Diffuser Blends: Essential Oil Blends For Fall

When we think of fall comforts, many things come to mind. There’s warmth, family, holiday meals, baking, and low mumbles of an incoming Christmas. The colors change, the weather is crisp and serene, and the mere act of looking out a window to see the trees is more fulfilling than it was all summer. 

One of the greatest things about fall is the smells, and the way they make us feel. Diffusing fall aromas can make a house feel like a home, and it doesn't all have to be tea tree oil.

How To Blend Essential Oils For Your Diffuser

Essential oils are very potent. They’re not like air fresheners or wall plug-ins that require an enormous amount of fragrance to fill a room. Just a few drops of essential oil diffuser blends diluted with water will cast enough of a scent to fill your whole living room - and maybe your kitchen as well. Not only that, but you'll be getting all the wellness benefits of the aromatherapy as well.

For a 400ml diffuser tank, you’ll need anywhere between five to 8 total drops of oil diluted in a full tank of purified or distilled water to create the perfect DIY essential oil blend. 

What Blends Are Best For Fall?

The best fall scents are warm, spicy, and a little bit fruity. Spring is best for bright florals, winter is the perfect blend of fall scents and woody scents, and summer makes way for bright citrus and aquatic aromas. 

When blending a DIY fall scent, you want to create something that smells good enough to eat. An aroma that stimulates the appetite promotes warm feelings and lends itself to an ambiance of security, like a cozy little cottage in the woods. 

Apple Pie A La Mode

Apple pie is an aroma that smells good at any time of year, but apples are most synonymous with the fall. September and November are the peak of apple season. Apples have an unmistakable aroma, and just smelling them conjures up the image of their juicy, brilliant red skin. It’s a sense memory most people associate with the comfort of a home-cooked meal and memories of the matriarchal baker in their family, whether that be mom or grandma. 

While apples don’t produce their own essential oil, a combination of other oils can work together to create the fragrance of a baked apple naturally in a diffuser blend recipe. 

  • 2 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 2 drops ginger essential oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 drops oleoresin vanilla essential oil

Gingersnap Cookies

Gingersnap cookies are the essential fall dessert. They’re fun for the family to make together, and they make great Thanksgiving gifts for friends and family. Ginger desserts are just as delightful throughout the Christmas season, so you might feel tempted to use this essential oil diffuser recipe all the way up until spring. 

  • 2 drops ginger essential oil
  • 2 drops vanilla oleoresin essential oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop Roman chamomile

Pumpkin Pie

Nothing says fall more than a hearty pumpkin spice blend. People wait all year for pumpkin spice lattes and desserts. The aroma is just as comforting as a warm blanket. It’s the quintessential fall fragrance, and everyone who walks through your doors will be delighted by the uplifting aroma. 

  • 2 drops clove essential oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 drops vanilla oleoresin essential oil
  • 2 drops nutmeg essential oil

Vanilla Chai Latte

Vanilla chai is not a conventional fall scent, but it’s perfectly suited to the season. Chai and pumpkin spice are not too entirely different. Chai is a little earthier and a little less traditional to the season, but it still evokes the same warm feelings of comfort. If you’re not that big on pumpkin spice, vanilla chai might be the perfect alternative. It’s a little sweeter, a little woodier, and just a bit more complex, so add it to your collection. 

  • 2 drops vanilla oleoresin essential oil
  • 2 drops cardamom essential oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop ginger essential oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil

Autumn Muffins

Think of a crumbly cranberry orange muffin for breakfast on a fall day. Sitting outside with your coffee, watching the breeze rattle the leaves in the trees, shaking off different shades of red, orange, and yellow. All the Halloween decorations are finally put away, and you’re transforming your space into a cozy autumnal den for holiday feasts. That’s exactly the feeling this diffuser blend will capture. 

