Smells Like Christmas!

As soon as the first snow falls or the temperature drops below freezing here, I get the holiday and Christmas scents going on the stove. Everybody has their favorite smells of Christmas and the not so favored (a friend cannot stand the smell of cinnamon simmering away). The scented air that speaks to me is infused with citrus, cranberry, and rosemary. Smells Like Christmas shares my simmer recipe as well as options which don’t require heating up the kitchen.

How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Fresh evergreens and pomander as well as spices mulling…Smells Like Christmas!

I love when the cranberries begin to POP, and can’t you just hear the Christmas music in the background too?

Simple pleasures indeed!

How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Fresh evergreens and pomander as well as spices mulling…Smells Like Christmas!

Smells Like Christmas!

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Ingredients assembled to slice and simmer on stove for a Christmasy citrus  and herb potpourri - Hello Lovely studio. #potpourri #simmer #christmasfragrance
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Yummy Christmas Candles & Wintry Scents to Enjoy

Cardamom and Vanilla

First, here’s my absolute favorite and also the splurge of the bunch! These sell out FAST and remind me of the holiday scents of my childhood indeed. Cardamom and vanilla is subtle, not too sweet or cloying, and the mercury glass receptacles are gorgeous and live large as well after the candles have burned.

Rough Cast Mercury Scented Candle Pot
Vanilla Cardamom Candles…certainly a favorite of mine!

Citrus & Slightly Sweet

Oooooohhhhh, the secret is out…a candle under $10 that smells citrusy, slightly sweet and exactly like those Capri Blue they burn inside every Anthropologie!

But a name like Bali Sunrise…is it even Christmasy? No cinnamon or cypress, and the name suggests a sandy beach, but this scent is perfect in every season.

15.1oz Lidded Glass Jar 2-Wick Candle Bali Sunrise - Opalhouse™
15.1 oz. Bali Sunrise Soy Candle – Fresh evergreens and pomander as well as spices mulling…Smells Like Christmas!

Winter Woods and simmering spices…Smells Like Christmas indeed!

Winter Woods Scented Candles
Winter Woods Scented Candles…in case you love plaid!

Cinnamon, Cloves, Allspice & Orange

Williams Sonoma Mulling Spices
Williams-Sonoma Mulling Spices…certainly a delicious fragrance to simmer.
Williams Sonoma Instant Mulling Spice
Fresh evergreens and pomander as well as spices mulling…Smells Like Christmas!

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees…certainly smells like Christmas!

Fresh Cut Christmas Tree  Holiday Scented Candle Christmas
Fresh Cut Christmas Tree Candle, SilverDollarCandleCo on Etsy

Holly Berries & Cardamom

How To Make Your House Smell Like Christmas!

Have a favorite recipe to infuse your home with delicious Christmas smells? Here’s my favorite.

How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Hello Lovely Studio – Create a welcoming and warm holiday scent on your stove to enhance cozy factor as well bring comfort to cold winter days. Fresh evergreens and pomander as well as spices mulling…Smells Like Christmas!

Ingredients

1/4 Grapefruit, sliced into wedges

1/2 Apple, sliced

3 Cinnamon Sticks

1 Rosemary Sprig

1 Sprig of Pine or Fir

Handful of fresh cranberries

2 1/2 tsp. Cloves

1 Tbsp. Ground Allspice (a mixture of cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg)

Water to cover

How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Hello Lovely Studio – Create a welcoming and warm holiday scent on your stove to enhance cozy factor as well bring comfort to cold winter days.

Tweak This Mix to Make It Your Own

No need to be rigid about this mix – if you love the smell of grapefruit like I do, use more! Add ingredients to a heavy saucepan including water to cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add water as needed . Keep an eye on the water level so it doesn’t reduce and begin to burn.

How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Hello Lovely Studio – Create a welcoming and warm holiday scent on your stove to enhance cozy factor as well bring comfort to cold winter days.

It’s fun to plant rosemary in little vintage English marmalade jars, and they also make sweet little holiday trees with fabulous fragrance.

Bonnie Plants 4P5090 Rosemary (4-Pack)
Pack of 4 Fresh Rosemary Plants (Free Shipping!)…certainly fragrant indeed.
How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Hello Lovely Studio – Create a welcoming and warm holiday scent on your stove to enhance cozy factor as well bring comfort to cold winter days. Fresh evergreens and pomander as well as spices mulling…Smells Like Christmas!

Fills Up All the Senses

A bonus to this recipe with cranberries is the little popping they do as they begin to cook – you certainly need not be a child to enjoy this sweet result.

How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Hello Lovely Studio – Create a welcoming and warm holiday scent on your stove to enhance cozy factor as well bring comfort to cold winter days.

I have maybe broadcast this a zillion times, but my favorite fragrance on the planet is orange blossom – and you can also substitute oranges or clementines for the grapefruit if desired.

