Now that it’s finally fall, it’s time to chase the ever-present summer scents of chlorine and sunblock out of the air. Instead, we’re welcoming in the autumn spirit, and with cooler weather comes turkey roasting, pie baking, crunchy leaves and, of course, pumpkin everything. But on the off chance that you’re not into dead leaves being strewn about your home, we’ve got more subtle ways to bring the smell of fall inside. After all, scents can have a pronounced effect on your mood — so why not bring in something that smells good?
Certain scents can relax you, while others promote joy or improve your memory. In fact, essential oils can have all kinds of amazing uses. And candles are always a great way to set the mood. But instead of just buying whatever’s in this year’s fall lineup, why not find a scent that can actually help set the atmosphere you’re looking for in your home?
Skip the generic “sweater weather” and “fireside” candles this fall. Instead, check out all the different scents that can bring the seasonal spirit while actually boosting your mood. “Odors do affect peoples mood, work performance and behavior in a variety of ways,” explains Rachel S. Herz, an assistant professor of psychology at Brown University. And while some of that has been proven based on the chemicals in certain scents, herbs, or oils, another part of it has to do with your mental associations with scents.
Basically, your brain processes certain scents and links them with the emotion you’re feeling at the time. Peppermint might be soothing to some people while stressful to others, depending on their experiences. So if you’re looking for the perfect fall scent for your home, just check out our gallery below. Not only will these scents come with scientifically backed mood-boosting benefits, but the right one for you will also bring back some seriously happy memories.
Check out these seasonal fall scents to find the perfect one for your home.
Scents For Home Vanilla
The scent of vanilla can help promote both joy and relaxation — two things we're often seeking at home. Not to mention, the scent of vanilla reminds us of baking, and the idea of freshly made cookies promotes even more joy. Medical experiments have demonstrated the smell can also reduce stress and anxiety. Smells good to us.
Try diffusing Plant Guru's Vanilla Essential Oil ($10.95, Amazon)
Scents For Home Rosemary
Rosemary's long been known as a medicinal herb that can help your memory, and a 2015 study at Northumbria University definitively linked the two. Yep, just like cinnamon, this scent can give your memory a healthy boost — and it reminds us just a little of a Thanksgiving turkey. Yum.
Try diffusing Young Living's Rosemary Essential Oil ($24.99, Amazon).
Scents For Home Apple
Not only do apples smell delicious — crisp and clean — and remind us of autumn visits to the orchard to pick our own fruits, they can also help with headaches. For people who enjoy the scent, the smell of green apples specifically was shown by a study to reduce the severity of headaches and even help curb the effects of a migraine.
Try diffusing PB&J Trading's Apple Perfume Oil ($2.99, Amazon).
Scents For Home Pumpkin
Pumpkin is a quintessential fall scent — but it also has an additional benefit of smelling, well, kind of sexy. According to a 2010 study by The Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation of Chicago, 40% of men were most aroused by the scent of pumpkin and lavender combined. Pumpkin and donuts also did the trick for 20% of participants. Now that's a bonus we didn't expect.
Scents For Home Cinnamon
It smells like pies, desserts, and warm drinks — and it can help your memory according to a Wheeling Jesuit University study. Cinnamon scents helped participants' attention spans, memory, and visual-motor response. If there's anything that can make you feel better, it's smelling something yummy while remembering exactly where you left your keys.
Scents For Home Pine
Now that it's fall, cool nights aren't far off — and neither are the holidays. A pine scent can give you that sense of comfort and warmth that comes with being with your family on a cozy day off. It also reduces anxiety, depression, and stress. In case you don't get enough pine outside in your neighborhood, bring the smell home with you.
Scents For Home Olive Oil
Cooking with olive oil can help pretty much any meal, but it turns out just smelling the oil also has its benefits. The smell of it can help you feel more satisfied after a meal and has even been found to scientifically improve your blood sugar response. Not only will you stay full longer, but you'll also eat less. Plus, it smells delicious.
Try diffusing Fabulous Frannie's Olive Carrier Oil ($6.95, Amazon).