7 Holiday-Inspired Stovetop Scents to DIY

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas.

Seasonal scents are one of the easiest ways to give your whole family the warm-and-fuzzies and kickstart the holiday season. Whether you delight in the scent of homemade cookies, a freshly cut pine tree or essence of peppermint, we’ve got foolproof recipes that’ll make your home smell seasonally-appropriate.

Stovetop Holiday Scent

Stovetop Holiday Scent

Stovetop Holiday Scent

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

You most likely already have access to the ingredients below, and most combinations are going to smell pretty awesome.

Ingredients to Try:

  • peppermint extract
  • anise (star or extract)
  • orange extract
  • vanilla
  • sprigs of rosemary
  • sprigs of pine trees
  • cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon
  • peppercorns
  • cloves
  • nutmeg
  • sliced fruit: apples, oranges, lemons
  • grated ginger
  • apple cider
  • cranberries
  • eucalyptus

Add Water + Ingredients to a Saucepan

Start with two cups of water and only add more if it threatens to completely evaporate. Start with more water and ingredients if you would like to reserve the solution for later. Add your selected ingredients to the water.

Stovetop Holiday Scent

Stovetop Holiday Scent

Stovetop Holiday Scent

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Boil + Simmer

Heat to a boil without a lid, then reduce heat to low. The solution will become nicely concentrated as it simmers. Continue to heat for 30 minutes. Keep an eye on how much liquid is in the pan, as you may need to add more as it evaporates.

Save for Later

If you’re feeling satisfied with the scent, but the liquid hasn't evaporated, allow it to cool and strain out the solids. Transfer it to a canning jar. Reserve in the fridge, and reheat when the occasion arises – we recommend infusing an hour before company arrives.  

Stovetop Holiday Scent

Stovetop Holiday Scent

Stovetop Holiday Scent

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Must-Try Combinations:

Cinnamon Sugar Cookie

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg

Pumpkin Spice Latte

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger

Apple Farm

  • 2 cups apple cider (Skip the water!)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 sliced apple
  • 5 cloves

Christmas Tree

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 sprigs of freshly trimmed pine (4” in length)
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Candy Cane

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
Gingerbread House
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-grated ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Emily’s Favorite Cut-Out Cookies

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon anise extract
  • 3 slices of orange

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