Scents & Sensibilities

Scent is enchanting in all of its many guises. There’s something about the way scents evoke emotions, feelings, memories. The Artful Living Blog’s favorite time of year in terms of scent, is Fall + Winter. Whether it’s a forest scented candle, fragrant pinecones in a dish or Eucalyptus & Sage branches hanging from above, the holidays are a time of evocative aromas. Bringing the outdoors inside is a powerful way to connect to your sense of smell, and to make a space inside four walls feel cozy, inviting, special. And scent is an ingenious way to cultivate that ambience. In celebration of everything seasonal, We’ve put together a few favorite indulgences for making your home fragrant and festive. Ideal for gifting. These products are all naturally scentsational, seasonably appropriate, and will add a level of warmth and groundedness to the rapidly approaching holiday season. Enjoy!


Truly Aesthetic Assorted Bath Affirmations, Let a fantastic brew from the holistic eco-luxe bath and body care concept Truly Aesthetic pamper the body and awaken the senses. Bath Affirmations are crafted with mineral rich Dead Sea Salt, aromatic Flowers, soothing Herbs, skin nourishing fruit and pure therapeutic grade essential oils. Each bath salt test tube is accompanied by a hand selected positive affirmation scroll which will set the mood for your bath as well as prepare your mind for a divine holistic spa experience -before stepping in, take a deep breath, clear your mind and read one of the enclosed affirmations to evoke the mind, body and spirit connection. Also included are reusable unbleached muslin tea bags which can serve as an option to enclose the contents and create your own bath tea. Available in Enliven, Fortify, Harmonize, Repose, Thrive, Cherish & Bestow. Made in the USA.


Farmhouse Pottery Vermont Fir Wood Candle, Hand poured & made from American farmed soy wax, essential oils & reclaimed vintage glass. Everything about this candle, from the recycled letter pressed package to the robust Pine scent, echoes the rural beauty of Vermont. The Vermont Wood collection is inspired by Vermont’s rural landscape, preserved natural beauty and seasonal change -a fragrance that evokes that warm Winter feeling that we want to fill our house through the season. New England native and Farmhouse Pottery founder Zoe Zilian has a mission rooted in a modern farm aesthetic that represents farm-to-table values infused in traditionally crafted designs. She’s determined to sustain the next generation of local makers and farmers by bringing authentic gifts with a deeper meaning and useful purpose to market. Each piece in the 100 % New England made pottery studio is designed to be functional, artful, and covetable!


Creekside Farms Cedar & Eucalyptus Holiday Wreath, Cedar, mixed Eucalyptus, Tallow Berries, and a burlap ribbon, Let your decor pull double duty this Fall & Winter with the beauty of dried Cedar & Eucalyptus, and bring a bit of scentful aesthetic magic to your door or wall. Hand-crafted on Creekside’s California farm, this artisanal Cedar and Eucalyptus Wreath is a natural alternative to classic holiday wreaths- makes a perfect gift or way to welcome the season. A fragrance that makes you feel as though you’ve stepped into a snow-covered wonderland. Ideal to hang inside over a fireplace or somewhere else where one could see, smell, and appreciate it daily. Simply lovely! Drawing inspiration from surrounding flora, Creekside Farms handcrafts seasonal wreaths using a unique blend of fresh and dried materials, for many exclusive companies worldwide.


Dr.Hauschka Spruce Warming Bath Essence, Hauschka’s Limited Edition Essence featuring Norway Spruce essential oil is an invaluable Fall + Winter aid. The resinous Norway Spruce fragrance has a grounding, calming effect and lets you breathe freely while Jojoba Oil gently moisturises your skin. A blissful bathing product for cooler months and in times of stress or exhaustion, offering intensive, long-lasting warmth for your body -both inside and out. Perennial favorite! Tip: Add a few drops to a small bowl of water to bring a fresh, deep Forest scent to any room. Dr.Hauschka is a premium certified organic German skin care line formulated using a holistic approach that keeps the big picture in mind, creating products designed to be used as part of a healthy lifestyle to reconnect us with our natural, seasonal rhythms.


FIG + YARROW Juniper + Sage Atmosphere Mist, A healthy home fragrance for Fall into Winter packed full of organic goodness, Bring on the good vibes and cleanse your space with handcrafted room spray, bursting with natural essential oils. Infused with notes of Juniper berries and Sage, a staple in every holiday kitchen. The savvy artisan behind the cult Colorado brand FIG+YARROW has crafted a delightfully fresh, Woodsy Atmosphere Mist out of these two Fall scents. Keep a bottle in the living room, kitchen, bedroom -the scent is both soothing and uplifting and helps purify the air. Fig + Yarrow is a nature-honouring line of organic artisan apothecary products born of a love affair with botanicals and earth elements. All products are crafted in small batches, mindfully formulated for efficacy and pleasure, artfully synthesising traditional wisdom and contemporary science. Marrying wildcrafted and organically grown herbs and botanical essences to create a healthfully indulgent experience!


DRAM Apothecary Pine Syrup, A deliciously unusual, bottled taste of the Rocky Mountains. DRAM’s Pine Syrup has been so popular in their tasting room that they are now selling it! Imagine the wonderful aroma of a Christmas tree, with notes of Woody spice and warming fresh Pine flavor, its go-to Fall + Winter magic! To add a bit of the wild Forest to your seasonal culinary ritual. With a collegiate background in Food Science, Ecological Agriculture and Botany, Herbal Alchemist and founder Shae Whitney forages Colorado’s White River National Forest for Wild Sage, Rose Hips, Pine Needles & Juniper Berries, and takes them back to her small town shop to transform them into the DRAM Apothecary line of bitters, teas, and herbal syrups in flavors like Pine. All of DRAM’s products are designed to offer the healing benefits of various plants while still tasting wonderful enough for use in the kitchen. A specialty hand-crafted line of goods made from organic and wild harvested herbs -thus free of synthetic dyes, flavorings, preservatives or flavor oils.


L’Artisan La Boule d’Ambre, These beautiful Terracotta spheres radiate deep Amber scentfulness throughout the home and simply look gorgeous. They are, to me, the ultimate artisanal design object meets ambient perfume for the home. Intricately carved and handmade by a mother-and-daughter team in the Picardie region of France and filled with a solid version of the warm, golden Amber fragrance -carried by currents of air and magnified by heat in the room, elegantly packaged for artful aromatic gift-giving. Amber is an emblematic fragrance of  L’Artisan Parfumeur -one of the most unique fragrance houses in the world. Founded in Paris in 1976, by perfumer-chemist Jean Laporte, it was one of the first in a movement toward exclusive niche fragrance houses inspired by nature and a desire to do things a little differently.


If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer, here are some excellent ideas for how to create your own home fragrance. An always simple and natural alternative is to do what your grandmother did: simmer a pot of spices on the stove! Adding everyday ingredients like cinnamon sticks, apple peels, vanilla, nutmeg and more will have the home smelling festive in no time! Instructions: Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the ingredients from your favorite recipe, continue to boil for a few minutes, then turn the heat down to simmer. Add water as needed, usually every 30 minutes or so. Recipe #1: Cinnamon Sticks, Apple & Peels, Orange Rinds, Whole Cloves, Anise Stars, Recipe #2: Peel from 1 Lemon, Peel from 1 Orange, 2 Bay Leaves, 3 Cinnamon Sticks, 2 Tbsp Whole Cloves, Recipe #3: 5 Bay Leaves, 1 Tbsp Whole Cloves, 2 Cinnamon Sticks, Cranberries.

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