How to Get the Perfect Christmas Aroma in Your Home
The cold Winter months often see us flock to candle stores in an effort to make our homes that bit cosier. As the days draw closer to Christmas, it’s a perfect time to enjoy scented candles, diffusing and blending essential oils that will help get us into the spirit of the season. If you are a complete novice and have never played around with mixing your own scents or are an avid perfumer this article should help point you in the right direction.
The White Company – Winter
The White Company – £20 (Winter)
One of my own personal favourite scented candles is the White Company’s Winter candle. It’s a luxury item at the price, but the smell is pretty awesome, if you aren’t adventuring into blending your own aromatherapy oils, its a good place to start. A subtle, delicate fragrance with a touch of spice. If you are after a tasteful seasonal atmosphere look no further, this candle is relaxing yet perfectly in touch with the season it is designed to reflect.
Birch and Brook – Library
Birch & Brook – £38 (Library)
Cosy up with a good book, with Christmas tones of Cinnamon, clove buds, and soft base notes of cedar and moss you’ll be transported to a quiet place of contemplation.
Marks and Spencers – Mandarin Clove & Cinnamon
I buy this candle every year. It burns well, smells great and really brings some festive spirit. With a more citrus tones the perfume is light and zesty with subtle hints of pepper and spice. It looks great too as part of your overall Christmas decor experience, a bargain at £7.50.
The Bearded Candle Makers – A real turf fire.
The Bearded Candle Makers – A real turf fire £12.50
What could be more Christmas than the smell of a real turf fire from our very own Belfast based Bearded Candle Makers. If you haven’t yet made it to St. Georges Market to experience these fine scents you are missing out, available online from £12.50.
Essential Oils Recipes for Christmas
The common essential oils of the holidays are: Cinnamon leaf, Orange, Clove bud, Ginger, Cardamom, Cassia, Frankincense, Myrrh, Pine needle, Spruce needle, Douglas Fir Needle Siberian Fir needle, (These are the two most common Christmas Tree scents), Juniper berry and Cedarwood. It’s important to remember that most of the essential oils on the list above can be pretty strong- so remember a little goes a long way! When creating a blend, it’s a good idea to blend the stronger oils, like the spice or mint oils, with a more gentle tone like Sweet Orange. Using the stronger oils in lower quantities or proportions will help alleviate any irritation or reactions.
If you are going for an artificial tree this year, why not inject the smell of a real tree back in with a simple blend of essential oil. Fill a water-spray bottle (be aware that some essential oils can eat their way through plastic!) with around 50mls of water, add 5 or 6 drops of pine essential oil (or spruce needle depending on your preference), a little washing-up liquid, and shake the mixture vigorously. Now lightly spray the tree, and avoiding any expensive polished wooden surfaces. You’ll have all the smell of a real tree without the hassle of having to clean up the fallen pines.
Pine Needle Essential Oil – available from Amazon £4.34
Here are a few other recipes to try out throughout the house this holiday season. You can either place these in a diffuser, or create your own essential oil spray.
- 5 drops Spruce
- 3 drops Cinnamon
- 3 drops Sweet Orange
Christmas Tree Blend
- 10 drops Douglas Fir
- 5 drops Cypress
- 5 drops Sweet Orange
- 2 drops Cinnamon
- 3 drops Frankincense
Fresh and Festive
- 10 drops of Ginger
- 8 drops of Basil
- 4 drops of Lime