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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Homemade Scented Oil Diffuser

Reed scented oil diffusers are so pretty, decorative, and they smell great.  I love walking into a home where there is a light scent.  It just makes the home feel cozier and more friendly.  If you think about the wonderful times in your life, there is usually a smell associated with them, such as pine for Christmas, vanilla sugar cookies for time spent with your mother, or, if you're like me, motor oil and carburetor cleaner from when your dad came in from working on cars!  Don't worry, they don't make oil and carburetor scents.  :-)

Unfortunately, reed oil diffusers can be pricey if you buy them in the store.  They are a wonderful way to have scent in your home without worrying about lit candles or lighted wax warmers.  

You can easily make one at home!  There are a 2-3 different techniques for making the diffuser solution.  I will post the one shown in the photo first, and then post some easier ones.  
  • bamboo skewers from utensil aisle at Walmart (these are 99 cents for something like 50 to 100 of them)
  • mineral oil or baby oil (unscented is best), sweet almond oil, or olive oil
  • Scented oils or essential oils
  • rubbing alcohol or cheap vodka 
  • OR perfume
  • OR  liquid potpourri
  • food coloring if oil is an off color
  • vase
  • Decorative glass stones or rocks
If you are going to blend your own scents, you will need a "carrier oil."  This is one that is suitable for diluting your essential oil or scented oil.  Things like plain salad oil are too thick and will only coat the bamboo skewers and not allow the scent to be absorbed into the reeds/bamboo skewers. 

Also, I usually try to place some objects in the bottom of my vase or bottle because it gives it some weight, making the bottle or vase less likely to tip over if bumped.  

For diffuser recipe #1 I used: 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (try to use colorless; unfortunately mine was tinted a light green)
  • 20 drops essential or scented oil 
  • 1-2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol or vodka 
  • food coloring to desired tint
Place stones or glass pebbles into the bottom of the chosen vase or bottle.  This is so that you don't have to use as much oil to bring the solution to a higher level on the reeds.  Mix recipe #1 well and pour over stones.  Add a hand full of bamboo skewers to the mixture and place in an out-of-the-way spot.  After a few days, turn the reeds over so that the soaked portion is upright and the unsoaked portion is in the diffuser mixture.  Repeat this in a couple of days or a week so that the bamboo skewers are fully saturated.  

Recipe #2:  
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of your chosen carrier oil 
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of perfume
  • food coloring, if desired
Mix ingredients in equal amounts and pour into vase with stones.  Add diffuser reeds.  Because perfume contains alcohol, there is no need to add rubbing alcohol or vodka to the mixture. 

Recipe #3, which really isn't a recipe at all: 
  • liquid potpourri 
  • diffuser reeds
  • stones/glass pebbles
  • Vase 
Place stones or glass pebbles in vase.  Add liquid potpourri, and then place reeds into vase and liquid.  

That's it!!  Any of these methods work well and will give you a pleasant, light scent without being overly heavy.  With the choices of oils and potpourri scents, you can develop your own scent combinations that are pleasing or use your favorite perfume to scent a room.  

It is not necessary to have stones or anything in the bottom, and you also may use an opaque vase or bottle to contain your reeds, especially depending on the items you have on hand.  It's fun to do, it's economical, and it makes your house smell wonderful!


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