How to Make Your Home Smell Like a Cozy Fall Wonderland

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Fall Boil

A fall boil is one natural way to make your home smell amazing. Create your own concoction using all your favorite fall scents. Throw them in the crock pot or on the stove and enjoy.

List of things to add to your fall boil (mix and match):

  • Start with a few cups of water (add more as needed)
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Bay leaf
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Anise
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves Cranberry
  • Rosemary
  • Ginger

Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

Essential oils are another simple and natural way to give your home a fall scent. In addition, some oils have health benefits. Did you know that ginger can help reduce nausea? Other benefits of diffusing oils include stress relief, increased focus, improved mood and more.

Here are a few oil recipes to try this fall:

Gather ‘Round the Tree

  • Douglass Fir
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood

Leafy Escape

  • Cassia
  • Patchouli
  • Orange

Fresh Baked Pie

  • Orange
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove


Have you ever been to an open house and the agent had just baked cookies? The scent is cozy and inviting, the perfect touch of home on a cool fall day. You don’t have to be a Betty Crocker in the kitchen to enjoy this benefit, there’s no harm in picking up a roll of ready-made Tollhouse cookie dough and plopping it on the cookie tray for a yummy smell (and taste) or popping a little Marie Calendar’s action into the oven for that fresh-baked apple scent.

Apple Cider

There is nothing like the smell of mulling spices to give you all the fall feels.

Fresh Homemade

Play with your own blend of these ingredients in the crock pot or stock pot. Combine all ingredients, simmer (occasionally mashing the fruits to get the most flavor), strain it, and serve.

  • Fresh fruit – apples and oranges
  • Sweetener – such as maple syrup, brown sugar, agave or date syrup
  • Spices – allspice, nutmeg, ginger cinnamon, clove
  • Water

Quick and Dirty Apple Cider

  • Jug of any brand of pre-made apple cider
  • Mulling spice (typically down the tea aisle)
  • Add about 1-2 ounces of bourbon or rum to each cup of cider

Potpourri and Candles

Yes, potpourri is still a thing, and it’s not just your grandma using it! You can even make your own using fresh fall fruits and herbs like oranges, apples, thyme and cinnamon. Simply thinly slice all your favorite scent-makers and dehydrate them in your oven by baking them on low (about 200 degrees) for a couple of hours, flipping them about every 30 minutes. Once the ingredients are dehydrated and combined, add some fall essential oil drops for an extra potent scent.

Candles are a quick and easy way to give your home a fall-scented boost. Not only will the smell get you in the holiday spirit, but candles set an ambiance. There are many types of candles to choose from, making it overwhelming at times. Here are the various kinds of materials used including beeswax, the longest burning candle; soy, an eco-friendlier candle because it is an easily renewable resource; bayberry, made from a plant known to have a Christmas-like aroma; and gel, known to burn brighter and longer than most other candles. For the ultimate cozy experience, you can also consider the kind of wick used in the candle. Wood wicks are known to crackle like a fireplace.