Of all the senses, the sense of smell has the power to evoke feelings and memories like no other. Christmas is always going to be a nostalgia-heavy time of year. It’s an annual ritual that for good or bad is bound up with the memories and feelings that we gather as we go through life. I thought I’d put together a list of my favourite Christmassy scents – the traditional scent of Christmas and those extra special smells that conjure up memories of Christmases past…
Mulled Wine & Mince Pies
I’m not sure who decreed that the aroma of alcohol and spice is a festive idyll but that fragrant, boozy scent is what Christmas is made of! As soon as December rolls around I crack out the mince pies, pour myself a steaming mug of mulled wine, make a wish and take a deep breath…Christmas has arrived!
I’m sure you understand what I mean when I say frost! I don’t think its even a smell as such, more of a mixture of senses combining to form that gorgeous sense of the season. Its the feeling of the cold on the tip of your nose, an unexpected shiver and that clean, sharp, fresh scent of winter.
If you’ve been following Blogmas on Jessica Rhoades you will have seen that a luxury scented candle has made it onto not one but two posts so far…lets make it an uneven three! If you are looking for Christmas in a candle you won’t find better than the annual Christmas Wish Candle from NEOM. I’m a bit of a sucker for NEOM in the general sense (Their Real Luxury candle is on my permanent wish list alongside Diptyques Mimosa which was my wedding day scent). The fragrance of mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean not only fills the house with that warming traditional scent of the season but also helps you to relax and unwind in the process.
I’ve worn Agent Provocateur on and off for, probably clocking on twenty years (oh my bloody god). It’s certainly not Christmassy in the traditional sense – it’s a heady, old-fashioned rosey-musk that’s both sexy and uber glamorous. This scent is made to wear with sumptuous fabrics – velvets, furs (faux of course) and sequins – it’s the perfect Christmas accessory!
Bear with me, I feel I need to justify this one. There’s something about that first whiff when you open your box of decorations after a years hibernation. A mixture of must and tinsel (I don’t even own any tinsel so lord knows why my decs have taken on that particular scent) this takes me right back to my childhood – when that smell takes hold, I feel I can almost touch that childish sense of excitement and wonder!
The scent of stuffing = the scent of Christmas dinner. i.e the roast to end all roasts. I actually think stuffing is the best bit of the whole meal…you know that scene in the Vicar of Dibley (yep the one with three Christmas dinners) where shes presented with a starter of ‘balls of stuffing’ – that’s actually my Nirvana!
Eucalyptus & Pine
At this time of year, I am often to be found stalking the flower stalls in the market as they lay out fresh tubs of Eucalyptus and pine. There is nothing in the world like this scent on a frosty morning – with a little imagination you could have landed right in the middle of Dickensian England, rubbing shoulders with Scrooge and Bob Cratchit…the power of scent!
What typifies the scent of Christmas for you?
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