In this article, we’ll share our favourite home fragrances for winter. We have long used herbs, spices and essential oils to make our homes smell pleasant and inviting. In the Middle Ages, people used lavender to keep stored clothing fresh. Herbs such as rosemary and thyme were strewn across the floors and pine cones were burned in the fires. This added both warmth and scent to cold castles and manor houses.
Although, thankfully, modern homes are warmer, we still crave that feeling of cosiness that certain fragrances bring. In winter, when the days are short and we feel like hibernating, we use some aromas to help us to relax, others to invigorate.
First, let’s learn a little more about winter scents.
Our favourite home fragrances for winter
Earthy, sweet and comforting, vanilla is reputed to be an aphrodisiac. However, it also acts as an olfactory enhancer, allowing us to experience and enjoy other (combined) scents for longer.
Smoky and sensual, leather is often thought of as a masculine scent. It is strongly tied to memory and therefore emotion. In 16th Century France, perfumed leather gloves became fashionable and as a result, leather is used in many traditional and antique perfumes.
Of course this scent is woody, but with a warmth and enveloping softness that is perfect for making a home feel more cosy in winter.
Natural pine has a fresh, invigorating scent. It can also help improve our mental wellbeing. Diffusing essential oils from the Japanese Hinoli pine was shown to aid sleep and decrease stress hormone levels.
Produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree, this rich, citrus scent is slightly honeyed. It is used in aromatherapy to soothe, relax and aid healing.
This is is the bitter fruit, also known as ‘winter lemon’ which gives Earl Grey its distinctive perfumed flavour. Bergamot’s delicate citrus scent has both uplifting and calming properties which can help ward off anxiety and winter blues.
Next, let’s look at some fragrances that are associated with the festive period…
What are the traditional home scents for Christmas?
Frankincense is an aromatic resin that is extracted from the bark of Boswellia trees. It has a spicy, slightly sweet, woody scent, with a touch of lemon. Additionally, this fragrance has many health benefits.
This spice is closely associated with Christmas and often used in winter comfort foods such as porridge, baked apples and cookies. The smell of cinnamon evokes a feeing of comfort and warmth and can even boost memory.
Cloves are ‘the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae‘. This spice gives a warm, aromatic scent that is evocative of snug family gatherings, sipping mulled wine.
This fruit gives a tangy, citrus aroma, which works well in combination with other winter fragrances such as vanilla, bergamot and cinnamon, making it an ideal festive fragrance.
Try different combinations of these scents to find your perfect home fragrance for winter and share it with us on social media.