The sparkle of white lights against an evergreen tree. The sound of your favorite holiday tune drifting from a record player. The taste of a savored treat (or two). Brightly colored ribbon slipping through your fingers as you wrap carefully chosen gifts. Yes, this time of year is a feast for the senses, especially when it comes to scent.

Ever caught a whiff of freshly baked gingerbread cookies or the savory aroma of chopped herbs and been immediately transported to childhood or another cherished time and place? You’re not alone — in fact so many of us hold those classic holiday scents near and dear, companies have gone to great lengths to recreate them. One look in the candle aisle of any major retailer is proof, with customized candles boasting aromas of pine, “snow”, pumpkin pie, gingerbread and more.

But what if filling your home with the classic scent of the holidays — of spicy clove and ginger, warming orange and allspice, and exotic star anise and cinnamon — didn’t require an army of candles with potentially hazardous faux scents? What if everything you needed to create a gorgeously festive atmosphere could be found right in your fridge and spice drawer? Well, it can. Meet the simmer pot.

Get ready to ditch the candles for good, because the holiday simmer pot is the fresher, natural alternative. Crafted from vibrant spices, citrus, herbs and, really, anything else you feel inspired to throw in, simmer pots are filled with water and placed on the stove to well, simmer, infusing the air with a natural aroma.

Simmer pots can be easily customized to suit your preference, but we’ve provided the steps below to create a pot that perfectly captures the scent of the holidays. Warming, sweet and a little spicy, place this combination on the stove while you prep your home for the celebrations to come and you’ll be filled with fond memories in no time. Ready to get started?


DIY Holiday Simmer Pot

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Whole allspice
  • Star anise
  • Bay leaves
  • Orange rind
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Cranberries
  • Cloves
  • Fresh ginger
How to:
  1. Combine a bit of each ingredient in a small saucepan. You can tinker with the amount of each to customize the scent — love cinnamon? Add more cinnamon sticks. Not a fan of clove? Leave ‘em out!
  2. Cover the spices with 1 inch of water. Place on the stovetop and heat until simmering — lower heat and allow to simmer, adding more water as needed. Your home will slowly fill with the scent, just be sure to keep an eye on the water level so it doesn’t burn.


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