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Potpourri Container Ingredients

If you're looking to learn how to make potpourri, consider this list of herbs, flowers and spices when creating your blend. Our recommended list of potpourri ingredients take homemade potpourri from drab to fab!

Flowers:
Roses - Old fashioned varieties for fragrance, hybrids for color; use buds or petals
Lavender - A rich long-lasting clean fragrance
Chamomile - Pungent, heady and flowery
Orange blossoms - Very heady and sweet
Calendula - Bright orange and yellow colors, no scent
Heather - Tiny pink blossoms with delicate scent
Statice - Firm bright colored flowers, no scent

Herbs:
Rosemary - Fragrant needle-like leaves that blend well with roses
Thyme - Rich and herby
Bay leaves - Delicate, long lasting scent, whole or broken
Lemon verbena - A true lemon scent that lasts for years
Spearmint - Fresh, strong scent
Orange mint - A cologne-like fragrance
Spearmint - Fresh, cool fragrance
Marjoram leaves - A delicate herb scent
Marjoram flowers - Pale pink tufts with mild fragrance

Spices and fruit:
Cinnamon - Crisp and long-lasting, use freshly broken sticks
Cloves - Long-lasting and strong scent; use whole
Allspice - Mild spicy fragrance, use whole
Orange and lemon peels - Dried and broken for a sweet, rich scent

Others:
Cedar - Shavings or dried leaf tips; rich and woodsy
Balsam - Rich and very long lasting, use needles or tips
Hemlock cones - For bulk and appearance
Oak moss - Soft gray color, earthy aroma
Eucalyptus - The scent of a florist shop; use long leaves of mature tree
Orris root - A fixative with very little scent of its own; use chipped, not powdered

Essential oils: Choose to match the flowers and herbs; avoid spice oils, which tend to overwhelm a blend, and artificial "fruit" oils which lend a sickly-sweet, un-natural smell.