These days, many people love to scent their homes with fancy candles, essential oil diffusers, and incense.
But let’s not forget the original, all-natural way to make your house smell like a home: potpourri.
Potpourri is an easy, quick way to give your home a fresh new scent. Growing up, my mom always had some type of potpourri placed at strategic points around our home. In wintertime, the mix usually featured pine cones and cinnamon. To this day, I always associate potpourri with fall. I do love a cozy fall-scented room, and I’m not a huge fan of scented candles or incense — they’re both too heavy and overwhelming for my tastes.
So it recently occurred to me to go back to my roots and try the old-fashioned way.
Now my mom usually bought her potpourri at the store. A creature of habit, she generally bought the same few scents. The fall potpourri was usually brown, often recycled from previous years. It wasn’t all that exciting (sorry, mom).
To update this whole fall potpourri thing a little, I decided to try making my own recipe using a brighter flower and citrus mix along with essential oils.
If you plan ahead, you can make potpourri for little to no money by using scraps from your kitchen and house, like citrus peels and leftover bouquets, along with found objects from nature, like bark and pine cones.
Or if you’re impatient like me, you can just buy some fruit and flowers at the store.
I used a fall-colored bouquet, citrus fruits, spices, and essential oils to whip up a fall-scented potpourri in my oven. The result smells like orange, lavender, cinnamon, clove, and star anise — a colorful, updated twist on the classic potpourri I remember from childhood.
Here’s how I did it.