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17 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas

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Christmas Scents

There’s something special about Christmas smells that help to create and bring back so many memories! Find out how you can make your home smell like Christmas with these easy smell hacks. 

Christmas is just around the corner!

The winter holidays bring about both peace and chaos to homes around the world. Soon enough, you’ll likely have gift wrapping supplies scattered across tables, Amazon packages piling up in front of your door, and a cluttered kitchen from all of your holiday cooking.

You’ll also have an opportunity to get cozy by your fireplace, watch holiday movies with your loved ones, and fill your home with familiar winter scents. Whether it’s peppermint or orange, everyone can pick up on at least one scent that reminds them of Christmastime.


What Smells Like Christmas?

How To Make Your House Smell Like Christmas


These are some of the best Christmas scents for the home:

  • Peppermint
  • Gingerbread ( think spices like cinnamon,nutmeg,clove)
  • Fir Tree
  • Pine
  • Open Fireplaces
  • Roasted Chestnuts
  • Orange

With so many great smelling products on the market, it’s easy to make your home smell like Christmas.

There are also plenty of DIY home décor projects that invite holiday scents into your home. These home fragrance tips will help your household get into the Christmas spirit


How To Make Your House Smell Like Christmas

Try these simple house smell hacks to create an amazing Christmas feeling in your home. 


  • Christmas Scented Candles

Candle companies make scented products that are designed to smell like Christmas.

If you’re looking for a more subtle scent to fill a room, go for a vanilla bean candle or a cranberry scent . Use woodsy-scented candles to bring fireplace vibes into your home.

For more a traditional smell try a christmas tree scented candle.

You can also find more exciting christmas scented candle examples online at Amazon like these gorgeous gingerbread and candy cane scents!

Discover more christmas candles here


  • Christmas Simmering Potpourri

Try something a little different from traditional christmas potpourri and use a simmer pot to waft winter fragrances throughout your kitchen. To warm up your home and make it smell festive,try a christmas stovetop potpourri by simmering thick orange slices, fresh rosemary, and balsam in a large pot of water. Simmer pots are perfect for when you’re hosting a holiday party to create a brillaint atmosphere. 


  • Christmas Scents Essential Oils

Christmas scented essential oils are a easy way to add some Christmas smells to your home. Use them in a diffuser, create blends of you favorites, or add a few drops to cotton wool balls  and keep them in an open jar in an area you would like scented. 

Here are some of our favorite essential oils that smell like christmas:

You can also get brillaint Christmas Essential Oil sets like these HERE


  • Christmas Wax Melts

Wax melts are oftentimes cheaper than candles, and each package will typically cover you for several uses. Use them to make your home smell like vanilla cookies, cinnamon buns, or rustic woods.  Don’t forget to buy a wax warmer too. 


  • Christmas Reed Diffusers

Reed diffusers are refillable containers that spread essential oils throughout a room. Find a set that includes the reeds, container, and some oil to start with. You can easily find reed diffuser sets with peppermint scents and other christmas smells. If you want something that isn’t as strong, go for an orange or vanilla oil.

Find more Christmas Scented Reed Diffusers HERE.

  • Scented Stuffed Animals

Add a subtle scent to your child’s bedroom with a scented stuffed animal. Order vanilla-scented bunnies or puppies on Amazon, or take a family trip to Build-A-Bear Workshop to let your child make their own furry friend. You can also buy Build-A-Bear supplies online to bring this fun activity into your home. They have dozens of animals to choose from!


Natural Christmas Smells

Looking for more natural ways to make your home smell like Christmas? Try these easy christms scent ideas. 

  • Light Your Fireplace

If you have a fireplace in your home, light it! A live fire is the easiest way to bring genuine, natural scents into your living room. As an added bonus, it’ll also keep you warm as you watch the snow fall outside of your window.


  • Christmas Trees

There is nothing quite like that christmas tree smell! This Christmas, invest in a live tree. While fake trees are reusable and less expensive, a real tree will bring natural scents into that corner of your house. The best smelling christmas tree is one that has been  freshly cut – an older tree won’t smell as strong.

If you can’t get a real tree then don’t worry you can still get that christmas tree scent with products like theseHERE


  • Bake Gingerbread Cookies

Your party guests will love your homemade gingerbread cookies, and you’ll love the smell that fills your kitchen. Freshly-baked gingerbread cookies are fun to eat, smell, and decorate. Find some great Christmas cookie recipes here


DIY Christmas Smell Hacks

Why not have some festive fun by making these easy DIY Christmas scented goodies!

  • Christmas Tree Sachets

Carry the scent of your Christmas tree into your bedroom with handmade sachets! Place your leftover Christmas tree trimmings in a small fabric bag. Then, stick them in drawers, closets, and cabinets to bring the fir scent into these small spaces. If you don’t have a live Christmas tree then try these christmas tree scent sticksinstead. 

  • Baked Garland

Make a garland out of baked fruit and mini gingerbread men! To make the gingerbread men, work cinnamon, cloves, and applesauce into a clay-like mixture before cutting them out. Let everything dry, then string it all together. You can place these garlands in a laundry room, kitchen, or entryway.

  • Cinnamon Tree Ornaments

This year, make scented ornaments to hang on your tree. Make a “dough” using cinnamon, glue, and applesauce to mold or cut into different shapes. Once your ornaments dry, you can use fabric paint to decorate them. Remember to make a hole in the shapes so you can hang them up!


Christmas Cleaning Products

An easy way to make your house smell christmassy is to use those scents that remind us all of Christmas while cleaning. 


  • Scented Cleaning Products

Thankfully, many common cleaning products already come in a citrusy scent. Instead of lemon-scented products, look for orange cleaning supplies. Wood cleaners are typically available with an orange scent, as well as all-purpose sprays, and Clorox wipes.

You could also buy special products like christmas tree air freshener


  • Christmas Shower Products

Scented shower products smell great, but they also have some benefits you may not know about. Use a shampoo with peppermint oil to cool down an itchy, dry scalp. You can also grab a face wash infused with orange to fight acne.  If you really want to get into the Christmas spirit then why not get some fun Christmas Shower gels like these


  • Hand Soap

As Christmastime creeps up on us, so do infectious diseases like the cold and flu. Protect your family with an antibacterial soap. Look for a soap that smells like peppermint, vanilla, or cinnamon. Since cold and flu season lasts all winter, be sure to stock up on soaps!

  • Hand Moisturizer

Dry, cracked hands are all too common during the winter months. Protect your hands from stinging cuts with a scented hand moisturizer. Since moisturizers are designed to linger, go for a scent that isn’t too strong, like vanilla

  • PocketBac Hand Sanitizer

PocketBac Hand Sanitizer

These PocketBac Hand Sanitizer pack a scented punch! They’re perfect for sneaking into your purse or your child’s backpack. It’s also a good idea to keep some in places that get touched often, like entryways, living room furniture, and in your kitchen. Spread fun scents like cranberry and orange, not germs!

Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you can enjoy these nostalgic holiday scents in your home. When combined with a little bit of heat, holiday scents help create a cozy, inviting environment for your family and party guests. Get creative, get festive, and get excited for the upcoming holiday season!


We hope you enjoy these ideas to bring the sweet smell of christmas into your home. 

Let us know which Christmas Holiday smells you love to have in your home to get you into the festive season! 


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