I do not want to be victim to artificial scents. It should be illegal to burn wax tarts and candles in public places, especially stores, schools, hospitals and medical facilities, to name a few. Time and time again, highly scented products have been researched and have proven harmful to health, yet, here in particular, the folks just do not seem to care. "It doesn't bother me!" is their attitude and "Sorry if you are bothered!" as if it is someone's fault they are having an asthma attack in the store due to artificial scent bombardment.
I love the smells of Christmas. Who doesn't? Enticing aromas of deep, dark vanilla with crispy evergreens, shouldered with fresh citrus and inviting spices - oh yeah! Delightful. You do not have to buy these in a wax tart, either, which costs an arm and two legs, plus in the case of Scentsy, the warmers are made in China and have been fraught with problems, from exploding to simply not working. I think an exploding wax tart warmer that leaks and sprays highly scented product on your carpet and furniture is not very desireable.
Look in your spice cupboard and if you do not use spices, then look in the grocery department where baking spices are kept. You can purchase cinnamon sticks, nutmeg nuts, rosemary leaves, thyme, basil and savoury, and go outside for a walk to pick up some pine, fir or cedar needles. Toss those in a small saucepan with slices of lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit and simmer away. If you like, add a little dark Tahitian or Moroccan vanilla extract to the mix and sit back and enjoy.
The scents of Christmas do not have to be expensive or toxic, and are really at your fingertips. When you are done with your natural potpourri, put the vegetative matter into the compost bucket and start fresh. Then nothing will be wasted, your house will be humidified at the same time as the gifts of natural fragrance will greet you and bring Christmas home!