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How to Make An Artificial Christmas Tree Smell Like Real Pine

Every year, more and more families choose artificial Christmas trees over live ones to celebrate the holidays. Artificial trees offer a lot of advantages, such as minimizing fire hazards and eliminating the need to clean up fallen leaves and needles.

Balsam Hill’s Scentsicles

Balsam Hill’s Scentsicles

For those who love the convenience of artificial trees, but crave the real pine Christmas tree smell, we’ve found that the best ways to make your Christmas tree smell real are to:


  • Use Scented Sticks
  • Add Fresh Pine Cones
  • Use Diffusers and Scent Machines
  • Light Candles or Burn Incense

Read on to get the details on how to best use each of these in your home!

Scented Sticks

Scented sticks or scentsicles are dual-purpose ornaments that accent your tree while bringing different fragrances into your home. To achieve a forest-like ambiance, opt for ones that smell like real balsam firs, spruce, and pine, and spread them out evenly in between the tree branches. Our scent selection blends beautifully with the foliage and we offer a variety of scents infused with pure aromatic oils.

Balsam Hill's Scented Ornaments

Balsam Hill’s Scented Ornaments

Fresh Pinecones

Capture that invigorating evergreen scent by placing fresh pine cones in various areas of your home or by using them as ornaments on your tree, wreaths, and garlands. In many areas, these can be easily gathered from nature. But if you aren’t lucky enough to live in the pines, our Holiday Scented Pine Cones can bring just the right aroma with natural pine cones infused with real fir oil for a long-lasting fragrance.

Holiday Scented Pinecones

Holiday Scented Pinecones

Diffusers and Scent Machines

Diffusers can diffuse essential oils or specialized scent blends directly into the air, and are an ideal option if you prefer a longer-lasting release of fragrance. With a simple flick of a switch, these machines can sweeten the area around your tree to simulate the sought-after smell of live trees. Balsam Hill offers the Scents of the Season Fragrance Machine which is portable, convenient to set up, and can be used all year-round. Pair it with our line of scented oil cartridges, which include nature-inspired fragrances such as Balsam Fir and Cedar Wood for the ideal woodsy ambiance.

Scents of the Season Fragrance Machine

Our Scents of the Season Fragrance Machine, paired with our Scents of the Season Cartridges

Candles or Incense

If you prefer a romantic, rustic feel, go the traditional route and light up candles or incense. Both of these items also double as decor items when placed on tabletops, mantels, or countertops. Our Scented Italian Candles are available in two variants – a pine forest scent and a citrusy aroma of pomander.

Scented Holiday Candles

Scented Holiday Candles

Now you’re all set to welcome the festivities with the essence of evergreen forests and woodland wonder. With scented ornaments, essential oils, diffusers, and candles, your family will be able to enjoy the smell of live Christmas trees without having to clean up the pine needles.

Visit Balsam Hill for more ideas on how to fill every room of your home with Christmas cheer!

About the Author
On the Balsam Hill blog, we hope to provide our readers with inspirational decorating ideas the entire family will love. Beautifully appoint your home for every holiday with our decorating tips and tricks.

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