It’s not to be sniffed at! Pot-pourri makes scent-sational comeback

Pot-pourri makes a comeback as high end retailers sell pots of the fragrant petals for up to £330 a jar 

  • Middle class favourite pot-pourri is now making a comeback via designer jars
  • Mass-market versions were popular in the 1980s but by 2011 sales had plunged 
  • Retailers are now selling pots as environmentally-friendly alternatives to candles

Families turned their noses up at it for years – but now pot-pourri’s revival is not to be sniffed at.

The mix of fragrant dried petals, herbs, pine cones and spices is making a comeback with prices up to £330 a pot.

High-end retailers are selling designer jars and other products billed as environmentally-friendly alternatives to scented candles. 

A bowl of pot-pourri is pictured above. The idea for a bowl of dried flower petals in the window dates from the 17th century [File photo]

The mix of fragrant dried petals, herbs, pine cones and spices is making a comeback with prices up to £330 a pot [File photo]

The mix of fragrant dried petals, herbs, pine cones and spices is making a comeback with prices up to £330 a pot [File photo]

A bowl of pot-pourri was once a firm middle class favourite – designed to emit a pleasant low-level odour.

The idea for a bowl of dried flower petals in the window dates from the 17th century when exotic perfumes from far-off places became the height of fashion.

Mass-market versions were popular in the 1980s but by 2011 sales had plunged to £6million a year, with households preferring diffusers and scented candles.

London-based Petersham Nurseries is selling a bespoke iron pot of Mad et Len pot-pourri for £330. 

A spokesman told the Observer the range offered an ‘intensely pure scent’ with products ‘aged in-house for as long as two years’.

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