Give the Gift of a Christmas Scent Jar DIY

I love candles. I love how they fill my house with beautiful fragrance. They make me imagine I am

suntanning on a tropical beach or,
       snuggled up under a blanket enjoying an apres ski beverage in Mont Tremblant or,
              relaxing in contentment at Ste. Anne’s Spa

Take your pick, but in any case, something very different than the laundry filled, cheerio ridden, mess I call home. However, I recently learned that providing myself that escape, I was likely releasing harmful toxins into the air.  “Research has shown some scented candles produce smoke laced with almost as many toxins as those produced by cigarettes.” says an article by the Daily Mail. It was an insightful read on the dangers of burning candles. But what do I do now? What is the alternative? A scent pot!

According to Amanda provides easy step by step instructions on how you can make this simple Christmas gift. Why not get your toddler to help?

Since discovering scent pots I am now hooked. Before I was relying on a company to provide me with amazing smells, now I can create whatever I want myself! It is as simple combining a mix of different fruits, herbs, spices and flavours in a pot with water on the stove. I wanted to share my newfound obsession with my family this year for Christmas, so I made a Christmas Scent Jar for everyone!

Read on for instructions on how you can make your own Christmas Scent Pots.


Skill Level:

So easy a toddler can do it, mine actually did


15 minutes

Scent Jar Materials:

  • Mason Jar
  • Label
  • Twine or Ribbon
  •  Scent: You can make this however you would like. In this example I used the following:
    • 1 Orange
    • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
    • Tbl Whole Cloves
    • 1 Snip of a Pine Branch
    • 1/4 cup of Cranberries
    • 1 Shaving of Gingerroot
    • 1 Sprig of Rosemary

Helping with the Christmas Scent Jars

Scent Jar Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into jar
  2. Write out To, From and Instructions on label. For instructions, I wrote:
    “Scent Pot: 1. Add contents and water to pot on stove, 2. Simmer, 3. Enjoy!, *Good for 2-3 days*
  3. Wrap twine or ribbon around collar of lid and attach label.
  4. DONE!

Helping make the Christmas Scent Jar

Tips and Tricks:

  • Make it a fun activity for you and your little guys! They love the sorting and helping out.
  • For the snip of pine I cut from my pot out on my porch but you could also get from your Christmas tree as well. The rest of the ingredients should be found at a grocery store.
  • Scent pots do not need to be limited to just the holiday season. <a href="http://www.theyummylife view it” onclick=”__gaTracker(‘send’, ‘event’, ‘outbound-article’, ‘’, ‘The Yummy Life’);” target=”_blank”>The Yummy Life has an amazing list of recipes to chose from. Highly recommend this resource!

According to Amanda… the verdict is:

I love this! Simple, fast and fun with the kids! Great way to treat family and friends during the holiday season without breaking the bank! The hardest part is deciding on and sourcing the ingredients.



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Based in Toronto, Amanda is a full-time mom of 2 little monsters, creator and editor of the blog According to Amanda ( and since that isn't enough to keep her busy she also manages her own marketing consulting agency, Amanda Mercier Consulting (


  1. hi amanda! i finally got a chance to check out your blog! great work 🙂 its fun to read, all the best!

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