candles and scents

The season of scented candles has begun! While Pumpkin Spice Latte and Vanilla Bean Frosting might sound scrumptious and inviting, the truth is that many scented candles are made of petroleum-based paraffin with dubious artificial scents.

A better and safer alternative is to do what your grandmother did: simmer a pot of spices on your stove! Ingredients like cinnamon sticks, apple peels, orange rinds, cloves, apple juice, vanilla, anise, and nutmeg will soon make your home smell like you've been baking all day.

Take a look at these great ideas and easy to prepare: Get into the habit of saving (rather than composting) your orange peels, lemon and lime peels, and apple and pear skins.

Instructions: Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the ingredients from your favorite recipe, continue to boil for a few minutes, then turn the heat down to simmer. Add water as needed, usually every 30 minutes or so.

Recipe #1
Cinnamon sticks
Apple peels
Orange rinds
Whole cloves

Recipe #2
Peel from 1 lemon
Peel from 1 orange
2 bay leaves
3 cinnamon sticks
2 Tablespoons whole cloves

Recipe #3
A few drops vanilla
Orange peels

Recipe #4
5 bay leaves
1 Tablespoon whole cloves
2 sticks cinnamon

Do you have a favorite simmer pot recipe? Tell us, we would love to hear about them!

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