Scents of the Season: 4 DIY Essential Oil Gifts We Love
While it’s the most festive time of the year, we all know how exhausting the holidays can be. Running around shopping, wrapping gifts, holiday parties - all lots of fun, but also completely exhausting. While we have plenty of delicious and fresh options at our stores to give you a much needed energy boost, we pulled together a list of 4 of our favorite DIY essential oil gifts (filled with scents of the holiday season) to try at home. Naturally, these are great for friends and family, but you work hard too... don’t forget to give yourself the gift of relaxation!
Holiday Room Spray
We don't want to play favorites, but if we did, this would be it. There's nothing like walking in the door and being hit with the intoxicating aroma of the holidays. If only someone could bottle that smell... Oh, wait! We found a way! And now you can whip up a batch to enjoy at home or share with loved ones.
15 drops Frankincense oil
15 drops Grapefruit oil
30 drops Douglas Fir oil
- In glass spray bottle add essential oils and top off with water.
- To use, shake the bottle then spray.
Note: Depending on the size of your spray bottle you may wish to use more or less, but make sure to keep the ratio of twice the amount of Douglas Fir to equal parts Frankincense and Grapefruit.
Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
Seriously, how cute is this? Whip up a big batch, jar some up for your friends and loved ones and then treat yourself to some intense moisturizing and exfoliating!
Tip: In place of white sugar, you could use sea salt. In place of Fractionated Coconut Oil you could use almond oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil.
- Combine sugar and Fractionated Coconut Oil in bowl.
- Divide mixture equally into two bowls.
- In one bowl, add red skin safe food coloring.
- Layer red and white scrub to create a ‘candy cane’ effect.
We are obsessed with this super simple gift with a lasting impression. These ornaments are infused with Essential Oils and help fill the room with all of those wonderful holiday smells.
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 ½ cups warm water
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- Pour flour, salt, and warm water into large bowl.
- Using your hands, knead until all ingredients are well-incorporated and dough is smooth.
- If mixture is too dry, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until dough comes together.
- Roll out dough on floured surface until ¼ inch thick.
- Using cookie cuters, cut out desired shapes and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Using a drinking straw or toothpick, make a hole in top of ornament for threading string.
- Place in oven until hard, approximately 1 hour.
- Once hard, remove from oven and cool.
- Decorate with paint, string, or glitter. Add essential oils by placing one drop on each ornament and allow it to soak in.
Tip: Add some decoration to your ornaments by stamping them. Just place stamp on ink and carefully place on ornament to transfer design before they dry
Aromatic Hand Warmer
While this one might not be for the novice crafter, or last-minute gifter, these hand warmers are are an excellent way to keep your paws warm on those cold winter nights!
Essential oil of choice
- Cut out two 4 inch x 4 inch squares for every hand warmer desired.
- Sew right sides of fabric together, leaving a few inches open on one side.
- Turn fabric right side out.
- In a medium bowl mix flax seed with essential oil. Use three to five drops of oil for every cup of grain results in a pretty strongly scented hand warmer. Mix and allow to sit for 5–10 minutes.
- Use the grain to fill the hand warmers about ¾ full and then stitch closed.
- Heat hand warmers 25–30 seconds in the microwave, allow to sit for about 30 seconds and then place in pockets to warm your hands.
Tips: To fill the hand warmers you can use wheat, rice, flax seed, or even cherry pits. For this DIY we used flax seed which seems to hold heat well and has a less distinguishable smell than other grains.