One of the things I miss about the US while living in a foreign country is familiar smells. Like pumpkin spice candles filling the room with scent. I’ve brought candles back with me from the States, but they are gone too soon and I’m left bereft. Without cinnamon…
Last year I finally thought up a solution. It’s so simple you’ll love it too. Be you at home or abroad. I had two of these:
And, nerd that I am, had no clue what it was. I also had some horrid smelling oil that I assumed went into the top, but which burnt and smelled even worse when I poured it in and tried to warm it up. Anyway – lightbulb! Poured in some olive oil, and spices of my choosing and there it was, the comforting scent of cinnamon spice filling my room. I’ve since moved on to coconut oil, but you can use olive oil too, just not a strong tasting one.
1 TB coconut oil/light olive oil
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
That’s it! Light a votive underneath, give your oil and spices a stir and leave it to fill up your room with “holiday” cheer 🙂 Feel free to experiment. I’ve added ginger, cardamom & anise, but didn’t really like the combination.