To fill your surroundings with the fragrances of autumn, try these candle choices available.
Autumn usually brings a refresh to our home furnishings as well as an influx of fall decor. As we prepare to hunker down for darker, cooler days, we break out the comfortable blankets, soft cushions, and fragrant candles to amp up the hygge effect. While scented candles offer many benefits and an enormous fan base (including ours), they also have some drawbacks. There are lots of flame-free alternatives to lend autumnal air to your home without the wick and wax, whether you eschew candles for safety reasons, health concerns, or potential environmental issues (or your living circumstances don’t allow them).
FLOWERS THAT HAVE BEEN DRIED
This modern take on fresh floral bouquets is ideal for the fall season. Dried flowers, unlike candles, may provide a visual recall of fall while also scenting your space. The best part is that they’re less expensive than fresh flowers, and their extended lifespan means that their aroma will endure much longer. After harvesting, dried flowers were traditionally utilised in the autumnal seasons, and their inherent golden colours make them the ideal house addition for the season.
Keep your dried flowers out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources to get the most out of them. Your flowers will be heated by the sun, which will cause their natural fragrance oils to dissipate, leaving them unfragrant. Don’t be alarmed if this occurs. Add scented beads to your vase with your favourite seasonal aroma to increase the scent of your dried or preserved flowers during the autumn months. You can also add dried flower fragrances to your flowers, but be careful because your flowers will most likely outlive the season!
Look for flowers that are powerfully scented while growing for scented blossoms that will endure a long time. Consider roses, lavender, and eucalyptus as scents.
If you prefer fresh flowers, planted geraniums, particularly the Citronella kind, which smells like sweet lemon, are very fragrant. It thrives in bright light indoors and has a lovely scent all year. Oregano can be grown indoors for a truly autumnal effect. Basil and mint can be used to decorate the windows of the kitchen or dining room. Eucalyptus is usually a good choice, whether fresh or dried.
Essential oils are a great option if you want to go the natural route. Essential oils are obtained by separating the oil of a plant by processes such as distillation or expression. They are an excellent method to bring seasonal energy into your home because they include the perfume and essence of the herb.
To bring those autumnal sensations indoors, choose aromas that are “warm, spicy, and sweet,” such as cinnamon bark, cardamom, clove, and nutmeg. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a little new this season, some scents can also help brighten your days. Citrus oils like sweet orange, lemon, and bergamot can provide a bit of sunlight and radiance to your essential oil blends as the days grow darker.
Another advantage of essential oils is that they allow you to tap into the energy of the season. Autumn’s energy invites us to reflect and look within. Grounding and balancing essential oils works well with this energy. Ginger, vetiver, and patchouli are among my favourites. Wood essential oils, such as cedarwood and black spruce, are also useful.
Three drops of sweet orange, two drops of cinnamon bark, and one drop clove are the essential oils to use in an aromatic diffuser to successfully perfume your home. To the warm and spicy notes of cinnamon bark and clove, the sweet orange gives a little brightness and delight. It reminds me of the potpourri my Grandma used to make on chilly, crisp fall nights on the stove.
There’s another method to use flowers to brighten up your home besides traditional arrangements. Spritz floral water, such as orange or rose water, all over your house. It’s quite easy to make.
Wrap the mixture in cheesecloth and leave overnight, using fragrant petals or herbs. Squeeze the petals or herbs through the cheesecloth into the water and bring to a boil the next day. Continue reducing until you have 1 to 2 tablespoons of essence remaining. Unless you buy a flower or shrub cultivated for smell, wild and foraged flowers are usually more fragrant. Cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom, orange, grapefruit, or lemon peel can also be added. They’re all great for mixing.
Whatever option you select, keep in mind that smell is a very personal experience. Experiment with several scents to find the one that best suits your energy and surroundings.