10 Things That Smell Like Fire for People Who Don’t Have Fireplaces

updated May 1, 2019
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Starting a fire creates instant festive feels — that is, if you’re lucky enough to have a functional wood-burning fireplace. But those of us who can’t light up the logs (or have gas-powered flames) have to get crafty when we want that magical fire smell.

Where to turn? Fortunately a bunch of companies have started to bottle that signature campfire-like scent. So whether guests are coming over, or you just want to curl up on the couch and get your cozy on, there’s a fire-scented candle, diffuser, or spray to set a wintry mood.

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  1. Ski House Candle, $60 at LAFCO: We can’t all afford a winter chalet. But splurging on a fancy soy candle that smells like burning wood and crisp mountain spruce? That’s a little more doable. There’s even a hand and bar soap version to match.
  2. Winter Wonder Incense Set, $14 at Anthropologie: Incense isn’t just for college coeds and hippies. Try Illume’s Woodfire scent, a cozy-smelling blend of amber, nutmeg, cedar, and vetiver with buttery leather undertones.
  3. Diptyque Feu de Bois, $62: The OG of smoky-scented candles is now available on Amazon Prime — perfect for last-minute types who need a dose of ambiance.
  4. Woodsmoke & Amber Room Spray, $22 at Sydney Hale Co.: A Virginia-based husband-and-wife team created this small-batch woodsy fragrant spray out of organic sugarcane alcohol. What’s not to love? Mist your linens or sofa, or set a bottle out in the bathroom.
  5. Cozy by the Fire Candle, $28 at Yankee Candle: When you want a lot of burn for your buck, Yankee’s 22-ounce jar delivers up to 150 hours. Cozy by the Fire evokes an outdoorsy, crackling fire smell with sweet hints of ginger, clove, and orange.
  6. Amber & Smoke Diffuser, $26 at Paddywax: For places where you can’t burn a candle (ahem, dorms!), this vintage apothecary-inspired diffuser can pinch hit with its classic smoky scent.
  7. Elements Fire Candle Medium, $115 at Tom Dixon: High-design meets the fireside with this sleek candle that uses a complex blend of Cypriol oil, musk, and amber to create its smoky scorched timber scent. It’s pretty pricey, but at least it burns for 40 hours.
  8. Capri Blue Fire and Firewood Fragranced Votives, $18 for 6 at Anthropologie: These little guys have the perfect throw for a powder room or even a master bath. Light a few for a fruity-meets-forest, subtly smoky smell.
  9. Hearth Reed Diffuser, $42 at Nest Fragrances: Frankincense (an essential oil that’s believed to help relieve stress and anxiety) adds a little bit of old-world exoticism to this aromatic smoky blend.
  10. Firewood Travel Candle, $15 at Henri Bendel New York: Just in case you need a fiery fix when away from home, Bendel’s unique blend of birch, cedar, and sandalwood will travel.