Why deck the halls with toxic candles when you can create natural air freshener sprays for your home?
Sure, candlelight is beautiful, but it’s true – all those deliciously-scented paraffin wax holiday candles could be harming your family.
Consumers typically purchase the more inexpensive paraffin candles to freshen up a room or inspire a mood. However, paraffin candles are petroleum-based, and have been found to release toxic chemicals when burned. Inhalation of these dangerous pollutants could exacerbate certain health problems, such as allergies or asthma, and could potentially increase the risk of developing cancer. (source)
Sitting around sipping egg nog and inhaling toxic fumes probably isn’t what you had in mind for the holidays.
Since learning about the dangers of all my beautiful candy-cane-striped candles, I no longer include them in my seasonal decor. My current air-freshening method is much more fun anyway. I get to experiment with combining scents from my essential oil collection and formulate the perfect room spray for my mood or a particular season. Want to help holiday guests relax and enjoy themselves? There are countless scent combinations for that. (Want to drive out annoying party-goers who have overstayed their welcome? Well, there’s probably a scent for that too.)
My most recent concoction is a festive spray that blends essential oils of spices and citrus fruits to add cheer to any room of the house.
Mix some up for yourself or give away as gifts to the loved ones on your holiday list and spread the cheer!
Holiday Fruit & Spice Room Spray
- 3 oz. high-proof vodka, distilled water, or a blend (alcohol helps the aroma linger a little longer)
- 12 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 12 drops lemon essential oil
- 4 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
- 2 drops clove bud essential oil
- 4 oz. spray bottle with fine mister (buy glass bottles and fingertip misters here)
Fill your clean spray bottle with vodka, water, or a 50/50 blend. Drip essential oils into spray bottle and shake vigorously to combine.
Shake before each use and spray whenever you desire a fresh burst of natural fragrance.
Label your bottle well and keep out of reach of kids and pets. Be careful not to allow the fragrance to land on pets, food, or open beverages.
Scents of the Season
Feel free to make adjustments to the recipe to create a more citrusy or spicy version of this room spray. Once you have created the perfect scent, bottle it, tie on a pretty ribbon, and be sure to share it with others!
What essential oil fragrances do you think would make a great holiday room spray? Share your ideas with the community!
References and Resources
- American Chemical Society