Homemade Room Fragrances

Teresa Hunsaker, from the USU Extension Office, shares a couple recipes for homemade room

Room Spray 1

¾ cup distilled water

2 TBS Polysorbate 20 (available online through most soap/lotion making supply stores very inexpensively)

1-2 TBS essential oil or fragrance oil—depending on strength and type of oil

Place all ingredients in quart jar and mix well. The reason for the quart bottle first is to see if you need to add more Polysorbate 20. If the resulting spray is cloudy, rather than clear, you may need to add a slightly larger proportion of Polysorbate, perhaps as much as 3 parts to 1 part essential oil. Once clear, or close to it, place solution in spray bottle. Perfect for body sprays, room sprays, and linen sprays.

Note about Polysorbate 20: It is a nontoxic emulsifier, to dissolve essential oils into water, without the use of alcohol. Start with a ratio of 1:1. For example, for every ounce of essential or fragrance oil mix with one ounce of Polysorbate 20. It’s extremely important to mix well. Then add enough distilled water to allow you to make your blend or product. If the results are still too cloudy for you, you may need to increase the Polysorbate 20 to 3 parts to 1 or 4 parts to 1. Sometimes, the denser the oil the more Polysorbate 20 you will need Polysorbate 20 (sometimes known as TWEEN20) is not an “all natural” product. But it is derived from Lauric Acid (from Coconut Oil) and is a great way to dissolve essential oils into distilled water without adding alcohol. Source: ww.pinemeadows.net or www.snowdriftfarm.com or www.camdengrey.com

Room Spray 2

1 cup water

1 cup vodka

30 drops of fragrance or essential oil

Place ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well and use.

You can contact Teresa through the USU Extension Office.