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8 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas

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Christmas fragrances evoke nostalgia and create a homely atmosphere. Why not use fragrance to add another dimension to your Christmas decorating.

1. Scented Candles

Candles add warmth to a room all year round, but by choosing a Christmassy scent for the holidays you will enhance the effect. Nutmeg, cloves, orange, apple, berry, peppermint, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, pine and cedar, are just some examples you can choose from to capture the Christmas aroma. A deep red candle placed in a lantern or a festive candle holder will both look and smell great. Never leave burning candles unattended or in the reach of small children.

2. Essential Oils

Essential oil is a natural oil extracted from a plant to capture its fragrance. The easiest way to enjoy this type of scent is to use a tealight diffuser. Add 6 to 10 drops of your chosen essential oil to water and place this mixture into the diffuser with a burning tealight candle under it. As it warms, scented vapours are released into the air, filling your home with natural and magnificent aromas. We think the best oils to choose for Christmas are orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, pine, clove and apple.

3. Pomander Balls

Decorate oranges with cloves to make a traditional pomander ball. Pomander balls were first used in the 15 th century to ward off bad smells and infections. These decorative scented balls are really easy and cheap to make, and are an ideal project for children. Simply take a whole orange and rub it with a spice mixture, usually nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, then stud it with whole cloves. Arrange the cloves in lines, stars or other patterns to your liking. You can leave them in bowls or hang them on the tree with a ribbon to enjoy the smell of citrus and spice.

4. Scented Christmas Ornaments

Scented ornaments such as Topline’s Scentsicles fulfill two purposes. They provide a steady, continuous yet gentle scent, while also looking great hanging on your tree. They are easy to use and require no maintenance or looking after like candles or oils, so they are ideal for use in the busy home.

5. Baking

Everyone loves the smell of fresh baking, especially when it’s traditional festive treats like gingerbread men, spiced cake and cookies. For the grown-ups, making mulled wine with orange and spice is another great way to fill your home with gorgeous smells.

6. Potpourri

Infuse your home with the fragrance of Christmas with a lovely potpourri. Potpourri consists of dried, naturally fragrant plant material, used to provide a gentle scent around your home. If you’re interested in some DIY, blend together dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks, pine cones and nuts in a bowl, and allow the natural scent to fill the air.

7. Fresh Pine

One of the most popular scents at Christmas is pine. At some point we will have either had a real Christmas tree or been in a friend’s house where a real Christmas tree has filled the air with a fresh pine smell. If you love the smell of pine but don’t want the hassle of a real tree, use fresh cut pine or evergreen to decorate your home. With a fresh pine door wreath, a festive scent will waft into the house every time the door is opened. You could also make a garland for decorating a stair banister.

8. Make Scented Pine Cones

Pine cones look great in bowls or as Christmas tree decorations, and thanks to their porous structure they absorb fragrance really well. The first step is to collect some on an enjoyable winter walk. Then you will need to place them on a tray in the oven at about 200 degrees for an hour. This will kill off any bacteria and open them up. Allow them to cool before spraying them with a mixture of essential oil and water, and placing them in a sealable plastic bag. Ideally you should leave them in the bag for about a month before use, giving them a shake once a week to redistribute the fragrance.

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