The first smell that you inhale when you enter a home says a lot about its inhabitants. Home must feel fresh, clean and have aroma such that people feel welcomed when they enter the home.
The French people have rather made this into an art where there make sure that their homes are filled with fragrant such as woody notes. And this is made simply by handful of dry flowers which are kept in bowl. This handpicked dry flowers etc. are called potpourri which is made of mixture of dried but natural flowers which have fragrance, plants slivers and even herb which is kept in bowl or in small pouches and are placed in the home such as it feel the air with aromatic smell.
The aroma or fragrance is by mixing spices and the scented fixatives to dried petals and even to herbs. These are then kept in special pots with the perforated lids which will then scent the house. When beautifully made and kept in bamboo basket or beautiful pot it can be a decorative item too.
These are available in shops and many places in different s fragrance but if you would like to be innovative as well as save some money you can make this at your own home as per your choice of perfume.
The potpourri helps in keeping the environment smell good for long time.
How to make the rose potpourri:
Ingredients are rose petals, fixatives, spices, herbs and the essential oils
If you have some fresh rose petals you can dry them in flat pan or on any flat surface as they turn crisp. For each quart of petals add one tablespoon of fixative. Dry lavender, sandalwood, orris root, oak moss etc which are available in chop form at the herb store and then add your favorite spices like nutmeg, dry citrus peel, vanilla beans, cloves, cinnamon, etc. finally add few drops of the essential oils from the aromatherapy range or add the favorite perfume. Seal the mixture in jar and it mellow in it for some ten days. You must keep shaking jar for couple of days such that they blend in properly. Then place it in porcelain bowel in house or make sachet of potpourri and place in drawer etc. Your home will be welcoming you with refreshing aroma.