Mmmm, one of my favorite things about Christmas is the smell of a real Christmas tree. This year we are fortunate to have a real tree, a fir, for the first time in several years. It’s not a particularly compelling or fancily decorated tree (maybe next year when I don’t have a tiny new baby) – just our collection of mismatched family ornaments – but it makes our house smell lovely and feel cozy.
But if you don’t have a real tree, or any tree at all, you can still have that smell in a natural, non-toxic, pthalate-free way. Just warm essential oils in an oil diffuser or burner. Essential oils are naturally derived from plants and contain no harmful or toxic ingredients. Many even have health benefits.
I have Aura Cacia’s pine essential oil, but I think fir needle would be even better. Add a few drops to the water in an oil diffuser or warmer and light a tea light underneath to warm the oil and release the fragrance into the room. If you really want to get festive (you do! YOU DO!), add some Cinnamon Leaf oil or Clove oil to the blend. It’s bottled Christmas. Just add eggnog.
Sure, you could buy a fancy, expensive, naturally-scented soy candle – those are nice too. But a bottle of essential oil costs considerably less and lasts waaaaay longer