I LOVE having my house smell yummy. I love those waxy melt things, the reed diffusers, room sprays, the works. Today on Studio5 I saw EASY ways to make your own home scents…for little to nothing! I couldn't believe how cheap and easy some of these were! She said most of them will last for a month or more.
We all know I am NOT crafty, but I think I will be making a bunch of these to give to family members as little Christmas goodies! You simply start with a scented oil or two. She said to get the good quality stuff. You can also use essential oils. You can find these online or in craft stores, I believe.
Below I have listed a few of their recipes that I thought were the easiest and cutest. Click HERE for the full article.
Any wax that melts can actually be used to make your own little wax tarts or melts—so beeswax, paraffin wax, soy wax, etc, or any combination of these. (She said they are very cheap, you can get paraffin wax at any grocery store and beeswax at any craft store.)
Mix pinecones with some cinnamon sticks, whole juniper berries, and other dried foliage in a large sealable container. Add in a few tablespoons of your favorite fragrance/essential oil. Seal. Shake every day or two. Use after 2-3 weeks.
Sprays are a lot easier to make than people think. A cup of distilled water, a few drops of essential or fragrance oil and a spray bottle are all you really need. Some people like to use vodka or ethanol alcohol as a fourth of the water equivalent, but it is not absolutely necessary. There is also a great product called Polysorbate 20 that is terrific for making a solution that keeps the water and oil in suspension, and clarifies the mixture. It is found at most soap-making type places. (See: www.pinemeadows.net for one such place.)
Reed diffusers have become very a much a part of home décor. The decorative bottles add great accents around a room and the reeds act like a wick, pulling fragrance up through them from the oils in the bottle, filling the air with wonderful aromas.
You can make your own by using real reeds, not bamboo or resin reeds, some fragrance or essential oil, and dipropylene glycol (DPG), a base which thins the oil and allows it to wick up the reed. Be sure to buy only fragrance grade, not industrial grade, dipropylene glycol. This can be found online at any number of candle/soap making supply stores… www.snowdriftfarm.com or www.myworldhut.com orwww.brambleberry.com. Use a mixture that is 1 part essential or fragrance oil to 2.5 parts DPG fragrance grade. Shake gently to mix and place in bottle with reeds. (She said to find any cheap, cute, decorative bottle and there you have it! So easy!)
Give it a try! Like I said, I think I will make all three of them and make a little goodie bag of homemade scents for Christmas presents this year, or for thank you gifts to keep on-hand. Have fun, and happy smelling – and happy savings – to you 🙂