Making Scented Pomanders | Victorian Crafts

Popular since the Tudor times of England, a scented pomander is easy to make. Once dried and cured, Meredith Sweetpea finds that it offers a lovely scent to freshen closets and wardrobes.

Here is an easy recipe for a Victorian pomander.

Victorian Pomander Recipe


  • 4 oz. ground cinnamon
  • 2 oz. ground cloves
  • 1/2 oz. ground allspice
  • 1/2 oz. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 oz. ground coriander
  • 1 oz. ground orris root
  • 6 Seville oranges (unblemished)
  • 4 oz whole cloves

Mix all the ground spices and orris root in a lidded earthenware dish large enough to hold all the oranges. Stud the oranges with the cloves, using a toothpick or large needle to make the holes. Use a pattern if desired.

Roll the oranges in the spice mixture and leave them to cure in the earthenware bowl along with the remaining spices. Cover the dish and place in a warm setting for at least four weeks.

Turn the pomanders daily.

If the spice mix feels damp, leave the lid at an angle to allow the moisture to evaporate.

After four weeks the oranges will have shrunk and hardened.  At this point you can hang attach ribbons and hang them in closets, cupboards and wardrobes for a pleasant scent.


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