How to Make Your Home Smell Like Autumn

As we make our homes more cosy for autumn, it's time to think about scent too. If you already love essential oils, read on to for some tips on oil blends as well as our favourite single oil scents that are perfect for the season. By blending some delicious oils together you can give your home the scent of fall all season long. If you are new to essential oils we have some tips on how to start making your home smell amazing too!

What smells remind you of autumn? Is it all the cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg of a typical pumpkin spice blend, or an aroma redolent of the outdoors, full of earthy, woody tones, maybe with pine and eucalyptus?

Whether you prefer the intoxicating blend of citrus and spice or a more outdoor fall smell, essential oils can help you to bring those scents into your home. The scent of essential oils drifting around your home can help to create a cosy and comforting ambience to welcome friends and family.

How to Use Essential Oils

There are several ways to diffuse essential oils in the home. You can diffuse the scents into the air with a simple oil burner, a diffuser or a room spray. You can also add the oil blends to dried flowers or leaves in pot pouuri, or you can place a saucer of water with a few drops of oil under a radiator (not if you have pets, though!).

Here are our favourites:

This ceramic oil burner is perfect for those just getting started with essential oils. Just add a spoonful of water and 3-5 drops of oil in the bowl and light a tea light candle underneath. Can also be used with wax melts. Such a pretty burner, it creates beautiful shadows and light effects too.

Anjou Aromatherapy Diffuser

The Anjou essential oil diffuser has a unique patented oil flow system that makes it diffuse oil more efficiently and for longer. In fact, it lasts up to 12 hours and is so quiet you can even have it in a bedroom. We love its good looks and efficient diffusion which lasts for ages. A great buy.


How to Mix Your Own Blends

There are a number of autumn and fall-scented essential oil blends you can buy, but it's usually better and more fun to create your own. Before you begin blending have in mind what you want to achieve: a forest smell, crisp fall air, pumpkin spice, or something else?

Before you begin it's best to stock up on a small library of your favourite essential oils. Some of the best scents for fall, and ones that we like to use in our autumn blends include:

You could use any of these individually or mix up your own blend according to your own preferences. Autumn is a great time to start experimenting with different combinations of essential oils until you work out exactly what kinds of scents you prefer.

As a rule of thumb when creating your own blends, the stronger scents like eucalyptus, pine or fir should be used sparingly, and milder scents like vanilla or sweet orange can be used more generously. 

Remember you can always add but you can't take away so add any oil a drop at a time until you get the aroma you want.

Play around with different essential oils until you come up with blends you love that are perfect for the autumn season. Use them in your DIY baath and body products, or just add the blend to a diffuser so that it smells just like fall in your home every day.

Autumn Scent Blends

There are some tried and tested oil blends that work and will make your home smell of autumn.

As with all essential oil blends, the amounts you use of each oil depends on which of the scents you enjoy the most, and which you want to be the strongest. Sometimes it takes a little experimentation to get the right combination.

Below are 11 different blends of essential oils that are perfect for autumn.

These use individual scents that remind you of fall, combined into delicious, aromatic blends. As with all essential oils, they not only provide wonderful, seasonal scents, but can provide many physical and mental health benefits through aromatherapy.

Here are the essential oil scent combinations we love, you will need to experiment with quantities:

Pumpkin Spice

To make a pumpkin spice blend, combine 2 drops of Cinnamon oil with a drop of Clove and Nutmeg. 

You can stop there or add Cardamom or Ginger. These will give the scent even more spice, so it is up to you how strong of a pumpkin spice scent you are going for.

If you are using the blend in a diffuser and want it to smell strong in your home, adding these other spices is a great idea.

We LOVE this recipe for a more citrussy pumpkin spice scent:
  • 5 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 3 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 drop clove essential oil
  • 1 drop nutmeg essential oil

Autumn Air

This blend smells just like those autumn walks when it's still warm and the aromas of the forest are all around you.

Try Fir or Eucalyptus with Sweet Orange and your choice of spice, for example either Nutmeg or Clove.

Autumn Spice

This is another spice combination that is heavily spiced with Cinnamon, but with the added sweetness of Vanilla or citrus.

Combine Cinnamon oil with Clove, Vanilla, and Sweet Orange or Lemon.

Autumn Woods

This blend smells just like you are taking a nice stroll through the forest in autumn. It's as if you can smell the leaves falling from the trees!

This blend starts with 3 basic scents: Cypress, White fir and Sandalwood. Then you can add Lemon or Sweet Orange to the delicious woody smell. You could even add Idaho blue spruce essential oil.

Chai Tea Blend

This blend smells just like chai tea with a classic cinnamon and spiced scent, perfect for scenting your home at this time of year.

Use a combination of Cinnamon, Clove, Cardamom and Ginger. Start with one drop of each, then add more of the ones you love the most.

We prefer: 3 drops of cardamom essential oil + 2 drops of cassia essential oil + 2 drops of clove essential oil + 1 drop of ginger essential oil

Crisp Autumn Air

This one of the more subtle fall scents. It helps to promote relaxation and will remind you of all the reasons why you love autumn.

It's a beautiful scent to use in the home, or add to your bath to relax at night.

The blend starts with Orange, Lemon and Fir, a simple combination of fruity, citrus, and outdoorsy notes. You could also add Bergamot for a fruity, spicy tone or Peppermint or Eucalyptus for a more outdoorsy kind of scent.

You could also try: 2 drops basil essential oil + 3 drops grapefruit essential oil + 1 drop clove essential oil

Fallen Leaves

Evoking memories of falling leaves, this blend smells faintly of the outdoors, with some spicy and fruity notes as well.

Start with 2-3 drops of Orange essential oil, 1 drop of Ginger, and 1-2 drops of Patchouli. You can then add more orange or try a drop of Eucalyptus and Peppermint for an outdoor element.

Festive Fall

To start, combine 2 drops of Orange essential oil, 2 drops of Cinnamon essential oil and 1 drop of Frankincense essential oil.

Then you can add fruitiness with  1-2 drops of Bergamot or add more spice with Clove or Nutmeg.

Fruity Orchard

This fruity blend is a more subtle and fresh scent than some of the others. It's perfect for putting into your diffuser and will make your home smell like you are walking through an orchard.

Combine Sweet Orange, Clove, Rosemary, Cinnamon and Nutmeg. The sweet orange scent gives this scent a sweet, citrus smell but you can also use other fruit scents like lemon if you want to add more sweet and less spice to this one.

Gingerbread Cookie

When you want an essential oil blend that is on the sweeter side with a bit of spice, this Gingerbread Cookie blend is perfect.

Start with 2-3 drops of Cinnamon and Ginger essential oils, then 1-2 drops of Nutmeg and 1-2 drops of Clove. The ginger and cinnamon should be about equal in the blend, and be stronger than the lighter notes of clove and nutmeg.

Add more ginger and cinnamon to really make it smell like you have freshly-baked gingerbread in your kitchen! Use this blend in a diffuser in your kitchen or living room.

You can also use this combination in Christmas soap or bath bombs

Orange Cider

This is another fruity scent, one that is very simple to make and uses only 3 oils: Sweet orange, Clove and Rosemary. 

The orange is sweet enough to balance out all the woodsy and spice scents so it keeps the scent subtle without overpowering you.

Rosemary is a light scent that works very well with the orange, and clove provides just a little bit of spice.

I hope these delicious scents help your home to smell like autumn this year!

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