There are certain festive scents that evoke a sense of nostalgia and bring out that holiday spirit in us. Oranges infused with cinnamon, pine fir, ginger and peppermint are all evocotive of Christmas time. Sometimes having a real fir tree in the corner of our living room just isn’t enough to bring out a Christmas scent in your home. You want people to walk into your house and be enveloped in a cosy, warm and inviting scent. Of course lighting some candles and spritzing a shop bought festive room spray will do the job but there are other quick and easy ways to get the scent of Christmas radiating through your home.
Create your own Christmas garland with beautifully scented winter citrus fruits. All you need to do is dehydrate the oranges or lemons in the oven for approx 2-3 hours. You can slice them to the same depth using a mandolin. Just make sure to pat them dry before baking to remove any extra moisture. To ensure they dry flat flip them over half way through baking. You can add these to a wreath or garland or simply thread them along a string (using a hair pin), add some pine cones or cinnamon and they are ready to hang.
We all know that lots of nasty odours are eaten up and absorbed into carpets. And no-one wants to visit for for a glass of mulled wine and eau de dog. So if you don’t have the time to shell out for a professional clean then a DIY one is a great alternative. First you need a clean jam jar. Poke some holes into the lid (or if slicing your finger fills you with dread then double cling film the jar top, secure with an elastic band and poke holes in the cellophane instead or use a clean parmesan shaker pot). Add 2 cups of baking soda (bicarbonate soda) and 6-10 drops of your favourite essential oil. Think cinnamon, clove, orange or peppermint for a festive fragrance.
Shake liberally on the carpet and leave for 45 mins to 1 hour and then vacuum up.
Make your own room spray
For an instant waft of Christmas make up your own room spray with your favourite scents. Using your own spritz spray bottle ( 8 oz) add water and 8-10 drops of your chosen essential oil. Shake up and spritz away.
Wreaths aren’t just for outdoors, so take one indoors and make it work a bit harder with some essential oils. Just pop a few drops of say cinnamon leaf oil (which you can get at a health shop) onto your wreath to create the perfect Christmas scent in your home. If you want the fragrance to last longer and if you have the patience, then enclose the wreath in an airtight bag for a few days first.
We love walking into the living room or the hall first thing in the morning and inhaling the sweet fir smell of the Christmas tree. A cute idea is to steal a few smaller branches from the back of the tree (or some Christmas herbs like cinnamon, cloves) and pop them into little cotton pockets. We’re not sure of anyone who would have the time to sew little sachets together so we just wrap bits of cut off material oragami style and secure with a pretty ribbon. All of a sudden our drawers and wardrobes smell a whole lot more Christmassy!
Obviously the quickest and easiest way to create a Christmas scent in your home is with a candle. There are some specific scents to keep your eye out for winter spices (cinnamon, clove or orange), pomegranate & patchouli, lime & bay, fir tree.
Oranges & Clove Bowl
Create a festive smelling bowl with zesty oranges studded with cloves. You can carve out lines or designs in the orange skin to release more citrus, then pop the cloves along the design. Mix with a bowl of pinecones, berries and fir for a more rustic look.
If you’ve collected your pine cones from a forest walk or even if they are shop bought, add a few drops of essential oil and leave in a zip locked bag for a couple of days to release the fragrance.
For the ultimate in welcoming smells, have a festive pot bubbling away on the stove as your friends and family arrive. This isn’t for drinking mind you, just for atmosphere but is super easy to do. To a large saucepan add 2-3 tangerines (cut in half), two sticks of cinnamon, a couple of star anise, cloves, a sprig of fir, a handful of berries and fill 3/4’s way with water. Simmer away for a few hours and the smell will permeate your house very festively. Or obviously for a beautiful fragrance and taste make your own mulled wine!