Lighting candles is a great way to create a moody and intimate vibe for a quiet night in, or when entertaining guests. They’re especially essential in the fall and winter when the days are shorter and nights are longer. EQ3 has newly introduced some beautiful tealight and candle holders including Lure and Column (available soon) to help set the tone for your holiday party. When choosing your tealights or candlesticks, we recommend soy, beesewax, or any other naturally derived candles, rather than something scented. Natural candles will not only last longer, but will keep your home free of toxic chemicals.
A much safer way to scent your home during the holidays is to create a simmer pot. Mix and match your favourite ingredients to best suit your tastes and the mood.
There are no hard and fast rules in creating a simmer pot. The combinations are countless. To create your simmer pot, fill a pot with 5 cups of water, and add your chosen ingredients. Bring to a boil, and simmer over low heat. Keep it going for a few hours if you can. Add water as needed – it’s very important to ensure the water does not evaporate completely.
Ingredient options include (but are not limited) to:
Dried orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit peels or fresh slices
Dried apple/pear skins or slices
Cranberries (fresh or dry)
Spices and herbs:
Dried lavender or bay leaves
Cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, star anise, nutmeg
Dried Eucalyptus leaves or peppermint
Pine needles (branch-on or loose will work)
Unsweetened apple juice or cider
Tea (Earl Grey, Black Tea, Chai, Chamomile, etc.)
Some of our favourite combinations include:
Handful lemon and orange slices
½ cup cranberries
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tbsp. cloves
1 cup lavender
½ cup rosemary
½ cup dried peppermint
1 tbsp. star anise
Bright and clean:
1 handful pine needles
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tbsp cloves
Orange and lemon slices
Quick tip! Pre-package your simmer pots in small resalable bags or containers. They also work great as a small gift.
Note: Simmer pots are not just limited to the holidays – considering lighter, refreshing combinations like citrus, mint and vanilla for spring and summer.