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How to make your house smell like Christmas

From simmer pots to essential oils, here’s how to make your house smell like Christmas.

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Getting into the Christmas spirit starts once the Christmas decor is up in the house.

It’s amplified once I add in a few Christmas tunes (anyone for Snoopy’s Christmas?)

But I really know it’s Christmas when the house smells of that delicious combo of cinnamon, oranges and cloves – or whatever Christmas scent I’ve decided to use that day.

Christmas truly is a delight for all the senses.

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Why don’t you indulge your sense of smell this holiday season?

What’s more by using Christmas scents every year, you’ll be training your brain so that whenever you smell them you’ll instantly get into the Christmas mood.

It’s a fun way to add festivity to your Christmas in July too.

Luckily, there’s as many ways to make your house smell like Christmas as there are Christmas scents.

The method you use to get your Christmas scents can include:

  • Christmas simmer pots
  • Christmas potpourri
  • Christmas candles
  • Christmas room spray
  • Christmas essential oils

Personal preference is key here – each method has its advantages and disadvantages.

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Christmas simmer pots

Christmas simmer pots are my pick of Christmas scents.


Simmer pots are economical. Your simmer pot mixture can easily last two to three days.

Simmer pots are easy to make. Throw a few ingredients together and you’re done!

Simmer pots last: the smell lasts as long as you’re simmering, so you can have all day Christmas smells.

Simmer pots are versatile. You can use the stovetop or your crockpot.

I’m personally am a fan of the crock pot as there is less risk having a stove on for hours. This mini crock pot doesn’t take up much space but gets the results.

Little Dipper 16 ounce crock-pot

This 16 ounce chrome mini crock pot is the perfect size for making your own simmer pot scents without the worry of leaving something on the stove.

Christmas simmer pot recipes

Christmas potpourri

Maybe you want to switch up your simmer pot; maybe you’ve got too much to do to focus on the stove for that long… whatever your reason, having a bowl of Christmas potpourri on the table is a great way of getting that Christmas smell fix!

Aromatique The smell of Christmas decorative potpourri

This 14 ounce bag of Christmas potpourri combines the delightful aromas of citrus and spice with naturally festive botanicals such as red berries, evergreen sprigs, nuts, pinecones and cinnamon sticks.

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Manu Home Pine potpourri

This 12 oz bag of potpourri has a delightful Christmas tree scent and is perfect for adding color to any space in a glass bowl or vase.

Christmas candles

Scented candles are one of my favorite things as they combine the coziness of a flickering flame with a soothing smell.

You’ll love this selection.

Lorenzen Candle Co. Christmas bakery soy candle

This 12oz candle is handmade in the USA with 100% soy wax.

Your stomach will be fooled into thinking there's a batch of Christmas cookies in the oven with this combo of sugar, cinnamon, caramel, honey, and creamy butter, rounded out with a smooth vanilla base.

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Christmas tree scented candle

This 12oz 100% soy candle has an amazing combination of fresh pine and crisp eucalyptus scent that’s sure to create a wonderful Christmas atmosphere throughout your home. It's also made in the USA.

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Thymes Frasier fir votive candles
$19.00 ($9.50 / Ounce)

These charming 2oz votive candles would look perfect in a row on your Christmas table, and will fill your home with a crisp, just-cut forest fragrance that is a staple for any holiday celebration.

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Christmas room spray

If you’re looking for a fast and furious burst of Christmas scent, then room spray may be the answer.

You can easily make your own room spray, as outlined here.

If you would rather buy ready made, here’s some top picks.

Best Natural Vanilla cinnamon essential oil home spray
$19.99 ($2.50 / Fl Oz)

This room spray is natural and safe to use around your precious fur babies. It smells like a combo of vanilla and cinnamon.

It also comes in a handy 2 pack.

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Claire Burke Christmas memories room spray
$59.95 ($3.33 / Fl Oz)

This room smell evokes the scent of Christmas' past.

Grab this bundle of 6 bottles - they make perfect stocking stuffers if you don't want to keep them all!

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Christmas essential oils

When it comes to essential oils, you can either use a pre-mixed blend or have a number of the basics on hand to create your own unique scents.

Here’s a list of those essential oils you can use to create Christmas smells.

InnoGear Essential oil diffuser
$22.99 ($22.99 / Count)

Inspired by nature, this essential oil diffuser is coated with wood grain. It uses ultrasonic technology to break up the essential oil into microparticles.

It's the perfect tool to get the most out of your essential oils.

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Frankincense essential oil
$8.49 ($25.73 / Fl Oz)

Often called the “king of oils”, Frankincense promotes feelings of peace and overall wellness.

Made in India, this 100% pure extract Frankincense oil is therapeutic grade.

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Orange essential oil

Orange oil has a fresh, sweet, refreshing aroma - it's my favorite essential oil.

This oil is also therapeutic grade.

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Clove essential oil

Clove essential oil has been used for centuries for its amazing properties, aroma and taste.

This 100% pure extract clove oil is therapeutic grade.

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Ginger essential oil
$11.99 ($35.26 / Fl Oz)

Ginger essential oil has warming and soothing properties.

Made in India, this 100% pure extract ginger oil is therapeutic grade.

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Myrrh essential oil
$14.99 ($45.42 / Fl Oz)

Myrrh essential oil is well known for its rich, earthy aroma and skin-benefiting properties.

Made in India, this 100% pure extract myrrh oil is therapeutic grade.

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How you use essential oils to create your own custom Christmas scent will depend on personal preference.

However some suggestions are below. Experiment with different amounts of drops until you get the balance that speaks to you.

Candy Cane Christmas

  • 4 drops peppermint oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon

Gingerbread Men

  • 4 drops ginger
  • 3 drops clove
  • 2 drops cinnamon
  • 2 drops nutmeg

O Christmas Tree

  • 3 drops cinnamon
  • 3 drops cypress
  • 3 drops fir needle
  • 3 drops orange

This collection of essential oils includes cypress and fir needle, as well as frankincense, which is another popular Christmas smell.

Earth & Wood essential oil variety kit
$21.95 ($10.87 / Fl Oz)

 his set of 6 100% pure therapeutic grade 10 ml essential oils includes frankincense, cypress, fir needle, juniper berry, patchouli, and vetiver.

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Three Wise Men

  • 3 drops frankincense
  • 3 drops myrrh
  • 3 drops orange

Whether you choose to use a simmer pot, bowl of potpourri, candles, room spray, or essential oils, you’ll be able to make your house smell like Christmas using these simple ideas.

You might also like: Classic Christmas decorations you can use year round.

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