I go all out in December in terms of fragrance and entertaining. Because I have so many guests so often, I tend to be extra careful about picking guest-friendly home fragrance, that is still on Holiday theme and will work with food and drink scents that will inevitably make an appearance sometime during the party.
The 2019 Holiday season is a while away but I figured a good list can be useful anytime especially with Christmas candles going on sale in early spring.
A good group of fragrance are cookie-scented candles. I like to go more complex than just plain creamy vanilla and bakery/sugar/spice/fruit/vanilla blends don’t bother people when they’re eating or drinking and they give that homey, cozy vibe I like for December.
Another scent I like are peppermint blends. Either peppermint and chocolate mixes or peppermint vanilla, even a bit of pine thrown in works well, especially when I have more than 10 people over, since I feel a larger group goes better with fresher, cleaner scents as opposed to heavier and sweeter options.
And the last fragrance group I like for December is the “festive drinks”. I mainly stay away from wine but a good martini of fizzy fruit cocktail; some sweet effervescent citrus blends are good.
The mulled wine/spices scents and all the Christmas spice and smoky/fireplace scents tend to be a miss with guests in my experience. While I personally appreciate a smoky undertone on a cold December night, the last thing I want is for guests to ask me if something is burning or if I burned the food earlier. The spiced scents I tend to stay away from as well. My mother for one gets bad headaches from spiced fragrances and I’ve learned that loads of other people also don’t do well with them. They just tend to be too much, especially when the room gets saturated. They’re also a hit and miss when mixing with food I serve.
8 Best Christmas Holiday scented candles
- Goose Creek Candle Holiday Rum Cake
- Goose Creek Candle Frozen in Time
- Yankee Candle Red Apple Wreath
- Yankee Candle All is Bright
- Yankee Candle Jack Frost
- Yankee Candle Peppermint Bark
- Goose Creek Candle Christmas Cakes
- Kringle Candle Holiday Cookies
I like cookie scents probably above all foody and bakery scents. They’re usually not too intense and having a light cookie scented candle burning just gives my house the extra homey feeling. They’re also most versatile, I burn them year round and they are good to have on hand for when you have people coming over.
Cookie scent is great for mixing, I usually pair them with tea or coffee scents. Vanilla cookies and green tea or coffee mix is a staple in my house and I love buying variations from different companies to see different twists in familiar notes.
After having tried Yankee’s and Goose Creek’s versions, I’ve bought Kringle Candle’s versions as well.
The official scent notes in Kringle Candle Holiday Cookies are sugar cutouts baked with buttery sweetness and frosted with creamy goodness.
Melting one piece of Kringle Candle Holiday Cookies wax tart, it’s very plain vanilla and sugar scent. I’ve said before that Kringle does a lot of scents that are nice, but very basic and plain, which I feel doesn’t jam well with the luxury look of the products and the price tags. This could easily be a Scentsationals or Better Homes and Gardens fragrance. It’s fine, smells OK, but it needs something more, an added note or a darker vanilla or some lemon zest, or maybe coconut or cocoa…something. What I get is just your everyday vanilla extract and brown sugar with a bit of butter.
The scent throw on one piece of the wax melt of Kringle Candle Holiday Cookies is a 6. It scented half of my kitchen in 15 minutes.
I’d burn this during the day pretty much any day of the year and when I have guests in any room but the bathroom. I’d mix it with a coconut, lemon or apple candle for more oomph, or just with a light tea candle. I’ve tried it with Yankee’s Camomile Tea and it was very nice.
Goose Creek Candles Christmas Cakes is an old scent for the winter season that we first saw last year. Some of Goose Creek’s bakery scents are awesome, others lack the “bakery” note and end up too sweet for my taste, since you end up with loads of sugar and nothing to mellow out the sweetness.
Goose Creek Candles Christmas Cakes lacks the bakery note. It’s a super sweet scent, I get mostly marshmallow and sugar. It’s more icing than cake to my nose. I get a whiff of vanilla every now and then but mostly it’s just sweetness.
Since this was missing some notes to be true to the name I played around with some fragrance layering and mixed it with Village Candle Gingerbread House. Loved the result but I liked it mixed with Village Candle’s Lemon Pound Cake even more. I also enjoyed it mixed with Goose Creek’s Carrot Cake and Holiday Rum Cake.
Yankee Candle Peppermint Bark is an older Yankee Candle scent. I had a medium jar of this and I finished it last winter and today I was browsing my stash and found a votive in this fragrance. Going on my old notes, I wasn’t too impressed by the jar candle. Village Candle will be releasing a Peppermint Bark candle this winter and I plan on trying it out. I wanted to refresh my memory of Yankee Candle Peppermint Bark so that I could do a comparison with the Village Candle’s version later.
I took my votive of Yankee Candle Peppermint Bark, cut it up in 4 pieces and melted a quarter in my wax warmer in my medium sized office. I started the wax melter and came in about half an hour later. The scent throw on the medium jar was a 7. The scent throw on melting a quarter of the votive was a strong 8.
