A Christmas blog series from me wouldn’t be right without a little bit of science.
Your senses can be exercised like a muscle. The more you practice your sense of smell, the stronger it gets and if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it! There’s nothing better than the scents that remind you of Christmas, just one whiff in a German market, a fresh pine Christmas tree or, for us, Bacon and Buck’s Fizz.
Christmas candles are great, but I’m literally setting my money on fire and I don’t feel like they last too long. Instead, I’ve come up with a little alternative that you can make yourself and put in your room to smell a little bit more Christmassy, or even give to a friend to stink up their stocking (in a nice way!).
A combination of a couple of ingredients can create a new “smell”. Here’s a little post on how to make a ‘Mulled Wine’ Christmas smell out of simple, Christmassy ingredients.
Decorative Christmas Ribbon
Cut the muslin cloth into a square of about 20cmx20cm and put an orange slice on the bottom to act as a ‘base’. Sprinkle some of the cloves and star anise on top. I used more cloves than star anise, as I found the star anise to be quite overpowering. Another orange slice and a stick of cinnamon on top, then gather the cloth around the ingredients (leave room for the ingredients to move around and mix).
Tie everything together (trying to keep the muslin cloth from overlapping with itself too much) really tightly with the string, then decorate with ribbon, more orange, and more cinnamon (hence why there weren’t a lot inside). I also made a little loop with the string at the back and hid the knots with the ribbon so that they can hang in a Christmas tree.
The ingredients will ‘sweat’ through the muslin cloth after a while, so the smell around my flat now is fantastic, and it smells like mulled wine! Score!