DIY Festive Scents for the Holiday Season

Want to infuse your home the holiday spirit? Skip store-bought, phtalate-containing air fresheners and make your own.
DIY Festive Scents for the Holiday Season Dec 14

To fill your home with festive scents this season, give store-bought air fresheners a pass—many contain phthalates, chemicals that can cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects, and reproductive issues, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Instead, make your own.

How To Make Your Own Air Fresheners

Choose a four-ounce amber glass bottle (dark glass protects the oils from light) that has an atomizer top and tube (available at Fill the bottle with distilled water to just below the neck, and then add three to four drops of pure essential oil and spritz away, even on linens, says Margo L. Hanson, a massage-therapist supervisor at Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vermont, who makes aromatherapy blends from essential oils for the spa.

Aromatherapy Scents to Try

To open the senses, use one drop of eucalyptus and two to three drops of white thyme. Or try one drop each of peppermint and pine and two drops of rosewood to remind you of snowy woods.

See alsoScents that Heal: Aromatherapy for What Ails YouandMood-Boosting Essential Oils