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.
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. Available at Target.
Spiced Apple Cider
These days it seems like pumpkin spice takes the cake as fall's favorite beverage, but let’s not forget about the original drink of the season: apple cider! Just like a brisk fall day, this is a fresh, crisp scent—with a kick of warm cinnamon spice. This candle comes in a sturdy concrete jar with a wooden finish, which will make the perfect addition to your autumn decor. Available at Target.
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. Available on Etsy.
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Air Wick Scented Oil Air Freshener Bonfire & Fall Air
For a gentle and natural aroma, plug in the Air Wick Scented Oil Air Freshener in the Bonfire & 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. Available at Target.
Harvest Chai Candle
Fall Car Air Freshener
Take the scent of fall with you when you hit the road. Hang one of these sachets—available in seven fall scent varieties, like Apple Maple Bourbon and Autumn Bliss—from your rear view mirror and delight in the seasonal freshness, even when traffic is a drag. Available on Etsy.
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Whiskey Sugar Coffee Spoons
Toasted Marshmallow Wax Melts
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. Available on Etsy.
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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. Available at Target.
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! Available from Homesick.
Apple Cider Poo-Pourri
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. Available on Amazon.
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 this acorn spice multi-surface cleaner from Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. The spray—which can be used on hardwood floors, tiles, countertops, walls and more—will leave your house germ-free and smelling great. Available from Target.
Weekend Getaway Candle
There’s no shortage of activities during the fall—pumpkin picking, tailgating, hikes—but perhaps the best one of all are weekend jaunts to destinations just a little bit away from home. The Weekend Getaway candle by Anecdote has taken the memories of cabins in the woods and leaf peeping and turned it into a woodsy scent with notes of Spanish moss and Valencia orange blended with juniper and pine. Anecdote offers three other fall scents that promise to echo autumn vibes. Available from Anthropologie.
Favorite Fall Fragrances
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