Homemade Scents for The Home

Nov 13, 2013 | All, Family, Fun | 13 Comments
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One of my fondest memories is the smell of our home during the holidays growing up. The scent was so subtle and delicious and I would feel so warm and cozy coming home from school. I grew up in Toronto, Canada so fires, candles, and anything to make the home feel warm and inviting during the winters were a must. The delicious smell that I grew so fondly of was actually a homemade concoction that my mom would make on the stove to infuse our home with the aroma of love. Sounds so strange but thats really what I feel when I walk into my home and smell this delightful scent.

I called my mom a couple of nights ago to let her know that I was going to blog about this and share the recipe with you guys. She was thrilled and both delighted and surprised to know that I remembered her doing that as a child and have continued to do it myself. It’s the little things that stick with you it seems. My goodness do I LOVE tradition. I hope that this becomes a staple in your home as well during the holidays. If you try it please let me know what you think. Enjoy!


1-2 Cinnamon Sticks

Peels of an Orange

Peels of an Apple

Cloves (a tablespoon or so)

2-3 cups of water

*This recipe is such great way to get the most out of your fruits and use up those unwanted orange peels!


Simply place of the ingredients into a pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer on extra low for a long as you want! As the water evaporates add more! Such a natural way to infuse your home with a yummy smell. This recipe is so addicting and will be on my stove all through the holidays.

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13 thoughts on “Homemade Scents for The Home

  1. Thanks to you and your Mom for sharing this recipe. I can already imagine what a wonderful scent will come from this delicious combo. It’s so much nicer than buying a not natural. How lovely that you have such fond memories and will carry on the tradition.
    I’m looking forward to making it this weekend and having my apartment smell sooo good!

  2. I love this! My mom did this too growing up! I live in the Pacific Northwest up by the Canadian border so winters were usually cold. My mom did the same thing to make the house smell good on the wood stove!

  3. Can’t wait to make it tomorrow . Holiday candles can smell too overwhelming. Keep ya posted. Loving your posts. 🙂

  4. i love family traditions too! i have a 7-month-old baby boy so as a growing family, i love to incorporate rituals and traditions into my daily life. thank you for sharing your memory. that is so sweet! i was thinking this is like having a natural humidifier in the house too. perfect for the winter when you are turning up the heater which is sometimes very drying! i’ll try it tomorrow morning, as i have apples and oranges on hand. no cinnamon sticks though. need to get to the grocery store for that.

  5. Hi Ayesha
    Thank you so much for sharing this !!
    I live in China, now, it’s getting pretty cold here
    I read your blog and tried it
    My whole family members love this, especially my mom!
    Your recipe has made my family smell so warm and joyful
    Thank you very much!

  6. I can’t wait to try this out, when I was younger my grandma would make a scent similar to this during the holiday’s, but I was never able to get it from her before she passed. I can’t wait to try this out, thanks for posting!!!

  7. I am definitely going to try this. I just found out they sell these amazing scented pine cones at Whole Foods now. It makes the whole room smell like Christmas.

  8. Wow! Myom did the same but somehow I forgot. Thank you for jogging my memory. Can’t wait to introduce the tradition to my family!

  9. i love tradition as well!
    i am a huge lover of home fragrance and i usually light candles.
    this seems like a more natural way to make my home smell nice and cozy during the winter months!

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