When guests arrive at the front door and delicious aromas are
wafting from the kitchen, it sets the mood for a warm, happy holiday
However, you don't have to rely on just what is in the
oven to make your home welcoming. There are as many different types
of air-freshening and scent-delivery systems as there are folks who
use them. Choose what is right for specific rooms, and spread the
holiday cheer throughout your home.
When your meal is cooking, the smells of turkey in the oven,
fresh-baked bread and pumpkin pie on the counter can be more than
enough to entice family and friends into the kitchen to join you
while you prepare.
But after the meal, bring them back to the kitchen with the
pleasant aroma of apples, cinnamon and citrus. Light a scented
candle and set it on your stove, or plug in a simmering potpourri
and enjoy the mingling of scents in the room while you do your
cleanup chores in the kitchen.
During your meal it is a good idea not to use scents or scented
candles in your dining room. Let the food be the appealing factor
when you sit down to dine. But after you've cleared the table, if it
is a place where family will gather to visit, play a board game or
put together a puzzle, a clean, new scent will help set the happy
tone in that room as well.
Where family often gathers is around the Christmas tree. Make the
room more inviting with scents of the season. Choose a scent that
doesn't necessarily imitate food. Fresh wintergreen scents or
peppermint, something natural and woody, will warm the room without
making your guests hungry again.
Remember that not every room has to smell like Christmas to be
inviting. Using a wax cone product or flameless oil diffuser of
fresh, clean scents like fresh laundry or clean linen can make a
bathroom feel clean even when it is getting a lot of use.
If you decorate your bath at Christmastime and want the scent to
follow the holiday theme, try going light with a bit of mint or a
light evergreen. Remember you can have too much of a good thing, so
consider the size of your room and choose something that won't knock
your guests over when they open the door.
For guests staying overnight, add a pleasant lavender scent in
the bedrooms. Lavender is known to be a relaxing scent that aids in
sleep. Give your guests the best opportunity for a good night's rest
by adding this scent in an oil diffuser.
Also, it is good to remember that there are those who are
sensitive to certain smells. While they are guests in your home,
they may not want to tell you this, so be sure to ask, especially
about the scents in the rooms where they will sleep.
Buying scent for your home is easy because there are a wide
variety of products, places to buy them and price ranges.
Solid air-fresheners are available at Dollar Tree as well as
Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart also offers a wide array of plug-in products,
oils, diffusers and scented candles.
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In addition, several designer products are available locally.
Scentsy is a home-based business product and there are a few dealers
in the area. To find someone close to you, go to Scentsy.net and use
the "find a consultant" button. Enter your address and ZIP code, and
you will receive a list of those who are near you.
In addition there is a new home-based business in Lincoln called
Candles-B-Me. Located on Tremont Street, the little shop is packed
with great jar candles as well as tart warmers.
Lloyd and Luna's on the square sells a variety of electric oil
warmers made of glass and has the oils to go with them.
Mary Todd Hallmark offers Yankee-brand products and carries a
huge selection, from jar candles to votives and wax tarts.
In addition to all this, you can make your own simmering pots
using items you may already have on hand. Simply slice up an apple
and an orange, drop them in a simmering pot, and top them off with
cinnamon, whole cloves and other spices you find pleasant-smelling.
Add water and let it simmer.
You can also experiment for a blend that you like best. Some
folks enjoy a savory smell, so add a bit of sage and see what you
think. If you don't like it, dump it out and try again.
Some name-brand spices can be expensive, but if you pay a visit
to the Big R in Lincoln, you'll find that they carry a wide array of
very inexpensive seasonings, including much of what you would need
to build your own simmering pot.
And finally, add a touch of scent to your Christmas tree or
centerpieces with this simple scented ornament recipe:
cup ground cinnamon
tablespoon ground cloves
1 1/4 cups water
Mix into a thick dough. If dough is sticky, add a little flour;
if it is too crumbly, add a little more water. Roll dough to
1/8-inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut into shapes. Use a straw
to poke a hole at the top of each ornament. Lay the shapes on wax
paper on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for approximately
one hour or until dough is hard.
You can add decorations of your choice, but remember not to
completely cover the ornament, or you'll cover the scent as well.
String ribbon through the hole you've made, and hang the ornament on
Caution: These are NOT edible. Make sure the children in your
family know this.
One of the best parts of the holiday season is spending time with
family and friends. Making them feel welcome in your home and
comfortable in your company is as easy as letting them know you are
happy to have them there and cherish the time you'll spend together.
Remember, you can say it with scent.
[By NILA SMITH]