Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Winter

Explore making Essential Oil diffuser blends for Winter. Take fragrance oils like Cedarwood and Amber, Christmas Splendor, Roasted Pine Cone, or Frankincense and Myrrh. By looking at their scent profile you can choose Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils to support them and make the whole experience richer, deeper, and more full-bodied. Use our favorite Winter essential oils like Scotch Pine, Sweet Orange, Cardamom, Frankincense, and Vanilla Oleoresin to coordinate with your fragrance oils and each other. Learn how to make cost-effective choices when buying your oils. Choices that will last you the whole winter and keep things varied and interesting. Learn how to alter the mood in your home, enlivening with Sweet Orange and calming with Cedarwood and Frankincense. Jump in and join us in making exciting and fragrant essential oil diffuser blends for Winter. 

Buying The Right Type Of Fragrance Oil For Your Diffuser

Here at VINEVIDA we sell two different types of Fragrance Oil and you need to make sure that you purchase the right one for your needs.

We sell Fragrance Oils specifically designed for use in Cold Air diffusers and they have a different thickness or viscosity so that they work better in those types of diffusers.

The fragrance oils labeled ‘Soaps and Candles’ are much thicker and should not be used in Cold Air Diffusers. They can however be used for other types of diffusers.

Either of the types that you buy are suitable for soaps, toiletries & beauty products. They can also be used for other projects like laundry, air fresheners, and candles & wax melts. They are very versatile and have a myriad of applications.

Therefore, consider what is the most appropriate type of fragrance oil for your individual needs before you buy. 

P.S. My next article Essential Oil Recipes For Thanksgiving will show you how you can make the most of your diffuser blends and all the other things you can do with them. 

How Can I Use These in Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Winter?

How Can I Use These in Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Winter

How? I hear you ask. Let me show you.

Use Leaves by BBW or Roasted Pine Cone as your base, then add Lemon* Essential Oil to create freshness and bring a cleaner and more refreshing scent to the home. The fragrance of the Lemon Essential Oil will also stimulate and motivate the household.

Later in the day, drop in some Cedarwood Essential Oil to slow things down. Deepen the atmosphere and add a little mystery. Cedarwood is serene, bringing calm, and releases nervous tension after a long day.

Ready to party? Add in Lemon* Essential Oil and ramp up the Scotch Pine Essential Oil for that lovely Christmas tree fragrance we all know and love. 

Then when you’ve had enough and want everyone to go home add in a drop of Cedarwood Essential Oil to make them sleepy. . (Ssh…. Don’t tell everyone my secret).

A Quick Note on Safety

*Lemon Essential Oil used in a diffuser is not recommended for households with cats. More information here: Is Lemon Essential Oil Safe For Cats?


Allergies to perfumed products are becoming much more prevalent now so we are seeing a shift towards more natural products on the market. 

I first began making my essential oil diffuser blends for winter because my son had respiratory issues when he was smaller. I wanted ingredients I could trust and the purer the better. 

I soon realized I could control all of the ingredients. Not only that, I could choose essential oils that would help him too.

Luckily, many of the essential oils that are good for easing your breathing are always great for including in your essential oil diffuser blends for winter. Essential oils like Frankincense, Scotch Pine, and Eucalyptus are all perfect for this time of year. 


We are all for sustainability here at VINEVIDA, doing our bit for the planet and encouraging you to do the same.

When you’re looking for oils for your essential oil diffuser blends for winter, consider how they pair with one another and the other oils that you are thinking about purchasing. You are much better off buying 4-5 oils that all work with one another, rather than many disparate items you can’t blend. They are likely to last you longer. 

Mood Changing

Mood Changing

It is worth remembering fragrance oils have no therapeutic actions. Essential oils, however, are jam-packed with wonderful properties and benefits. 

I have already shown you how you can use essential oils like Lemon and Cedarwood to stimulate and calm people in your essential oil diffuser blends for Winter. This is something you can consider too when deciding what to buy.

