The Scents of the Season
Pumpkin spice might reign supreme when it comes to seasonal fragrances and flavors, but there are so many other—and some might say, better—options for autumnal home aromas. From crisp leaves to toasty bonfires, brands have gotten creative in how to evoke the essence of fall into a smell. Unfortunately, tech scientists still haven't invented a way to smell through the computer, but you can scroll through to see our favorite fall scents to warm your home during this cozy season.
Cozy Nights Candle
This jar candle from Target aims to capture one of the best parts of fall: snug evenings at home wrapped in a blanket. The soy wax candle has notes of tobacco, bergamot, and caramel creating a balanced blend of smokey and sweet scents.
Get the Opalhouse Cozy Nights Lidded Glass Jar Candle at Target for $10.
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Fall Car Air Freshener
Take the scent of fall with you when you hit the road. Hang one of these sachets—available in fall scents like Apple Maple Bourbon and yes, Pumpkin Latte—from your rear view mirror and delight in the seasonal freshness, even when traffic is a drag.
Get the Glow Happy Scents Car Air Freshener Sachet at Etsy for $10.
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Weekend Getaway Candle
Pumpkins and apples tend to get all the fall-flavored love, which is why we're so glad to see this Etsy seller highlight fall's other favorite fruit: cranberries. The Cranberry Woods potpourri comes packaged in an 8-ounce bag, and can be purchased with or without the decorative wood bowl. Great for entryways, bathrooms, or anywhere else you need a seasonal, pick-me-up scent.
Get the Sweet N Salty Bath Shop Cranberry Woods Potpourri, priced from $13.50.
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Fall-Scented Fire Starters
Toss these fall-scented fire starters into your fireplace or fire pit (along with a bit of kindling) to kickstart your flames and add a little flavor to the air. Made from soy wax with pine cones, acorns, cloves, coffee beans, cinnamon sticks, tumbleweed, and pine needles added in, these fire starters will be a feast for your senses.
Get the Candles by Nioaka Wax Fall Firestarters (set of 6) for $20.
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Harvest Chai Candle
Just like a classic chai, this Harvest Chai candle is a complex mix of sugar and spices like allspice, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Just be forewarned, lighting this candle will bring an instant craving for a chai latte.
Get the Dancing Wick Harvest Chai candle at Etsy, priced from $15.
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Harvest Hot Toddy Candle
Anecdote's hot toddy candle offers a Honeycrisp apple-and-cinnamon profile and a 55-hour burn time, and won't leave you feeling groggy the next day. Hand-poured in the USA from coconut soy wax.
Get the Anecdote Harvest Hot Toddy Candle at Anthropologie for $35.
Whiskey Sugar Coffee Spoons
What’s autumn without a sweet and spicy warm drink? Give your cup of java an extra jolt with these whiskey-flavored sugar spoons. Drop the candy spoon in your hot beverage of choice and allow it to melt for a flavorful fall kick.
Get the Perkulatte Coffee Sugar Spoons (package fo 5) at Etsy for $9.95.
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Toasted Marshmallow Wax Melts
Indulge in the sweet smell of toasted marshmallow with these deliciously inviting wax melts. Evocative of a fall evening around the campfire, the scent is just as its name describes a fusion of sweet marshmallow and smoky fire.
Get the Crackling Wick Candles Marshmallow Fireside Wax Melts on Etsy for $5.95.
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Autumn Bonfire Candle
For evenings when you’re unable—or unwilling—to go outside and make a bonfire yourself, light this candle instead. It has all the right elements to recreate the idyllic setting of being outside on a brisk autumn evening around the fire pit: notes of pine, balsam, and bergamot with the addition of patchouli and sandalwood, as well as smoky firewood and fallen leaves. If you close your eyes, you might just mistake the fall scent for the real thing. (The scent is also available in wax melts and room sprays.)
Get the Nomad Farms Autumn Bonfire Scented Candle on Etsy, priced from $9.95.
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Apple Cider Hand Soap
Enjoy the smells of the season—without lighting a candle. Keep this Mrs. Meyer’s Apple Cider Hand Soap by your sink for a splash of fall freshness. It’s a vibrant combination of sweet and crisp apple scent with a hint of cinnamon. With all the handwashing done throughout the day, this is a perfect way to enjoy this autumn fragrance.
Get the Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Apple Cider Liquid Hand Soap at Target for $4.89.
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You might not be able to experience the true Oktoberfest in person, but you can gather friends in the backyard, enjoy a few brews, and light this candle that captures the best scents of the famous German festival. It has notes of pumpkin ale, golden hops, clove bud, and spices—and not to be forgotten warm pretzel, musk, and vanilla. Prost!
Get the Octoberfest Candle from Homesick for $38.
Apple Cider Poo-Pourri
Keep the bathroom smelling fresh—but still seasonal—with the apple cider-scented Poo-Pourri. The toilet spray has base notes of fuji apple with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. (And though we said we'd stick to fragrances beyond pumpkin spice, well, Poo-Pourri's pumpkin spice spritz is worth checking out.) The bathroom will be the smelliest room in the house—in a good way!
Get the Poo-Pourri Apple Spice Toilet Spray on Amazon for $17.89.
Fall Essential Oils
Anyone who enjoys the soothing scents of aromatherapy needs to add this autumn fragrance collection to their lineup. The six-pack set includes warm fall scents such as brown sugar, snickerdoodle, and forest pine. In addition to dropping them into an oil diffuser you can use them to make homemade soaps and perfumes.
Get the P&J Trading Autumn Set of 6 Premium Grade Fragrance Oils on Amazon for $16.95.
Acorn Spice Multi-Surface Cleaner
Home cleaning products don’t have to be tinged with the harsh scent of chemicals. During the autumn months opt for one of our favorite Mrs. Meyer's fall scents: the acorn spice multi-surface cleaner. The spray—which can be used on hardwood floors, tiles, countertops, walls and more—will leave your house germ-free and smelling great.
Get the Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Acorn Spice Everyday Cleaner at Target for $4.99.
Bonfire & Fall Air Scented Oil Air Freshener
For a gentle and natural aroma, plug in the Air Wick Scented Oil Air Freshener in the Bonfire & Crisp Fall Air scent. This oil air freshener diffuses a gentle aroma of fig leaves, cedar, sandalwood, and cypress, evoking a night outside by the woods and bonfire.
Get the Air Wick Plug In Bonfire and Crisp Fall Air Scented Oil Refills (5 pack) at Amazon for $10.97.
Favorite Fall Fragrances
It's time to indulge in the scents of the season!
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