10 Stove Top Potpourri Recipes That Smell Like the Holidays

Last Updated on October 16, 2023 by April

I am the type of person who always has to have some fragrance action going on in my home, but it is unlikely you will see me burning any candles. I prefer to keep it natural and, just as importantly, keep it cheap. Candles can cost a TON of money, and they aren’t perfect for indoor air quality.

Fortunately for us, there are stovetop potpourri recipes, which make your home smell absolutely divine without grabbing a $20 candle from the store; even better, they’re made up of items you can probably find in your fridge!  If Essential Oils are more your speed, then try out these scent hacks.

Stove Top Potpourri Recipes

For those of you who haven’t heard of stovetop potpourri yet, your life is about to get so much better. Stovetop potpourri is when you gather lovely smelling items you have in your fridge and throw them in a boiling pot of water on the stove. Simple, right? If you don’t want to buy items just for throwing in the pot specifically, take your leftover peels and scraps after making your meal and throwing those in the pot instead! 

So without further ado, here are some stovetop potpourri recipes to make your home the envy of all your friends with scents full of depth without the irritation of polluted air or empty wallets!

HEADS UP: Your home is about to smell delicious!

1. Cranberry Citrus

Okay, so this one is a pretty fancy stovetop potpourri recipe! I love how the creator incorporated fresh ingredients like whole cranberries and cut up citrus fruit. To make things even more awesome, they put cinnamon in for a comforting aroma perfect for cold weather. I’ve used this blogger’s recipe so often, and I have yet to get tired of it!

The best part is, even the delivery guy loves it! He would always tell me how he talks to all his coworkers about how nice my place smells when I open the door. Now THAT is a compliment I would like to hear every day about my place, but then I would be fat from all the deliveries! ☺

2. Orange Peels, Cinnamon & Cloves

Found From How Sweet it Is

This one is a familiar scent combination that will appeal to a tremendous variety of people. It is the smell of good old fashioned fruit and spices. Since this one is a little more involved in ingredients, you might have to hit up your local grocery to make it. It totally looks worth it, though, and I will be trying it out very soon.

3. Lemon & Rosemary

I love how simple yet thoughtful this recipe is! With only 3 ingredients, you really don’t have to go too much out of your way to make it. I love how clean this one smells, but the vanilla helps to tone it down a little, so the scent isn’t too bright. You gotta admit, this is a stovetop potpourri you wouldn’t mind showing off to friends as it’s just so visually appealing.

4. The Perfect Fall Potpourri

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While it can’t be Fall year-round, you can at least make it smell like it (and that is something I could really live with). I love the depth and richness of this scent; it is perfect for cuddling up under some blankets next to a toasty fireplace! For those of you who live in an area that is cold a fair amount of the year, you’re welcome!

5. Easy Christmas Stovetop Potpourri

Get the Details From Pip and Ebby

This one might be a more convenient option for you if you need to throw something lovely on the stove real quick before your guests arrive. With ingredients like apple, lemon, grapefruit, cranberry, and ginger, you will have an easy time grocery shopping on the quick.

6. Tropical Summer ☼

Found From Wintsead Wandering

In case you aren’t a Fall nut like me, don’t worry, there are options for you too (and here is a wonderful one at that)! This one looks super easy to make and I will definitely have to get my hands on some of that coconut extract to make it work. I am totally ready for warm weather now!

7 & 8. Christmas Scent + Williams Sonoma

Feeling festive? Try this stovetop potpourri recipe.

Stovetop potpourri recipes like this are perfect for those who want a light and clean scent.

9. Better Than a Candle

Found From Liz Marie

If you are feeling some winter scents, this is a recipe you gotta try out!

10. Winter

Found From Momtastic

This stovetop potpourri is so stunning to look at!


All of these stovetop potpourri recipes are fantastic for any season because whichever one you decide to make, people will be talking about how great your place smells! Let me know in the comments your favorite potpourri scents, and if you have any questions, throw them at me! ♥

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