At-Home DIY: Stovetop Scents

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Create your own home fragrance using simmering waters infused with spices, herbs and citrus!

Every home at some point takes on an undesirable odor and the room fresheners sold in stores are often filled with hazardous ingredients that can cause anything from a runny nose to migraines and even breathing problems. These beautiful homemade stovetop scents are a healthy, natural alternative that are easy to make, smell great, and make a very attractive center piece to any table.

Supplies Needed:

  • Wide-Mouth Mason Jars
  • Citrus: oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruits
  • Spices: cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean (or use extract), anise, cloves, allspice (all found in the bulk section of Healthy Living Market)
  • Extracts: vanilla, peppermint
  • Fresh Herbs: rosemary, thyme

Get Creative!  Use whatever extracts, herbs and spices you have to develop your own scents!

What to Do:

Cut up the fruit and layer in the jar with the herbs and spices.  Add water, admire!

How to Use:

Once all ingredients are in the jar, simply pour the contents into a pot on the stove, bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to simmer.  The fragrance will immediately infuse your kitchen and spread to other rooms!


  • You can also use a small crockpot, fondue pot or candle warmer to heat the mixture and and transport the scent to any room!
  • You can reheat and simmer your scents 2-3 times.  Place all contents back in the jar, add water as needed and refrigerate between uses.
  • Uncooked jars will keep in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks, so make a few ahead of time so you always have something on hand!

Stovetop Scents Recipes:

DIY Stovetop Scents | Willing to Dream

Orange Spice

Oranges, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and anise

Lemon Fresh

Lemon, rosemary, and vanilla

Lime Time

Lime, thyme, mint and vanilla


Photo Credit: Keira Lemonis Photography