Stove Top Potpourri Recipes That Will Impress All Your Guests (2024)

Last Updated on October 16, 2023 by April

I am the type of person who always has to have some fragrance action going on in my home, but it is unlikely you will see me burning any candles. I prefer to keep it natural and, just as importantly, keep it cheap. Candles can cost a TON of money, and they aren’t perfect for indoor air quality.

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Fortunately for us, there are stovetop potpourri recipes, which make your home smell absolutely divine without grabbing a $20 candle from the store; even better, they’re made up of items you can probably find in your fridge! If Essential Oils are more your speed, then try out these scent hacks.

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Stove Top Potpourri Recipes

For those of you who haven’t heard of stovetop potpourri yet, your life is about to get so much better. Stovetop potpourri is when you gather lovely smelling items you have in your fridge and throw them in a boiling pot of water on the stove. Simple, right? If you don’t want to buy items just for throwing in the pot specifically, take your leftover peels and scraps after making your meal and throwing those in the pot instead!

So without further ado, here are some stovetop potpourri recipes to make your home the envy of all your friends with scents full of depth without the irritation of polluted air or empty wallets!

HEADS UP:Your home is about to smell delicious!

1. Cranberry Citrus

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Okay, so this one is a pretty fancy stovetop potpourri recipe! I love how the creator incorporated fresh ingredients like whole cranberries and cut up citrus fruit. To make things even more awesome, they put cinnamon in for a comforting aroma perfect for cold weather. I’ve used this blogger’s recipe so often, and I have yet to get tired of it!

The best part is, even the delivery guy loves it! He would always tell me how he talks to all his coworkers about how nice my place smells when I open the door. Now THAT is a compliment I would like to hear every day about my place, but then I would be fat from all the deliveries! ☺

2. Orange Peels, Cinnamon & Cloves

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This one is a familiar scent combination that will appeal to a tremendous variety of people. It is the smell of good old fashioned fruit and spices. Since this one is a little more involved in ingredients, you might have to hit up your local grocery to make it. It totally looks worth it, though, and I will be trying it out very soon.

3. Lemon & Rosemary

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I love how simple yet thoughtful this recipe is! With only 3 ingredients, you really don’t have to go too much out of your way to make it. I love how clean this one smells, but the vanilla helps to tone it down a little, so the scent isn’t too bright. You gotta admit, this is a stovetop potpourri you wouldn’t mind showing off to friends as it’s just so visually appealing.

4. The Perfect Fall Potpourri

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While it can’t be Fall year-round, you can at least make it smell like it (and that is something I could really live with). I love the depth and richness of this scent; it is perfect for cuddling up under some blankets next to a toasty fireplace! For those of you who live in an area that is cold a fair amount of the year, you’re welcome!

5. Easy Christmas Stovetop Potpourri

This one might be a more convenient option for you if you need to throw something lovely on the stove real quick before your guests arrive. With ingredients like apple, lemon, grapefruit, cranberry, and ginger, you will have an easy time grocery shopping on the quick.

6. Tropical Summer ☼

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In case you aren’t a Fall nut like me, don’t worry, there are options for you too (and here is a wonderful one at that)! This one looks super easy to make and I will definitely have to get my hands on some of that coconut extract to make it work. I am totally ready for warm weather now!

7 & 8. Christmas Scent + Williams Sonoma

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Feeling festive? Try this stovetop potpourri recipe.

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Stovetop potpourri recipes like this are perfect for those who want a light and clean scent.

9. Better Than a Candle

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If you are feeling some winter scents, this is a recipe you gotta try out!

10. Winter

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This stovetop potpourri is so stunning to look at!


All of these stovetop potpourri recipes are fantastic for any season because whichever one you decide to make, people will be talking about how great your place smells! Let me know in the comments your favorite potpourri scents, and if you have any questions, throw them at me! ♥

Stove Top Potpourri Recipes That Will Impress All Your Guests (2024)


How long does stovetop potpourri last? ›

When the water begins to evaporate, add more! Your stove top holiday potpourri will last 3 to 5 days. Holiday Stove Top Potpourri is totally natural, toxin free, and will last several days.

How do you make potpourri smell stronger? ›

How do you make potpourri smell stronger? Two trusty ways to make your potpourri smell stronger are to add more essential oil to the mixture every so often or to agitate it. Shake the container or stir the potpourri to release more scent.

Does stovetop potpourri need to be refrigerated? ›

Remove the lid and bring it to a simmer again then next day. Add fresh water as needed so there is always liquid in the pot. For a longer lasting simmer pot, up to 7 days, refrigerate the pot of ingredients (after the liquid has cooled) between uses. Add fresh ingredients and water as needed.

How do I make my house smell good on the stove? ›

Bring a saucepan of water to a boil, then add ingredients like apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, cranberries, nutmeg, vanilla, and more, and keep the water at a simmer to fill your home with a beautiful autumnal aroma.

What is the best fixative for potpourri? ›

Popular fixatives include orris root, calamus root, angelica root, frankincense tears, myrrh gum, benzoin gum, balsam of Peru, oak moss, and vanilla beans. It's fine to put more than one fixative to work in a potpourri.

How do you activate potpourri? ›

You can easily hand a sachet of potpourri on your lamp shade so that the heat multiplies the scent and works overnight. This gives a lovely aroma to your room even after you wakeup. Fragrances enhance your mood be it when you are under stress, or in a happy mood or even in a romantic setting.

What are the best ingredients for dry potpourri? ›

  • Seed pods.
  • Small pine cones.
  • Whole nutmeg berries.
  • Whole cloves.
  • Dried citrus rind.
  • Whole star anise.
  • Cinnamon sticks.
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Can you put essential oils in potpourri? ›

If using essential oils, I suggest 116 – ¼ fluid ounces per 16 cups of potpourri. Essential oils are very concentrated, so use them sparingly. It's better to add more later than to begin with too much, since the oils cannot be extracted once added to the mix.

How long do you let potpourri simmer? ›

On the Stovetop
  1. Add 4-6 cups of water to a saucepan or Dutch oven. Next, add your ingredients.
  2. Bring to a simmer. Be sure to keep your pot uncovered over low heat.
  3. Simmer for up to 2-3 days. Keep refilling the water every few hours as needed.
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What's the best product to make your house smell good? ›

Scented reed diffusers and plug-in air fresheners are another easy way to make your house smell good. Reed diffusers use essential oils that evaporate into the air through a set of reeds, while plug-in air fresheners introduce scented particles into the air with an electric fan.

How long does stovetop potpourri take to smell? ›

How long do I simmer stovetop potpourri? I simmer stovetop potpourri for hours on end, but I prefer a nice strong scent throughout the house. If you are more sensitive to smells, you may find that simmering stovetop potpourri for 30 minutes is sufficient.

How long does homemade potpourri last? ›

How long does potpourri last? Homemade potpourri will last around three months. You can add drops of your favorite essential oils to help the fragrance last longer.

When should you throw out potpourri? ›

Well-made potpourri can last anywhere from a few months to a few years, although this can differ depending on the types of flowers and other ingredients used.

How long does stovetop potpourri last in the fridge? ›

When it's cool, just place the Christmas stove top potpourri in a jar in the fridge for later. You can keep reusing it for about a week. If it needs freshened up a little, just add some more fruit and spices!

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