Celebrate the holiday season with a festive Christmas tree essential oil blend! In this post, you see how to make a simple Christmas tree oil and learn to use your homemade holiday essential oil recipe for a diffuser, room spray, candles, and other home fragrance applications.
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Homemade Christmas tree essential oil blend
There’s nothing better than the smell of a Christmas tree during the holiday season! It’s a tradition everyone loves. The scent of pine, spruce, and pine is so comforting and inviting!
Maybe you are looking for natural ways to make your home smell like Christmas. Or you have an artificial tree and want it to smell like the real thing. This is the post for you!
You’ll learn my easy Christmas tree oil. It’s made with just 3 essential oils and invigorates the air with a forest fresh scent that will evoke a relaxing walk in the woods.
I’ll also share tips to use the recipe for homemade air fresheners, such as candles, room spray, wax melts, and potpourris. Your house will smell beautifully refreshed and cozy!
If you are looking for more holiday-inspired ideas, try my pumpkin spice essential oil, gingerbread essential oil, sugar cookie essential oil, and this candy cane blend.
And for even more ideas, have a look at my 25 holiday diffuser blend recipes!
Why you’ll want to try this Christmas tree oil
- Festive: My blend has the authentic smell of a real Christmas tree!
- Natural: It’s perfect for making your home smell like Christmas the natural way. Holiday home fragrance products are often loaded with artificial fragrances and synthetic materials that
- Quick: Prep less than 3 minutes!
- Simple: You probably already have the oils on hand.
- Versatile: You got plenty of options to use this blend.
- Customizable: I’ll show you a few fun variations.
What does a Christmas tree smell like?
The scent of a Christmas tree depends on the species. Fir, pine, spruce, and cypress and popular holiday trees, and each has a unique scent.
Essential oil that smells like Christmas tree
Christmas trees are often evergreen trees like fir, pine, or spruce. Conifer essential oils are steam distilled from the needles of these trees, and best reflect the smell of a Christmas tree. Here’s a selection of different conifer essential oils that smell like a Christmas tree:
- Balsam fir is one of the most fragrant trees and has a clean, pine-like scent. The essential oil is wonderful for refreshing your living spaces and has a decongestant effect.
- Siberian fir (aka fir needle) is incredibly aromatic and provides a forest-fresh smell.
- Douglas fir features a crisp, sweet, pine-like scent with citrus undertones. The oil is stimulating and supports clear respiration.
- Black spruce’s refreshing, slightly sweet outdoor scent is reminiscent of a snowy forest and holidays. The oil is energizing and can aid with respiratory issues.
- Scotch pine (or Scots pine) is the most widely planted pine tree in the US and brings the fresh scent of a Christmas tree farm to your home.
- Cedarwood features a deep and earthy aroma. Different types of cedarwood essential oils are available, such as Atlas cedarwood, Himalayan cedarwood, Virginian cedarwood, and Texas cedarwood.
- Cypress exudes a fresh green, slightly spicy coniferous fragrance that is very soothing and uplifting.
You’ll only need 3 oils to pull together this aromatic Christmas tree oil blend! I know it may seem a bit silly to dedicate a whole post to such a simple recipe. But it’s so wonderfully festive that I just couldn’t resist sharing it with you!
Here’s what you need to make 5 ml of Christmas tree scent essential oil:
- 60 drops / 3 g / 0.1 oz balsam fir essential oil
- 40 drops / 2 g / 0.07 oz black spruce essential oil
- 20 drops / 1 g / 0.03 oz pine essential oil
To me, this combination of Balsam fir, black spruce, and pine has that magical and nostalgic Christmas tree fragrance. Of course, feel free to play with the ratios and swap out balsam fir for Siberian fir if you prefer a fresher, cooler scent.
With such a simple blend, the quality of the ingredients really shines through. For the best-smelling Christmas tree oil, buy high-quality essential oils from a reputable manufacturer.
Christmas tree diffuser blend
If you only need a small amount for your diffuser or want to give my blend a test run, use the following amounts:
- 5 drops balsam fir essential oil
- 3 drops black spruce essential oil
- 2 drops pine essential oil
To make a Christmas tree oil diffuser, add the blend to the water tank and start your diffuser. The recipe makes enough for a 100 ml to 200 ml diffuser.
How to make Christmas tree essential oil
Homemade Christmas tree scent essential oil is a breeze to make, and with these quick steps, you’ll have the perfect blend in no time.
- Prep bottle. Use a 5 ml or 10 ml amber glass dropper bottle, depending on how much you plan to make. Unscrew the bottle and remove the dropper cap.
- Add scents. Add the balsam fir and black spruce essential oil directly into the bottle. You can simply drop the oils directly into the bottle. Alternatively, place your bottle on a digital scale and press the “Tare” button so the scale zeros out. Add the balsam fir oil and press “Tare” again. Now, add the black spruce oil. Repeat with the pine oil.
- Blend. Carefully reattach the dropper cap and close the bottle tightly. Shake the bottle vigorously to combine the oils. Your Christmas tree essential oil blend is ready!
Now that you have a bottle of homemade Christmas tree smell essential oil, it’s time to put it to good use. There are so many ways this blend adds a festive feeling to your home and evokes the holiday spirit. Try these ideas:
- Christmas tree sticks: Roll air-drying modeling clay into 2-inch / 5 cm long sticks. If desired, add a little green acrylic paint to tint the sticks. Use a toothpick to make a small hole for hanging in one end of the stick. Let dry until solid. Apply the Christmas tree fragrance oil. Thread twine through the hole and hang the sticks on your Christmas tree.
