Simple Natural Ways to Add the Scent of the Holidays to Your Home

The scents of the holidays are always so vivid to me and such a wonderful way to add warmth to the atmosphere of your home and a welcoming ‘feel’.

In the spring, summer and autumn, weather permitting, I have my windows open to allow fresh air and all of the lovely scents from nature indoors but in the winter it’s a little harder to enjoy those aromas and that’s why I love this quick and easy Simmering Scent Recipe.


1 orange, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

4 cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon whole cloves

4 bay leaves

I use a small crockpot for my simmering scents {potpourri}.  I first add 4 cups of water to the pot, then layer the oranges, lemons, bay leaves and cinnamon topping it all off with the cloves.

You can use this same batch over and over allowing it to cool off first and then placing in the refrigerator to store for several days.

If you would prefer to make it on the stove top that is another option; keep it at a simmer and check the water occasionally adding more as needed.

 This post is part of the Scents of the Season blog hop ~ I’m joining the lovely ladies below in sharing our favorite ‘scents of the season’ ideas ~ be sure to stop by and visit them for more ‘scent-sible’ inspiration!

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Lilacs & Longhorns

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  1. I love this, Mary Beth! I am not a huge fan of scented candles or sprays…too many chemicals! I usually simmer cinnamon sticks, but have never made an entire potpourri! Great idea! :)
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  2. Oooh, I bet that smells heavenly! Thanks for sharing Mary Beth.
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  3. Om, my! I can smell this now! I have one of those small crock-pots! I plan to do this over the weekend as I start to deck the halls! ~Christy
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  4. This must smell amazing! Cannot wait to do this!

  5. I never thought to do this with a crock pot! I love that idea – so much simpler than checking a pot on the stove. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
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  6. Mary Beth…what a great scent! Love it. Your photos are very pin worthy and I shall be doing so!

  7. I once went to a historic plantation (in NC) during the holidays and they decorated with oranges studded with cloves. I imagine it gives a similar sent though simmering the spices would be much stronger. Sounds lovely.
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    • When I was growing up my Mother would keep a bowl of studded oranges in the dining room ~ you brought back some good memories. Thanks so much for stopping by, Joybee!

  8. I would never have thought to use the crockpot for simmering house scents! And I bet this smells amazing. My name is Katie and I host Fall Into the Holidays. All entries get pinned. I would love to have you link up! This week’s round is still open!
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  9. Love the idea of using natural scents at home! I’m trying this one! :)
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  10. Love this Mary Beth! featuring you tonight and you’re our weekly ad space winner! woot woot!
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