Sure, the holidays are a feast for the eyes (twinkling Christmas lights, beautiful wreaths), and your taste buds (cookies!), but if you forget about your nose, you're skipping a seriously festive part of the season. Try these homemade ways to surround yourself in cozy, friendly scents in this year.
1. Build a festive simmer pot.
If you're hosting a holiday party (and have a burner free on your stove), fill a saucepan with a bit of water and inviting aromatics like cinnamon sticks and apple slices. As the mixture heats, it will fill your home with happy, nostaligic scents — and your guests may never want to leave.
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2. Or, try pine.
For a less sweet take on the simmer pot, try one with pine branches as the main ingredient (and fool yourself into thinking you bought a real tree this year).
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3. Mix your own potpourri.
To make a holiday blend that's exactly to your liking, experiment with your own recipe of dried fruit and spices.
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4. Make minty candles.
Peppermint tops off these DIY votives, but you can customize the layers with your favorite essential oils.
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5. Hang a sweet-smelling garland.
Cinnamon-applesauce pomanders look lovely paired with bright dried orange slices, and (you guessed it) they smell amazing, too.
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6. Boost pine cones.
Sneak a favorite seasonal fragrance into your Christmas decor by spritzing cones with a cinnamon-scented oil.
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• 12 DIY Wreaths to Get You in the Holiday Spirit
This article originally appeared on GoodHousekeeping.com