Potpourri Ingredients

If you’re going to make your own, you need potpourri supplies. I bet some of you have done this before and creating your own blend of natural scents is old hat.  Still, though, you might find this section somewhat useful. There are others of you who are coming here from our homemade potpourri recipes page and may know the difference between cinnamon and nutmeg, but don’t have a clue the difference between Orris Root and Lemon Verbena. 

Don’t fret, for while some of these items may be exotic sounding, it doesn’t mean it’s difficult. Just like everything else, if you know a little bit about where to look, things aren’t as complicated as they may seem.

potpourri painting by Herbert Draper
Artist: Herbert James Draper (1860-1920)

Common Ingredients You Probably Have At Home

There are many common household items you can use for homemade potpourri recipes, too. Things like cinnamon, juniper bark and citrus fruit peels. Naturally fragrant items mingle together creating scents that are woodsy, spicy and even exotic.


  • Orange peel
  • lemon peel
  • lime peel

Herbs and Spices

  • Allspice
  • Bayleaf
  • Cardamom
  • Caraway Seed
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Mace
  • Marjoram
  • Nutmeg
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Wood Shavings

  • Cedar
  • Cypress
  • Juniper


  • Gardenia
  • Geranium
  • Honeysuckle
  • Hyacinth
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Lilac
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Marigold
  • Orange Blossom
  • Sweet Pea
  • Violet
  • and, of course . . . Roses

Fixatives (prevents evaporation of fragrance)

Ambrette, Asafetida, Balsam Peru, Balsam Tolu, Cedarwood, Gum Mastic, Orris Root, Patchouli, Sage, Storax, Sandalwood, Sumbul, Vetiver

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