I adore the smells of the holidays—Christmas trees, holiday baking, cocoa, and woodsmoke. I formulated these scent blends around my favourite winter memories, from picking out a Christmas tree to spending the entire weekend in the kitchen making pies and cookies. I’m loving them in my Saje Aroma Cloud ultrasonic diffuser these days.


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Winter forest

3 drops cajeput essential oil
6 drops fir essential oil
5 drops pine essential oil
5 drops white spruce essential oil
1 “toothpick swirl” cade essential oil (can swap for vetiver or birch tar)

This crisp, cool scent blend is inspired by picking out a Christmas tree. It seems our Christmas tree picking day is often the coldest day in December, and while we end up getting our tree from a parking lot instead of a forest, I blended these essential oils with the forest in mind. Fir balsam, pine, and spruce essential oils create a forest of fragrant conifers. Cajeput is a cool, stiff breeze, and the tiniest hint of smokey cade is a warming fire in the distance.

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Holiday baking

4 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
2 drops clove bud essential oil
3 drops orange essential oil
1 drop nutmeg essential oil
6 drops benzoin essential oil
4 drops peppermint essential oil (USA / Canada)

I spend what could be called too much time planning out my holiday baking each year. I love to try new, extra-decadent recipes whilst sipping a great winter beer, and my family always obligingly helps me devour the results. Here a base of vanilla-like benzoin blends with Christmas spices, citrus, and peppermint to channel the house during a holiday bake-a-thon. Yum!

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Christmas morning

7 drops fir essential oil
2 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
1 “toothpick swirl” cade essential oil (can swap for vetiver or birch tar)
2 drops 5-fold orange essential oil
2 drops benzoin essential oil
1 drop coffee essential oil

Christmas morning is one of my favourite mornings of the year. Things move slowly, the coffee cake bakes, and the coffee drips into the pot. This blend combines the fragrant scent of the tree with warm cinnamon, bright citrus, soft benzoin, fragrant coffee, and smokey cade. Now, on to the presents!

When I say “toothpick swirl” I want you to dip an unscented toothpick into your bottle of essential oil, and then swirl it in the rest of the essential oils for the blend. This is a great way to avoid overpowering the blend with particularly potent essential oils.