Perfect Scents for DIY Fall Candles

Candles and fall seem to go hand in hand as many look forward to ushering in the season with their favorite festive scents. A candle’s ability to create memorable and relaxing environments have also made them an alluring DIY project for many, as the pandemic has promoted people staying indoors to take up new hobbies. This increased interest in candle making as well as consumers’ tendency to seek out warming scents during this season have given rise to many new scents that while not as traditional as pumpkin spice, do well create an autumnal atmosphere.




            Bergamot is a citrus fruit that is native to the Mediterranean. Roughly the size of an orange, bergamot has a distinct citrus flavor with strong floral overtones and is perhaps best known as being a complimentary flavor in earl gray tea. While citrus is often associated with summer, bergamot is surprisingly suited to the cooler months because it pairs well with warmer scents like cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla. Bergamot brings dimension to traditionally sweet scents with its vibrant overtones.




             Cedarwood essential oil is a substance derived from the needles, leaves, bark, and berries of cedar trees. Loved among consumers for its many health benefits, cedarwood is thought to be anti-inflammatory, a natural sleep aid, and suitable for anxiety relief. Because cedarwood is a variety of evergreen tree, it is a popular scent for fall and winter as its warm, woody tones are reminiscent of a fresh Christmas tree. Its spicy, natural scent creates a festive atmosphere candle-makers and cologne enthusiasts alike will reach for again and again during the chilly season.




            Sweet, spicy, and warming, clove is becoming a popular scent for fall. Derived from the spice, clove essential oil is believed to be a natural aphrodisiac and is also thought to be antibacterial and an antihistamine. Comparable to cinnamon in its scent profile, clove is slightly fruity and pairs well with warm, sweet scents like vanilla, pumpkin, and apple creating candles that give off an atmosphere that recalls traditional fall fare like apple cider and pumpkin pie.


Bergamot, cedarwood, and clove provide consumers with a new twist on traditional fall fare, and keep at-home hobbies like candle-making feel like self-care with their added health benefits.