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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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...
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)

59 comments:

clotilde said...

Also: buy a few quinces (they're in season right now!) and simply place them in a bowl. They will make your house smell so sweet: http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2008/11/vanilla_poached_quince.php

Sarah said...

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

Gentiana said...

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.

HelloSweetcheeks said...

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

jm said...

I bet that would smell wonderful! (And Christmassy)

Anna with Altitude said...

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.

C. Johnson said...

Love this idea! So smart.

morestomach.com said...

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.

Jesse said...

i made a big pot of apple sauce on sunday and our whole house has smelled like fall ever since, love it.

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deloom.com said...

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

avhh said...

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

Rachel B.C. said...

Beautiful idea! Totally doing this...

SocksAndMittens said...

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

Patricia Paramo said...

thanks for sharing this!!

I will definitely try...

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Meg said...

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

Staci Cooper said...

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

fancyalterego said...

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!

Jenna said...

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

Lauren Knight said...

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!

K said...

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

Grace Beekman said...

This is a great idea. Cinnamon vanilla sounds heavenly! :)

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The Slow Pace said...

That would create the perfect atmosphere! Thanks for sharing!
xx,
E.
www.theslowpace.com

Lana said...

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. :)

Hannah said...

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

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Michelle Ash Latham said...

Love these -- great ideas!

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Sheer Stanley said...

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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Jackie {York Avenue} said...

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!

Kristen Flesch said...

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

Kristen Flesch said...

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

dakotabee said...

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:)
Thanks!

Dakota
http://dakotabee.wordpress.com/

jiggy jools said...

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

Anne said...

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

Meg Arpin said...

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

Sarah said...

This sounds absolutely lovely!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

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!

Kate Uhry said...

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

Akshara Vivekananthan said...

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!

Michelle Panting said...

This is such a great idea. Can't wait to try it out in my condo!

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picklesandchapstick said...

Love this idea!! I'm going to have to give these a try soon!

xo
Rachel
www.picklesandchapstick.com

Kerry said...

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

Taryn Louise said...

great idea!

Meghan Chwazik said...

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

Nancy said...

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!

Mai said...

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!

Nina Leung said...

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 | http://itsazooatthezoo.blogspot.com/

Holly said...

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).

Sarah Parsons said...

Wow what a lovely idea! I will definately have a go at making my own home fragrance soon!

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xx

Laura D said...

Love doing this with lemons, but I never thought to do vanilla/cinnamon!

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Amanda Villaveces said...

Your post inspired me to write a Halloween/Kids version of this on my blog: http://weeheartart.blogspot.com/2013/10/witchs-brew.html

Thanks for the inspiration and all the wonderful reads!! You rock!

Eternal*Voyageur said...

Obviously nobody here has one of those airtight houses that can´t stand all that humidity.

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