From apple-picking to fleece-wearing and
pumpkin-spice everything, autumn is filled with oversaturated festivities — but, that doesn't mean your home needs to follow overwhelming pursuit in the scent department. There are, in fact, ways to fill your space with the fragrance of fall that won't overpower the senses. Many of this crisp-and-cozy season's candles, essential oils, and diffuser sticks can er on the side of cloyingly sweet. Luckily, we wrangled up every single subtly bottled whiff of fall we could find — you know, the ones without the heavy-handed dousing of cinnamon-pie essence.
All of the home-fragrance blends ahead include palatable notes of sultry spice, come-hither amber, toasty chai, chill patchouli, and fiery chopped-wood in the forms of everything from reed diffusers to
soy candles, essential oils, and room sprays. Click on to shop your way to a seasonal space that smells inviting in a sophisticated way — and not like your suffocating in a PSL's fever dream. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Sweet Water Decor Hello Fall Candle Fall Scent Notes
: Apple Cinnamon
This gorgeous, hand-poured soy candle evokes all the autumnal vibes without drowning your senses.
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Hello Fall Candle Scented Candle, $20.00
Buy Homesick Candles Pumpkin Picking Reed Diffuser Fall Scent Notes:
Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Ginger, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Tonka Bean
Imagine a crisp fall day with apple cider and a latte; that's what this reed diffuser smells like. Can you say, fall perfection?
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Pumpkin Picking Reed Diffuser, $39.00
Buy Otherland Rattan Candle Fall Scent Notes:
Warm Musk, Sandalwood, Golden Amber
Developed with master perfumers, Otherland's coconut soy-wax candles smell as subtly good as they look.
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Rattan Scented Candle, $36.00
Buy P.F. Candle Co. Amber & Moss Reed Diffuser Fall Scent Notes:
Sage, Moss, Amber
Think of traveling to the mountains or a rustic glamping escape captured in a rich glass bottle and softly diffused out into the air via soft reeds.
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Amber & Moss Reed Diffuser, $24.00
Buy Catherine Rising Incense Sticks Fall Scent Notes:
spice, sandalwood, patchouli
Use these incense sticks in your bedroom, home office space, or dedicated yoga space for a calming, purifying scent.
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Catherine Rising Incense Sticks, $28.00
Buy Dried Floral Reed Diffuser Fall Scent Notes:
Chrysanthemum, Bergamot, Rose, Vanilla, Citrus, Patchouli, Amber
These gorgeous dried flowers will smell autumnally divine while also looking simply stunning on your
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Dried Floral Reed Diffuser, $24.00
Buy Heirlūm Pumpkin Home Fragrance Mist Fall Scent Notes:
Warm vanilla, spicy cinnamon, nutmeg
Transform any room with this subtle pumpkin fragrance mist; a true essence of the new season.
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Heirlūm Pumpkin Home Fragrance Mist, $19.00
Buy Aesop Cythera Aromatique Room Spray Fall Scent Notes:
Woody, Opulent, Spicy, Patchouli
Spritz this luxurious Aesop room spray for some effortless fall atmosphere on-demand; it's brimming with spicy, woody notes that we all crave come October.
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Cythera Aromatique Room Spray, $55.00
Buy Vitruvi Cedarwood Essential Oil Fall Scent Notes:
Add a few tiny drops of this to your favorite diffuser and watch as the autumn wafts fill your home (and your stuffy sinuses) with sophisticated warmth.
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Cedarwood Essential Oil, $10.20
Buy Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Soy Candle Fall Scent Notes:
Mrs. Meyer's is a home-fragrance classic — and this delightful acorn-spice-scented candle takes the autumn cake. It burns for 25 hours meaning you'll get a long-lasting fall flavor.
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Clean Day Soy Candle, $7.99
Buy Perry Apothecary Fall Room Linen Spray Fall Scent Notes:
Harvest Spice, Clove, Ginger
Linen sprays are great for misting everything from throw blankets to comforters and sheets for an added boost of fresh-baked fall deliciousness.
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Fall Room Linen Spray, $12.00
Buy Archipelago Botanicals Diffuser Fall Scent Notes:
Tobacco, Patchouli, Red Cedar
Housed in a chunky amber-colored jar, the Archipelago diffuser ignites notes of sophisticated fall, giving a nod to Havana.
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Archipelago Botanicals Diffuser,
$46.00 $34.50 Buy Uncommon Goods Chai Spice Candle Fall Scent Notes:
The description for this candle is all you need to know: "The scene; you’re leaf-peeping in your coziest pajamas with a steaming chai tea latte on your lap. Picturing it? Okay, now imagine that in candle form."
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Chai Spice Candle, $20.00
Buy Febreze Air Odor-Eliminating Air Freshener Fall Scent Notes:
Affordable, light, and does the trick — Febreze's wood-scented freshener can be sprayed all-around your home for a pop of fall without the overpowering (just be careful around your pets!).
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Febreze Air Odor-Eliminating Air Freshener, $3.99
Buy Mulled Cider Scented Potpourri Fall Scent Notes:
Ceylon Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Clove, Allspice
An elegant take on fall fragrances, Pottery Barn's potpourri will ignite your autumnal nose. Fill a few empty mason jars or unused kitchen containers and pop them around everywhere from your bathroom to your living room for an instant festive air.
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Mulled Cider Scented Potpourri, $39.50