- Holiday ornament: Make clay ornaments or salt dough ornaments and drop a few drops of the blend onto the ornaments. Top up every few days.
- Room spray: For a Christmas tree room spray, combine 4 oz high-proof alcohol (e.g., Everclear or Vodka), 40 drops Christmas tree essential oil, and 1/4 tsp decyl glucoside in a 4-oz spray bottle. Close the bottle and shake until well combined.
- Diffuser: Add 6 to 10 drops to your diffuser and let run for 2 to 3 hours.
- Potpourri: Arrange sprigs of fir, pine, or spruce in a decorative bowl. Add pinecones, Christmas ornaments, and dried botanicals. Dribble 30 to 40 drops essential oils onto the potpourri. Refresh once the scent begins to fade.
- Candle: The blend is great to create Christmas tree scented candles. For detailed instructions, refer to my pine soy candle tutorial.
- Wax melts: For Christmas tree wax melts, melt 5 oz soy wax and stir in 200 drops of your holiday tree essential oil blend. Pour into a silicone mold and let harden at room temperature.
How to scent an artificial Christmas tree
Part of the beauty of a real tree is that it fills your home with a beautiful scent that lasts throughout the holiday season. And with this natural essential oil recipe, you can get the same effect with an artificial tree.
Over the years, I had both live and artificial trees and understand the pros and cons of both. Whenever I display an artificial tree, I use this blend to enjoy the scent of real conifers.
- Diffuse: For a long-lasting scent, diffuse the oil near your tree. Plant Therapy offers this super adorable tree-shaped diffuser that makes pretty home decor too.
- Felt ornaments: Another idea is to create felt ornaments and apply a few drops of Christmas tree essential oils. Then hang the ornaments throughout your tree.
- Scented pinecones: If you’re feeling crafty, create scented pinecones. First, melt 2 cups soy wax. Then stir in 100 drops of this blend. Finally, dip the pinecones into the scented wax and let dry.
Is this Christmas tree essential oil aromatherapeutic?
Yes! This blend not only smells like a real Christmas tree, but it also provides aromatherapy benefits.
- Balsam fir essential oil is made of terpenes that contribute to the oil’s woody scent and have aromatherapeutic qualities. The oil has a grounding effect and can alleviate stress and feelings of anxiety. It can also help to improve breathing and respiratory function.
- Black spruce essential oil consists mainly of monoterpenes and has a coniferous aroma with a distinct, sweet note. The calming scent is emotionally balancing and can help push back against stress and overwhelm.
- Pie essential oil is composed of terpinol, linalool, limonene, and anethole. The oilcan help to energize your body and mind, enhance concentration, and promote a positive mood.
Is this blend safe for skin care?
Yes, this Christmas tree essential oil recipe is safe for skin care, and you may add it to homemade beauty products like soap, body scrub, and bath salts. Balsam fir and black spruce are said to relax tired muscles and achy joints.
Be sure to dilute it with a carrier oil, and don’t use more than 2% in your formulation.
Is this Christmas tree oil safe for kids?
Yes, you can use the blend in topical applications for children.
Can I use this blend during pregnancy or when nursing?
Yes, you can both safely diffuse the scent and use it in your skincare products if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Is the recipe safe for pets?
Balsam fir is safe for pets and pups; however, black spruce and pine re not. I recommend omitting pine and replacing black spruce with cypress essential oil, which is fine for pets.
- Package: Essential oils react sensitively to light and heat. So be sure to store your Christmas tree essential oil blend in a vessel that blocks out sunlight. A recycled essential oil bottle or these amber glass bottles are ideal.
- Store: To maximize the shelf life, store the blend in a dry, dark location and keep the cap tightly closed. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
- Shelf life: The Christmas tree oil should be good for 12 to 18 months. Black spruce contains a high percentage of monoterpenes, which are prone to oxidation, and has a shelf life of 1 to 2 years. Balsam fir contains more stable sesquiterpenes and can last 3 to 4 years.
Christmas tree farm
This blend is more complex and features 4 different wood essential oils plus grapefruit. Here’s what you need:
- 55 drops fir needle + 30 drops Douglas fir + 20 drops cypress + 12 drops pink grapefruit + 7 drops vetiver
Frosted Christmas tree
Next is a blend that reminds me of crisp winter air and walking through a snowy forest. Peppermint and eucalyptus provide a frosty note. To create the scent, mix:
- 80 drops Douglas fir + 30 drops juniper berry + 25 drops peppermint +10 drops eucalyptus
Spiced Christmas tree
The blend will fill your home with a warming scent thanks to the combination of conifer and spice essential oils. Please note that this blend isn’t suitable for topical use.
- 70 drops balsam fir + 40 drops copaiba oleoresin + 28 drops sweet orange+ 15 drops cinnamon leaf
‘Twas the night before Christmas
Last on our list is a blend of myrrh and frankincense. Myrrh and frankincense are 2 of the gifts the three wise men brought to Jesus’ birth. This recipe probably isn’t for everyone, but I love the spiritual meaning of this scent.
- 65 drops fir needle + 30 drops Scots pine + 18 drops frankincense + 10 drops myrrh
Make your home smell like Christmas
To bring holiday cheer and festive fragrance to your home, be sure to try some of these other ideas:
- Christmas Diffuser Blends
- Holiday Stovetop Potpourri
- Christmas Wax Sachets
- Potpourri Gifts
- Pumpkin Spice Air Freshener