If you are in the mood for Fall and want to feel cozy and warm inside your home, then you have to try these DIY natural scents for your home this fall. All-natural fragrance ideas to help you really get in the mood for this wonderful season.
7 Amazing Autumn Scents to Recreate at Home
Who is ready for fall leaves, hoodies, pumpkins, and s’mores? I definitely am ready because I love this season. As the leaves change colors and the temperature starts to dip, the air around us seems almost saturated (but in a good way) with all of the most amazing fall fragrances. These aromas make us feel warm, comforted, and nostalgic. Let’s explore some of the most iconic fall smells that we can recreate at home. Then, we’ll get to the DIY ideas.
1. Crisp Apples and Orchard Air
Visiting an apple orchard during fall is an olfactory delight. The sweet, tangy aroma of freshly picked apples, combined with the earthy scent of fallen leaves underfoot, creates an unforgettable fragrance. Whether you’re biting into a juicy apple or simmering a pot of spiced apple cider, the essence of orchard air captures the essence of autumn.
2. Pumpkin Spice Everything
From homemade pies to overpriced lattes, pumpkin spice is EVERYWHERE during autumn! Heck, it even plays a starring role in all of the funniest fall memes! For those who love it, it’s the most magical time of the year! There’s nothing quite like that comforting blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger!
3. Woodsy Campfires
Cooler evenings are practically custom-built for gathering around crackling campfires. The smoky scent of burning wood, combined with the earthy scent of damp leaves and the brisk evening air, creates an ambiance that’s both rustic and inviting.
4. Spiced Baking
Fall is synonymous with baking, especially as we get closer to Thanksgiving. The aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls, gingerbread cookies, and hearty loaves of bread permeates the air, making us feel all warm and gooey inside!
5. Fallen Leaves
The distinctive scent of dried, fallen leaves underfoot is both a quintessential and completely unique autumn experience. It’s hard to describe this fall fragrance because it really depends on so many factors, like the type of leaves, the level of moisture, and the overall environment. It’s kind of earthy, a little musty (but not in a gross way), and definitely “woodsy.”
6. Earthy Woods and Moss
While you can smell the aroma of fallen leaves pretty much anywhere in the north, this one is a bit different. The combination of damp earth, moss-covered rocks, and decaying leaves in the forest doesn’t sound like it would be appealing, but it’s actually one of the most tranquil and soothing fall smells ever.
7. Harvest Spice Markets
Fall harvest markets are bursting with so many sensory wonders. The mingling scents of freshly harvested vegetables, dried herbs, and local farm goods create a symphony that embodies the essence of the harvest season.
Now that we know which fall fragrances we want to recreate at home, let’s talk about HOW to do just that in the most natural way possible.
DIY Natural Scents That Will Make Your Home Smell Like Fall
If you also want your home to smell like fall but want to do it without chemicals or artificial scents, these DIY ideas are just what you’ve been looking for. There is nothing better than a good scent to put you in the fall season mood.
I really like natural scents. You only need a few simple, fresh, and natural ingredients to make your home smell like fall. It’s so easy and the smell will bring back so many fall memories. I just love to feel cozy inside my home during this time of the year.
1. Easy DIY Trick To Make Your Home Smell Like Fall.
You just need to boil orange peels and cinnamon sticks. That’s it! Easy, natural and smells heavenly! My favorite idea from these 7 DIY natural scents. Learn this DIY trick to make your home smell like fall here, plus check out a few of my favorite simmer pot recipes!
2. Homemade Fall Cookies.
What can be a better way to get your home to smell like Fall than baking some pumpkin cookies? Oh, the smell coming out of the oven is just priceless! I wish I could share it in this post…
Plus you get a bonus: mouth-watering delicious Fall flavors! Recipe HERE.
3. DIY Rosemary Wreaths.
This is such an easy and natural way to make your home smell like Fall. There is something about wreaths that makes me feel cozy and warm. This is also perfect for the winter months. And looks so pretty.
