Pumpkin Spice Up Your Home

Create a Fragrant Mood With Simmmering Stovetop Scents

Saige Roberts

When we think of decorating living spaces, our thoughts often turn to what new chair would spice up the home office or what pillows would brighten up the living room. Rarely, if ever, do we consider what scent we should incorporate into our abodes.  


Classic and Clean: 2–3 lemons (sliced or the peel), 3 sprigs dry or fresh rosemary and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. 

Woodsy Wonder: 3 sprigs each of lavender and rosemary, 1 tablespoon each of eucalyptus essential oil and peppermint essential oil, and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. 

Minty Fresh: 2–3 limes (sliced or the peel), 2 sprigs each of dried or fresh thyme and mint, and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. 

Something Sweet: 1 grapefruit (sliced or the peel), 2 sprigs of fresh lavender or 1 cup dried lavender and 3 tablespoons of vanilla extract. 

Traditional Thanksgiving: For this recipe, use 2–3 cups of apple cider instead of water. Add 1 can of pumpkin, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 tablespoon of cloves and nutmeg, and 2 tablespoons of
vanilla extract. 

Smell is one of our strongest senses and, according to Lauren Teal, owner of My Favorite Things and a local decorating guru, how your home smells is as important as how it looks.

“Scents can spark memories, emotions, feelings and they can create memories,” said Teal. “It’s the first thing people will notice when they walk in the door.”  

Scents can change the feel of your home, and they make a large impact on houseguests because, let’s face it, who wants to smell last night’s meatloaf or the odor of your dog’s wet fur? These DIY stovetop scents are simple enough to use every day to brighten and freshen your home.

To create stovetop scents, add ingredients to three cups of water and bring to a boil, then turn to low and let it simmer. Check your pot regularly, and add water if it gets low. For slow cooker scents, add two cups of water to your crockpot, double the ingredients and set on low.

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