I wish I could say that I’m knee deep in house projects with paint up to my elbows, but the truth is, we’ve been spending a lot of our time getting ready for the holidays. This past weekend was my dad and I’s annual shopping trip, where we head to the mall to cross some items off my mom’s Christmas list. This year was extra challenging because she came with us! We had to be super sneaky, carry unmarked bags and run things out to the car to allude her, but I think it worked. I don’t think she had / has any clue what we got her.
We’re also almost done decorating the house. And because of the flurry of activity, the house is a MESS! This is the one time of year the mess doesn’t bother me as much. For example, nearly every flat surface has been converted into a makeshift wrapping station. Empty boxes (many of them leftover from wedding gifts!) are all stacked up and in line to house to-be-wrapped items. As I type this, my laptop and I are wedged between large wrapped presents, waiting to be delivered to their new owners.
So, because I’m feeling so festive I’d thought I’d share with you my favorite holiday scents. There’s something about this time of year that encourages me to really smell up the place… in a good way! I am big on candles, warmers, plug-ins, you name it. If you’re not, skip this post because today is 100% about the scents I love this time of year.
I wanted to pull together my scent arsenal to share with you. These are all scents I have personally loved and tried over the years for this time of year. Some of these are new, others are my go-to’s year after year. For me, my nose holes tend to stick to the pine, spruce, fir, lavendar and cinnamon notes. They make me feel all warm and cozy inside.
1.// Glade Sparkling Spruce Plug-in (Oil Warmers) – I have one of these warmers in my office and at home in the kitchen. Think pine with a hint of eucalyptus, spruce and lavendar. It’s good. Not too tree-y but not too sweet. At $3 for the kit, you really can’t beat it. My friend Lauren introduced these to me and OMG I have been obsessed ever since.
2.// Frasier Fir by Thymes – I just have a little votive candle of this, but the smell is so good I want in soap, oil, car ornament and more! Think tree plus a little bit of wood and citrus. Lucky me this scent comes in all of those forms (please hide my debit card).
3.// Be Jolly by Yankee Candle – No need for an intro here. Yankee Candle never fails to delight me. Their Be Jolly scent is a mix of pine, cedar and what I think is peppermint. Not too strong, yet detectable from all corners of the house. YUM. (And note: This isn’t available anymore from Yankee, but I have seen it at some of their stores and via Amazon.)
4.// Cinnamon-infused Pinecones – Found at nearly any store, anywhere this time of year. I hang these in my tree, in wreaths, as gift tags, you name it. We cook them in the microwave for a few seconds to really get the scent going.
5.// Scentsicles – Want your fake tree to smell like a real tree? These are actually scented ornaments. I like the Pine version, but a Frasier Fir version is available too. I’ve needed just two of the 5 ornaments to get me the smell level I wanted. So far, so good. I found mine at Home Depot.
6.// Hibiscus Teakwood by Capri Blue – Ok, so technically not a seasonal scent but I have to include it because it’s so great. And that jar! The smell reminds me of Anthropologie, probably because they burn this same candle consistently (at least at my store!) throughout the year. I’ve actually got this one burning right now. If I close my eyes and try to ignore the fact that I’m wearing a thread-bare Blink-182 t-shirt and flannel gingham pajama pants, I’d almost be convinced I was a hip Anthropologie girl.
7.// WoodWick Holiday Collection – I received a sampler of this collection last year. In the collection is: Santa’s Cookies, Frasier Fir and Cinnamon Cheer. You can probably guess by now that Frasier Fir is my favorite one. I’ve burned the Cinnamon Cheer and Frasier Fir together and not surprisingly, it’s a great combination. And c’mon, the whole crackling while it burns thing is fun.
8.// Ponderosa by Voluspa – Last but certainly not least, the fancy Ponderosa by Voluspa. Pine, musk and a little bit of amber. One of my favorite go-to gifts when I’m feeling indecisive and panicky. This is about as fancy as I get with candles. I’ve yet to cross into Diptyque territory so please pray for me and my wallet if that day ever comes.
What about you? What are your favorite holiday scents? Scent is such a a personal thing… I’m interested to know what your nose favors this season!