When you want to add fragrance to your home, you have several options, including simmering potpourris, scented candles and wax burners. All these options present safety concerns if you forget about them; in addition, you have to turn on the stove or light the heat source to make the scent start wafting. With rock crystal potpourri, the aroma is available all the time, and you only have to refresh the oils periodically.
Things You'll Need
Paper grocery bags or waxed paper
Jumbo sea salt crystals
Colorant – liquid, glycerin-based or artists’ dry pigments (optional)
Mister spray bottle
Cover your work surface with several layers of brown paper bags or waxed paper. If you don't have enough bags, spread several layers of newspaper and cover them with a bag or waxed paper. Using the newspaper alone may transfer ink to the potpourri.
Don your gloves and add coloring to the potpourri. Rub in the liquid or glycerin colors; if you are using dry pigments, sprinkle them over the salt crystals before adding the fragrance. Sea crystals still in their natural colors add a shimmery, organic look to the room.
Pour the essential oil into the spray bottle. Experiment with different blends to personalize the aroma of your home. Some combinations to try include:
- 2 parts spearmint oil + 1 part rosemary oil
- 1 part grapefruit oil + 2 parts sweet orange oil
- 2 parts vanilla oil + 1 part lemon oil
- 2 parts vanilla oil + 1 part cinnamon oil
- 1 part eucalyptus oil + 3 parts lavender oil
- 3 parts sweet orange oil + 1 part vanilla oil + 1 part clove oil
Lightly mist the salt crystals with the oils and let them dry thoroughly. If you want a stronger scent, spray them a second time after they have dried.
For a humid area, mix 1/2 ounce vegetable glycerin to 1 1/2 ounces of essential oil blend. This will help the fragrance cling to the salt and last a little longer.
When your potpourri loses its scent, mist it lightly with the oils; stir the crystals around a little; mist them again, and let them dry.