How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Hello Lovely Studio – Create a welcoming and warm holiday scent on your stove to enhance cozy factor as well bring comfort to cold winter days.

The pan I used is a 5 qt round cast iron Cusinart casserole pan, and you can also find options HERE as well as Here.

Here’s my potpourri simmering away…

Classic as well as a pretty essential for all of your holiday cooking:

Simmer Down Now!

Also, for safe simmering you won’t have to babysit all day – how about using this…?

How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Hello Lovely Studio – How To Make Your House Smell Like Christmas…certainly delicious indeed.

For a hefty quantity of ground Allspice at a low price, here’s a possibility too:

Spicy World Allspice Ground 16 Ounce - Huge 1LB Value Pack
16 oz. Ground Allspice…certainly a great value indeed.
How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Hello Lovely Studio – How To Make Your House Smell Like Christmas…certainly delicious indeed.

Is there anything more warm and welcoming than the smell of cloves…also find a great value HERE:

Spicy World Cloves, Whole, 1 Pound
Cloves…certainly a favorite scent at Christmas indeed.
How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Hello Lovely Studio – How To Make Your House Smell Like Christmas…certainly delicious indeed.

Rosemary and Citrus…certainly a delicious combo

How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Photo: Hello Lovely Studio – How To Make Your House Smell Like Christmas…certainly delicious indeed.
How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Hello Lovely Studio – How To Make Your House Smell Like Christmas…certainly delicious indeed.
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1880s Marmalade Crock…certainly one of my favorite collectibles indeed.
How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Citrus and herbs as well as spices combine for a complex delicious fragrance to lift the mood.
How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Hello Lovely StudioCitrus and herbs as well as spices combine for a complex delicious fragrance to lift the mood.
How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas. A recipe for a yummy and fragrant citrus and spice potpourri by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #potpourri #recipe
Citrus and herbs as well as spices combine for a complex delicious fragrance to lift the mood.
Hello Lovely StudioCitrus and herbs as well as spices combine for a complex delicious fragrance to lift the mood.

Need a Large Wood Slice Platter for your rustic vignettes or a centerpiece? Find one HERE.

I used mine as a cake pedestal for this mini layer cake – find the recipe here.

Fresh evergreens and pomander as well as spices mulling…Smells Like Christmas!

How I love the sights, sounds, and smells of this Christmas potpourri poppin’ on the stove when it’s cold outside! I’ll also be poppin’ into a few of my favorite shops for holiday inspiration such as Trove, where these cuties run the place:

Fresh evergreens and pomander as well as spices mulling…Smells Like Christmas!

Also, Warm Your Heart With These

Speaking of cuties, are you acquainted with Pip?

Also, for those of us who grew up watching ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ check this out if you have a few minutes…

Have a favorite Christmas simmer or mulling spice recipe to share?

French Christmas decorating ideas from an amazing house tour of country French design from The French Nest Co. #christmasdecor #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frenchchristmas #whitedecor
The French Nest Co Interior Design – Fresh evergreens and pomander as well as spices mulling…Smells Like Christmas!

Be sure to also visit this tour of quiet Christmas gorgeousness!

Fresh evergreens and pomander as well as spices mulling…Smells Like Christmas!

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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6 Comments

  1. Joanna
    November 17, 2019 / 2:30 pm

    I’m allergic to scented candles (strongly scented flowers, perfumes, potpourri), so they are a definite No for me! I’ve never thought of simmering cinnamon (yum!) and citrus in the crockpot. I’m going to having some going during my annual Christmas party. It’ll be a nice subtle scent of Christmas that will add to the festive feeling. I keep the music low, so no one has to yell. Instrumental is my go to during a get together. But Bing wins out Christmas Eve and Morn.

    Those two little puppies are sooo cute! Westies?

    • Michele
      Author
      November 17, 2019 / 4:59 pm

      Yes – aren’t they beautiful!?! Haven’t visited them yet this year and hope to get photos when next I shop at Trove. I could not do scented candles for years – headaches. But I think when the quality started to improve with soy and more natural ingredients, I started to explore my options. Nothing like a yummy simmer on the stove though! 🙂

  2. Beth Hodge
    November 19, 2019 / 7:40 pm

    Michelle, have you tried the Nest “Holiday “ candle? They have them at Nordstrom (in the solid red box). It’s the BEST candle! Even though it’s made for holiday, it smells heavenly any time of year. FYI and happy and healthy holidays!

    • Michele
      Author
      November 19, 2019 / 8:15 pm

      I haven’t – thanks, Beth! Peace to you, and thanks for reading. 🙂

  3. November 30, 2019 / 9:38 am

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

    • Michele
      Author
      November 30, 2019 / 8:10 pm

      Thanks so much, Marilyn. Happy weekend, friend.

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