Traditional Christmas scents for the holidays

There are certain aromas that immediately bring Christmas to mind, from the fragrance of fresh pine to the scent of gingerbread straight out of the oven. Roaring fires, roasted chestnuts and peppermint candy canes all combine to create the indelible, unmistakable atmosphere of the festive season. Evoke the most pleasant Christmas scents the natural way with these tips.

Hondarribia-Irun - Traditional Christmas scents for the holidays

Simmer a stove top potpourri

Whether you have company coming over or simply wish to enjoy seasonal scents while you wrap presents, try simmering a stove top potpourri. Combine ingredients like cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise and citrus peels in a saucepan and cover them with water before bringing the mixture to a simmer. The perfumed steam will fill your home with a lovely holiday essence as the water evaporates.

Hang a fresh wreath

Pretty wreaths do double duty as an aromatic and decorative element. Make a basic pine wreath to fill the room with an earthy scent reminiscent of a Christmas tree, or craft your wreath out of fresh herbs like rosemary or sage.

Make simple citrus pomanders

Citrus Christmas scents are bright and cheery. One of the easiest ways to harness this aroma is by making pomanders. Take your choice of oranges, lemons or grapefruits and stud them with whole cloves. You can arrange the cloves in seasonal patterns like stars or geometric shapes before placing them in a bowl or hanging them as Christmas tree ornaments. These natural scents will fill the house for weeks, but if you want them to last longer try hanging them in a dark spot until they dry.

Bake a Christmas cake

Is there anything more evocative of Christmas than the smell of holiday baking? Traditional Christmas cake recipes vary, but most involve a combination of dried fruits, nuts and warming spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. Try a classic British Christmas cake recipe to fill your home with the decadent fragrance of orange zest and treacle, or this recipe for German Christmas stollen with its unforgettable bouquet of candied fruit and cardamom.

Light seasonal candles

Candles are available in a range of Christmas scents, from peppermint to cinnamon spice. Try making your own by melting soy or beeswax pellets with essential oils. You can colour them with melted crayons, pouring the mixture into a glass jar and finishing with a candle wick.

Spritz essential oils

Strategically spritzed essential oils give you an instant hit of Christmas nostalgia. You’ll find nearly every type of natural scent imaginable distilled into an essential oil, which can be layered together to create a customised blend. Combine orange with vanilla, or cinnamon bark and spruce with cedar. Whatever combination of essential oils you choose, add a few drops to a spray bottle filled with water and use it as a room freshening spray.

Are you ready to decorate for the holidays? Engage all the senses and give your home an instant seasonal transformation using the power of aromatics. You’ll make it an inviting haven for family and guests. 

Fill your home with Christmas cheer using the power of scents – here's how.

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