facebook or Twitter, or tag us on Instagram.

Or download our app on Android or IOS and use our MOJO feature to send us your entry.

TIP: The more words the better, and if you have pics and videos, you can send that too. 

The competition runs from February 1 to 28.

Winners will be notified by March 1.

Winners will be notified by email or phone, so please send us your contact details with your entry.

Competition Rules:

Selected story entries, pictures and videos will be published on iol.co.za and our social media pages. The winners' names will be published on our website and social media pages.

Your privacy is important to us. When you enter a competition with us, we ask for your name, email address and mobile number. We use email addresses to notify winners to let them know they have won a prize. We use the mobile numbers provided in order to contact the winner and for prize delivery.

The competition is only open to people residing in South Africa.

Employees of Independent Media, the sponsors & their agents, or any company associated with the competition & their immediate families are not eligible to enter. • Prizes are not redeemable for cash. •  The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. •  Receipt of entries will not be acknowledged. • The entrant accepts that entry to the competition does not constitute a contract or any form of legal commitment between the entrant and IOL.