Welcoming Spring with Stove top Simmers {Recipe Included}

I love scenting the house with seasonal and fresh, clean smells.  I do not always like lighting candles or using aerosol sprays that can be irritating, especially with allergies, or during cold season.   Stove top Simmers, or liquid potpourri is the perfect solution. Made from ingredients that are already around your home ( or at your local farmer’s market) they are naturally scented, inexpensive, and easy to customize to your preference. You can make a batch for your own home or they make a lovely hostess gift- just add a ribbon and a handmade tag noting what scent it is and simmering instructions.  This particular scent is a deliciously spiced citrus that is perfect for spring and summertime. Use whatever citrus you have on hand, one or a combination of two or more- Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, or limes will all give a wonderful clean smell.

stovetop simmer, spring, aroma


  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 orange ,whole
  • peel of 2 oranges
  • 2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Orange or lemon extract
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract

stopsimmer, vanilla, orange, aroma, spring

Split vanilla bean to release more aroma.
Slice whole orange to release juices- it also looks pretty floating in your pan or jar.
Combine all ingredients in a quart mason jar, fill the rest of the way with water.
Cap and store.

Pour into a small pan on medium high, bring to a boil to release the aroma quicker, and immediately reduce to a low simmer.  When water is evaporated simply add more to pot-  this will last over several days to give a light, warm scent to your entire home.

*It is very important to remember to not leave the house while this is on the stove.

I love the variety of simmers you can make as they are quite simple. A lot of the times I’ll make one real quick when the kids don’t finish their oranges so I’m not wasting their snack. Plus they are so pretty sitting in Mason jars adding decor to your house when not in use. I love lavender so here’s another recipe that I love:

Recipe #2

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1-2 orange peelings
  • 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil

Recipe #3

  • A few drops vanilla
  • Orange peels

What is your favorite scents to have in the house?