DIY: Stove Top Simmers Scents


It’s that time of year again. The holiday season! And my personal favorite time of year. I love all the festivities this time of the year from Halloween, to Thanksgiving, to Christmas, and to ringing in the New Year.  Nothing puts me more in the holiday spirit than festive scents (…or watching The Holiday.. or The Family Stone).

Stove top simmers are such an easy way to make a home feel festive. What is easier than throwing four ingredients into a pot and letting it simmer? Not much. And the smell of this combination of ingredients is better than most store bought candles, and obviously better than those cinnamon brooms at the grocery that are downright nauseating. I’m loving this Holiday Pot Simmer Scent today- even if it is still in the 80’s here is Los Angeles.

Holiday Scent:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange, sliced in rounds
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • Pot (any size) or crock pot

Add all the ingredients and water to a pot or crock pot. The cloves can be added loosely or to the orange slices by piercing the peel of the orange and pushing the cloves into the peel in any desired pattern. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Reheat up to a week adding more water when needed.

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More options:


  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 1/2 cups of water

Lemon Fresh:

  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 1/2 cups of water

Sweet Lime:

  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups of water



One response to “DIY: Stove Top Simmers Scents

  1. I can imagine any combo of these recipes must smell amazing! Thank you for sharing! Happy week ahead! Koko:)


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