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My favourite thing about autumn is how life seems to slow down again and we begin to enjoy the simple things once more. Summer is usually hectic and full of adventures, long days out, barbecued food and ice cold ciders.
All those things are amazing when we’re lounging about in the summer sunshine, but as the days become shorter, I find myself cherishing autumn sunsets, cosy blankets, comforting food and warm hot chocolates a bit more. To me, nothing marks the season of cosiness quite like filling my home with warm, welcoming scents.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn…
Shopping for seasonal scents is one of my favourite things to do once the leaves start to fall. I adore pulling the curtains, snuggling down under a blanket and lighting a gorgeous scented candle. There’s something so comforting about it! It’s been proven that certain smells can affect your mood and even your productivity, so it’s no wonder that filling my home with glorious seasonal scents is something I look forward to; it’s good for the soul.
This year, I’ve found a few gorgeous home scents which make me feel really happy and cosy, especially after a long day running about after two kids! So if you’re feeling the need to curl up in front of gorgeous rug (there are some lovely cheap rugs over here), a roaring fire and fully embrace autumn and winter, keep reading.
The Best Seasonal Home Scents For Autumn and Winter 2018
Cranberry Spiced Frosted Candle Jar from The Range – £4.99
I spend far too much of my time (and money) in The Range, but it really is a great place to stock up on home and lifestyle pieces, especially if you like to change up your living space seasonally. The Cranberry Spiced Frosted Candle costs less than a fiver and is, in my opinion, an absolute bargain. It’s a good chunky candle which comes in a gorgeous wine red frosted jar, featuring a stylish gilded label. The jar’s interior is mirrored, creating a warming effect that adds charm to any style of home decor. Most importantly, the cranberry spiced scent is divine and perfect from both autumn and winter. This one is a definite ‘must have’, especially as you’re getting such a big candle for such a small price.
Frosty Gingerbread by Yankee Candle
Is it even winter if you don’t have a giant seasonal Yankee Candle in your home? Over the years I have tried most of Yankee Candle’s seasonal scents. Yankee have quite the collection of autumnal and wintery scents to choose from, but Frosty Gingerbread is definitely my favourite. This candle smells just like Christmas. Everything I associate with a traditional Christmas: freshly baked gingerbread, cosiness, spiced coffee and warmth is brought to life through this enchanting scented candle. If you want to fill your home with a scent that makes your feel immediately happy and forget all your worries in life, the Frosty Gingerbread Yankee Candle is definitely the scent for you. As with all Yankee Candles, it comes in a variety of sizes so there’s bound to be a size that fits around your budget.
Red Tartan Winter Spice Oil Burner Gift Set from The Range – £2.99
When I think back to my childhood, I remember that scented candles, wax melts and reed diffusers weren’t really a ‘thing’. Instead, we usually had an oil burner on the go and I remember unscrewing all the little glass bottles of oil and choosing the evening’s scent. When I came across this cute winter spice oil burner gift set in The Range, I knew I had to have it. At an absolutely amazing price of £2.99, you get the oil burner and three bottles of ‘winter spice’ oil. Obviously in the shop, I couldn’t unscrew the bottles and give them a sniff as it was all packaged up, so I was curious as to how it would smell. What I ended up with was a warming seasonal scent for my home which cost very little, yet fills the house with a glorious winter spice scent. For the oil burner to work, you do need to make sure you also have a good supply of tea lights. I picked up a huge bag from here for just over a fiver.
Wax Melts by Anaphase Store – £1.50
One of my favourite things about social media is that it enables you to find wonderfully charming independent stores that you’d otherwise miss. I came across Anaphase Store on Twitter and was drawn in by their cute little wax melt pots. At £1.50 per pot, it means you don’t need to break that bank in order to enjoy a good seasonal scent. I’ve got Mulled Wine, Gingerbread and Cinnamon and use them in a burner that I’ve had for years. One of the best things about opting for wax melts to help complete your seasonal living space vibe is that they’re cheap to buy and last for ages. Again, to use them you do need to also have tea lights, but they are cheap as chips to pick up!
Aside from these home scent products, there are also some unmistakably homely and comforting smells that can lift even the grumpiest of moods during autumn and winter. For example, the smell of mulled wine or cider on the oven top is one of my absolute favourites. My first mulled cider of the year is always marked by Blackmoor Estate’s Apple Tasting event and from then on, mulled ciders and wines become the occasional warming treat throughout the chillier months. The smell of the alcohol simmering away with all those spices really brings me so much joy!
What are you favourite home scents for the colder months? Are you like me, with a small addiction to scented candles? Or do you prefer something that emits scents 24/7, like reed diffusers or plug-in air fresheners? Let me know your favourite autumn and winter scents are in the comments.