12 Days of Christmas Self Care: Day 5

12 Days of Christmas Self Care: Day 5

Day 5_ Light Some Candles, Wax Warmers, or Scent Plug-ins

Day 5: Light Some Candles, Wax Warmers, or Scent Plug-ins


One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is smell. It’s one of the strongest senses to recall memory. So why not get some Christmas scents flowing through your house? There are so many scents to choose from!

I’m big on smells but I’m terrible at lighting candles or wax warmers. I’ve been meaning to head to either Bath and Body Works or Yankee Candle to get one of their plug ins. I don’t know how potent they are, but I would love to have a lavender scented one in my bedroom and a seasonal scent in my living room! 

Here are some of my favorite scents for the Christmas season!


I love me some candles! Even if I’m really bad at remembering to light them. I even picked some up for my Mini Autumn Haul. I’m not a big fan of Christmas, but I want to try and get into the spirit this year. Normally I’m a bit of a Scrooge or Grinch, whichever you prefer. 

But there’s something calming about candles besides the smell. There’s nothing quite like a dimly lit room, lit up only by candles. I used to do this in the summer to save on my electric bill. I’d refuse to use my lights and once it got dark, lit just about every candle I owned. The smell was a bit weird, but it made things very cozy.

Bath and Body Works

Bath and Body Works currently has their 3 wick candles at half price! Normally they are $24.95 and for their holiday promotion they are $12.50. The entire first page of their promotional page is holiday scents! They have everything from Christmas cookie scents to balsam scents, to the more abstract ” ‘Tis the Season” and “Winter” scents. 


Yankee Candle

Yankee Candle is a go-to for some of the more abstract scents that might not show up in regular stores. They have a huge selection of scents, and their holiday scents are no exception.

They have some interesting scents like Christmas at the Beach and Jack Frost. But they also the standard Balsam and Cedar and Cinnamon Stick. 

While their large candles don’t seem to be on sale (as of writing this post) they do have their votive candles on sale for $1 each! If you’re someone who likes burning candles but doesn’t want to get something that will take many Christmas seasons to burn through, votives are a good choice.

Related: 6 Ways to Relax, De-Stress, and Unwind


Day 5_ Light Some Candles, Wax Warmers, or Scent Plug-ins (1)


Wax Warmers

I’ve never gotten into wax warmers, but once again Yankee Candle has you covered. They have a decent selection of warmers for any time of the year. Personally, if I were ever to get one, I’d probably go for this Amethyst Crackle. 

The melts are on sale like the votive candles. They are currently $1 each and they have 127 different scents to choose from!

Not sure if  wax warmers are for you? Here’s a post about why you should chose them over regular candles. 


Plug Ins

These are more common in just about any store you go to. Considering companies like Glade and Air Wick hopped on the band wagon way back when before they were even cool, being able to just set and forget about it and have your whole house smell amazing is such a cool concept.

Febreeze is even in on things and they claim their products don’t just mask odors like candles or wax melts would, but like their standard products, removes the odors! So if you have an area that you want to smell nice but is high traffic and other methods aren’t cutting it, you might want to give these a try.

I’ve never tried them myself, so I’m going on the word of the website. If you’ve tried these before, let me know how they worked out in the comments!

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Oil Diffuser

I had one of these for quite a while, but it didn’t have as strong of a scent as I wanted it to. Maybe it was the oils I was using, but I barely noticed the scent after the first few minutes. 

These also have an incredibly calming affect like candles do, at least to me. Watching the mist flow away and the base chance colors (this seems to be common with diffusers) is just relaxing to me. Especially in dimly lit rooms.

Because I think it’s ridiculous to spend a lot of money on these things, here’s a link to Target’s selection of oil diffusers.

The one thing I didn’t do is carefully select my essential oils. As I mentioned previously, the ones I had didn’t have a lot of scent to them besides the initial start. This might be because I wasn’t getting pure essential oils. I was getting stuff that I found at TJ Maxx and had an oil base mixed with fragrance.

Pure essential oils tend to be more potent, so check the packaging when you’re buying your oils to see if they’re true essential oils or not. Your best chance at finding the real deal is at places like Whole Foods that cater to more natural products. I know my local store has a selection of oils, but be warned, they are going to be more expensive than a variety pack you find online.


What are your favorite holiday scents? Which is your preferred method for making your house smell amazing? What is your go-to store for getting these scents?


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