Having a real fir specimen as your Christmas tree makes your home smell wonderful (perhaps that’s why we’re willing to put up with the hassle of all those dropped needles?). But it isn’t the only way to ensure there’s a quintessentially Christmassy aroma in your home at this time of year.
Using an aromatherapy diffuser is a highly effective way to distribute a fine mist of pleasingly fragrant essential oils scent throughout your home, and will really add to your super-host credentials when friends or family drop by for mince pies or a round of festive cocktails.
During the Christmas season, make a point of trying oils you might not normally burn in your diffuser, such as wise man’s favourite, frankincense. It has a woody, spicy aroma that some people enjoy as a background note to meditation, too.
Clove oil is another winter winner. For best results, you could set up your diffuser with your chosen scent an hour or so before any visitors arrive.
Guests might not know quite where it’s coming from – but they’ll definitely notice that your home smells wonderful.
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Try some great-smelling festive recipes
If you’ve fallen into the habit of buying shop-bought mince pies, Christmas cakes and puddings, why not choose one or two easy recipes you can make by hand this year?
That way, you can still enjoy the hit of spice and scent in the air from your mixing bowl or when you open the oven.
A simple spiced apple cake recipe, which could be vegan or dairy free, is an easy way to add the festive cheer of the scent of cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves to your kitchen.
Children will love to be part of a gingerbread baking and decorating extravaganza, too. Buy simple cutters in star or Christmas tree shapes and don’t worry if the icing and sprinkle distribution is a little haphazard – that’s all part of a Christmas cookie’s charm.
It’s possible to buy a ready-made gingerbread mix, but whipping up your own doesn’t take long (though it will usually involve a break for the dough to set in the fridge, so build in time for that). The result is far more satisfying – and fragrant.
For those who drink alcohol, mulled wine is another smells-like-Christmas winner. You can buy mulled wine pre-mixed and ready to warm up, or purchase a teabag-like bag of spices that you add to any bottle of red wine in a pan on your hob.
Prefer a healthier, non-alcohol option for your fragrant festive drink? As an alternative to hot chocolate, try heating up a non-alcoholic apple cider, and serve in a classic thick white mug, accompanied by a cinnamon stick. (Mulled apple or cranberry juice also works brilliantly for children.)
Create your own scented gifts
Homemade potpourri makes a thoughtful and cost-effective gift. It’s not entirely hassle-free, as some initial outlay and organisation is required, especially to source enough flowers – if you’ve just received a birthday or thank-you bouquet, this could be a great way to re-use those fading blooms.
Once you get going, you’ll be able to scoop your potpourri supply into small gift jars ready to wow friends, neighbours, teachers or any last-minute or even unexpected guests. Remember to hold back any suitable small jars or gift containers that might otherwise be going into your recycling bin.
You will need to have one or two favourite essential oils to hand before you start, such as a suitably festive cinnamon or clove oil; dilute a few drops of these in water in a spray bottle and mix well.