Crockpot Potpourri is the perfect hands-off way to make your house smell like the holidays all season long. The fresh notes of orange and rosemary and the warm and cozy notes of cinnamon and clove are what make this potpourri so perfect for the holidays.
For years I used a stove top pot to warm potpourri and although I loved the warm and cozy smells that wafted through my home, watching over it constantly was always kind of stressful and a hassle. Adding water when necessary to insure it didn't burn, moving other pots around it when I was trying make dinner, etc. Enter the mini crockpot and this amazing potpourri recipe! This crock-pot potpourri will absolutely work in a pot on the stove but what I have found is that is so much easier and almost 100% hands off to use a small crockpot warmer. It was totally worth the small investment in this tiny kitchen appliance!
I have been using this crock pot potpourri recipe with these ingredients for years, but you can play around with it. There is no need for exact measurements but I have outlined a guide for a good blend that will produce warm, cozy naturally fragrant scent.
- Orange sliced (rind on)
- Cranberries fresh is best, but I have also used frozen
- Whole cinnamon sticks
- Whole clove
- fresh rosemary sprigs
See How-to card for quantities.
This recipe for easy crock-pot potpourri is super simple. It really comes down to throwing some simple aromatic ingredients into a small warming crockpot the heat and naturally occurring oils in the ingredients do the work.
Simply add your orange slices with rind, on fresh cranberries, whole cinnamon sticks, clove, and fresh rosemary to a small crockpot and fill with water. If your crockpot has temperature settings be sure to set it on the lowest setting. Mine is just a warmer so it has no settings and it works great! I recommend leaving the lid off the crockpot at first to really get a rich smell, but be aware the liquid in the crockpot will evaporate faster without the lid.
This potpourri will last up to one day in the crockpot. I recommend refreshing with fresh ingredients and water each day. You may need to add more water throughout the day depending on the size of your crockpot and its working temperature.
Note: I recommend leaving the lid off the crockpot at first to really get a rich smell, but be aware the liquid in the crockpot will evaporate faster without the lid.
For a fresh spring or summer take on crockpot potpourri sub out the clove and cranberry and try some of these invigorating ingredients to create a fresh clean smelling home.
- Lemon - Fresh lemon with the rind on is a great addition to this simmer pot it will make your house feel fresh and clean in no time.
- Thyme - Fresh thyme is a great in crockpot potpourri, it is aromatic but not overpowering and will make your house smell like spring and summer.
- Mint - Fresh mint is will give this simmer pot a bright clean smell, it a great addition to lemon.
- Dried Lavender - Adding dried lavender to the mix will make your home smell like a relaxing spa, highly recommend.
Crockpot potpourri is versatile. You can swap in different ingredients for different times of the year. My rule of thumb is to keep it simple, don't use too many ingredients at once. Crockpot potpourri is perfect to make your home smell amazing without toxic fragrances and chemicals.
Storing and gifting
You can dry all of the ingredients in this crockpot potpourri. It makes a great gift idea. You can store ingredients in pretty glass jars and gift for the holidays or Mothers day!
For best results always use fresh ingredients. Simmer pot potpourri works so well and is amazingly fragrant thanks to the oils in the ingredients, the more fresh the ingredients the better outcome you will have!
- One orange, sliced with the peel on
- ¼ cup of cranberries
- 1 tbs. fresh cloves
- 2-3 fresh cinnamon sticks
- 2-3 fresh sprigs of rosemary
- a few fresh anis stars if you wish
- Small crockpot warmer
- Cutting board
- Good knife
Add orange slices with rind on, fresh cranberries, whole cinnamon sticks, clove, and fresh rosemary, and anis stars, to a small crockpot and fill with water. If your crockpot has temperature settings be sure to set it on the lowest setting. Thats it!