Simmering Stovetop Potpourri

One of the best parts about the holiday season are the smells. You know it’s Christmas time when cinnamon and balsam surround you, and the sweet scent of freshly baked gingerbread tickles your nose. We recreate those smells by buying expensive candles, diffusers, and air fresheners. Instead of taking the risk of having an open flame around young kids or pets, and instead of breathing in potentially harmful fumes that certain candles and air fresheners can emit, recreate your favorite holiday scent a more natural way. It’s as simple as boiling some water on the stove. We all have time for that this year, right?

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Be creative with your ingredients. You can essentially add any of your favorite smells or spices and not go wrong. Consider adding cranberries, nutmeg, holly, pine needles, or mint.

Bring all ingredients to a boil. Turn down to simmer for as long as you want your house smelling delicious. Be sure to add more water as it starts to dry up.

Simmer your favorite stovetop potpourri during all the holiday parties you host, while you are doing your holiday baking, or on a normal December Tuesday for a boost of Christmas spirit!

Looking for an inexpensive, last minute hostess gift idea? Instead of gifting a boring candle, create a simmering stovetop potpourri gift bag. Gather your ingredients together and place them in a clear plastic baggie. Tie the bag shut with a festive ribbon and attach a gift tag with instructions. Give the gift of natural Christmas scent!

For a stovetop potpourri recipe great for year-round use, read DIY Natural Home Fragrance!

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Dani lives in North Carolina with her two preschoolers. She is a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom who loves to clean and organize anything and everything. Her happiness is found in Jesus, days at the spa, and combating dark chocolate peanut butter cups with everyday workouts at the gym. She owns a wedding, lifestyle, and freelance photography business, Dani Nicole Photography.

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    Great ideas. I have been doing this for years. Always smells like something is baking


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