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Create Your Own Winter Wonderland With 5 Home Fragrances

December 26, 2023 at 5:19 PM PST
Updated on June 26, 2024 at 5:19 PM PST
Spaces Holiday Home Fragrances

Create Your Own Winter Wonderland With 5 Home Fragrances

December 26, 2023 at 5:19 PM PST
Updated on June 26, 2024 at 5:19 PM PST

Decorating isn’t the only way to infuse the holiday spirit into your home. Each year, fragrance companies drop a new batch of seasonal selections that can make your space smell and feel like a winter wonderland—no decor needed. From the scents of cedar and pinecones to cranberries and gingerbread, there’s a holiday aroma for everyone. The best part about using fragrances to define the ambiance and set the mood is that you can change them anytime, unlike with decor, which can take a lot of energy and money to rotate weekly. And when having guests over for a festive soirée, relying on diffusers and candles instead of holiday-specific decor allows you to build an event around the entire season so everyone feels included. Should you choose diffusers, plugins, or candles to scent your home? Let’s dive into each option and explore the best ones for your home.

5 Winter Fragrances To Shop

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Pros and Cons

Before deciding which home air freshener is right for you, it’s best to consider the pros and cons.


There are two types of diffusers: reed and electronic.

Reed diffusers are less costly than electronic diffusers, and depending on the brand, they can last for months. However, most of these kinds of diffusers are single-scent. So, to change your fragrance, you need to buy a new one, though some are refillable. These diffusers may also spill easily since the fragrance oil isn’t enclosed, which could result in stains.

While electronic diffusers are more expensive, they’re ideal for those who want to customize and switch fragrances often. You can use essential oils to create a personalized aroma or add luxury fragrance oils. These diffusers typically cover a larger area than reed diffusers and can be controlled by an app, making them ideal for building a signature home scent. But you can’t just let these diffusers sit forever; they require regular cleaning for optimal use.


Candles create a romantic and inviting atmosphere and can benefit wellness, specifically when made with essential oils. Since they’re available in various sizes, shapes, and colors, candles can also double as decor. Despite these charming qualities, the open flame poses a fire hazard, especially for homeowners with small children or pets.


Plugins are similar to diffusers but work without water. These lasting home fresheners use cartridges, which are great for changing scents. Typically, people hide these throughout their homes, so you might not realize when your cartridge runs out. Plugins also require a power source, leading to increased energy bills.

Check out our picks for fragrances that will make you feel like you’re living in a scene from your favorite holiday movie.

Iced Gingerbread Fragrance Oil

Reviews of this Iced Gingerbread diffuser fragrance oil rave that it smells like cookies freshly pulled from the oven. Without being too overpowering, the layered notes of nutmeg, caramel, and ginger create a lasting scent that will remind you of holiday baking.

Fireside Cinnamon Scent Reed Diffuser

The Fireside Cinnamon Scent Collection features potpourri and a small and large diffuser, each sold separately. Fill your home with aromas of Ceylon cinnamon, Valencia orange, bourbon vanilla and clove and experience festive coziness in every room.

Winter Mantel Candle

The Winter Mantle candle by Homesick has top notes of Frasier fir and holly berry with base notes of sugar, spruce, and cedar. You'll also smell hints of eucalyptus and mistletoe wreath. Enjoy this non-toxic, soy wax blend candle throughout the season for up to 80 hours before it burns completely.

Holiday Plugin

NEST New York's Holiday scent will transport you through the season with its range of notes. The aromatic blend of pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves, and cinnamon with a bit of vanilla and amber offers an exquisite fragrance journey loved by more than 10,000 reviewers.

Apple Cider Holiday Signature Candle

Set in a gorgeous pearl jar, Capri Blue's Apple Cider candle embodies the tastes of the season. Described as the "most delicious fragrance," it smells of apple, cinnamon, pear, grated clove, and fresh nutmeg. Try this candle for yourself and experience unmatched holiday aromas.

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