Grab a chintzy aerosol can of some pumpkin-cinnamon scent. Spray it freely throughout every room. Now sit back and gag.

That, our friends, is the WRONG way to bring fall scents into your home. But we got some aromatic ideas on the right way below.

Stove Simmer

fall scented simmer pot

Take your pick of cinnamon sticks, cloves, diced apple, oranges or other fruit and spices. Put your pick in a pot with water. Boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer your way to la-la land.

Caution: Add more water to the pot as needed, or your la-la land will be interrupted by the fire department.

Wreaths or Garland

use garland or wreaths for fall scents

Add dried fruits and spices to add fall scents to a ready-made wreath or garland. Hang in areas where kids won’t eat it.

Caution: No matter how cheap you find them at the dollar store, do NOT add plastic pumpkin picks. But, if you’re looking for a great way to decorate with pumpkins, check out our how-to on decorative trays for Fall.


Pecan, Apple and Pumpkin pie fall scents from baking

Pump up your home with that fresh-baked smell. Go for fall scents with fall-inspired goodies. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin cupcakes with sugar on top.

Caution: Again, no plastic pumpkin picks.


fall coffee pumpkin spice latte

Coffee alone smells good enough to make you swoon. Add fall scents to the mix with a pumpkin spice latte and you can swoon with an autumnal theme.

Caution: Don’t drink right before bed unless you want to swoon instead of sleep.


fall scents from swan creek candle

So many choices, so little table space! Some of the most sensational fall scents, believe or not, can come from a glob of wax. Laurie is especially keen on citrus-scented candles, but we’ll let you pick any one you like.

Check out our fave candle brands like Allure, Aromatic, Himalaya and Lafco. Swan Creek is another one, with fall scents that include bourbon maple, whipped pumpkin latte and spiced orange and cinnamon – just to name a few.

Caution: It’s easy to overdo candles. Don’t. Unless you’re fond of that same gagging you got from the chintzy aerosol spray.

Happy autumn!