The official notes in Yankee Candle Peppermint Bark are white peppermint, chocolate swirl, wintergreen.
This is pretty much pure peppermint and sugar for me. I get just a tiny hint of chocolate, otherwise, it’s just strong sweet peppermint, like peppermint candy. There’s supposed to be a wintergreen note, and I think that it should be like a winter holly scent but I don’t get any of that at all.
The burn on my medium jar required some foiling since it started to tunnel twice but it burned down evenly in the end.
Yankee Candle Jack Frost was a huge hit when it first came out, I remember people in the USA driving into multiple stores, trying to find a jar. It’s back as a Yankee Candle Treasure right now, meaning it’s available in large jars only. Well, it’s available in the USA as a treasure, the European stores still don’t have the seasonal treasures in.
The official scent notes in Yankee Candle Jack Frost are peppermint and sweet vanilla snow cream.
Smelling Yankee Candle Jack Frost, I get lots of peppermint, but it’s not as sharp as your straight peppermint. It’s softened a lot by the marshmallow type vanilla note.
It works well with cooking and baking scents if you want a holiday candle to be lit during meals. I always struggle with candles and food mixing, feeling like I’m forcing the scents together a lot of the times. This will work well all through dessert and coffee though.
The scent throw on a large jar was a strong 6. It scents seating areas or dining room table areas in about half an hour, but you’ll need two to scent a large living room.
This is the first scent I’ve tried from their new Holiday Collection. It’s one that was OK to burn in September and it will work great in January as well, it’s not very season specific at all.
Official scent notes in Yankee Candle All Is Bright are sparkling citrus, warm musk.
Yankee Candle All Is Bright smells pretty much like grapefruit soda. I get loads of fizzy drink type grapefruit with a hint of lemon thrown in and some added sugar. I can’t smell any musk or anything warming in this fragrance. It’s just a fruity drink scent. I could easily burn this in the summer.
It’s a nice fragrance, I don’t think it will evoke any Christmas type feelings but it will fit a New Year’s Celebrations vibe well. It’s a good one to get if you want something versatile and guest friendly.
This will go well with anything laundry scented like Yankee Candle Bundle Up or Yankee Candle Bubbly Pomegranate if you want to keep with the fruity drink theme.
Yankee Candle Red Apple Wreath is one of the few Yankee Candle Winter and Holiday fragrances that are actually available in Europe as well. For some reason, there are only about 5 seasonal scents we get and we’re left to either various online sellers or kindness and lots of luggage space of friends who travel to the USA. I tend to reserve luggage space or more accurately luggage pieces for the US Yankee scents. But this one, I just walked right into my store and bought! The luxury, I tell you! But…the scents is just OK for me so I just got a few votives to cut up and melt. This is very strong so a quarter of a votive in this scent goes a long way.
The official notes in Yankee Candle Red Apple Wreath are apples, cinnamon, walnuts, and maple.
Melting a quarter of a votive I get the fresh apple, pine wood, cinnamon and a dry apple note that is sweeter than the fresh apple one.
I melted my Yankee Candle Red Apple Wreath votive in December. I melted a quarter of a votive at a time it scented my entire floor in 15 minutes. The scent throw is a very strong 9. After an hour I actually opened a window to dilute the scant a bit.
I’ll get Yankee Candle Red Apple Wreath again this year and again, I’ll get three votives to melt that will last me all through December. I wouldn’t melt it outside the Holiday season but for then, it fits well.
Goose Creek Candle Frozen in Time is back for the Winter Holiday season.
The official notes in Goose Creek Candle Frozen in Time are frosted grapefruit, vanilla peppermint, frozen snowdrops, and cashmere woods.
There’s quite a bit poetic license in the notes here. What I smell burning Goose Creek Candle Frozen in Time is a sweet vanilla and peppermint blend that develops into a more complex fragrance when burning.
On top of the minty vanilla, there’s a fresh citrus note and the woodsy base really grounds the scent and makes it more grown up.
I think it’s a lovely twist on a standard vanilla mint combo. I’m sort of over the basic blend so whenever I get a version with an interesting base and/or top like this, I’m happy.
This is my favorite of the winter holiday scents from Goose Creek. I don’t like booze in my home fragrance but I’m making an exception for this one. I bake a lot of things using rum so a rum, vanilla, butter and sugar mixture is very homey, comforting and festive to me.
Goose Creek candle Holiday Rum Cake did not impress me on cold. It’s one of those scents that really develop only when you burn or melt them. Burning, Goose Creek candle Holiday Rum Cake smells like rich butter, brown sugar, rum, and vanilla bean. The fragrance is beautifully balanced, nothing is sticking out, the brown sugar is well done, it’s not too caramel-like or burned, the butter is creamy and not greasy and the rum and vanilla at the top there compliment the base and make a really luxurious cake scent.
I wouldn’t mix it with anything because I think it’s great on its own, but if I got bored with my jar I’d throw anything from Hazelnut coffee, Cafe al Fresco, Bakery Air or even Yankee Candle’s Sweet Irish Coffee or Vanilla Bourbon in the mix.