How To Make Your Home Smell Like The Cottage Through The Winter


I love being at the cottage in the summer, but I also love coming home and smelling it. One of my favourite smells is from burning a candle, and I love the scents that fill our home. The only problem is that, since it’s winter now, all of my favourite candles and air fresheners are sitting in storage or have been lost somewhere in our house. This has led to me searching for alternate ways to make my home smell like springtime even though we still have snow outside! So today I’m going to share with you some tips on how to make your place smell like springtime without resorting to buying new things or going out into cold weather again:

Do not use air fresheners.

Do not use air fresheners. Air freshener products are bad for the environment, your health and even ineffective.

Air fresheners contain many chemicals that are harmful to you and your loved ones. They can cause allergies and respiratory problems, especially in children and the elderly who spend most of their time indoors. These chemicals also contribute to smog which is harmful for everyone’s health as well as contributing to global warming!

Air fresheners do not work! The only thing they do is mask odours temporarily but do nothing about removing them from the air or from fabrics or carpets (which may be a better alternative if you must use an air freshener). Plus they don’t last very long before fading away – usually within 30 minutes! This means more frequent application which leads right back into my previous point…

Air Fresheners are expensive!! Most air freshening products cost between $6-$20 depending on size but with such short life spans how much value are you really getting for those dollars? Not much I’d say!

Use scented candles in the winter.

  • Use scented candles in the winter.
  • Make sure you’re using a candle that is not too strong and doesn’t smell like fake chemicals.
  • Place it away from anything flammable, such as curtains or upholstery.
  • Use a candle warmer instead of a regular old candle, since they tend to burn longer and stronger than their traditional counterparts!
  • And last but not least: stick with scents that you actually like! You don’t want to start feeling nauseous after inhaling your home decor for hours on end—so choose wisely when selecting your fragrance spray or oil diffuser!

Use wax warmers throughout the house.

Wax warmers are an easy way to add some scent to your home, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can find them at most major retailers, even Amazon.

A great tip is to use a timer to turn the warmer off after a few hours; otherwise, it’ll burn down your house! The wax will continue to emit scent for about four hours before needing replacement.

You can also try using a diffuser in the bathroom or kitchen by filling containers with water and essential oils (you can get these from bath stores like Lush). This trick helps mask any unpleasant odors while adding pleasant aromas into the air which you’ll enjoy all winter long!

Make your own smell good items

  • Make a potpourri using dried flowers, herbs and other fragrant items.
  • Use essential oils. You can use them in the following ways:
  • Dilute oil with water for use as a spray (1 drop per 1 ounce)
  • Rub them on your skin after showering or bathing in order to create an uplifting aroma (1-3 drops of oil blended with 2 tbsp. carrier oil such as sweet almond or jojoba)
  • Add them to bathwater instead of bubble bath! This can be done by adding 1-2 drops of the desired blend and then adding 10 drops carrier oil before running the bathwater. The best time to do this is right before going to bed so that you are relaxed while falling asleep. Be careful not to get any oils near your eyes though; they will sting badly!

In the winter months you have limited scented items you can use to make your home smell nice, and there are some great ways to make things smell like they do at the cottage year round.

In the winter months you have limited scented items you can use to make your home smell nice, and there are some great ways to make things smell like they do at the cottage year round.

Use Scented Candles

Candles are a great way to add some fragrance into your home. Scents such as vanilla, cinnamon and pine will all remind you of your time at The Lake House. Try using these scents in your candles for best results during winter months:

  • Vanilla – This scent is very warm and cozy! It’s one of my favourites because it reminds me of baking cookies with my mom as a kid. Vanilla candles also make wonderful gifts for friends and family who love baking too!
  • Cinnamon – There’s nothing like coming home after a long day spent skiing on fresh powder or walking through the forest that smells like Christmas trees (and cinnamon!). This particular scent works well if you want something more subtle than pine but still want something festive without being overpowering.”


I hope this article has been helpful in giving you some ideas on how to make your home smell like the cottage all year long. If there are any other tips or tricks that you know of, feel free to send them my way!

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