Fall Scents in the Kitchen

Crock Pot Potpourri With Fall Scents

Crock pot potpourri is a simple way to add the warm, inviting scents of fall to your home.

Crock Pot Potpourri for Fall

Fill your home with the delicious scents of fall with potpourri made right in the crock pot. Fall potpourri with fresh fruit and warm spices is an inexpensive way to make your home feel cozy on even the coolest of autumn days.

Aromas of Fall

As I’ve been bringing out totes of fall d├ęcor, and styling our home for the upcoming season, I’ve had our crockpot simmering away with fall potpourri to infuse our home with the scents of fall while I decorate.

The smell of fall is one of my favorites. I love this potpourri because it brings that warm, cozy fall feeling to our home with fruity apples, oranges, and cranberries mixed with warm cinnamon & spicy cloves.

Fall Potpourri

Creating your own seasonal potpourri in the crock pot (or on the stovetop) is a great way to permeate your home with aromas you love and make you feel cozy. It’s a fantastic, less expensive alternative to candles with scents that are natural, organic, and not overpowering to the nose.

This crock pot potpourri is warm and comforting. Exactly how fall should feel!

Ingredients for Fall Crock Pot Potpourri
Apples & Cranberries

Ingredients for Fall Crock Pot Potpourri

How to Make Crock Pot Potpurri

How to Make Crock Pot Potpourri

Cut apple into slices and orange into wedges.

Fill crock pot or slow cooker about 3/4 of the way full with water.

Pour vanilla extract into water. Add apple slices and orange wedges. Then place cloves, cinnamon sticks, and cranberries on top.

Potpourri in Crock Pot

Turn the temperature to high leaving the lid off.

Check crock pot every hour or so to adjust the water level.

When done with potpourri for the day, place lid on pot and leave on counter. Potpourri will last about 3-4 days before it’s time to refresh with new ingredients.

Crock Pot Potpourri

Fall Crock Pot Potpourri Variations

Create your own fall crock pot potpourri by adding or substituting some or all of the ingredients. Other natural ingredients that will add the aroma of fall to your home:

  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Star anise
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Bay leaves
  • Nutmeg
  • Almond extract
  • Pears
  • Juniper berries
  • Apple cider
Fall Potpourri
Apples, Cinnamon, Cloves, & Cranberries

Shop Small Crock Pots

I love having both a large crock pot as well as a small crock pot in our kitchen. I use each crock pot many times throughout the year depending on what I am slow cooking. If you don’t have a small crock pot, here are a few favorites that you can shop online.

Crock Pot Fall Potpourri

Can I make potpourri on the stovetop?

You sure can!

I shared three potpourri ideas that I simmered on our stovetop over the summer. To make this fall potpourri on the stove, simply add about 8 cups of water to deep pan or Dutch oven. Place your potpourri ingredients in the water and bring to a slow boil. Turn down the heat and simmer on low, replacing water as needed. For more details on how to make stovetop potpourri along with a few recipes, check out this blog post.

Crock Pot Potpourri

Gifting Seasonal Potpourri

Seasonal potpourri makes a great gift for the holidays! Check out this potpourri gift idea I gave to friends and family last year for Christmas. It was so easy to make and everyone loved it.

Hmmm…maybe I’ll make it for Christmas gifts again this year…

Crock Pot Potpourri
Fall Fruits & Spices

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Summer Stovetop Potpourri Ideas

There is nothing better than coming home to a deliciously inviting scent to warm the soul, even during the hottest months of the year! A cozy home is engaging each of the five senses and that includes our sense of smell. These summer stovetop potpourri ideas will do just that. Citrus, herbs, and spices are the perfect natural scents to bring the smell of summer into your home.

Stovetop Potpourri

During the cooler months I always have a pot of stovetop potpourri simmering on the stove with spicy aromas filling our home. (You can find my Christmas stovetop potpourri, here.) Why not do the same for summer but with fresher, lighter scents like citrus and herbs! Stovetop potpourri is a simple and inexpensive way to add seasonal scents (that are completely customizable) to your home.

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One of the great things about stovetop potpourri is that it’s a great way to use up edible ingredients (typically fruit, herbs, spices) that may be old or expiring. Maybe you made homemade lemonade with fresh lemons. Take the squeezed lemons, that you normally would have thrown away, and add them to a stovetop potpourri. Those squeezed lemons will smell delicious for days simmering on your stove! Or maybe you made my DIY Lemon & Herb Citronella Candles. Take the lemons and the herbs once your candle has burned out, and use them in a stovetop potpourri.

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Stovetop Potpourri is a great natural alternative to candles, air fresheners, or diffusers. Once you start simmering your own potpourri, you will love the delicious fragrances that will permeate your home.

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Limes & Herbs

Here are 3 simple stovetop potpourri recipes that will instantly make your home smell like summer!

Williams-Sonoma Stovetop Potpourri

Lemon & Herb Stovetop Potpourri

Walk through one of my favorite stores, Williams-Sonoma and you are met with the soothing aroma of citrus and spice. You can recreate that amazing Williams-Sonoma fragrance in your own home with lemons, rosemary, vanilla, and peppercorns.

Lemon & Herb Stovetop Potpourri

Ingredients:

  • 3 Sprigs rosemary
  • 1 Lemon, sliced
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. Black peppercorns
  • 8 cups Water
Summer Stovetop Potpourri

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, combine rosemary, lemon, vanilla extract, and peppercorns. Cover with water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours. Replenish water as needed. Can be used for multiple days (keep pot covered when not simmering), as long as water is replenished.

Lemon & Herbs
Lemon & Herbs

Tropical Stovetop Potpourri

Simmering Stovetop Potpourri

Bring the scent of the tropics into your home with this stovetop potpourri filled with lemons, limes, oranges, pineapple, and coconut. The delicious aroma of this potpourri will transport you to the Bahamas or the Caribbean without the cost of a plane ticket.

Citrus & Pineapple Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lemon, sliced
  • 1 Lime, sliced
  • 1 Orange, sliced
  • 1 can Pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp. Coconut extract
  • 8 cups Water
Tropical Stovetop Potpourri

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, combine lemon, lime, orange, pineapple juice, and coconut extract. Cover with water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours. Replenish water as needed. Can be used for multiple days (keep pot covered when not simmering), as long as water is replenished.

Tropical Stovetop Potpourri
Tropical Stovetop Potpourri

All Green Stovetop Potpourri

All Green Stovetop Potpourri

All green stovetop potpourri is my favorite to have simmering on the stove during the summertime. This potpourri will make your home smell fresh and clean with mint, thyme, limes, and vanilla extract.

All Green Stovetop Potpourri

Ingredients:

  • 2 Limes, sliced
  • 4 Sprigs thyme
  • 2 Sprigs mint
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 8 cups Water
Herbs & Limes

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, combine limes, mint, thyme, and vanilla extract. Cover with water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours. Replenish water as needed. Can be used for multiple days (keep pot covered when not simmering), as long as water is replenished.

All Green Stovetop Potpourri
All Green Stovetop Potpourri

Stovetop potpourri is completely customizable! You can use these recipes as a base or a template to create your own personalized potpourri for your home. The options of the type of fruit, herbs, and spices you use are endless. No matter what you use, I guarantee your home will smell amazing!

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