Natural Home Scents

Natural Home Scents

The temperatures are dropping this week, so it’s time to get cozy! Here’s an amazing way to make your whole house smell amazing…

Natural Home Scents

First combine ingredients, like citrus basil (fresh and clean)…

Juniper and pepper (masculine)…

…or vanilla cinnamon (cozy and festive)…

All you have to do is cover the ingredients with water and simmer on the stove—and voila! Your entire home will smell incredible. Great for a cold day inside, right? Or a holiday party! xo

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo; styling by Kendra Smoot)

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    Love this. If you package the ingredients together with simple instructions, they could make for nice Christmas and housewarming gifts, too!
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  6. Obviously nobody here has one of those airtight houses that can´t stand all that humidity.

  7. I love all these ideas! I actually experimented with home fragrances in this very fashion when I was pregnant last year. Wafting citrus, clove, and cinnamon did wonders to mitigate (what were to my sensitive nose) unbearable lingering food aromas (like sauteed onions).

  8. LOVE this post! I’m so excited for Fall; I just wish it would get cold! (I’m in Berkeley) I’m so going to do the cinnamon and vanilla one. Love those Autumn scents!

    Nina |

  9. Great ideas! I also love to set a pot of apple cider bubbling on the stove with some cinnamon and cloves – smells amazing and you get a cozy hot drink too!

  10. Cool ideas! I just use an orange with cloves in it. Like this the whole house smells amazing and festive. I keep it on a plate in the window frame.
    But I especially love the idea of vanilla and cinnamon in your blogpost. Maybe I can make teeny-tiny pieces of it and put it in a little burner with water and a tealight underneath it too, that would be awesome!

  11. What a great idea!
    I can’t wait to try a few different blends around the holidays!

  12. I love the idea of vanilla and cinnamon spreading throughout the house! Such a comforting, warm smell and definitely a ringing in of the holidays! Thanks for the lovely tip!

  13. I love this, and do it all the time in the winter. Rosemary is a great one!

  14. This sounds wonderfully cozy and homey. I have a juniper bush…hope I don’t cut it down to bare bones to use it frequently in this recipe!

  15. This sounds absolutely lovely!

  16. Love this. If you package the ingredients together with simple instructions, they could make for nice Christmas and housewarming gifts, too!

  17. Love seeing this post! I usually add lavender and rosemary ( the whole plant) during the cold season. It is amazing!

  18. what a lovely lovely idea! this is awesome when your whole flat smells like stale cigarette smoke and old chilli (long story…)

  19. I’m really excited to try this… I think I’ll whip up a batch when I visit my boyfriend 5 hours away to decorate a tree this christmas:)


  20. Cinnamon sticks and cloves is so warm and cozy too… Our family fall favorite

  21. Cinnamon sticks and cloves is so warm and cozy too… Our family fall favorite

  22. What a fantastic idea! I love this. I HATE those chemically, unnatural scents that come in a spray bottle, and sometimes a candle can be a bit too strong of a smell, so this is perfection. It would make a space feel so clean, warm and cozy. I’m going to try it this weekend!

  23. This is great after cooking something with garlic or a strong smell. It changes the smell in your home so quickly and everything becomes fresh again.

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  25. What a great idea, I would have never thought of this. The citrus and basil sounds so nice!

  26. K says...

    Wow. My great grandmother would boil rose petals and a local ingredient called kewra..strong smell but soothing.

  27. I love this idea. I think the vanilla cinnamon would be my favorite… and I must admit that I try to bake something nearly daily for this exact effect!

  28. It’s partly why I love baking so much in the cooler months. The heat from the oven keeps things toasty warm, and the smell is amazing. Fresh baked bread is the best smell out there!

    I think this is an amazing idea for a party! So simple and seems like it would last a long time!

  29. i tried something similar to this a couple weeks ago and it was amazing! ill have to start trying different combos.

  30. These sounds awesome, but I would prefer to do it with things I can then eat too!! With these roasted cinnamon sugar nuts, your house will smell incredible and you’ll love to serve them for snacks then too! (Or eat them all yourself). Win win

    Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Nuts

    xx meg

  31. Oh, such a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing!

  32. Beautiful idea! Totally doing this…

  33. we love lemon+rosemary+vanilla and orange+pepper+cinnamon. Yum!

  34. LOVE this! Air fresheners are loaded with all those harmful ingredients… We love simmering orange and cloves during the holidays, lemons and rosemary. Lovely idea! <3

  35. i usually simmer citrus (whatever i have on hand, sometimes it’s already been used in cooking & baking) with rosemary. it’s a very comforting smell.

  36. Love this idea! So smart.

  37. My mother has always done this in the winter as well with an orange peel and occasionally a cinnamon stick. I assure you it smells divine. It would be a great thing to also do if you know a showing is scheduled at your home if you were trying to sell it. Then right before the showing just remove the thing from the stove of course. Just a tip.

    • My mom does orange and cinnamon as well, it smells amazing.

  38. jm says...

    I bet that would smell wonderful! (And Christmassy)

  39. Oh yeah!! I’m totally doing all of these for the next few months….thanks for sharing!

  40. In the first mixture (basil, lemon), if you add some salt after the water level gets lower, and then you put it in a blender…then you have a natural dish soap that smells great and is 100% natural …I use it for the baby’s plates, forks, etc.

    • Oh thanks for this idea, I’ve been thinking about trying a diy dish soap!

  41. Great ideas! Healthy too, not full of gross synthetic chemicals like Glade plugins or other garbage like that!

    • Ohhhhh! I never thought of quince! Good idea. We simmer orange peel, cinnamon and clove on the stove all winter long. So cheap and so deliciously aromatic. :)