Top 5 alternative fall scents that AREN'T pumpkin spice!

Top 5 alternative fall scents that AREN'T pumpkin spice!

Step aside, pumpkin spice. Top 5 alternative fall scents you need in your life.

Scents have the most evocative way of sending us back in time or transporting us to other worlds. With the simple burning of a candle we reminisce on fall activities such as crunching leaves underfoot as a child, warm sweaters fresh from the dryer, or cozy nights by the fire with a hot drink.

If pumpkin spice and toasted marshmallow just aren’t quite doing it for you this year, there are plenty of other decadent smells that are often overlooked. Let’s take a look at some of the best alternative fall scents.



  1.  Apple

‘Tis the season of the harvest. Sweet summer fruits have long since fallen to the earth to decay, but the apples have been ripening through the last few months. They’re now plump and juicy, filled with the earth’s bounty and ready to drop.

Whether you prefer a sugared apple pie, mulled cider, or salted caramel coated apples, apple is a scent of the season that blends deliciously with everything from traditional spices through to creamy vanilla.


    2. Mulled wine

It’s not quite Christmas yet, but the darkening nights and the chill in the air are gently guiding us into the winter months. The spicy scent of mulled wine takes us back to the gentle chatter of a seasonal market at night, the warmth on our hands spreading through our body as we sip the rich liquid.

Mulled wine is a thick, warming scent, often filled with spices such as cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, sure to keep you cosy through the fall months.


    3. Pine

Walking through the woods on a damp October morning, the leaves still wet with dew and the leaves turning gold once more, the scent is fresh and invigorating. The juicy citrus smell of pine mingled with the rot of old leaves on the forest floor creates a rich and refreshing scene.

If you’re bored of sweet, cozy smells and instead want to invoke the mystical energy of the fall months, allow the scent of the pine forest to fill your home.


    4.  Patchouli 

Patchouli is often overlooked, but is one of the most fitting scents of the season. Musky and earthy, the intense notes are reminiscent of the natural perfume of the deep forest; wet wood with a touch of sweetness.

The smoky, spicy tones of patchouli are perfect for creating a space of warmth and comfort on a rainy November night, whilst the darkness and depth creates the otherworldliness so apt for this time of year.



  5. Amber

The colour of true amber is fall in a nutshell. A rich crimson blurring into the rusted orange of the leaves shaking free of tree branches. The scent is warm, sweet and woody, invoking peace and a quiet strength.

The resinous touch at the back of the throat tickles like the crackling of the bonfire, whilst the sweetness of vanilla promises sugary baked treats.

Final Thoughts
Fall scents add that touch of mysticism to the season. Whether you’re looking to create a cozy space or invoke the essence of an otherworldly adventure through the simple act of lighting your favourite fall candle, there is a scent for you.



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  • Drusilla Jackson

    Along with amber and patchouli is the scent of sandelwood…these three scents are my spirit fragrances.
    These scents wafting around while drinking a beautiful spiced wine….and I am in another time and space.

  • Patricia

    They all sounds wonderful, Leah!

  • Teresa Jessee

    all those scents sound wonderful! Never thought of some of them being for fall! But. they will..thank you!!

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