Harness the Essence of Autumn With These Yummy Scents
Let’s face it: fall just smells good – wood-burning stoves, crisp cool air, pumpkin everything; there’s a million yummy-smelling things that fill the air when fall finally hits. So this fall, why not fill your home with the delicious scent of fall using rich spices?
Do you love to make the house smell good by cooking with spices? Do you prefer to use spiced incense? Candles? Potpourri? The good news is, if you love the smell of fall spices, you can bring those fragrances into your home in a million different ways.
The scents that you bring into your home can change the entire atmosphere from room to room, as different spices can change the feel of a home. Citrus introduces a cheery energy; nutmeg and cinnamon bring warm, cozy vibes; rosemary and basil smell fresh and vibrant. In the fall and winter months, it’s nice to fill your home with cozy scents that will warm you up on crisp days. Here’s a list of the best scents to spice up your home in the autumn months.
Pumpkin Spice Simmer
If you love a good pumpkin spice latté when the weather starts to get chilly, you’ll love filling your home with the smell of delicious pumpkin spice. Simply mix pumpkin pie spice with cinnamon sticks in water and simmer them together for about an hour to fill your home with the smell of the sweet and spicy scent of pumpkin.
Apple Cinnamon Simmer
Similar to the way that you can simmer pumpkin spice on the stove, you can also simmer cinnamon and apple to make your home smell like mulled apple cider. If you don’t have time to make apple pie every time you want your house to smell delicious, you can simmer cloves, apple slices, orange peels, and cinnamon sticks in a pot on the stove to give your home the delicious scent of fall in a jiffy.
Dried Spice Garland
Combine your favorite fall herbs and spices in a festive garland. Martha Stewart suggests combining dried ferns with sprigs of rosemary and star anise in a garland that you can hang on the wall or your front door. The scent of the herbs will waft around the house throughout the day. Add color to your garland by mixing in fall flowers like geraniums, marigolds, dahlias, and chrysanthemums.
Cinnamon Incense Sticks
Fill your home with a cozy scent palette by creating your own DIY cinnamon incense sticks. House beautiful recommends mixing water with ground cinnamon in a baking tin and then sticking it into the oven at a low temperature. The warming cinnamon will fill your home with the sweet earthy perfume.
Nutmeg Wax Melt
Create your own “candle” nutmeg, or another yummy fall spice, by mixing the powdered spice mix with coconut oil. Place the oil blend in a wax burner and fill your home with the warm smell. Other spices that will smell amazing on a wax burner are turmeric, ginger, and pumpkin pie spice.
Make a Wreath Out of Your Favorite Herbs
Give your guests the gift of the delicious scent of your favorite herbs from the minute they step up to your front door. Create a wreath out of rosemary, thyme, lavender, or sage by fastening sprigs of your herb of choice to an embroidery hoop or other circular frame. Then hang the wreath on your front door, above the fireplace, or anywhere else in your home.
Spice Up Your Light Bulbs
Choose your favorite spiced essential oil and dab it on an unlit light bulb. When you turn the bulb on, your favorite scent will diffuse through the house as the bulb warms up. Mix and match your favorite scents to create unique oil blends for fall. For example, combine a drop of citrus oil with cinnamon and cloves for the perfect fall oil concoction.
Take Advantage of Fall’s Rich and Inviting Scents by Bringing Them Into Your Home
There’s no better time to make your home smell rich and sumptuous than the fall months of September, October, and November. When your home smells good, people will feel comfortable and at ease. Whether you’re staging your house to sell or just trying to get into the spirit of fall, using fall spices will bring comfort and warmth into your home.
by ALEX THATCHER OCTOBER 5, 2018