We all love fancy scented candles and diffusers but we often forget that behind their inviting façade, there are many artificial scents and chemicals that are in fact harmful. That’s why we’ve gone DIY with home scents and compiled recipes that are easy to follow and are completely free of chemicals.
Scented Room Spray: This one is very simple, and is perhaps best suited for those who want to put in the least amount of effort. Get an empty spray bottle, add a cup of water and 3-4 drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender is very soothing). Shake the bottle well, and spray around when you want.
Decorative Scent 1: Get a nice basket and fetch some pine cones (you’d need to actually go find nature in the city for this – how about the Princes’ Islands before they get too crowded). Add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil over the cones, and place the cones inside the basket.
Decorative Scent 2: This is a much more subtle decoration but it still adds coziness to the room. Get a nice colorful bowl, fill it up with coarse Himalayan salt or sea salt, and add a few drops of your favorite essential oils. This will not only make your home smell good but the salt will also help cleanse the air. When the salt beings to darken, it’s time to change it.
Scent in a Pot: The kitchen is not only for cooking, it’s also for making your house smell fantastic. Fill a small or medium-sized saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add cinnamon sticks, apple peels, orange rinds and whole cloves, and continue to boil for a few more minutes. Then turn the heat to low and simmer. Add more water as needed (which will happen every 30-40 minutes or so). This technique will make your entire home smell fantastic. You can swap this recipe for a combination that you prefer. We also love a peel of grapefruit with cinnamon sticks and nutmeg. And just to be clear: yes, you do need to keep simmering and adding water for the scent to disperse.
Homemade Potpourri: This is kind of the dry version of Scent in a Pot. Place thinly sliced oranges and apples in the oven and bake for nearly 90 minutes. Check frequently to make sure they are not burned. You want them to be dry and slightly crispy. Once the fruits are ready, get a nice jar or bowl and place the fruits and add cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. The dry potpourri will last 1-2 months. Once the potpourri has run its course, you can use it as described above and then toss away.
Homemade Oil Diffuser: Get a glass jar or bottle with a narrow opening at the top. (If you have store-bought diffusers at home, use its glass jar after cleaning it thoroughly.) Add 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil, ¼ cup of water, and a little bit of vodka (this helps bind the mixture). Then place the skewers on top and you’re done.