Scents can evoke a myriad of memories and one sniff of cinnamon, pinecones and cloves can soon bring Christmas to mind. There are many ways in which you can bring the scents of the festive season into your home and have you feeling warm and Christmassy in no time. In this article, we explore 5 ways to get you in the mood for Christmas – just by aroma alone.
Pinecones provide that wonderful scent of nature and Christmas combined – even lovelier when they are still growing on the real Christmas tree or adorning wreaths and fireplace garlands. You can kick things up a notch by adding a few drops of essential oils to pinecones too for a truly Christmassy aroma. Have a fun family walk to gather pinecones and give them a check for bugs and creepy crawlies before bringing them into your home. Bake the pinecones in the oven before adding some Christmas scented essential oils and placing in bowls around the home or adding to homemade garlands and wreaths. Here’s an easy to follow tutorial from The Spruce Crafts to get you started.
Candles and wax melts are a wonderful way to bring a little Christmas scent into your home – so simple too! This Winter Spice Gel Scented Candle from John Lewis not only looks beautiful, it epitomises the scents of Christmas too. It promises a festive blend of spicy cinnamon, clove and orange, combined with warm spices and sandalwood. If you love the smell of a real Christmas tree, but prefer the low maintenance of an artificial one, try the Tree Farm Festival candle from Yankee Candles, with the scents of pine, vetiver and gardenia.
- Tree Trimming Sachets
Remember those sachets that used to be fashionable to hang in wardrobes to scent clothes? A sachet full of the scents of Christmas time, such as fir, cinnamon, clove, ginger and nutmeg hung on the tree or around your home gives the perfect Christmassy feel to your home. Find some ready-made sachets here from the website of Ashleigh Burwood or why not have a go at creating your own sachets in this tutorial from Cook, Quilt, Bake and Make.
- Essential Oils
Essential oils are well known for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Using essential oils in a diffuser or in the bath is the perfect way to not only invite the scents of Christmas into your home but to relax too – and we all need to do that at Christmas time! Why not try Christmassy scents such as clove to help you relax, cinnamon to evoke wonderfully warm Christmas memories and orange to give a sense of calm. All of these aromas are in The White Company’s Winter Fragrance Oil or NEOM offer the delightfully named ‘Christmas Wish’, a beautiful ready-blended essential oil.
- Homemade Pot Pourri
Sure, you can buy readymade pot pourri but why not have a go at making your own? This would make a great homemade and personal gift for family and friends too! You don’t need many ingredients so an inexpensive way to fill your home with Christmassy aromas and make presents too. This tutorial is easy to follow and as the pot pourri is blended on the cooker top, not only do you get a gorgeously scented pot pourri, but the cooking water will fill your home for many hours with the wonderful scents. The end result is really pretty too!