  • 2 drops blood orange essential oil
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 2 drops ginger essential oil 
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil

Fresh Baked Cinnamon Rolls

It doesn’t really need to be fall for your whole house to smell like fresh-baked cinnamon rolls. It’s an agreeable scent that’s perfectly delightful at any time of year. Since cinnamon is obviously the star of the cinnamon roll, it’s easy to replicate the unmistakable aroma of the dessert in your ultrasonic diffuser. A little bit of vanilla oleoresin will remind you of the gooey icing poured all over the top of a pan of warm cinnamon buns. 

  • 3 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 drops vanilla oleoresin essential oil
  • 1 drop ginger essential oil

Spiced Cider

Warm mulled cider is the perfect fall drink. It’s a wonderful way to make your guests feel welcome during autumnal get-togethers, from Halloween parties to Thanksgiving meals. The sweet and familiar scent is just as appealing to children as it is to adults. If you want a universally agreeable scent for entertaining guests, it’s almost impossible to go wrong with a spiced cider essential oil blend. 

  • 3 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop nutmeg essential oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil 

Cool Crisp Breeze

Although it may be hard to believe at times, there’s more to fall than just food. Everything is delicious, and it’s arguably the season for dessert. If you find that warm and yummy essential oil blends are making you a little hungrier than you’d like to be, you can capture the essence of fall with clean and crisp botanical scents that mimic the aroma of the fall breeze wafting through the greenery. This energizing blend will smell like you left the windows open for some beautiful autumn fresh air.

  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil 
  • 1 drop juniper berry essential oil 

Clean And Cozy Hideaway

Fall is all about relaxation. It’s the time of year to be a homebody. You can finish that great book you were reading, tidy up and spend time with your family, and finally spark up the fireplace again, and laze around with your feet up. This is the season where you want your home to feel like a cozy, clean little annex to serve as your personal hideaway. If clean and peaceful are your two magic words, this is the perfect fall blend for your home. 

  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil

A Walk In The Woods

Outdoorsy and adventurous families love to explore the world during the fall. Imagine bundling up in a cozy jacket and taking a hike through the forest, listening to the leaves and pine needles crunch beneath your feet. Maybe you’re looking for the perfect spot to picnic or choosing the location for your campsite. Enjoying the beauty of nature is great for the soul, and it’s wonderful to bring a reminder of the outdoors into your home. 

  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops douglas fir essential oil 
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil 
  • 1 drop cedarwood essential oil

Hayride

You probably haven’t been on a hayride since you were little, and if you have little ones, you’ll definitely want to take them. There’s something so nostalgic about the earthy smell of hay and its texture when you sit down and nestle into the cart. You might not want your entire house to smell like horse food, but a pleasant and gentle reminder of a hayride will do the trick and uplift your spirits. 

  • 2 drops thyme essential oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 2 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 1 drop sage essential oil

Conclusion

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your own fall blends. If it turns out you’re not too thrilled with your creation, you’ve only wasted 8 drops of essential oil and a few hundred milliliters of water. After a little creative experimentation and practice, you might wind up developing a fall aroma you cannot possibly envision your life without. In fact, if you really end up loving your scent, you could even consider adding it to a roller bottle so that you can smell like that all the time.

If you’re not sure how to formulate and balance your blends correctly, start with one drop of each scent and start your diffuser. You can always add a little more of something you wish came across stronger or drop in a splash of a new note you think would round out the aroma profile a little better. 

You can also tinker with these formulas. Do you love spiced cider, but not oranges? Swap out the wild orange oil for a few drops lime or tangerine oil to make a scent that more closely mimics apples. Does eucalyptus remind you too much of chest rub? That’s fine. Swap it out for another crisp note, like a few drops peppermint or spearmint oil. To add a more vegetal touch to your blend, consider ylang ylang, patchouli, or clary sage. These scents are for your relaxation. Fiddle around until you find something you love.

Sources: 

https://www.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/in-season

http://www.chai-tea.org/whatisit.html

https://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/garden-care

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