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Cozy Scented Crafts

Perhaps you are already enjoying our essential oil blends in your favorite diffuser or in a tealight burner, or maybe you add a few drops to your bath for a relaxing spa night or adorn yourself with fragrance with our pretty perfume locket. One of the many pleasures of essential oils is that there truly are so many wonderful ways to use them!

Aromatherapy diffuser with essential oils and scented candle by Willow & Birch Apothecary, with antique booksCozy hearth with coffee and teacupsWoman in Victorian dress with perfume locket and essential oils by Willow & Birch Apothecary

With autumn in full swing and winter soon around the corner, ‘tis the season to bundle up indoors and create a welcoming and cozy space in the home…and what better way to do that than with comforting fragrances like Orange Spice and English Fog! Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite crafty ways to use our essential oil blends to make every nook and cranny of your home feel warm and cheery.

Orange Spice fragrance blend by Willow & Birch Apothecary

If you’re looking for a warm and spicy blend, Orange Spice is a timeless blend of sweet orange mixed with spicy clove and anise.

English Fog fragrance by Willow & Birch Apothecary

And for those cozy afternoons cuddled up with a pot of tea,English Fog features my special blend of bergamot, clove, and ylang ylang, inspired by the beloved Earl Grey tea blend.

 

Potpourri Bowls

This potpourri blend uses dried botanicals as a “fixative” to absorb and hold the scents of the essential oils. As natural botanicals, they each also carry their own delightful aromas to perfectly complement the Orange Spice and English Fog essential oil blends!

To get started, fill a glass jar with your choice of dried botanicals (see below for my suggestions). Add a few drops of essential oils, adjusting the strength to your liking. Close the jar and shake to thoroughly mix the blend.

These are my favored botanicals to use for fall and winter potpourri blends:

  • Clove buds and dried orange peel with Orange Spice essential oil blend
  • Earl Grey tea leaves and clove buds with English Fog essential oil blend
  • You can also create your own blends using botanicals such as lavender buds, cinnamon sticks, rosemary sprigs, and cedar shavings. When pairing these with essential oils, try to imagine what scents might complement the natural fragrances of your chosen botanicals and get creative!

Dried botanicals by Willow & Birch Apothecary

Once the botanicals and essential oils are fully blended, tightly seal the jar and place in a warm place for at least 24 hours, shaking every few hours to distribute the contents within. You can store the potpourri in a pretty apothecary jar and open it whenever you’d like to enjoy the fragrance, or sprinkle some of the mixture into a small bowl and keep in a warm place such as a sunny windowsill or atop a woodstove. Add a few drops of essential oils from time to time, whenever you need to “refresh” the fragrance.

 

Room Spray

Making your own scented room spray is oh-so-easy, and it’s a wonderful way to infuse your home with cozy fragrance on those brisk fall and winter days. This scented spritzer can also be used on linens, couches, and other fabric-covered furniture (just be sure to test on an inconspicuous area to make sure the oils won’t stain any delicate fabrics). To make your room spray, mix 3 ounces of vodka with 12 ounces of water in a spray bottle. Add up to 15 drops of Orange Spice or English Fog essential oil blend and shake it up! Shake again before each use and let the beautiful, timeless scents transport you!

 

Scented Laundry

On house-cleaning days when you’re catching up on laundry, fill your home with beautiful fragrance while your work! If you use an unscented laundry detergent (which I highly recommend, especially for those of us with sensitive skin), add a few drops of essential oils directly into the detergent before pouring the mixture into the machine. And, in lieu of dryer sheets, use wool dryer balls (I use these from my friend Erin at Earthly Remedies) and place a few drops of essential oils on each ball before popping them into the dryer with your clothes. The heat from the dryer will infuse the scents into your laundry while the dryer balls do their jobs of taming static and helping your laundry to dry faster…what could be better?!

Have you tried any of these recipes? I'd love to hear what you created!

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1 comment

  • What lovely ideas! I really want to try these this winter to keep the air in the cottage feeling fresh and cozy!

    Lindsay Dianne

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