If you have a household of rowdy kids start with a base of calming Lavender and Roman Chamomile Essential Oils, then choose fragrance oils that will blend with them.

If you want to ramp up the energy and get everyone moving plump for the Citrus Oils and strong herbs like Rosemary.

When you want to create something intimate and sensuous, pop Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, and Vanilla in your basket. 

Fragrance Oils are a great way to get a strong, long-lasting fragrance. Build on that by adding essential oils to add their therapeutic actions. That way, you get the best of both worlds and maximize the potential of your purchases.

Our Favorite Essential Oils for Winter

Making Essential Oil diffuser blends for Winter is just so joyful because it allows us to use essential oils that we may not use very often. Here are some of our favorites. 

Scotch Pine (Pinus Sylvestris)

Close your eyes and imagine standing in the snowy forest full of beautiful fragrant pines, sunlight glistening like diamonds on the snow and you breathe deep. Deep

Refreshing, restorative, motivating, and freeing, are all qualities it will bring to your essential oil diffuser blends for Winter.

As an essential oil, it is brilliant if you have a stuffy nose and awesome for helping you to concentrate and focus.

I like it in party blends and for diffusers used in the day because it is wonderfully uplifting and invigorating. Perfect if you are flagging a bit and need a second wind. Pair it with Sweet Orange or Bergamot Essential Oils for an uplift like no other.

Safety: Do not use it in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.

Vanilla Oleoresin (Vanilla Planifolia)

Nothing is boring about using Vanilla Oleoresin in your essential oil diffuser blends for Winter. Blended carefully it can be used masterfully.

Vanilla as an essential oil is sensual, leisurely, and even just a little bit lazy. However, it is also beautifully rich, divinely decadent, and luxurious and it can add interesting layers to your scent profile. 

As an Essential Oil, the fragrance speaks to us of comfort and home and can be good for anyone who has experienced trauma and needs to feel safe. 

It is not just about reassurance, it can be deeply sensual and exotic. A deceptive aphrodisiac. It pairs perfectly with Ylang Ylang and Patchouli Essential Oils for a truly sensual experience.

Safety: Do not use it in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.

Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinensis L)

What essential oil diffuser blends for Winter would be complete without Sweet Orange? 

They come into season here in Europe around the Holidays. I have magical memories of the first satsumas hitting the greengrocers and heralding the run-up to Christmas. 

Beautifully uplifting and refreshing it is great when you need enlivening or a fresh burst of energy! It always smells clean and fresh so is perfect for the parties that gravitate towards the kitchen.

Pair it with those essential oils from Indian spices like Ginger, Cardamom, and Cinnamon Deepen it off with a dash of Clove. 

This is the essential oil to turn to when you are tearing your hair about and ready to burst into tears. Magically uplifting and soothing your anxiety. Pair it with Roman Chamomile for a broader blend to bring some calm to your emotions but give you the energy to keep you going. Mandarin brings that extra calm too.  


    • Do not use it in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.
    • Phototoxic so do not expose the skin to direct sunlight (or sunbeds) for 12 hours after use topically.

    Cardamom (Elettaria Cardamomum)

    Cinnamon is ubiquitous at this time of the year and people get a little jaded with it because it is everywhere! This is where you can exercise your individuality with your essential oil diffuser blends for Winter. 

    Go for something beautifully spicy and highly fragrant, but a little more sophisticated with Cardamom. 

    As an essential oil, it is wonderful for relieving nervous tension, who doesn’t need that during the holidays? If you overindulge or over imbibe it is a great leveler for rebalancing your digestive system. It can help break up catarrh if you have ‘The Holiday Cold’. It’s also a rather potent aphrodisiac, oh lala. 


      • Do not use it in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.
      • Do not use it on children under 6 as it contains a chemical constituent called 1,8 Cineole, which has been known to slow respiration.

      Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata)

      I suppose it is an obvious choice for essential oil diffuser blends for winter, being one of the gifts to baby Jesus from the Three Magi. However, it is here for good reason.

      It brings a beautiful resinous scent note, hovering between a heart note and a base note it straddles into both. This offers you a range and I urge you to try different blends enhancing it in both areas.

      Blend it with bright citrus notes like Grapefruit and then deepen it right down with a wood-like Cedarwood or a rounded scent like Vanilla to broaden its scent profile right out. Introducing a floral note to this like Rose, really helps it to bloom.

      It is a truly effective soother, both mentally and emotionally, and is a good choice if things are getting a little fraught or fractious in the house.  It comes into its own for respiratory issues, coughs, and colds.

      Safety: Do not use it in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.

      Our Favorite Fragrance Oils for Winter

      Our Favorite Fragrance Oils for Winter

      We have already looked at Our Version Of Leaves By BBW and learned how to build on it using other Fragrance Oils and Essential Oils.

      Let us share some of our other favorite Fragrance Oils. 

      Cedarwood & Amber

      This might not be what you expect at the top of a winter-themed fragrance oil list, but it is perfect to combine with your essential oil diffuser blends for winter

      Its scent profile is rather sophisticated, and beautifully smooth with the Sandalwood and Amber and the Cedarwood makes it more sultry and seductive. Vanilla and Patchouli add their final crescendo for a belter of a Winter Fragrance Oil. 

      Rich in resinous and woody scents there is so much you can support it with. Add Citrus notes on the top end, and a floral-like Ylang Ylang to elongate the profile and make it a bit more feminine.  

      Fragrance Notes

        • Top: Vanilla
        • Mid: Sandalwood, Patchouli
        • Bottom: Cedarwood, Amber

        Christmas Splendor

        This is a perfect base to build upon for your essential oil diffuser blends for winter. It immediately conjures the vision of Christmas, rich with all the ubiquitous scents we expect. The freshness of Orange, the spiciness of Cinnamon and Clove and lavishly ended with comforting Vanilla.

        Support it with Sweet Orange or Bergamot Essential Oils, and make it luxurious with Neroli. Fill out the heart notes with other spices like Ginger, Nutmeg, and Cardamom. Maybe add some fresh greens in with Scotch Pine or Fir Needle Essential Oils. If you love the Vanilla and want to ramp that up and mask kitchen odors at the same time go for our Vanilla Odor Eliminator Fragrance Oil. 

        Fragrance Notes

          • Top: Cinnamon
          • Mid: Clove
          • Bottom: Vanilla, Spice

          Frankincense & Myrrh

          It would not be the holiday season without Frankincense and Myrrh featuring in your Essential Oil diffuser blends for winter

          It has a vibrant scent profile that creates a fragrance reminiscent of the idea of Frankincense and Myrrh.

          You have that wonderful sultry and seductive Patchouli, soothing Cedarwood, smooth, woody Amyris, and those deep but gorgeous Balsam notes. Then it is all warmed through with Ginger and Orange.

          Of course, you can add that beautifully resinous scent of Frankincense Essential Oil itself and get all the benefits it brings along with it. Load the top end with Lemongrass Essential Oil to make it fresher, and maybe even the tiniest dash of Spearmint Essential Oil, take care not to be heavy-handed with it though. 

          Broaden the heart notes with more spice, I’d plump for Cardamom Essential Oil here, as it works wonderfully with Cedarwood, Amyris, and Orange Essential Oils. Deepen it down with Vanilla, Cassia, and Balsam Fir Essential Oils.

          If you want a more reverent or sacred atmosphere, conducive to reflection, prayer or meditation, add Palo Santo, Sandalwood, and Frankincense Essential Oils.  

          Fragrance Notes

            • Top: Orange
            • Middle:  Amyris, Ginger
            • Bottom: Patchouli, Musk, Cedarwood

            Roasted Pine Cone

            This is such a fun blend to use in your Essential Oil diffuser blends for winter. Its scent profile evokes those days of hunting in the forest for the perfect pine cones to decorate the house for the holidays.

