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When you think of autumn, what comes to mind? Maybe the changing of the leaves or the brisk weather. Whatever it may bring to mind for you, it’s likely that you’re ready to embrace all that fall has to offer, including all the warm smells.
Pumpkins, apples and spiced scents are common during these months and you’ll welcome in the season by incorporating them in your home. Fall scented candles are not your only option. Create a cozier home with these fall scent ideas.
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Fall scents reflect the activities of the season. Pumpkin carving, apple
- Pumpkin Spice
- Juniper Berry
Best Fall Candles
Walk into almost any home décor store around September and you’ll likely find aisles of fall scented candles. Given the list above, you’ll know exactly what autumn fragrance matches your preference. But how do you know you’re choosing the best candle for your home? Some candles can emit harmful substances when burning, causing air pollution to your home. If you’re trying to enjoy your new fall scent, that’s not something you should be worrying about! Here’s what you should pay attention to:
- Natural Fragrance & Oils: Check to see if the candle company uses essential oils in their candles or natural ingredients and herbal infusions. These will last longer and won’t pollute the air when burned.
- Quality Wax: Avoid paraffin wax as it not only has adverse effects on not only your home air quality but the environment as well. Beeswax as is a great choice as it not only helps to clean the air but it lasts a long time as well. Soy wax is also a great choice but might not smell as strong as others.
- Burn Time: You’ll want to get the most out of your candle. Check to see how many hours it’s expected to last.
- Wick Type: A quality wick ensures the best burn. For the best fall candles, look for hemp wicks and untreated wood to get a small crackle as well, as if you’re by a campfire.
Fall Essential Oils
While it’s likely you’ll find essential oils in the type of candle you choose, you can also use them without burning. Essential oils are not only great for a long-lasting scent, but many have health benefits that can’t be beaten. Add a few drops to a diffuser to spread the fragrance throughout your home. You can even blend oils together to get the perfect autumn aroma. Here are a few ideas:
- Orange, Cinnamon,
- Rosemary, Orange,
- Patchouli and Bergamot
For a scent that will last you through the season, you may want to try potpourri. This is great because it not only has aromatic benefits but it can add to the décor of your home. Place it in a vase or jar to add a festive fall touch.
While some stores sell potpourri already infused with fall fragrance, you can also make your own. The benefit to making it a DIY project is that it will also make your house smell wonderful as you’re making it. Here’s a tutorial on how you can make your own from A Few Shortcuts.
Simmer Pot Scents
A newer trend in home fragrance is simmer pots. It’s so simple and you can easily use ingredients you have in your own home. For a woodsy fall scent, add a few sprigs of rosemary, a couple drops of vanilla extract and a sliced lemon to a pot. Let it simmer for 30 minutes to evaporate to create an aroma that will linger. This is a trick that can also work in a crockpot
Additionally, it’s easy to make these mixtures in advance by drying fruit and sealing them in an airtight container. They also make great gifts. I love this tutorial from My Suburban Kitchen with the perfect recipe for a fall simmer pot scent that will be ready when you need it!
One of the reasons we associate pumpkin and apple with the scents of the season is because it’s usually what’s cooking in the kitchen. This simple tip can warm a home and is a trick many people use when welcoming new guests into their home. Consider trying a new fall recipe or stick with the traditional apple pie. Not only will you enjoy the wonderful smells of the dish baking in the oven, but you can also share it as a dessert once it’s done.
According to Psychology Today, scents can trigger memories in a way that many other senses can't. If you have pleasant memories of jumping into leaves, helping grandma bake an apple pie or finding the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch, these fall scents can help trigger that nostalgia. So grab a blanket and cozy up in your home this fall with these fragrances.
All great fall scents should be accompanied by fall décor. For a little inspiration, read 6 Fall Décor Ideas.