Fall Stovetop Potpourri

Filling your home with the scent of fall

In my opinion, there is no season with as distinct a scent as fall. It’s all cinnamon and apples and woodsy smells that give me that cozy, fall feeling. For some, fall signals the time to pull out chunky sweaters and boots, or to take a walk through crunchy leaves. Here in Florida, it means cooler mornings and evenings, and finally feeling comfortable outside after months of brutal heat. So one of the things I love to do to welcome the season is make a stovetop potpourri. My mom used to do this when I was younger, and I can still smell her version of this tried and true recipe simmering on the stove, making the whole house smell like magic. It’s such a quick and easy way to get your house smelling like the season, and it uses natural ingredients that you may already have.

Fall Stovetop Potpourri

Fall Stovetop Potpourri Ingredients

  1. 1 orange (You only need a few slices)
  2. 2-3 sweet apples (I love Honeycrisps!)
  3. 3 cinnamon sticks (You can also use ground cinnamon, but the sticks work so well, and are pretty in the pot.)
  4. 1/2 Tbsp whole cloves
  5. 4 cups of water

How to Make Potpourri on The Stove

Step 1

Fill a saucepan with 4 cups of water (I used a 2 quart size saucepan, but you can use your favorite and adjust accordingly).

Step 2

Slice your orange and cut your apples in half.

Step 3

Add all of your ingredients to your saucepan and water.

Step 4

Bring to a boil and then turn it down to low and let it simmer.

Step 5

Enjoy the homemade smell of fall!


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Fall Stovetop Potpourri Tips

Mind your water

Depending on how long your potpourri simmers, your water will begin to evaporate at some point. Add a little water periodically to make sure your ingredients don’t dry out or scald the pot.

Gift it!

You can put all of your ingredients in a mason jar, tie a ribbon around the top, and you have a perfect fall hostess gift.

Go the distance

Just like you can jar this for your favorite hostess, you can let your potpourri cool and put it in a glass jar and refrigerate it to use again the next day. I would say one simmer pot can easily last you 2-3 days.

Use your slow cooker

If you want to keep your stove off, you can also use your slow cooker to make this simmering potpourri. Either method will have your home smelling amazing.


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  1. This looks like it would smell so good, but I would hate to hike my electricity bill! If you bring to a boil then turn off the stove does it have the same effect?

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