            Rich and fresh in Cedarwood and Fir Needles from the forest floor, serenaded by the last of the wild autumn raspberries. Then the final notes of soft, Sweet Caramel, and mouth-watering Vanilla embrace you and drag you deeper into the memory. 

            You can support this fragrance oil by loading the top end with other clean fresh scents like Eucalyptus Spearmint by BBW, or even use the essential oils. Support the middle notes with deep-berried fragrances like Berry Blue or Our Version Of Baies By Diptyque. Elongate the entire scent profile by going woody and spicy on the back end with Cedarwood and Cinnamon Essential Oils. 

            For something different - try a dash of Our Version Of Feu De Bois By Diptyque, add the wood smoke to the forest of Pine. Perfect for cabins and a more masculine touch. 

            Fragrance Notes

              • Top: Pine
              • Mid: Raspberry
              • Bottom: Caramel, Vanilla

              Sugar Cookie

              As I write, Sugar Cookie is our ‘Oil of The Month’ (Nov 23), and for good reason, it's rather delicious and perfect for your essential oil diffuser blends for winter.

              However, it is one that you need to blend carefully, as it would be easy to upset the balance of this super sweet scent profile. It is the perfect after-school treat, think of the scent of warm cookies right out of the oven, delicious Vanilla, creamy milk, and that gorgeous buttery sugar we are all so fond of stealing from the mixing bowl. Sprinkle a few spices and well… your mouth is watering already. 

              As I say, think carefully about how to support this one. Citrus notes like Orange, Lime, and Grapefruit freshen it nicely. Spice Essential Oils like Ginger, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg make it more full-bodied. The base note is already heady in Vanilla, so add a bottom note spice like Clove Essential Oil. I would avoid opting for wood-based scents here as they don’t fit well… other than perhaps Cedarwood Essential Oil.  

              Fragrance Notes

                • Top: Milk, Buttery
                • Mid: Sugar cookie
                • Bottom: Vanilla, Spices

                Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Winter

                Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Winter

                I am sure by now you are brimming with ideas for making your Essential Oil diffuser blends for winter. Yet, if you don’t feel quite confident just yet to make your blends, then use these. 

                Carefully designed for a variety of situations and occasions also I have given great thought to the oils all working together to support one another, be it alone, as a duo, as a trio, or even as a quartet. They should all work to support one another, as well as make them versatile purchases, you will use time and again. 

                Now you all have different diffusers out there, so we are making this pure and UNDILUTED. You can take it and dilute it in oil or water.

                All of these blends make 20 ml of UNDILUTED Essential Oil diffuser blends for winter. You must clearly label them as such, please. 

                You Will Need

                  1. Small Measuring Jug
                  2. Stainless Steel Spoon or Stirrer
                  3. Small Funnel
                  4. 20ml dropper Bottles
                  5. Labels


                    1. Measure the given oil amounts carefully into a small measuring jug and combine well.
                    2. Decant using a funnel into the Bottle.
                    3. Label clearly listing all ingredients for safety reasons and mark very clearly as UNDILUTED.

                  Party Time

                  Party Time

                  This is by far the liveliest of the Essential Oil diffuser blends for Winter. Centered around the gorgeous scent profile of Frankincense and Myrrh Fragrance Oil, designed to enliven and invigorate.

                    Safety:  Not for topical use.

                    Down Time

                    Down Time

                    This is our most sublime of the essential oil diffuser blends for Winter. Designed to help you kick back, relax, and let go, but still alert enough to watch a movie, have a chat, or focus on a hobby craft. Centered around the beautifully smooth and luxurious Cedarwood and Amber Fragrance Oil.

                      Safety:  Not for topical use.

                      Family Time

                      Family Time

                      Probably the most fun of Essential Oil diffuser blends for Winter and one that the kids will love too. Centered around the sugary, creamy goodness of Sugar Cookie Fragrance Oil.

