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17 BEST Fall Scents Everyone LOVES!

What are the fall scents that you crave? There’s something about autumn smells that makes you feel cozy and warm. Maybe it’s the sweet smell of pumpkin spice or the rich aroma of wood fires that endure you to this colorful season.

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Our Favorite Fall Scents: The Smell of Autumn
Popular Fall Scents: The Smell of Autumn

As the leaves begin to fall and the days grow shorter, the air around us takes on a new scent journey. These fall scents are synonymous with happiness and memories of good times for many people. They evoke a sense of nostalgia for crisp autumn days spent raking leaves or carving pumpkins.

What is Your Favorite Scents of Fall?

When you think back to all the fall seasons you’ve experienced, what have been your favorite smells that transport you to a special memory? The scent of autumn leaves reminds me of the leaf piles we used to jump in every fall season.

Whether you add a soy wax candle scented with your favorite fall essential oils, reed diffuser, fragrance diffuser, dish soaps, or wax melts to scent your home – finding the right scent for your home is easy with so many different ideas to decide from.

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Here are Some of Our Favorite Fall Scents


Favorite Fall Scents - Cinnamon Sticks
Favorite Fall Scents – Cinnamon Sticks

The warm, spicy aroma of cinnamon is one of the most recognizable and classic fall scents of the season.

Cinnamon is also a popular spice for baking and adding flavor to your meals. Whether you enjoy cinnamon on your oatmeal, coffee, cinnamon rolls, or sautéed apples, this warming spice will turn any dish into an autumn-themed delight.

You can easily add cinnamon to your home fragrance. Stovetop potpourri, candles scented with cinnamon essential oil, and in your diffuser is a perfect way to enjoy the fall scent all season long.

1. Pumpkin

Fall Smells - Fresh Pumpkins
Fall Smells – Pumpkin Candles

Pumpkin is one of the most popular scents of autumn. Whether it’s a pumpkin spice latte from your favorite coffee shop or a pumpkin-scented candle in your home, the smell of pumpkin gives a cozy feeling to your day.

A delicious pumpkin soup bubbling on the stove and pumpkin seeds roasting in the oven are two fall scents one never grows tired of smelling. Let’s not forget sweet cinnamon pumpkin pie. It’s a holiday tradition.

You can also add pumpkins and mini pumpkins to your home for fall decor. An outing to a pumpkin patch is the perfect way to gather your fall decor.

2. Apple

Favorite Autumn Scents - Fresh Apples on a Cutting Board
Fresh Autumn Scents – Apples

The smell of an apple pie wafting through the house on a chilly autumn day is the perfect way to celebrate the fall season. There’s something about the warm, cinnamon-spiced apple filling that creates a cozy atmosphere you never want to leave.

You can also make your home smell amazing with an apple cinnamon candle or room spray.

A trip to a local apple orchard is a favorite activity to experience to start off the fall season. Pick your own apples and make homemade apple cider.

If you’re looking for a wonderful apple scented candle, here’s a soy candle you’ll love.

3. Wood Smoke

Fall Scent of Wood Smoke - Wood Stove with Fire and Basket of Wood
Fall Scent of Wood Smoke

Taking a stroll through a neighborhood during a fall evening and you’ll find the smell of wood smoke in the air.

There’s something about it that feels so cozy and comforting, knowing that the hearth warms the hearts and homes of the occupants. Whether curling up in a comfortable chair and reading a good book or playing board games in front of the flames suites your taste, a cozy fire is part of the fall experience.

4. Fall Leaves

Scent of Autumn - Raking Fall Leaves
Scent of Autumn – Raking Fall Leaves

If you love to hike, there’s something magical about going during the fall season. Not only are you in for a visual feast, but the scent of the woods becomes intoxicating.

Whenever I catch the scent of fall leaves, it’s like taking a little trip down memory lane. If you’re lucky enough to live in a place with trees, make sure to open your windows so you can enjoy the scent of fall all season long.

5. Nutmeg

Smell of Fall - Whole Nutmeg Spice - Ground nutmeg in a wood bowl
Smell of Fall – Nutmeg

The smell of nutmeg is often associated with the holidays. This spice has a warm, sweet aroma that can instantly get you in a celebratory mood.

Warm memories of family gatherings and baked goods come to mind whenever the thought of nutmeg comes to mind. When used in baking, nutmeg adds a delicious depth of flavor to pies, cookies, and other treats.

6. Maple Syrup

Fall Smell - Maple Syrup on Pancakes
Fall Smell – Sweet Maple Syrup on Pancakes

The smell of maple syrup wafting through the house is a sure sign of the fall season. It’s a warm and rich scent with just a hint of sweetness.

Cooking a leisure breakfast for your family with waffles and pancakes smothered with maple syrup is just what the doctor ordered to create happy memories.

How about trying a maple syrup aged in a bourbon barrel? You can find one here on Amazon.

