Lemon, Rosemary & Vanilla Stove Top Potpourri

So I feel like I’m a little late on a couple things. Okay, maybe really late.

First of all, stove top potpourri. Why have I never tried this until now? I’ve heard about it, seen it all over Pinterest, but never thought much of it until now. It just never seemed like something I needed in my life. Boy was I wrong! I finally got around to trying it, and now this may be one of my favorite things ever.

So in case you don’t already know, the idea behind stove top potpourri is basically just to combine things like fruits, herbs, and spices in a pot, cover them with water, and then let all of that simmer and fill your house with whatever scent combination you’ve come up with. You can let it simmer all day or as long as you’re home, refilling the water as needed. It’s such an easy and inexpensive way to freshen up your home using all natural ingredients.

Secondly, this recipe in particular is apparently a thing and I had absolutely no idea. This combination of lemon, rosemary, and vanilla is apparently the scent they use at Williams Sonoma stores in the springtime. I had never thought much about this before, but it does always smell lovely inside Williams Sonoma, so if I can recreate that smell in my own home, then I’m all for it. If you search for this on Pinterest you will find many other bloggers who have recreated this scent, but today I am using this recipe from Rachel Schultz.

What You’ll Need

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • Water


In a medium size pot, add in all the ingredients and bring to a simmer. I used a 3.5 quart pot and filled it about ⅔ full with water.

Allow the mixture to simmer for as long as you’d like, refilling the water as needed. Now just a word of caution – make sure to keep an eye on the water, and leave the stove on a low temperature, just hot enough to simmer. The first time I tried this, I got distracted and forgot to check on it. Next thing I knew, the water had completely boiled down and my potpourri had burned right up. As you can imagine, this didn’t leave the house smelling very pleasant. Not to mention I ended up spending the rest of the evening cleaning the bottom of my Le Creuset pot (thank God for baking soda!). So please, don’t be like me. Make sure to check the water!

Allow this mixture to simmer for a while, and you’ll soon notice the warm and inviting smells of lemon, rosemary, and vanilla filling your entire home.

Depending on how long it simmered, the scent may last for a few days. I discarded my mixture after the first day, but I’ve read that you may be able to reheat it one more time. After that, it may start to smell a little funky. Just a heads up 🙂

I’m so glad I finally decided to try out stove top potpourri. All I can think about now are the different scent combinations I can try out for every season.

This is a great way to freshen up your home while getting some spring cleaning done. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my previous posts in this Spring Cleaning Series – 5 Tips That Will Make Cleaning Your House a Breeze and How to Declutter Your Entire House in One Week. If you follow along with this series, you’ll be sure to have your entire home looking and smelling fresh just in time for spring!

Have you ever tried out stove top potpourri before? What other scent combinations do you love?

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