I found this idea from Real House Moms. See full details HERE.
4. Orange Peel Candles.
Another way to use those orange peels and make your home smell like Fall. All that’s needed is an orange, some olive oil and two minutes of your time.
5. Scented Pine Cones.
All you need is to bake the pine cones at 200F for one hour. Once cooled, add your favorite Fall blend essential oils and keep in an air-tight container for the scent to develop. Then place them around your home. You can also decorate them with leaves and cinnamon sticks.
They look so pretty around your home as Fall decorations. Great idea from The Spruce. Full details HERE.
6. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Spray.
There is nothing more pleasant than a natural spray. And this pumpkin spice smell is just perfect for Fall! You only need some essential oils, a spray bottle, and water. I really like the sweet orange essential oil for my natural spray scent.
This is an awesome idea from Wellness Mama. Full details HERE.
7. DIY Baking Soda Air Freshening Scent Jars.
Be hit by the smell of Fall inside your home with these awesome freshening scent jars. They are so easy to make and will make your home smell like Fall immediately.
BONUS: DIY Falling Leaves Natural Potpourri
I didn’t include this last one in the 7 easy DIY natural fall fragrances above because it doesn’t really fit my criteria for “easy,” especially for those of us who live in the south. I can’t exactly walk out my front door and grab a bunch of dried leaves here in Miami. But if you DO happen to live up north, or you have friends that are willing to send you some leaves in the mail (and yes, I know people who do that), then it’s definitely an amazing way to make your home smell like fall!
- Dried Oak or Maple Leaves
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Whole Cloves
- Dried Orange Peel
- Dried Apple Slices
- Whole Nutmeg
- Allspice Berries
- Juniper Berries
- Pine Needles (optional)
- Essential Oils: Cedarwood, Patchouli, and Frankincense
- Gather a handful of dried oak or maple leaves. If they’re not already dried, you can do so by placing them in a single layer on a baking sheet and leaving them in a cool, dry place for about a week.
- Break a couple of cinnamon sticks into smaller pieces. Add a tablespoon of whole cloves, a teaspoon of allspice berries, and a few juniper berries to the mix. Grate a small amount of whole nutmeg into the blend. These spices will contribute warmth and depth to the potpourri.
- Add a handful of dried orange peel to the mixture. You can create your own by peeling an orange and leaving the peels to air dry for a few days.
- Slice a dried apple into thin rounds and include them in the potpourri.
- OPTIONAL STEP: If you have access to pine needles, consider adding a small amount to the blend.
- In another small bowl, combine a few drops of cedarwood, patchouli, and frankincense essential oils. Mix them together to create a fragrant blend that mimics the earthy and woodsy scent of fallen leaves.
- Combine all the dried ingredients and the essential oil blend. Mix them together to evenly distribute the scents.
- Place the potpourri mixture in a decorative bowl or an airtight container. Allow the ingredients to mingle for a day or two.
- Once your natural potpourri is ready, just put it in a room where you want to enjoy it! You can also tie the mixture in a DIY sachet or wrap it in decorative fabric to use as a fragrant decoration.
This DIY natural potpourri captures the nostalgic scent of fallen leaves, filling your home with the earthy and comforting aromas of autumn. Feel free to adjust the quantities of each ingredient to achieve your preferred balance of scents.
Essential oils I recommend for fall
I love the Plant Therapy Fall Holiday Blend Synergy Gift Set. It also really makes my home smell and feel like Fall. You can buy a good diffuser and you could always have your home smelling great in a natural way.
Smells have the power to transport you to the past and make you feel better instantly. If you want to find ways to also feel like the season, try my 10 Comfort Food Recipes To Feed Your Soul. Nothing I love more than the smell of homemade food.
I hope you enjoyed these DIY natural scents that will make your home smell like fall ideas! There is nothing better than natural scents to feel great! I also love good quality essential oils because they are natural and smell so good.
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