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Holiday feels: This all-natural stovetop potpourri will make your home smell like Christmas.

Updated: Nov 26, 2023


I love this simple simmer you can set on the stove during the holiday season to make your home smell wonderful!

The all-natural ingredients are quintessential Christmas scents, and when you heat them on the stove, it releases all those natural smells into the air.

This also makes a really great Christmas gift for friends and neighbors.


Oranges, sliced

1 bag fresh cranberries

4 cinnamon sticks

1 tbsp cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla

10 drops Christmas Essential Oil

Large Dutch oven or pot


Fill pot about 2/3 full with water. (Tap water works perfect.)

Add cranberries and oranges first, then the rest of the ingredients.

Turn the burner to medium high and when it starts to bubble, turn down the burner and allow the solution to simmer.

You can actually use this for several days.

At night, turn the burner off and place the pot inside the fridge to keep it fresh. Take it out the next day and simmer again.

Don’t forget to check out our chemist tips to make your home smell amazing this season!

Alexis Rochester is an investigative chemist, blogger and founder of Chemistry Cachet. She shares science-based skin care, cleaning, gardening and health tips. She was diagnosed with RA at age 10, so she has a passion for pain management tips and research, along with sharing her journey through this disease. When she’s not writing for Chemistry Cachet, she is taking Pilates or Barre classes, and also received her Barre teaching certification this year! She grew up in Stephenville and recently moved back with her daughter, husband and bulldog. You can find her posting pictures and fun stories daily on Instagram. Also look for Chemistry Cachet on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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