There's little that tops the smell of Christmas. The fragrance of pine, combined with notes of cedar, cinnamon, patchouli, cloves, mandarin or vanilla, instantly evokes warm festive feelings. We'd like our whole home to smell gorgeously Christmassy in the run-up to the big day, and our fragrant room spray will help achieve just that.
Making your own room spray isn't difficult: all you need is a base of demineralized water and alcohol (or just-water for a non-alcoholic version). Choose what flowers and twigs to add, and don't forget the essential oils. For this festive room spray it is a good idea to use pine-scented oils, because nothing smells more like Christmas than the scent of a wintry fir tree.
Carefully choose the flowers to add to your room spray. In addition to the fragrance, the petals suspended in liquid create a beautiful effect that means you'll be happy to keep your room spray out in full view of everyone. You can also turn the spray into a gift, and pick a flower that reminds you of the receiver, or one that has special Christmas memories for you both.
Sweet spray bottles
Once you've selected your scents, it's time to choose the atomiser. Pick several small ones, and then place one in each room of your house, ready to spritz away and fill the whole home with the scents of Christmas. It means you'll also have some on and to give away as gifts, which will be gratefully received as we are all at home more often and so will appreciate freshly-scented room even more.
You will need (makes 100ml room spray)
50ml demineralised water
- 50ml alcohol (to combine the essential oils with water)
- 10-15 drops pure essential oil*
- Transparent bottle with atomiser
Flowers and twigs for scent and decoration (we use pine twigs and limonium)
* You can find different oils at a health food store or online. For winter scents, think of cedarwood, cinnamon, patchouli, pine, cloves, mandarin or vanilla. We opted for pine oil and mandarin for our Christmas fragrance.
Get to work
Put the flowers and twigs in the bottom of the spray bottle, then pour the demineralized water in, followed by the alcohol. Add the drops of essential oil, then put the cap on and shake gently to combine. Your room spray is ready! If you are giving it as a gift, add a ribbon, and a handwritten label with the name of the reciever.
We used pine twigs and limonium for this room spray, but you can use different flowers or fresh herbs to enhance the fragrance. Depending on the season, you can also use other scented flowers such as: clematis, lavender, white wax flower or jasmine. We have already made a spring, autumn and winter version. Get spritzing!