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The best home fragrances for the holidays: Make sure your house smells up to company

The best home fragrances for the holidays: Make sure your house smells

DL company la petite pomme rouge
D.L. & Co.'s Le Pomme Rouge Candle, a brass, red-enameled apple sculpture filled with the purveyor's verdant "Thorn Apple" fragrance, 30-plus hours burn time, $85. Shop for D.L. & Co. at Kuhl-Linscomb. DLCompany.com
Agraria AirEssence with balsom wood flower diffusers
Balsa wood flower diffusers from Agraria's latest "AirEssence" collection with petals that change color to match the oil as the scent releases into the air, available in various blends, $110. Bering's, Kuhl-Linscomb, Longoria Collection, Plush Home and more fine stores carry Agraria. AgrariaHome.com
Jo Malone Pomegrante Noir scented candle
Jo Malone's new deluxe candle in two different scents: The line's signature lime basil and mandarin and the pomegranate noir, shown. About a 90-hour burn time, $195. Find Jo Malone at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. JoMalone.com
L'Artisan Parfumeur amber balls
L'Artisan Parfumeur's hand-carved terracotta spheres release a subtle scent from natural amber oils for up to eight months. Three sizes from $140-$355, available at Neiman Marcus ArtisanParfumeur.com
Nest Birchwood Pine Reed Diffuser
New from Nest Fragrances, the birchwood pine reed diffuser for a wintry forest blend of white pine, fir balsam and birchwood over a rich base note of musk and amber, lasts about 90 days, $38. Shop for Nest at Kuhl-Linscomb, Nordstrom, Sephora and Saks Fifth Avenue. NestFragrances.com
Dayna Decker Chandel candle in clementine
"Chandel" candle from DayNa Decker in numerous blends, all with an EcoWood Wick that emits a soothing crackling sound when lit, $42-$68. Find DayNa Decker products at Kuhl-Linscomb, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. DayNaDecker.com
DL company la petite pomme rouge
Agraria AirEssence with balsom wood flower diffusers
Jo Malone Pomegrante Noir scented candle
L'Artisan Parfumeur amber balls
Nest Birchwood Pine Reed Diffuser
Dayna Decker Chandel candle in clementine

The holidays beckon a cozy house full of family and friends, made-from-scratch dinner specialties — or those you traditionally purchase — and aromatic fragrances not just from the kitchen, but from the best candles and diffusers your home deserves.

The scent spectrum is endless, of course, from fruity berry to flowery nectar to herbal earthiness — even seductive musks. However, unlike perfumes, which tend to be a very individual choice and most often, a pricey indulgence, home fragrances can bring that perfect seasonal adjustment to your abode without a huge investment.

Look for new flavors — and enticing innovations — that make your home's bouquet stand out with a personal note. How about hand-carved spheres containing amber oils to set about in clusters or as a single decorative statement? Don't have a fireplace? No worries! The "Chandel" makes a crackling sound when lit.

And remember: Home fragrances make lovely host and hostess gifts or thoughtful presents for those special "someones" on your shopping list.

Tip: Diffusers generally have more burn time, even though candle "long-burner" options are available. Whether it's artistically arranged diffuser sticks or the glow of a burning candle, the choice is yours.

Take a mental whiff through our suggestions for a quick awakening of the senses. Then it's time to put your own sniffer to the test. Happy shopping!