Certain aromas have powerful associations with the holidays. But many of the sugarplum-scented candles and gingerbread air fresheners available in stores contain artificial fragrances that can pose myriad health risks. Swap the store-bought options for all-natural scents using this simple technique. It requires only a handful of materials — no flame or electricity needed.
- 1 8-oz. glass jar
- ¼ cup carrier oil (such as sweet-almond, olive, or fractionated coconut oil)
- 1 tbs. rubbing alcohol
- 20–30 drops essential oils
- 4–6 reed-diffuser sticks or bamboo skewers
- Pour your carrier oil, rubbing alcohol, and essential oils into the glass jar. Stir or shake to combine.
- If you’re using bamboo skewers, trim the pointy ends. Place the diffuser sticks in your jar.
- Turn the sticks over every few days to expose the ends that have been in the liquid to air. This will help refresh the scent.
Tip: Mix the oils and alcohol in a jar with a lid or cork, and present it with a handful of reeds.