It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas…
When it came to naming this blog post, I had to hope that any readers or followers of The Dizzying Heights didn’t think I’d gone insane. As a blogger myself and especially around this time of the year, I love reading Christmassy blog posts and this is one very close to my heart.
We all talk, write and think about what we love about Christmas pretty much the whole of December and this always includes, what we love to do, what we love to eat and what we love to wear. As weird as it sounds, I wanted to write a blog post about all my favourite smells around Christmas time.
The reason behind this post was because there are some smells around this time of year that just transport me to a different time in my life (nearly always Christmas), and I think that says a lot about them. Even though the majority of the smells are still around the other 11 months of the year, it’s this time of the year that they really shine.
The Spicy Scents:
Gingerbread. Of course, this comes as no surprise as it is a very festive scent, but I do love the smell of gingerbread. Whether it’s gingerbread men or women baking in the oven, or assembling a gingerbread house (such a fun activity to do on a rainy December afternoon), or burning a gingerbread-scented candle, which as you guys must know is one of my favourite things to do to achieve the ultimate cosy day in. I also love gingerbread in my coffee or hot chocolate, so now that we’ve all established that I love gingerbread, shall we move on to the rest of the scents?
Cinnamon. Another festive favourite. For me cinnamon is a definite winner all year round, I love cinnamon buns and cinnamon on top of my coffee, but in winter and especially around Christmas time, it just feels so warm and again it works so well in candles. That smell of baking in your house is so easily achieved with a cinnamon scent and that is one thing I love so much!
Nutmeg. If you recall, I did mention that my lovely candle from AA in my candles post that Nutmeg is such an overlooked scent at this time of the year. I do feel like gingerbread and cinnamon are so much more popular when being associated to Christmas, but Nutmeg is actually beginning to take its place in my most Christmassy scents!
The Sweet Scents:
Frosted Berries. As I’ve mentioned before, The Body Shop are always amazing at any time of the year but at Christmas I feel like they really do shine. I love their products so much and their festive range is no different. They have brought out three festive scents: vanilla chai, frosted berries and frosted plum. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I bought all three scents in shower gels and the candles – best decision ever! This smells so festive and quite sweet but very wintery, it is one of my favourite scents so far!
Frosted Plum. Like I said above, this is one of the other festive scents that The Body Shop have released this Christmas, and this is just such a lovely one. It’s not overpowering and it smells fruity and floral, which is not usually a combo that I like but somehow this just works!
Vanilla Chai. Oh-em-gee. I love this scent, it is sweet yet spicy and it just really ticks all of the boxes for me. My work got some vanilla syrup to put in our coffees, and it really has made all of the difference for me, ultimate Christmas coffees just need touch of vanilla apparently! My babes over at The Body Shop also have this scent as one of their festive scents and it just made my life.
The Fresh Scents:
Pine: Nothing says Christmas quite like the smell of a Christmas tree. I unfortunately have never had a real Christmas tree, which kind of sucks, but that has never stopped me from loving the smell of them! I understand why my parents don’t want a real tree because they can be quite pricey and they are messy too, but when I have my own house, I would love to have a real tree in the house. Candles that smell like Christmas trees really do help replace the scent in my living room, so I can’t really complain!
Snow: I know it’s incredibly difficult to nail this scent, especially as snow doesn’t actually smell of very much. I imagine this scent to smell like a crisp winters day, when the sun is shining, but it is extremely cold and the air is fresh and clean. That is my favourite kind of day when it gets to Autumn/Winter, those long winter walks are one of the best things ever!
Open Fire: We’ve all heard the song, and even though I’m not the biggest fans of roasted chestnuts, I am a huge fan of the open fire! I’ve always wanted a huge fireplace with a real fire burning and stockings hanging over it, maybe one day I’ll buy a place with my dream fireplace. For now, the smell (and sound) of a fire will have to do.
Perfume Gift Sets or just perfumes are such a common present that I couldn’t not add them into this post. I personally love receiving perfumes, especially brands/smells that are unknown to me because it introduces me to new scents that I would never have known about. I decided to add 3 scents into this category, so that I could highlight one from each kind of price range.
Budget: Japanese Cherry Blossom I do love the Body Shop, which I think I’ve mentioned a fair few times in this post alone, let alone the rest of my blog! I just think they have fab deals and a great loyalty programme, as well as genuinely good products. Getting perfumes and body mists from here are such a bargain and such good value for money. I use this one as my everyday perfume and it lasts for ages and didn’t break the bank – hurray!
Mid-range Armani Code. I love the scent of this perfume, it is one of my favourite perfumes to wear when I’m going out, but not somewhere fancy. It is long-lasting, not overly expensive and it is a scent that I feel suits me quite well. The notes are vanilla, jasmine and orange, which do sound quite festive actually! Also I love the look and shape of the bottle, I think it looks very expensive and classy! Top marks all round!
Luxury Fragrance Gift Sets: I know this is fairly extravagant, but Christmas is a time for giving and for those people in your life that you really want to spoil, Clive Christian* always have some gorgeous perfume gift sets. There is a reason that these gift sets are luxurious – they are made with only the most precious and finest ingredients. I can confirm that the samples I received smelled incredible; quite strong scents, musky and rich, and they also lasted for a long time.
As well as the scent, the bottle is also what you’re paying for with this luxurious brand. Queen Victoria was so impressed with these perfumes when they were part of the Crown Perfumery, that she allowed them to use an image of her crown for the top of the bottle. I have to say that I’m a teeny bit obsessed with anything to do with the Royal Family (anyone else love The Crown?), and for them to put their seal of approval on it makes me want to purchase this.
I think this would be a perfect gift for a loved one, everyone loves a perfume at Christmas time, and this is luxurious and you can be sure that the recipient of this beautiful gift will never forget such a beautiful gift.
Additionally, Clive Christian is doing an Advent Calendar competition so do check it out!
- Every day, Clive Christian is hiding advent baubles on their website
- Every day, a clue is posted on Instagram to help the user find it on the website
- Once the user has found it, the user must take a screen shot and post it on their own account and tag @clivechristianperfume
- Each day, one person will win the daily prize!
Aaaaand those were my 12 Scents of Christmas! I had so much fun writing this post, and I’d love to see what kind of smells you associate with Christmas, so do leave me a comment below and let me know if any of mine are the same!
*This post was kindly sponsored by Clive Christian but as always, all opinions are my own! Read my disclaimer here to see how I work with brands.