The best way to balance out the hectic nature of the holidays is to make time for self-care. That, in our eyes, is where the real “comfort and joy” can be found. We’re advocates for aromatherapy all year round, but it’s a great way to help add some zen to the holiday season. Diffusing essential oils is an easy way to get started with aromatherapy. Diffusers are great options for homes and offices. We also love trying seasonal scents to add holiday flair to your air. Scent is very powerful in evoking emotional responses, so you can use certain oils to set the tone for extra cheer at your holiday parties or intimate gatherings.  

New to essential oils? If you’ve been to Rebecca’s you’ve likely seen (or smelled) our large selection! Essential oils are active fragrant compounds extracted from plants through a process that captures the plant’s finest scents. These can be diluted with a carrier oil like almond or grapeseed oil and applied topically to the skin, but diffusing them is a great way to experience the scent and benefit over time. Essential Oils have a long history of use, ranging from purely cosmetic to therapeutic.

We love diffusers and essential oils as gifts, as mentioned in our ultimate gift guide. An essential oil diffuser coupled with a few oils is a gift that will keep on giving. You’ll help set someone on a journey of greater calm and olfactory bliss. We carry some of the best, ethically sourced brands of essential oils. Not all essential oils are created equal! We’ve tried many and sorted through the best for you. We even have an in-house Rebecca’s Brand of Essential Oils that our patrons love!

Essential oils for the holiday season:

Inspired by the scents of the season? Let that inform your oil choices! We suggest trying richer scents such as Cinnamon, Clove, Frankincense, Peppermint, Sandalwood and Vanilla. All of these are available in several brands. Some brands also create blends that pair perfectly with the season, such as Nature’s Answer Organic Blends of Alpine Fresh, Vanilla and Cinnamon, and Peace and Calming. Another favorite brand, Aura Cacia carries a Balsam Fir Needle Essential Oil.

These scents will help create a cozy and festive atmosphere for any gathering.

Brands we love:

Garden of Life Organic Essential Oils ~ We love this brand! For beginners, Garden of Life has an Organic 4 pack of their top essential oils, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon & Tea Tree. It’s the perfect way to get started, as you receive a FREE USB aromatherapy diffuser with purchase while supplies last! Or, you can peruse their other oils if you have these essential oil staples already.

Rebecca’s Brand Essential oils ~ Our in-house line features larger sizes at lower prices. Some are organic, some are not, but all are therapeutic and smell amazing. Come take a sniff for yourself! We’re proud of our line.

Aura Cacia Essential Oils is the first brand that we brought in 30+ years ago.   We still love Aura Cacia because they are ethically globally sourced from areas around the world which are the best for growing each different plant.  Of course, they are always quality tested for impurities. Aura Cacia offers a mixture of oils including organic and blended with jojoba for direct application to skin.   

Nature’s Answer offers best-selling favorites of their Organic Single Essential Oils.  They also make unique, healing Blended Essential Oils for specific needs like their: Immune Defense, Night Snooze, Romance or Vitality Ener-Boost.


Want to take your essential oils journey a step further? Try one (or all!) of these DIY gift ideas, courtesy of Aura Cacia. Many essential oils can be put to use to create scrubs, lotions, and chemical-free scents for the body. Enjoy!