7. Sage

Autumn Scent of Sage - Pasta with sage sprigs
Autumn Scent of Sage

Sage is known for its earthy and sweet scent that lingers in the air. The smell conjures memories of lengthy conversations in front of a fire or as an ingredient in a favorite fall dish.

You can add a sage plant to your windowsill to enjoy the scent of sage all season long.

8. Roasted Green Chiles

Best Fall Scents - Roasted Green Chiles
Best Fall Scents – Roasted Green Chiles

If you live in the southwestern states, roasted green chiles are a favorite fall scent. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of the green chiles and adds a depth of flavor.

You can elevate your fall dishes to another level with the addition of roasted chiles. It’s one of my favorite ways to add flavor to recipes.

9. Cloves

Fall Scents List - Wooden Spoon with Cloves one of our favorite fall scents
Fall Scents List – Cloves

Cloves also are a spice that reminds us of autumn. Pomanders, chai latte, and a ham roasting in the oven studded with cloves are smells we love when fall is your favorite season.

10. Oranges

What Does Autumn Smell Like - Oranges are one of the most popular fall scents
What Does Autumn Smell Like – Oranges

The amazing scent of oranges is one of the best fall candles for any room of your home. It’s one of my favorite smells of the season because it’s so versatile.

One of my favorite ways to decorate my home is with dried orange slices. I wrote an article on how to dry orange slices that you can find here.

I’m also a big fan of using orange peels in various ways, including making my own natural cleaner. You can find ideas on what to do with leftover orange peels here.

11. Hay

Favorite Scents List - Horse Eating Hay
Favorite Scents List – Horse Eating Hay

One fun and easy way to decorate for fall is using hay bales. You can use them to create a fall-themed display in your front yard or front porch.

Everyone that passes by your front yard will smell the sweet scent of hay. It’s the perfect addition to your fall home decor.

12. Butternut Squash Soup

List of Scents - Butternut Squash Soups
Lists of Fall Scents – Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash is a favorite vegetable that’s part of the fall harvest. It can be roasted, pureed, or added to soups and stews. One of the best things about butternut squash is that it’s versatile and smells heavenly when cooked.

Whether you’re looking for a healthy side dish or cozy comfort food, butternut squash is the perfect fall ingredient. It has a nutty flavor that is used in both sweet and savory dishes.

13. Roasted Turkey

Autumn Smell - Roasted Turkey falls scents during Thanksgiving
Favorite Fall Scents – Roasted Turkey

Turkey roasted to perfection with all the fixings is one of the best fall scents around. It’s perfect for making your house smell like Thanksgiving.

One of the simplest and most delicious methods to roast turkey is to stuff it with aromatic herbs and bake it slowly in a fragrant broth. This method infuses the meat and creates an unforgettable scent that will have your guests drooling in anticipation.

If you’re looking for the perfect turkey recipe, I’ve got you covered. Here’s how to make the best turkey brine.

14. Hazelnut

Autumnal Fragrances - Hazelnuts
Autumnal Fragrances – Hazelnuts

If you’re looking for the perfect fall-scented candle, hazelnut is a wonderful fall fragrance to try. The scent is like a warm hug on a crisp autumn day. I love burning hazelnut candles in my home during the fall season, which always make the room smell amazing.

Hazelnut candles also make great gifts for friends and family.

15. Bacon

Favorite Smells List - Bacon
Fall Scents List – Bacon

The smoky, salty scent of bacon makes the whole house feel cozy and warm. Bacon is the perfect smell to wake your family up on the first day of fall.

You can also try making bacon-wrapped appetizers that will wow your dinner guests.

16. Pears

Favorite Scent - Pears boiling in a pan - fall scents everyone loves
Favorite Scent – Pears

One of my favorite recipes for pears is to make a simple syrup that I add to drinks. I like adding fresh rosemary sprigs and a slice of pear to the glass before serving.

Fresh pears in a bowl make a beautiful table centerpiece for this time of year.

17. Coffee Beans

Fall Candle Scent Names - Coffee Beans
Fall Candle Scent Names – Coffee Beans

Coffee beans are a perfect fall scent for candles. In a glass candle holder, you can also nestle a votive candle in the middle of coffee beans. The heat from the flame will release the oils from the coffee beans and scent the air. Fall scents like coffee are a wonderful way to enjoy the crisp days.

Drinks made from coffee are also popular during the autumn season. Why not experiment with different recipes until you find your “signature” drink?

How about lighting a Caramel Coffee Bean Soy Candle to celebrate fall?

We’ve reached the end of the most popular fall scents. I hope you enjoyed it!

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Thursday 8th of September 2022

Lovely fall scents! Though I'm not sure why maple syrup is associated with fall, as it's made in early spring when nights are still cold and days are warming up...I love the smell of pumpkin, mince and pecan pies a lot!

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