Simple Simmering Stovetop Potpourri- smells like Christmas!

Simmering Potpourri that smells like Christmas

Today, I am sharing one of my very favorite Christmas traditions. Simmering Stovetop potpourri- Also called a simmer pot. The smell of this beautiful blend always reminds me of Christmas; it’s easy to make, and you probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard already!

What is a Stovetop Potpourri?

Stovetop potpourri (also known as a simmer pot) is a blend of ingredients added to a pot of water that will make your house smell delightful!

How to Make Simmering Potpourri:

It is easy to make simmering Potpourri. I start making it in the Fall and usually have a pot through the holidays. You can use a regular saucepan or buy one of the pretty glass ones and make it part of your decor. You could also use a small crockpot instead of the stovetop.

Ingredients for Christmas Simmering Potpourri:

  • Pine Needles
  • 3- Cinnamon sticks
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Cloves
  • Nutmeg
  • Splash of Vanilla
  • Rosemary
Pine needles, cinnamon sticks, cloves and cranberries for a stovetop potpourri. Simmer Pot.
Ingredients for Simmer pot. Cloves, Rosemary and Nutmeg.

You could also use:

  • Orange slices
  • Apples
  • Anise
  • Allspice
  • Ginger

I use whatever I happen to have on hand. That is the beauty of Stovetop Potpourri. Check to see what you have in your pantry! I added pine needles and cranberries to this recipe because I had them left over from a Holiday arrangement I had made.

Various ingredients for a Stovetop Potpourri
Pine needles for a simmer pot.


Add all your ingredients into a small pot and add water until it reaches an inch or two below the rim.

Adding cranberries for a stovetop potpourri for Christmas.
Cloves being added to a Holiday Simmer pot.

Set the pot on your stove and bring the water to a boil, then drop the heat down to low.

Simmer pot for Christmas being brought to a boil.

How long will a simmer pot last?

I leave my Potpourri on the stove for 3-4 days, adding water whenever it gets low.

That’s all there is to it. It’s simple and easy and smells like going home for Christmas to me.

That’s all for today,

Until next time,


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  1. Linda says:

    Sounds wonderful!! Hope to make some soon.

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