What scents come to mind during the holidays? Hot apple cider, pine trees, and pumpkin pie are just a few examples. Cinnamon, vanilla, and peppermint are also popular. These wonderful smells evoke holiday memories, sweet nostalgia, and cozy goodness. So, how do you fill your coastal Sarasota home with these delicious, festive scents? Here are seven tips. 

1. Use fresh greenery.
Arrangements filled with winter foliage are perfect as holiday decor. Real greenery sprinkled with sage, rosemary, or pine will pack a real punch in your dining room. This will also work great if you live on a boat.

2. Light a candle.
The easiest way to set the mood in your home is to light a scented candle. However, be careful not to overdo it with several different candles and different scents. Choose a favorite scent, and keep it consistent throughout your home. 

3. Simmer a pot of water.
Boil a pot of water with orange and apple peels, cranberries, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. You can also use a slow cooker to simmer the fragrant water. 

4. Bake some goodies.
There’s nothing better than the aroma of freshly baked cookies, banana bread, or apple pie. This is a perfect way to make your house smell delightful. Bonus, you’ll have a delicious dessert to indulge in afterwards! 

5. Use essential oils.
Essential oils can be diffused around the house to create subtle aromas. You can also add essential oils to a bowl of pine cones for a consistent aroma throughout the holiday season.

6. Create scented cloth sachets.
Instead of creating a bowl of potpourri, create cloth sachets and place them discreetly around the house. Include cinnamon, allspice berries, and cloves. They’ll keep up to six months at room temperature. This method can work in your home, car, boat, and more.

7. Use holiday scented soap.
It’s likely that you’ll have guests and visitors at some point during the holidays. Keep your home smelling fresh with holiday soaps! Evergreen, peppermint, and orange cloves are perfect for this purpose. Stock your sinks with holiday hand soaps, and stock your showers with homemade soap bars (seek out some local vendors at craft markets in your area!).