Common Scents: Adding Aroma to Your Home

Sun, Nov 01, 2015 at 4:50PM

We all love having warm, calming scents in our homes—especially during the holidays! Fortunately, there is a variety of ways you can do this. Below, we’re listing some of our favorite ways to add soothing scents to the home, just in time for Thanksgiving and the holiday season!

Simmer pot recipes

If you’re not already making your own sweet smelling simmer pot recipes, you probably have a friend or family member who is. This timeless, easy-to-make option consists of adding aromatic ingredients to a pot of simmering water. The idea is to simmer the ingredients so that they can stay warm all day while providing you with a constant, inviting fragrance. Some popular combinations are apple peels, orange rinds, cloves and cinnamon or even simply vanilla and orange peels—but there are dozens more to be found online or from trusty friends or neighbors.

Since the pot will be simmering, it’s generally safe to leave on all day. Just be sure to turn off the stove whenever you leave the house—it’s a smart precaution and can help you preserve some of the sweet aroma!


Potpourri is another natural way to add a subtle touch of fragrance to your home… but there’s no need to pick up a store bought bag of it! You can easily make your own potpourri right at home, with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

As is the case with simmer pot recipes, there are dozens—if not hundreds—of potpourri recipes to try out. Many will include easy ingredients like cloves, rose petals, cinnamon and apple peels.

Another great aspect of potpourri—you can prepare it as a gift! While you’re making your own batch for home, be sure to set aside some ingredients to place in jars or bags for friends and family.


You can’t go wrong with a simple candle in your favorite scent—and they double as fantastic gifts at this time of the year. Warm pumpkin, apple pie, or pine are just a few popular choices for the fall and winter months.

Reed diffusers

The reeds in a reed diffuser act as straws, sucking scent from the oils at the bottom to the air above. As you can see, this is a simple (and safe) way to add your favorite scented oils to your living space—and because reed diffusers are flameless, you won’t have to worry about turning anything on or blowing anything out when you head out the door.

Oil warmer

An oil warmer is a simple tool that allows you to heat your favorite oils so their scents spread throughout your home. There are a variety of types, including electric and flame powered, so choose according to what best suits your needs! Just add your favorite scented oil to the top and enjoy.

The holiday season is all about feeling warm, cozy and relaxed—and there’s no better way to achieve those feelings than with a great scent. Try one of these easy solutions to fill your home with fragrance. 

Common Scents: Adding Aroma to Your Home

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