I Tested Out a Holiday-Themed Cleaning Collection

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It might only be early October, but please excuse me while I put on my ​Nightmare Before Christmas​ hat. Fast forwarding through the pumpkin spice phase, I got to try out home essentials brand Grove Co.'s new limited-edition holiday cleaning kit, and I'm officially ready to start singing Christmas carols.

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The eco-friendly company produces plastic-free cleaning products, and this holiday line — aptly named the Holly Jolly Home Bundle — is no exception. It includes hand soap, dish soap, and multipurpose spray shipped in aluminum bottles, all in reusable containers. The collection also includes candles, stainless-steel cocktail straws, hand towels, and a cleaning caddy.

The dispensers all sport festive gold sparkles and classic red and green hues, but for me, it's all about the scents. Grove Co. developed two all-natural fragrances for this holiday collection: Spiced Berry and Balsam Fir. And let me tell you — they smell ​great​.

The Spiced Berry candle is surprisingly more subtle than I anticipated, with emphasis on the spice rather than the fruitiness of the berries. When it comes to the hand soap, I found the reverse to be true. Both, however, are a lot less aggressive than most mass-market berry scents!

Then there's Balsam Fir. The second I picked up the candle, I felt transported to a snowy evening in New York City, walking past a sidewalk Christmas tree stand laden with freshly cut pine. (I suppose some people might feel transported to an actual pine forest, but what can I say? I'm a city girl.) It's heavenly.

I then moved on to washing my dishes with the Balsam Fir–scented soap. At first, I was a little worried that my plates might carry that utterly divine scent — which wouldn't really pair that well with most food — but the aroma was limited to the act of washing. Truthfully, inhaling the woodsy fragrance put me into a bit of a trance as I scrubbed.

Needless to say, I'm a big fan of Grove Co.'s holiday collection. If you want to try it yourself, you can buy the full bundle of products for $99.95 (there are different options for scent combinations), or you can purchase the items individually, with each product priced under $20.

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Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and History.com, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.