Fall is here and we want our homes to smell like it! Many store-bought fragrances can be overpowering. Try these natural room scents instead!
Hello friends! Something you might not know about me is that I am very interested in natural alternatives to everyday items. Growing up, we found out my mother was allergic to pretty much every man-made chemical on the planet. That meant we had to completely revamp everything we did. Cleaners, laundry detergent, hand soap, deodorant, perfumes, and air fresheners were looked at and most were gotten rid of because of my mom’s allergy. It turned out that we were ahead of the curve, and about a decade later, natural alternatives and green products became a thing because of the potential harm from those same man-made chemicals my mom was allergic to. Who woulda thought?
Soon after, we also found out I have the same tendencies as my mother, and many man-made chemicals (mostly artificial fragrances) also make me sick. So, my love of the alternative products began. In this series, I’m going to share some of the best room scents I use to make my home smell great for the different seasons, without artificial fragrances! This means, no expensive name brand candles or spray air fresheners. Just all natural, yummy home scents you can make with items you may already have! Today, let’s make your home smell like fall!
So first, let’s talk about some of the fall scents you can use in your natural room scents! These can be essential oils, dried or fresh fruits, herbs, flowers, or spices. Take a look at this list, see what you have already, and see if you can think of any natural room fragrance scent combos you would like! Then, continue on down the post!
- Bay leaf
Via The Yummy Life
Orange Cinnamon Clove Jar: This jar is so pretty to me. I just love it. This one can be left open as is, put on a candle warmer, or even poured into a pot to simmer. This combination of smells is going to have that warming fall smell that will gently waft into your home. Ah, I can smell this home fragrance already.
I am very partial to anise and allspice myself, so I would definitely add those into this recipe. Anise has a licorice-like smell and taste, and you don’t need a lot! You can find them in bulk spice sections, and in normal spice aisles as well. I also think this would make a gorgeous gift for friends and family members for this time of year. You could change up the scent profiles for their particular tastes, or come up with new ones yourself! This style of jar makes it easy to give as a gift, and it just looks gorgeous!
You could even turn this into a reed diffuser, if that’s more your thing! Or, plop tea lights at the top of the jars to create your own natural scented candles! I love versatile crafts.
Apple Orange Cinnamon Simmer Pot: I think this is one of my favorite fall scent combinations. Apples definitely give off that fall vibe, and oranges just add a warming undertone. Then, of course you need cinnamon! I get cinnamon sticks by the bunch at a local farmers market, but you can also sometimes find them in store. If you don’t have cinnamon sticks, you can use ground cinnamon instead. Just substitute ½ a teaspoon ground cinnamon for every stick! You can also toss in some cranberries for another layer of yummy fall scent!
If you really love simmer pot recipes, here are more great combos you can try for fall!
Via Julie Blanner
Homemade Potpourri: One classic way everyone used to make their home smell great was potpourri! A lot of the stuff you can buy now is loaded with artificial fragrances though. But, these house scents are so easy to make, you don’t have to buy that artificial stuff in the store! This potpourri is made with dried apples and oranges with cinnamon, clove, and anise.
To dry apples and oranges, all you need to do is slice up the fruits into very, very thin pieces, and place on baking sheets in a 250 degree Fahrenheit oven. Start by leaving them there for an hour and a half, and check every half hour until they are perfectly dried. I tried this and honestly, it’s okay if you, um, over dry your fruit. The apples I burnt overcooked still smell gorgeous. If you are forgetful like me, drop the temperature to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit. And now you can make dried fruit for any of your scented needs!
Fall Harvest Simmer Pot: If you love the smell of pumpkin, this natural home fragrance is for you! It has many of the same ingredients as the simmer pot above, but it also has canned pumpkin, nutmeg, and splashes of apple cider. It’s like fall in a pot. Well. All of these recipes I’m giving you are fall scented, so I can’t keep using that. But hey, this one is pretty awesome. When I think of fall, I think of the PSL craze, so naturally I had to find a simmer pot that had pumpkin! You could probably also add in some pumpkin spice if you wished. I don’t see why not!
Via Tasty Kitchen
Rosemary Orange Gel Air Freshener: I was super intrigued by this one. It’s a gel freshener, but all natural! How cool is that? It’s made from gelatin, and is super easy to make. The rosemary and orange combo will have a fairly fall like smell to it, but you can always add more scents like vanilla, ginger, or any of the fresh scents listed at the beginning of this post.
If you’re curious as to how I would add in these flavors when they aren’t all in liquid form, I would make a concentrate. Maybe pick one of the simmer pots, and after it’s been simmering for a while, take a bit of the liquid out and add it in like an essential oil. That’s what I would try, anyways. It’ll almost have that scented wax vibe to it. We’ll see if it works!
Well, there you have it, folks! Some natural alternatives to get your house smelling like fall without resorting to artificial fragrances! Which of these scents for the home was your favorite? Are there any combinations you use that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this post with your family and friends! And as always, stay creative, my friends!
**Featured image via 17 Apart