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The BEST 24 Christmas Scents Everyone Loves!

24 Christmas Scents You Can’t Get Enough Of will remind you how to celebrate the holiday season. Every time of year has unique smells that we’ve all come to love, and the Christmas season is especially memorable.

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Favorite Christmas Scents to Make Your Home Smell Fantastic
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Christmas is a time of celebration and joy. What better way to enhance the experience than by enjoying Christmas scents?

Many scents are associated with the holiday season, from the pine needles from your tree to cookies baked in the oven.

One of my favorite holiday gifts is to make a handmade candle with the person’s favorite Christmas scents blended together. I like to thing I have a part in making their home feel just a little bit more warm and cozy. Is there someone on your gift list that would love to have their favorite holiday scents to enjoy during Christmas?

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Here are some of the most popular Christmas scents and how to infuse them into your home:

1. Cinnamon Stick

Christmas Scents - Cinnamon Sticks with Cranberries and pine
Favorite Christmas Scent – Cinnamon Sticks

When most people think of Christmas, the great scent of cinnamon comes to mind. That’s because cinnamon is a popular spice used in many holiday recipes.

Cinnamon is a sweet, spicy scent that is perfect for Christmas. Whether baking Snickerdoodles or other cinnamon cookies, simmering potpourri with a spicy blend of cinnamon and other seasonal ingredients, brewing spicy cinnamon apple cinder, baking cinnamon rolls, or making applesauce and cinnamon Christmas ornaments, it can get you into the holiday spirit.

2. Sugar Cookies

Christmas Scents - Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies with White Frosting and Sprinkles
Scents of the Season – Pink Sugar Cookies

Cookies baking in the oven give us cozy memories no matter the season, but baked sugar cookies are especially magical during Christmas.

The smell of sugar cookies baking reminds us of all the good things of the Christmas season: family, friends, yummy food, and counting our blessings.

3. Christmas Tree Pine Needles

Scent of Christmas - Pine Needles
Scent of Christmas – Pine Needles

One of the most iconic Christmas smells is pine needles. This smell is often associated with Christmas trees, wreaths, and other decorations made from pine branches.

For many people, the scent of fresh pine is synonymous with the Christmas season. Some even like to add pine needles to their burning fireplace to let the woody scent permeate their homes.

4. Hot Cocoa

Smells of Christmas - mug of hot cocoa
Smells of Christmas – Hot Cocoa

Who doesn’t love the scent of hot cocoa? The rich, chocolaty aroma is enough to make anyone’s mouth water.

The scent of hot chocolate reminds us of cold winter days and our childhood. It’s one of those comforting smells that can instantly transport us to another time and place when life was more carefree.

They have holiday candles in festive scents like hot cocoa that make the perfect gift for friends and as a treat for yourself.

5. Gingerbread

Christmas Scents - Gingerbread House
A Gingerbread House is the Scent of Christmas

Christmas is a time for tradition, and gingerbread is a Christmas spicy-sweet scent that brings images of gingerbread houses and cookies.

Gingerbread cookies are a traditional Christmas treat made with ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. There’s no better way to enjoy the holiday than biting into these classic morsels.

There’s something about the sweet smell of ginger that brings back happy childhood memories.

6. Mulled Wine

Scent of Christmas - Mulled Wine
Holiday Cheer – Mulled Wine with Warm Spices

Mulled wine is a warm and spicy drink often served during Christmas. It has a delicious cinnamon-ginger flavor and a comforting aroma during the cold season.

7. Fireplaces

Christmas Scent - Fireplace Wood Burning
Christmas Scent – Fireplace Wood Burning

The smell of a Christmas fireplace warms your heart and your body. This warm and cozy scent is perfect for snuggling up with a blanket and a good book.

8. Snow

Christmas Smells - Snow on Branches
Christmas Smells – Snow

The smell of snow is another unique Christmas scent. This clean, fresh, and slightly minty smell is one of the reasons people love winter so much.

Not only does snow have a magical scent, but the crunching of snow beneath your feet adds to the aesthetic.

9. Candy Canes – Peppermint

Christmas Scents - Peppermint topped Strawberry milkshake with whipped cream
Favorite Christmas Scents – Peppermint

One of my favorite holiday traditions is to see candy canes hanging on a Christmas tree. The smell of peppermint scents the air and perks up everyone in the room.

It’s just not the scent of peppermint that everyone loves. Peppermint bark to peppermint cocoa are just some fun things to indulge in.

10. Prime Rib

Things that Remind You of Christmas - Prime Rib
Things that Remind You of Christmas Scents – Prime Rib

Prime rib is a succulent cut of beef that is perfect for special occasions. The key to perfect prime rib roast is to cook it slowly and evenly so the meat is juicy and tender. You never forget the scent of prime rib roasting in the oven on Christmas Eve.

11. Vanilla

Christmas Scents and Flavors - Vanilla Bean and Vanilla Extract
Christmas Scents and Flavors – Vanilla Bean and Vanilla Extract

The smell of vanilla is one of the most recognizable and favorite scents. It has a calming effect on the mind and body.

For many people, the scent of vanilla has warm memories of baking Christmas cookies or eating ice cream. This warm and cozy scent will help make your Christmas holiday even more special.

12. Brown Sugar

What Does Christmas Smell Like - Brown Sugar
What Does Christmas Smell Like – Brown Sugar

The scent of brown sugar is one of the most comforting smells in the world. It makes me think of my grandmother’s home, where there was always something delicious baking in the oven.

