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Embrace Autumn Vibes: The Simple Trick for a Cozy Home Fragrance

As the leaves start to turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and gold, and a gentle chill graces the air, there's no denying that autumn is just around the corner. Along with swapping out your summer wardrobe for cozy sweaters, it's also the perfect time to infuse your home with the delightful scents that define this season. While there are many ways to do so, one simple and charming technique stands out: the simmer pot trick. In this blog post, we'll explore how to create a simmer pot that will envelop your home in the comforting and inviting aromas of autumn.


TikTok content creator @athomewithshannon shared a video about taking a house’s aroma to a whole other lovely smelling level with a simple trick everyone needs to try!

The Simmer Pot Method Unveiled

The simmer pot method is a time-honored tradition that involves simmering a mixture of water and aromatic ingredients on your stovetop to release a fragrant steam throughout your home. This easy and natural approach not only makes your space smell amazing but also adds a touch of visual appeal, as you can customize your simmer pot ingredients based on your favorite fall scents.


In the TikTok video posted by @athomewithshannon, they use apple cider vinegar, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and apple peels all thrown together in a very cute pumpkin shaped pot simmering on the stove. I can practically smell it through the screen!


Ingredients to Gather

  1. Fruits: The foundation of your simmer pot can be citrus fruits like oranges or lemons. They add a bright and refreshing note to the mix.

  2. Spices: The quintessential autumn spices such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise bring warmth and depth to the fragrance.

  3. Herbs: Fresh or dried herbs like rosemary or bay leaves introduce an earthy element to the mix.

  4. Extracts: A few drops of vanilla or almond extract can provide a sweet undertone to the scent profile.

  5. Extras: To personalize your simmer pot, consider adding apple peels, cranberries, or even a few pinecones for a woodsy touch.


Creating Your Simmer Pot

  1. Choose Your Ingredients: Pick and choose from the list above, depending on your preferences. Remember that a little goes a long way, so you don't need to overdo it.

  2. Prepare Your Pot: Fill a small pot with water (or apple cider vinegar), leaving about an inch of space from the top.

  3. Add Ingredients: Drop your chosen ingredients into the pot. Start with a couple of citrus slices, a cinnamon stick, a few cloves, and any other ingredients you've selected.

  4. Simmer: Place the pot on your stovetop and set it to the lowest heat setting. As the water heats up, the ingredients will release their scents into the air. You may need to add more water over time to prevent the pot from drying out.

  5. Enjoy: As the steam wafts through your home, take in the soothing aroma and let the essence of autumn embrace you.

One of the joys of the simmer pot method is the ability to experiment with different combinations. If you're feeling adventurous, here are a few variations to consider:

  • Pumpkin Spice Paradise: Swap out citrus for pumpkin or butternut squash chunks, and enhance the spice factor with extra cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash of allspice.

  • Orchard Ambiance: Go for a fruity twist with sliced apples, pears, and a handful of cranberries. Add a sprig of rosemary for a hint of herbaceousness.

  • Cozy Cabin Blend: Opt for a woodsy scent by using pine needles, cedar sprigs, and a touch of juniper. This variation brings the great outdoors right into your living room.

Transform your home into an autumnal haven for a delightful experience with a simple simmer pot. This simple yet effective method allows you to immerse yourself in the captivating scents of the season without relying on artificial fragrances. As you experiment with different combinations of fruits, spices, and herbs, you'll find your own signature autumn blend that encapsulates the essence of cozy evenings, warm drinks, and the beauty of nature's transition. So, get ready to welcome fall with open arms and a simmer pot on your stovetop, letting its aromatic charm create a comforting ambiance that lingers throughout your home.


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