Thursday, November 29, 2012

obsessed: pomanders

This might be the start of a new series on the blog of things with which I'm obsessed.  We'll see.  But first of all, the title of this should probably be "obsessed: the scent of pomanders," or, "obsessed: the scent of pomanders and other things with clove in them."  But let's start with pomanders.

Aren't they cool?  I've made three of them, using this tutorial from Mrs. Meyer's, the cleaning product line.  It's really easy, even for a non-crafty all-thumbs gal like myself.  They smell lovely, and look pretty neat, too.

Speaking of Mrs. M, I bought some of this stuff, and it also smells wonderful.  As with all orange/clove products, I find myself wishing it had a bit more clove in it, but that's just me.  (I even put extra clove in our homemade sloppy joes when Andy made them recently.  I was the sous chef, so I snuck 'em in there.)

I bought this Clementine Clove candle from Sydney Hale on Etsy, and I love it.  It has a wonderful scent, is a nice big size, and the old timey label and amber glass container are nice bonuses.

I bought two of these wonderful clove and lavender sachets from AdobeHouseVintage on Etsy last year, and kept one for the house, where it hangs in my bedroom.  It has a wonderful scent--plenty of clove for me--and is cute as heck.  I feel like a need another one--or six--for my house this year.

I've been a fan of Burt's Bees lip balm for a long time, and was happy as heck when they came out with this balm with clove oil.  So good!

Please tell me about your favorite pomander or clove-scented products and recipes in the comments!  I would especially love to find a nice clove-y or pomander scented perfume.  Or a clove-centric cocktail.  I know cloves are a staple in mulled wines and cider, but is there a way to use them in other cocktails?  (See...I really am obsessed!)



  1. I always find myself obsessed with citrusy, lemon scents so I'm not sure if I can help you in the clove department.

    I am interested in trying that pomander though and the star sachet is adorable. I definitely think you need more of those. :)

    1. I love lemon, too, T, especially in warmer weather! And I love it combined with lavender.

  2. Funny you ask about clove cocktails. I REALLY want to get some of this to try:

  3. Ooooh I'm going to have to check for that Mrs. Meyers scent at the store. I think I would love it, since I prefer woodsy to floral (generally speaking). And the pomander is fantastic! I found this tutorial from 1987 from the NYT:

    1. Duff, I prefer woodsy scents, too, and I really like the Orange Clove. The Rosemary is great, too.

      Thank you SO much to that fascinating NYT article! I knew pomanders have been around for a long time, but I did not know their full history. I was thinking of you when I was writing this blog, actually--I'm still planning to gather some pine cones to string up!

  4. No new ideas for you, but thanks for telling about the clove Burt's Bees.

  5. Ooh - also, we have been trying our Lush's toothy tabs recently. They have a clove flavour (Atomic):,en_CA,sc.html

    It wasn't my thing but I do kinda like the product for occasional use or travel.

  6. I love clove with beef--there's clove in my Boiled Beef and Carrots recipe ( There was a girl in my dorm who would go out in the quad to smoke her clove cigarettes. The scent of clove always makes me think of being a freshman and walking through a nippy evening to get to the cafeteria.


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