The Rituals guide to interior scents for festive gatherings

When the temperature starts to drop, do you suddenly get cravings to drink chai spiced lattes and eat everything in potato form? In the same way it feels wrong to eat a roast dinner on a hot sunny day, an apple and cinnamon scented candle may seem out of place during summer too. We need to satisfy our cravings for seasonal scents just as much as festive snacks. Here’s our guide to all things fragrance and how to turn your home into aromatic wonderland this festive period.


Seasonal scents

Whereas summer is all about fresh, fruity, and floral fragrances, winter is the time to transport yourself into a woody wonderland. We need to pick scents that conjure feelings of stepping through snow in a pine wood forest with a hot chocolate in hand. Our Private Collection and The Ritual of Oudh the perfect way to pamper your senses this season. Oudh is a rare fragrant resin harvested from the Agar tree. Used as incense and aromatic oil and medicine for thousands of years in Asia and the middle east, it has a warm, rich and smoky aroma that will truly indulge your senses.


Our Private Collection contains three different lines. Featuring a combination of rich spices and powdery patchouli, the rich range is ideal for creating a luxurious feel to your festive gathering. With ingredients such as wild fig, precious amber and sacred saffron, this Christmassy concoction is guaranteed to lift the character of any room and infuse it with a unique ambience.


Include a variety of scent sources

When scenting your home, it’s all about adding different layers. If you usually light just a few candles when your guests come over, there’s a world of different scent sources to discover. Layering different aromas over one another can create a symphony of scents, perfect for making that festive gathering feel extra special.


Fragrance sticks are the perfect low maintenance product that provide consistent aroma. Placing your favourite Rituals fragrance sticks in the hallway will create that ‘welcome home’ feeling for both you and your guests.


Unlike fragrance sticks, you want to keep an eye on your candles. Not only do they provide a strong scent but the flickering flame will add to the ambience. Grouping different sized candles can add a nice focus point and add some dynamic to the room. If you don’t have a fireplace, our XL candles from the Private Collection are a great way to create that cosy festive feeling.


If you’ve been slaving over the stove making a slap-up meal, sometimes those garlic and onion odours have a tendency to wander through the house and linger. Home fragrance sprays are the perfect way to balance out the smells of cooking. Inspired by the green notes of vetiver and zesty lemon, the crisp and lively fragrance of Savage Garden Parfum D’interieur is ideal for cutting though kitchen smells. Before your guests arrive, a few quick sprays in every room will be a welcome like no other.


If you’re ready to take your home fragrance to the next level, get yourself a perfume diffuser. The Perfume Genie is a unique fragrance experience that allows you to control its schedule and intensity remotely. Perfume cartridges come in all your favourite Rituals scents. Try out the aromatic fragrance composition of Oriental Vetivier. Featuring a woody base with spicy accents of cardamom, galbanum and lush pink blossom it’s the perfect for a holiday together. The genie can also be linked to your Wi-Fi so you can control by voice command. Quite the party trick!


Work with colour

Of course, the main reason we choose to put candles or fragrances sticks in our homes is to enjoy the aromas, but they can also be a great way to add a pop of colour to a room. To add to the festive décor, our Serendipity candles have a rich and mesmerising colour. The Ritual of Jing fragrance sticks are a great choice, not only for their evergreen colour but to add a fresh and calming scent, perfect for a bedroom or your designated chill-out area.


Pick a different scent for different rooms

If you just have one scent throughout the house, it can be like wearing the same perfume every day - you stop smelling it. Varying the aromas between different rooms creates that ‘wow’ feeling when you walk through the house. Have a think about what scent belongs where. Sweet or citrus scents go well in a kitchen, try The Ritual of Mehr fragrance sticks for a fresh and fruity burst or fool your guests into thinking you’ve been baking by lighting a The Ritual of Ayurveda candle with its delicious scent of sweet almond oil and Himalayan honey. A small candle is always nice in the bathroom, try The Ritual of Hammam to create an at-home spa vibe.

Jessy Deans

Jessy Deans

Jessy Deans is a copywriter with a strong appetite for thought-provoking stories, travel and anything covered in white chocolate. With a background working in the fast-paced television industry, she has learnt the importance of self-care and downtime and believes there’s no such thing as too many candles. She is passionate and committed to her lifelong search for the perfect meal and subscribes to the doctrine that ‘if you can’t love yourself, how are you going to love somebody else’ (Ru Paul).