how to make your home smell like christmas.

stovetop Potpourri Recipes, Simmering Potpourri, christmas simmer pot
Potpourri Recipes, Simmering Potpourri, Stove Top Potpourri, Homemade

nothing beats the smell of christmas -those nostalgic scents that remind me of the holiday season and the excitement of my childhood years. usually i'd just stock up on christmas candles but this year i'm trying something a little different... a festive simmer pot.

ever walked into a house that smells of freshly baked bread or biscuits.. those cooking smells are the best right? well this simmer pot is basically a festive cheat to make your home smell uh-mazing! 

1. firstly pick a selection of your favourite festive smells.. i've gone for cinnamon sticks, oranges, cloves, star anise and vanilla pods for a warming fragrant scent. (i've also thrown in some freshly cut pine trimming from my tree!) 

2. bring a pan of water to the boil and add in your selection. after a few minutes turn the heat down to a gentle simmer and leave on the stove.

3. check every 30 minutes or so and top up the water as needed to prevent the pan drying out. 

(you can play around with recipes yourself, consider other fruits like apples or cranberries or ingredients like ginger or nutmeg.)

try a simmer pot on the stove before visitors arrive to make your home smell super warm and inviting this month!

back soon

caroline x


  1. I bet this smells absolutely amazing, what a great idea! Gotta try this!

  2. I'm really loving this idea!! Such a beautiful and festive DIY!! Great post, I will definitely try it out and thanks for sharing x

    Millie x

  3. I'm definitelly trying this as soon as I get to my parents' home for Christmas!

    Olga from Myme

  4. LOVE how you've used pine needles from your tree! So bookmarking this~

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
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  6. Used to do this back in the days before scented candles were a big thing. Love it!



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