There is a wide range of plants available to use including, rose petals and lavender blossoms, flowers having a natural perfume are: carnations, chamomile, hyacinths, heliotrope violets, lamb’s ear, lily of the valley, red bergamot, mock orange, lemon balm, bachelor button, pansy, pinks, and the leaves of geraniums.
Other plants can have a natural perfume like cinnamon and cassia; wood of cedar; ginger, lemon, lime, orange seeds, pine cones, almonds, anise, juniper berries, coriander, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla.
Herbs that blend the perfumes are bay leaves, blossoms of hyssop, lemon balm, mint, cloves, peppermint, spearmint, rosemary, lemon verbena, and the flowering tips of santolina, marjoram, and thyme.
Essential oils can be used to enhance the scents of your potpourri, and help the smell last longer.
Fixatives, such as orrisroot, oak moss, amber, vetiver, and frankincense, all help with maintaining the fragrance. These products are usually found being sold alongside the essential oils.
Use glass, ceramic, or wood bowls for mixing your potpourri, they won’t react to the essential oils. Metal bowls will.
The easiest way to make potpourri is the dry method. Mix the essential oils together with the fixative and set aside. Mix all of the dry ingredients, taking care not to crush the blooms. Add the oil mixture and steep for a month, covered. If scent is too weak, add more oils.
Making potpourri with partly dried materials is time consuming, but the fragrance lasts longer. Let materials dry a few days until limp. Add layers to a bowl and cover with coarse salt. Alternate layers of vegetation & salt until bowl is full. Cover with a flat dish, and weigh it down with a stone. Store in a dry place until the mixture achieves a cake like consistency (about 3 weeks). Remove the weight, crumble mixture, and add fixative / essential oil mixture of your choice. Let it age in cool, dry place for six months. This method produces a stronger smelling potpourri, but is not visually attractive. It is best used for sachets.
Refreshing the scent of the potpourri can be done by adding more essential oils or sprinkling it with brandy… (A little for the potpourri & a little for me!)