The flickering flame of a candle on a cold winter’s night can add both a comforting beauty and nostalgic Christmas smell to your home. There are always a wide variety of holiday scents to choose from, with the most popular including balsam, fir, cedar, cinnamon, clove, gingerbread, and apple cider.
Fresh baked cookies add a comforting scent to the home no matter the time of year and can be a fun family activity. Consider adding a festive twist to a classic favourite by swapping out milk chocolate chips with white chocolate chips and adding in some deep red cranberries!
Essential oils are a quick and easy way to bring a holiday feel into any home. Some of the most popular scents for Christmas include peppermint, fir, cedarwood, ginger, myrrh, cypress, sweet juniper berry, and cinnamon bark. If you have pets, do some research before purchasing essential oils, as some can be toxic to cats and dogs. Be sure to dilute your oils, and always remember a little goes a long way.
Lemon and Oranges
Oranges have been used to infuse a home with the smells of the holidays for many generations. The long-time tried and true Pomander Ball is a quick and easy way to fill your home with magical scents while also doubling as décor! Simply arrange cloves in any design of your choosing on an orange. For a stronger scent, allow the orange to sit in cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice for a few days.
Boiled orange peels are a delicious treat that releases a comforting scent into the air. Orange peels are first boiled a couple of times over in water before being simmered in a simple syrup mixture and then dusted in sugar or dipped in chocolate!
Dried lemon, lime, and orange wreaths are a creative and fun afternoon craft that add both beauty and a fresh holiday smell into your home!
Create beautiful smelling and looking holiday floral arrangements with a variety of flowers. Roses, holly, red and white amaryllis, or hydrangeas are some long-time favourites. Add in some spruce branches or candy canes to create a holiday-themed twist.
Light Natural Scents
For a light and natural scent, consider using a real tree or incorporating fresh greenery into your décor.