The Scents of the Season

One of the things I love about the Holidays, are the aromas. Not just the smell of cookies and turkey, but of pine and cinnamon, orange and clove. I love the smell of wood as it burns in the woodstove, or the crisp, wintry air.

Potpourri is one of the best ways to induce the holiday scents. They are simple to make and I find, are a better aroma than any store-bought, brand name holiday candle. Not only that, you use ingredients that you normally have around the house! Here are a few that are simple and wonderful.


Holiday Stove Top Potpourri

1 orange

1 lemon

1/2 c. fresh cranberries

1 Tbsp. whole cloves

3 sticks of cinnamon

Dash of ground cloves (optional)

Dash of ground cinnamon (optional)



Thanksgiving Holiday Potpourri

½ cup apple cider

1 tbsp pumpkin spice

½ tsp grated/ground nutmeg

1 tsp ground cloves

1 cinnamon stick.


You can mix ingredients together depending on your preference, or use essential oils to enhance the smell. One note about essential oils, add only a few drops and ONLY when water is simmering, as the oil will burn off quickly in boiling water.

What are some of your favourite smells? Do you make potpourri to enhance the holidays? 


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

12 Responses to The Scents of the Season

  1. I love the smell of fresh pine, bread just out of the oven, and logs in a fireplace burning. I normally don’t go through the trouble of potpourri, but lacking the other three, it’s a great way to introduce the holiday spirit. I’ll bet your home smells wonderful with the fireplace going.

  2. kmcambion says:

    On man, those both sound delicious. I have to admit, even though I’m not a winter person, I love winter smells–pine, mint, cinnamon, ozone. Lovely.

  3. Like Maria, I love fresh pine and a fireplace going. I don’t make potpourri, but the smell of all the baking I do makes up for it. I like the sound of your Holiday Potpourri. Orange, cloves, cinnamon… lovely.

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