Your Home Smells Great – Holiday tips

The sense of smell is more powerful than you could have ever imagined. And did you know that it is the only sense that has a direct connection to the brain? It has the closest ties to our memory. It’s the season once again, and it’s the time to fill your home with plenty of love, laughter and decorations. Creating a good ambiance is one of the ways to get you prepped up. So dim the lights, put on some soft music, and prepare something fragrant little recipes to fill your home with abundant memories.

Here are some D.I.Y. tips to keep the ambiance fresh:

Aromatic Wax Fire Starters


These fire starters very similar to a candle but have combustible items such as dried leaves, aromatic spices and herbs, and pine cones to help the fire going. You can toss one of these wax bombs into the fire to fill the house with a lovely smell of cinnamon and rosemary. Click here for more information on how to make these fire starters.


Olive Oil Candle

olive oil candle

Common household olive oil combined with a few drops of essential oil makes for a long-lasting liquid candle. It produces light, as much as, or more than, an ordinary candle, and is an alternative to kerosene-style oil lamps. The concept of burning oil from vegetables in the home rather than petroleum based kerosene seems more appealing, less toxic, and safer. All you need is the oil, wick stick and a paper clip, mix it up in a mason jar, and voila, your own olive own candle. Click here for more information on making the olive oil candle.


Homemade Potpourri

homemade potpourri

Want a perfect project for a cold afternoon at home? Try filling up your home with fragrance with a homemade potpourri. It all starts with shopping for good ingredients. There are no right or wrong ingredients; it’s all a matter of taste. Mix some great-smelling stuff together and leave it in a dish. It will all depend on your ingredients, and it will leave behind a subtle smell for weeks. You can check out Julie Blanner’s blog for more helpful tips on how to create a homemade potpourri gift.


Homemade Reed Diffusers

reed diffuser

Reed Diffuser has proven to be the most effective way to add scents to our living space; it is a safe, flame-free home fragrance solution with bright, vibrant scents. Simply place reed sticks and pour scented oil into diffuser bottle. Turn reeds over once to expose oil-moistened diffuser reeds to the air. The oil will continue to wick up the diffuser reeds, scenting your room for several months. To intensify fragrance, invert reeds once a week. For best result, replace reed sticks once a month. When the oil is finally used-up, simply pour in an oil refill and replace the reed sticks.

Absolutely no heat is needed to enjoy aromatic diffuser reeds. Add the element of aromatherapy to your personal space, and enjoy your favorite fragrance without the risk of fire. You’ll never wonder whether you blew out the candle!

Air fresheners like these go for $30 at a home store, but the raw materials to make your own are really inexpensive. Free, even, if you have a bamboo skewers at home in the kitchen. But better keep these out of the reach of kids and animals. Check out what materials you can use and instructions to make one here.


Make Your Own Scented Candles


Candles are a great way to add warmth and light to a room and make it truly special. They can keep your house smelling fresh and add personality to your décor. This is one of those deceiving projects that can really impress. Making homemade scented candles is easier than you think. You can blend your own personal scents and colors, giving your candles a personal touch. It’s as easy as melting wax chips and layering in your favorite natural aromatics. This variety makes a perfect personalized gift to your loved ones too. You can check out this website for more scented candle making tips.


Room Spray


Why deck the halls with toxic candles when you can create natural air freshener sprays for your home? You can get to experiment with combining scents and formulate the perfect room spray for any mood or a particular season. Mix some up for yourself or give away as gifts to your loved ones on your holiday list to spread the cheer. Check out this website for the some suggestions on the oil blends you can try this holiday season.




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