Good Holiday Scents

Best home fragrances ensure your home smells up to holiday company

A tried-and-true holiday favorite, the Thymes Frasier Fir scent is a combination of Siberian fir, cedarwood and sandalwood, evoking a just-cut forest fragrance. Much of the Frasier Fir collection ($10-$63) is available at Central Market.

Balsa wood flower diffusers from Agraria's latest AirEssence collection have petals that change color to match the oil as the scent releases into the air. Available in various blends, $110. Find Agraria at Neiman Marcus and Nuvo.

Jo Malone's new deluxe candle come in two different scents: the line's signature lime basil and mandarin, and the pomegranate noir (shown). $195. Find Jo Malone at Neiman Marcus.

L'Artisan Parfumeur's hand-carved terra cotta spheres release a subtle scent from natural amber oils for up to eight months. Three sizes from $140-$355. Available at Neiman Marcus.

New from Nest Fragrances, the birchwood pine reed diffuser has a wintry forest blend of white pine, fir balsam and birchwood over a rich base note of musk and amber. $38. Shop for Nest at Nordstrom and Sephora.

This "Chandel" from DayNa Decker comes in numerous blends, all with an EcoWood wick that emits a soothing crackling sound when lit. Find DayNa Decker products ($42-$68) at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

The holidays bring a cozy house full of family and friends, made-from-scratch dinner specialties and aromatic fragrances — not only from the kitchen, but also from the best candles and diffusers.

The scent spectrum is endless, from berry to floral to herbal — even seductive musks. Perhaps most important, home fragrances can create that perfect seasonal adjustment to your abode without a huge investment.

And remember: Home fragrances also make lovely host and hostess gifts or thoughtful presents for those special someones on your list.


Dallas' Niven Morgan has a cult-like following for his home fragrances and beauty products. North Pole winter fig is a blend of fern needle, clove and fresh fig — just right for the holidays. From $18. Find Niven Morgan at Stanley Korshak and Neiman Marcus.