Whether it be the fresh scent of summer or the flowery fragrance of spring, every season has a distinct bouquet that sets it apart from all the rest. For winter, we swap out the pungent perfume of sunscreen and barbecue for the crisp smells of leaves, smoky campfires, pine needles, and cedar trees.
While these aromas are best enjoyed sitting on the porch of a secluded log cabin, you don’t have to move to the woods to experience the same satisfaction and nostalgia. To bring the great outdoors into the comfort of your own home, smell some of our favorite items guaranteed to give you all the fall and winter feels.
The soy-based Campfire Candle from Square Trade Goods Co. will transport you to the side of a raging campfire. The scents of cedar and pine mingle with amber to create an aroma that’s both comforting and beguiling.
The Douglas Fir Campfire Incense from Juniper Ridge perfectly captures the delicious smell of a Pacific Northwest forest. Made from tree sap and pine wood, these sticks are ideal for anyone who loves the scent of a campground.
The Winter Forest Room Spray from Williams Sonoma brings a deep, woodsy scent to any abode. The invigorating mist combines pine essential oils with cedar wood, cinnamon, patchouli, thyme, and citrus to create the alluring aroma of the great outdoors. The scent is also available in a variety of other products.
As its name suggests, the Log Cabin Diffuser from Hillhouse Naturals brings the coziness of a forest cabin right into your home. Bold spices mix with vanilla for a calming fragrance that hangs beautifully in a bedroom or hallway.
Grab a dozen or so of these cedar sachets from Woodlore and hide them throughout your house. These are great for kitchen drawers and bathroom cabinets. You can even tuck them away behind a picture frame to perfume your home with the woodsy scent of cedar.
If you really want to go all in on the cozy outdoor fantasy, why not incorporate it into your cleaning routine? This perky trio (including hand soap, surface cleaner, and dish soap) from Mrs. Meyer’s is infused with hints of cedar, orange, peppermint, and clove, ensuring that while you’re busy sprucing up, your indoor space will be busy spruce-ing up itself. Get it?
To have a Diptyque candle is to fall madly in love with said Diptyque candle, and this one, in particular, is well worth it. Meant to evoke the fragrance of a warm fire, its combination of rare wood oils will brighten up the chilliest spaces and quickly put you in the mood for making s’mores.
Built with overtones of pine, balsam, fir, and moss, the Forest Oil from Aromatech is perfect for those who love the smell of a forest after it rains. Crisp yet muddled, bright yet complicated, this essence packs quite a punch and is sure to induce plenty of nostalgia. Pair with your favorite oil diffuser.
For something a little more subtle, try the Evergreen Forest room spray from Northern Lights. Composed of Fraser fir, balsam, blue spruce, and cedarwood extracts, this concoction gently blankets any space with the earthy musk of Mother Nature herself. If you end up really digging the aroma, the brand also offers it in a variety of different candles.
With impressions of pine, fir, woodland lily of the valley, and aged leather, this fragrance diffuser from SKOG is designed to capture the essence of a Scandinavian forest. The well-rounded scent is strong without being overpowering and is said to last for up to three months.