Citrus-Rosemary Home Scent

Winter into Spring DIY Home Scent

Some of my strongest memories are sensory.  I remember the sounds and smells of an event more than I remember all the little details of my sight.  I can transport myself to many places in my childhood just by a smell.

In the winter, my mom used to create two scent memories for us: she would put a pot of homemade potpourri on the stove and let it simmer throughout the day and she would help us to make orange and clove pomanders.  To this day, I love these smells!  They are comforting to me and bring back memories of times spent with my mom.

This past winter I came across a pin on Pinterest for a Christmas Scent from The Mamas Girls.  And it included almost exactly what my mom put in her potpourri.  But this had a difference: cranberries!  I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand and I rushed to the kitchen to create my own.  I just loved it!  And the cranberries really added something special to it.

Christmas Scent on the Stove Top


So I was wondering around the kitchen one day, thinking about how much I loved the Christmas Scent when I started thinking I would really like something similar that starts moving my nose toward spring.

I had some things on hand and picked up a couple of things at the store and threw together a Citrus-Rosemary Scent that is perking up my senses and getting me geared up for spring.


Winter into Spring DIY Home Scent

  • Key Limes
  • Lemons
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • cloves
  • a grated whole nutmeg (I grated it to open up the scent)

How-to Make it:

Citrus Rosemary Home Scent

Cut key limes in half, cut lemons into slices, add all other ingredients to a small cooking pot.  Cover with water.  Place on stove and heat to just under boiling, lower the temperature to the lowest setting to simmer.  Keep your eye on it throughout the day and add water as needed.

This scent is so lovely!  I hope it is a scent my girls will remember with their kids!

Do you have a favorite scent for your home?  I would love to hear how you use different scents in different seasons!

Citrus-Rosemary Home Scent

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Conni

    Like you, I remember scents from the past. Your Christmas potpourri is much like ours, and I love it. Now, I can hardly wait to try this recipe. I can already smell each ingredient and together, I’m sure they are wonderful.

    One memory Ken and I share is a sandwich we enjoyed in Flower Mound, Texas when we were first married. We still talk about it and feel we are in our 20’s again.

  2. evonne

    What sweet memories! And a great new scent to try. Can’t wait to have a fresh smell in the house.

  3. Lauren

    Stopping by from the Comment Love Tribe!

    Love this! It makes the house feel and smell so homey and it’s a real smell, not some artificial spray. I wish it was the holidays all year round haha

    Lauren #SITSBlogging

  4. Lara

    These look amazing and I bet that they smell amazing. Thanks for sharing!


  5. I am super sensitive to scents so I have to really limit the types of smelly things I purchase for our home. This homemade one looks like a great solution to that problem and I’m looking forward to trying it! Glad I visited from #SITSBlogging

  6. Kim

    What wonderful memories. You now have me wanting to run out to be these ingredients to make my house smell like rosemary and lemons! Thank you for sharing!
    Kim #sitsblogging
    This Ole Mom

  7. Kimberly

    Oh my goodness … I know it’s not Christmas, but I think I’m going to do this this weekend! Love it!

    Nice to meet you via #SITSBlogging!

    Kimberly @ Rhubarb and Honey (

  8. This sounds great. I really enjoy citrus and making my home smell “homey” is always nice. Great idea! #SITSBlogging

    1. ussleah

      I love a good comforting smell in the house!

  9. Lauren

    I love citrus, I think this sounds so good! We can’t agree upon scents as my home, so unfortunately it won’t get use there. In my dreams though, I’ll have your website and this post in my mind!! #sitsblogging

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