Guest Author - Robin Rounds Whittemore
If you like the look and feel of a rustic cabin atmosphere, this fragrance article was written for you. Whether you have a hideaway where you can get away from it all, or just dream of one; these fragranced items will help enhance that look and feel.
Fragranced candles may have a brown or creamy white look to them. Rust red, dark yellow, maroon, and hunter green are also good colors to go with this type of décor. A common metal used is tin. The fragrances that usually accompany the above-mentioned colors should do well in that atmosphere.
Mulled spice, pumpkin, patchouli, sandalwood, and pine scents for candles or incense come to mind immediately. Remember, mulberry and bayberry do not have to be put into use only at Christmastime. The scents are good all year round. There is no clear cut rule about what fragrance is best in a cabin type atmosphere. The ultimate choice is yours.
Should you have firewood already cut, or people sell firewood, you may want to try making a pillar candle holder. All you would need is a round cross section of the log to fir the pillar on. Try tying some evergreen around the candle holder or small enough for the candle to fit in. You can keep spraying that lightly with pine fragrance.
A small dish of pine cones with their blooms outstretched is a good way to fragrance a small area in the home. This works especially well in bathrooms. Roll the pine cones in a fragrance oil and place in a plastic baggie for 24 hours. Unwrap and place in the bowl when you are satisfied with the scent. Refresh with a mist of the scent every few days.
In the potpourri and other decorations; you can add rose petals, pieces of evergreen branches, acorns, dried flowers, wood shavings, and other objects to enhance the looks if you wish.
If you have stairs, try hanging scented pine cones with ribbon in your choice of color. Use about eighteen inches of ribbon for each pine cone. Just wrap and tie the ribbon underneath the topmost “blooms”, of the widest part of the pine cone, leaving the pointed side to hand down. Tie to the stairs, leaving about 6 to 8 inches of ribbon hanging under the bow.
Don’t hang a pine cone on every step; rather, try every third step or so depending on how many steps you wish to decorate. You may also want to hang about three to five cones in a bunch rather than place them up the stairs. As above, refresh with scent every few days.
A scented pine cone wreath would also be a wonderful way to fragrance a woodsy hideaway. If you do not want to stick with just one scent for the wreath, at the most, blend just two fragrances together. To get you started, patchouli and sandalwood are each great mixed with one other scent.