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Brand founder Frances Shoemack shares plant-based recipes for scenting the home, inspired by Abel fragrance
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Foraged Fragrance: Simmer Pots, with Abel Foraged Fragrance: Simmer Pots, with Abel

Foraged Fragrance: Simmer Pots, with Abel

Brand founder Frances Shoemack shares plant-based recipes for scenting the home, inspired by Abel fragrance
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Simmer Pots, with Abel
Foraged Fragrance

Simmer Pots, with Abel

Brand founder Frances Shoemack shares plant-based recipes for scenting the home, inspired by Abel fragrance

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Abel founder Frances Shoemack is no stranger to the power of plants. A former winemaker, the New Zealander was guided by her holistic philosophy when turning her nose to natural perfume. Inviting us into her world of “vita odor” – living fragrance – Frances translates her favourite Abel scents into traditional simmer pot recipes; a natural and rewarding way to scent your interior using plants that can be foraged in English summertime, and spices you’ll find in your pantry.

INGREDIENTS | Cobalt Amber

A handful of juniper berries (or elderberries, hawthorn berries or rowan berries) – ripe, unripe or dried
A few honeysuckle flowers
2 vanilla pods
1 teaspoon of pink pepper
A handful of cacao beans (or cacao powder)

“The heady aroma of honeysuckle flowers is sweetened by juniper berries; vanilla recreates Cobalt Amber’s leathery sweet amber accord, and cacao adds a chocolatey richness – perfect for a long summer evening in.”

Frances Shoemack

INGREDIENTS | Green Cedar

A handful of cedar needles
A handful of Scots pine or yew needles
2-3 cardamom pods, crushed open
1 pear, sliced

“There’s much to be said about shinrin-yoku, the ancient Japanese art of forest bathing, and its effect on both physical and mental wellbeing. Bring the woodland indoors with this fragrant, forest-like brew – guaranteed to enhance your mood.”

Frances Shoemack

METHOD

1. Add the ingredients to a pot of water on the stove top
2. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat right down and leave quietly simmering (or in a warm spot of the house if the weather is hot, to save energy) for as long as you like, topping up the water as needed
3. Turn off the heat, allow to cool, then refrigerate – the mixture will last a few days and can be simmered again

Tip: Use your pot as a fragrant facial steamer by covering your head with a towel and placing it over the steaming liquid. This will increase circulation and open your pores, lifting dirt and dead skin cells.

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