It’s nearly December, and that means it's nearly time to put up the decorations and adorn your household in fairy lights, tinsel and glitter – but this year how can you take it that one step further? An effortless and often overlooked way to introduce Christmas into your home is through the use of yuletide scents.
Nothing says Christmas quite like the aroma of a mug full of warm mulled wine, especially when it’s so simple to make!
Over a medium heat, put: red wine, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, lemon rind and orange rind into a heavy saucepan and heat gently without boiling.
Then, stir in two tablespoons of sugar until dissolved and adjust to taste. Now just let the spices and flavours infuse in the wine for 20 minutes and wait for the smells of Christmas to fill your home. Read the full recipe.
Whether it’s plain biscuits, gingerbread men or an ambitious architectural masterpiece, no-one can resist the warm and inviting smell of freshly baked gingerbread.
The mixture of the ginger, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg all together in a warm oven smells exactly like the comfort of Christmas – and will quickly spread that Christmassy scent and feeling around your home! Read the full recipe.
Want something that lasts a bit longer than the smell of freshly-baked treats? Make your own reed diffuser – it’s very simple and only takes a few tools you might already have around your house.
Using just essential oil, water and some vodka you can infuse any room with Christmas scents for the whole yuletide period! You’ll need to get a tall glass container, fill it with water, add a few tablespoons of vodka, and then put in the essential oil (1 part essential oil to 5 parts water). A few Christmas scented oils you could use are Mandarin, Cinnamon, Clove or Pine.
Add reeds or bamboo skewers to soak up the mixture and diffuse the scent. You can even use this idea for an easy and personalised Secret Santa gift!
Finally, what’s Christmas without a Christmas tree? To secure your household seasonal scent, get a real tree. There’s really no substitute for the full and rich smell of pine needles to truly complete that feel of Christmas in your home.
If you can’t bear the thought of pine needles littering the floor – even for the unparalleled smell – you can always cheat and spray your fake tree with pine oil. Just add a few drops of pine essential oil to water and spray on your tree to mimic the real thing.