Nothing beats the cool, crisp smell of autumn and all the warmth we're reminded of by those deep earthy flavours and spices. With the season shifting toward fall, here are a few easy ways to bring those fall aromas into your home:
1. Light Autumn-scented candles
One thing we're sure of is that there's no shortage of fall-scented candles out there. Pick some up now (Bath & Body Works usually has a plethora!), make your own, or spruce up your old vanilla candles with a layer of cinnamon sticks or sprigs of rosemary.
2. Spice up your scouring powder
If you're cleaning the house anyway, why not make it smell extra nice too? Try mixing baking soda with ground dried herbs, spices and essential oils for a natural, antibacterial and sanitizing concoction.
3. Set up a simmer pot
Fill a pot with water, fruit and whole spices. Bring to a boil then simmer on low heat and prepare for a full day of aromatic awesomeness. Be sure to top up the water level while it's simmering. Try these ingredients: cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, star anise, halved apples, orange peels, apple juice, vanilla extract, evergreen/pine needles, bay leaves, lavender, mint, essential oils.
4. Bake a pumpkin pie or a pumpkin loaf
Have your pie (or loaf) and eat it too! There's nothing better than filling your home with the smell of warm baked goods fresh out of the oven. And then getting to devour such deliciousness too? Win.
5. Make your own herb and spice fire starters
Get the fire going with an added hint of herbs and spices (as if the smell of burning wood isn't awesome enough). Check out how to make these DIY fire-starters at Hello Natural.
6. Hang cute DIY rosemary wreaths in all the places
What the what? Note to self, sprigs of rosemary make the cutest wreaths and should be hung everywhere you want to catch a refreshing whiff.
7. Cozy up with a warm pumpkin spice latte
I mean, Starbucks is great and all but you kind of have to change out of your PJs, which, on a chilly fall day is pretty much the worst thing ever. Cut the calories and sugar in half by making this equally delicious version at home.
8. Make this pumpkin spice body scrub
Remember cleaning out your pantry during quarantine and finding a bunch of refined sugar you weren't sure when you bought but thought could be useful? Cue this amazing brown sugar body scrub. Mix together brown sugar and coconut oil until crumbly, then add pumpkin spice, extra cinnamon and ground cloves. At the end of your shower, exfoliate with this scrub and rinse off. You won't pick up the spices in the mixture right away but the fragrance in the shower will be phenomenal.
9. Mull over some wine
Just like a simmer pot except consumable and boozy (therefore infinitely better). Get the whole house smelling incredible as you mull your wine in spices and fruit for intense fall flavour.