                      Safety: Not for topical use.

                      Play Time

                      Play Time

                      This is the one to roll out to get the kids up and moving. Use these essential oil diffuser blends for Winter when you want to get the board games out, get them decorating cookies, or make cards. It’s also perfect for a game of Jenga with its lighthearted appeal.

                      Safety:  Not for topical use.

                      Bed Time

                      Bed Time

                      This is by far our most relaxing and soporific of the essential oil diffuser blends for Winter. Centered around Lavender Vanilla Fragrance Oil which evokes the joy and comfort of home, making us feel safe, secure, comforted, and relaxed.

                        Safety:  Not for topical use.

                        Naughty Time

                        Naughty Time

                        Ooh-la-la, this is by far the most risqué of the essential oil diffuser blends for winter. Only make this one if you want to be thoroughly ravished. Again, centered around Cedarwood and Amber fragrance oil but we are going to load it up with those stunning aphrodisiac essential oils this time.

                          Safety:  Not for topical use.

                          Why Make Your Own Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Winter?


                          I don’t know about you but sometimes I stand looking at the shelves in the shops and get a bit dismayed by seeing the same fragrances over and over again. 

                          It’s nice to know my favorites are always there when I want them, but there are times when I crave something a little different. Usually, for me, this is when we have a special occasion. I want something individual and unique to set the occasion apart.

                          Holidays are just around the corner so this is a great time to start and experiment with creating the perfect scented ambience.

                          You might find you want to create something a little more long-lasting. Check out this article to learn how to Scent Layer and develop your Signature Scent. It’s such a lovely thing to do for your home. Layering Perfumes With Essential Oils - The Home Edition. You can even change it from season to season to suit you. 

                          Cost Effectiveness

                          Essential Oil diffuser blends for Winter can be made cost-effectively. Even if you only have a handful of oils, the trick is to choose ones that enhance each other. You want them to work independently, but also as a duo, a trio, or even a quartet of beautiful fragrances. 

                          Let me give you an example of how to do this.

                          Choose your favorite Winter Fragrance Oil and take a look at the scent notes. I have chosen Leaves By BBW (Our Version Of) Fragrance Oil

                          Fragrance Notes

                            • Top: Lemon, Cedar Leaf
                            • Mid: Pine, Spiced Fruit
                            • Bottom: Earthy Musk

                            Additional Information

                              • To support the top notes I could also purchase Lemon Essential Oil*.
                              • To support the mid notes I would plump for Scotch Pine Essential Oil or Roasted Pine Cone Fragrance Oil, as that too, has both pine and fruit notes.
                              • To support the bottom notes I would choose a Cedarwood to balance the Cedar Leaf at the top.

                              Note that I have also chosen these because they ALL go with one another as well. You can pair Lemon and Pine, Cedarwood and Pine, Cedarwood and Roasted Pine Cone and so on.

                              With just 4 or 5 little bottles of fragrant wonder, you can create an ever-changing ambiance in your home all winter long.

                              *Lemon essential oil used in a diffuser is not recommended for households with cats. More information here: Is Lemon Essential Oil Safe For Cats?

                              The Final Word

                              Well, I have thoroughly enjoyed guiding you through how to make your essential oil diffuser blends for winter. Hopefully, now, you will feel you have a starting place and be brave enough to have an experiment.

                              Think of your needs as a family, do you need to create times of calm, or do you need the opposite and need to enliven the household? 

                              Is someone in the house a little anxious or low? Maybe, essential oils like Sweet Orange, Mandarin, and Frankincense can assist them as well as fit in with your Winter scent profile. 

                              Remember to consider how to elongate your scent profile, how to pad out the top, bolster the middle, and deepen the base for a rich and full-bodied experience. Think too, about choosing those oils to coordinate and blend.

                              However, if you choose to use your Essential Oil diffuser blends for winter, enjoy the process and the fruits of your labor.

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