It’s such a happy scent because it represents the love that goes into making delicious treats for family and friends.

13. Chestnuts

Smell Associated with Christmas - Chestnuts
Smell Associated with Christmas – Chestnuts

The warm, nutty aroma of chestnuts is one of the most recognizable scents of the Christmas season. “Roasting chestnuts over an open fire” is the opening lyrics of one of the most famous Christmas songs ever made. It’s called The Christmas Song. Nat King Cole sings my favorite rendition.

While you can find chestnuts available in grocery stores throughout the year, there’s something about the smell of freshly roasted chestnuts that reminds you of happy holiday memories.

14. Eggnog

Traditional Christmas Scents - Eggnog is one of the favorite smells of Christmas time
Traditional Christmas Scents – Eggnog

Rich and creamy, with a hit of nutmeg, eggnog is the quintessential holiday drink. And while its rich flavor may be enjoyed by adults and children alike, the scent of eggnog really gets people in the holiday spirit.

15. Red Current

Christmas Time Scents - Red Current
Christmas Time Scents – Red Current

The scent of red currents is a fruity winter fragrance often described as sweet and tangy. They are found in desserts, jams, and scones during the holiday season.

16. Rosemary

Holiday Smells - Fresh Rosemary with cranberries on top of a frosted cake
Holiday Smells – Fresh Rosemary

The fresh, minty smell of fresh rosemary is a scent you’ll want around during Christmas. I love to decorate my front porch with rosemary bushes shaped like mini Christmas trees. I weave white lights in the trees to welcome guests to my house. The smell is intoxicating.

17. Cranberry

Smells of Christmas - Fresh Cranberries in Mulled Wine
Traditional Christmas Scents – Fresh Cranberries

You know the holiday season is almost here when you see the mounds of cranberries stacked in the produce department. Cranberries can be used for sweet and savory dishes during the holiday season.

Did you know that the scent of cranberries can help boost brainpower and improve cognitive function? Stringing fresh cranberries and popcorn for Christmas tree garland, cranberry coffee cake, and adding fresh cranberries to a vase, are just some ways to keep the scent of cranberries around.

18. Cedar

The Smell of Christmas - Cedar Logs
The Smell of Christmas – Cedar Logs

Cedar scent is known for having relaxing properties, making it the perfect fragrance for diffusers and candles. Picking a cedar Christmas tree is the ideal way to add the scent to your home.

19. Eucalyptus

Smells Like Christmas - Eucalyptus on a Christmas table
Smells Like Christmas – Eucalyptus on a Christmas Table

When you think of Christmas scents, eucalyptus isn’t probably the first smell that comes to mind. It’s easy to find at your local florist or grocery store.

To fill your home with eucalyptus scent, hang small wreaths of fresh eucalyptus, make a garland for your fireplace, make Christmas wreaths, or place the eucalyptus stems in vases in key areas like the living room or kitchen.

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Christmas Scents – How to Make a Quick Eucalyptus Wreath

20. Cloves

Traditional Christmas Scents - Orange Pomanders
Traditional Christmas Scents – Sweet Orange Pomanders

The spicy, sweet scent of cloves evokes memories of family gatherings. Cloves are a vital ingredient in many traditional holiday dishes, such as mulled wine and ham.

Adding cloves to stove potpourri or making orange pomanders or other citrus fruits are ideas for infusing your home with this scent. The scent of clove-studded oranges will help to create a festive and inviting atmosphere in your home.

Holiday Smells

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Favorite Christmas Scents – How to Make Orange Pomanders

21. Figs

Things that Remind You of Christmas - Fresh Figs
Things that Remind You of Christmas Scents – Fresh Figs

When ripe, figs are an incredibly fragrant fruit that can fill a room. Sweet and musky with a hint of vanilla, the scent of figs is unique.

Figs are a popular ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. You can also place a bowl of figs in a bowl on your dining room table for a beautiful centerpiece.

22. Winter forest

Scents of Christmas - Winter Forest
Scents of Christmas – Winter Forest

The scent of a winter forest is a mix of pine, fir, and cedar. It is earthy and comforting and is one of my favorite Christmas smells.

On Christmas Eve morning, plan a walk through the woods with your family to start the day off on the right note. There’s something about the cold, crisp air that makes you feel alive.

You can also see where the nearest sleigh rides are to your home to experience winter wonderland in all its glory.

23. Pomegranates

Christmas Time Scents - Fresh Pomegranates
Christmas Time Scents – Fresh Pomegranates

What is it about the scent of a pomegranate that is so intoxicating? It’s one of the season’s most popular Christmas scents and flavors. Is it the sweet, fruity aroma? A hint of citrus? The floral notes?

Not only do pomegranates smell and taste good, but their beautiful red color is a perfect accent to your holiday meal.

24. Christmas Ham

It Smells Like Christmas - Ham with Cloves
Christmas Scents – Ham with Cloves

There’s something so comforting about the smell of ham on a cold winter evening. It’s soothing and familiar and always makes the day a little bit brighter.

Baked ham is a classic scent that is one of the best things about this time of year. If you’re looking for a little winter magic, eat your ham dinner by candlelight. It will transform your home into a more cozy environment.

Whether you use essential oils, wax melts, fragrance mist, or candle scents to add to the sense of warmth to your home, these will help create new memories with your family and friends during the winter holidays.

We’ve reached the end of the Best Christmas Scents You Love. I hope you enjoyed it.

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite Christmas scents are and how you infuse them in your home. I would also like to hear about your wonderful holiday season memories.

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