1. I just want to buy some ready made pot pourri No problem, we have a great range by Claremont and May in various fragrances and pack sizes. See our ready made pot pourri page. We occasionally sell our own pot pourri made in-house.
2. My recipe says I need to leave it for six weeks and I haven’t got that long! Your recipe probably recommends the use of essential oils. Swap them for home fragrance oils and just leave overnight to permeate before use. In this case, orris root powder can be omitted. See our page on oils for pot pourri making.
3. What fragrance do you recommend for the sitting room? The kitchen? The bedroom? See our potpourri advice and recipes pages for suggestions.
4. I want to make a real old fashioned rose petal pot pourri. Some rose petals retain their fragrance on drying. You could try picking roses from your own garden and drying them in the airing cupboard for a couple of days, then just display in a dish. However, the scent will be limited, so add a few drops of rose essential oil and seal in plastic for 6 weeks with a small sprinkle of orris root powder. For a quicker method, sprinkle with home fragrance oil and allow to permeate overnight. If you wish, you can buy rose petals from us (the amount depends on the size of your dish, but a handful is about 10g as a guide).
5. Can I put pot pourri in sachets for drawers? Yes, but do a test first to check that the oils in the potpourri don’t mark your fabrics.
7. Can I use pot pourri for aromatherapy? Yes, the two most common ingredients, lavender and rose both have aromatherapy properties. Dried lavender is relaxing, and dried rose buds and petals are believed to have a sensual and mildly euphoric effect. Enhance the properties of the dried flowers by using natural essential oils. Fragrance oils are unlikely to have any effect. Other ingredients also have aromatherapy associations, such as rosemary for mental clarity, and chamomile to soothe.
8. How much of the ingredients do I need to buy? It depends on the size of the dish you wish to fill! As a guide, one handful of rose petals is about 10g, and one handful of rose buds or lavender is about 20g. Only one or two drops of oil are required at a time, and a sprinkling of orris root powder, so these ingredients once bought will be enough for many batches
9. Where can I buy orris root powder? We now sell it! Here is the orris root powder shop page.