Simmering Stovetop Potpourri For Fall

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The air is crisp and golden leaves are swirling outside my living room window, which in my house means it’s time for homemade honey-scented beeswax candles, snuggling under our wool comforter to read, and of course, a pot of spices simmering on the stove.

Yesterday I peeled some apples for homemade apple crisp, then tossed the skins into this glass tea kettle with with orange peels and a few spices. It can be used directly on the stovetop as long as I use medium heat to slowly bring the water to a simmer, and I love how pretty it is.

The stovetop potpourri made my home smell like freshly baked deliciousness all day and into the evening, so I wanted to share it with you.

Of course, you can adapt the recipe to use what you have on hand. If you have fresh ginger and/or lemon peels, toss them in! Want to add a little vanilla extract? It will smell delicious.

Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty. As if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” ~ Lauren Destafano



Simmering Stovetop Potpourri For Fall

If you love fall-inspired scents like cinnamon and spice – but not the benzene and other chemicals commonly found in candles and air fresheners – check out this easy stovetop potpourri recipe.

It creates a lovely, cozy scent that you can customize with whatever you have on hand. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 batch
Author Heather Dessinger



Stovetop Directions

  • Add ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  • Allow to simmer uncovered for as long as you like, but check the water level occasionally to make sure the pot doesn't run dry. Add water as needed.

Slow Cooker Directions

  • Add dry ingredients to your crock pot.
  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and then add it to the crock pot.
  • Set the crock pot to low and add water as needed.

DIY Mason Jar Gift Idea

With a few tweaks, this stovetop potpourri makes a beautiful and thoughtful DIY gift. Here’s my fave recipe using dried fruit.



Combine all ingredients in a wide-mouth mason jar. If you can squeeze it all in try a 16 ounce jar, but if the orange slices are too big to fit use a 32 ounce jar. If desired, tie a bow around the top or dress it with burlap, brown paper, twine, etc. 

To use, all your recipient needs to do is: 

  1. Pour the ingredients in a pot.
  2. Add enough water to cover them. 
  3. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. 
  4. Allow to simmer uncovered for as long as you like, adding water as needed so the pot doesn’t run dry.
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More Aromatic Recipes To Try

My Favorite Essential Oil Blends for Fall – If you prefer to use essential oils instead of leftover citrus and apples peels, this article includes nine recipes that will make your house smell like vanilla bean lattes, spiced chai, crisp mountain air, apple cider, autumn leaves, gingerbread and more. 

Holiday Stovetop Potpourri – Brimming with the aroma of cranberries, orange slices, fresh rosemary (or sprigs from your Christmas tree) and a few other things, I love how this simmering potpourri fills my home with holiday cheer.

14 Holiday Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes – These recipes are inspired by warm gingerbread, evergreen forests, spiced cider, sugar cookies, peppermint lattes and more.⁣⁣

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