5 Essential Oil Blends that Smell Like Fall

fall aromatherapy blends pumpkin spice

The best season of the year is finally upon us! As tough as it is to say goodbye to sweet summer, who doesn’t love fall? To me, fall means apple picking, carving pumpkins, scenic hikes, corn mazes, enjoying campfires, and getting ready for the holiday season. But whenever I think of fall, I instantly smell it: crisp air, pumpkin pie, apple cider, and orange and clove pomander. If you are looking to get into the autumn spirit, invite some family and friends over to celebrate. But, be sure to set the mood with a custom essential oil blend for the season. These essential oil blends will instantly fill any home or office with warmth and comfort.

Just drop the essential oils of your choice blend into a diffuser with ~200 ml of filtered water.

pumpkin spice aromatherapy fall smellsPumpkin Spice

2 drops Cassia Bark (Cinnamomum cassia)

2 drops Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale)

2 drops Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)

1 drop Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum)

1 drop Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia)

Crisp Autumn Air

4 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

2 drops Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)

1 drop Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

1 drop Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum)

Halloween Treat

3 drops Red Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)

2 drops Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum)

2 drops Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia)

1 drop Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

1 drop Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum)

Hot Cider 

3 drops Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)

2 drops Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

2 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

1 drop Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale)

1 drop Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum)

Traditional Orange & Clove Pomander

3 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

2 drops Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum)

1 drop Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

1 drop Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)

If you are new to using essential oils, you must note that less is more. These oils are incredibly precious and the specified amounts (even one or two drops) will have immense benefit. Trust me, you will notice the smell with what seems like such a small amount! In addition, investing in a diffuser is not necessary to get the benefits of these smells (though I suggest it). Additionally, as much as I love the smell of fall, these essential oils are strong and should be used with caution. Using these oils undiluted can lead to skin problems or allergic reactions. Clove bud oil, cassia, and cinnamon bark can be dangerous sensitizers because the high concentrations of eugenol and cinnamaldehyde may irritate your mucous membrane. But, if you are aware of these properties now, you will likely have no problems. These modern takes on traditional autumn favorites are sure to please. Happy fall!

What is your favorite scent of fall? Do you have an essential oil blend that’s perfect for autumn?

Leigh Winters | Editor-in-Chief
Written by Leigh Winters | Editor-in-Chief
Leigh Winters, M.A./M.S., is a clinical researcher at Columbia University’s Spirituality Mind Body Institute and Columbia University Department of Psychiatry’s New York State Psychiatric Institute. She works in the Substance Use Research Center on opioid, cocaine, and alcohol treatment trials that involve motivational enhancement therapy, pharmacological facilitation of mindfulness training, mindfulness-based relapse prevention, and mind-body practices. Leigh is a certified aromatherapist and Ayurveda specialist. She is passionate about health and wellness and enjoys writing. Leigh holds dual master's degrees from Columbia University in Clinical Psychology & Neuroscience. Reach out to Leigh via leigh@wiseandwell.co or on Instagram @wiseandwellco.