Aroma rocks emit a pleasing fragrance, whether you set them in a glass dish or place them in a mesh pouch to freshen up a closet. Make your own super simple version with pumice stones and essential oils, or create faux stones out of dough for a smoother look. Revive aroma rocks once they start to lose their fragrance by adding a few drops of an essential oil. Stick with the same scent over and over on each stone for the most pure fragrance.
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Pumice Aroma Stones
Purchase shaped, rounded pumice exfoliating stones from a store that sells beauty products for an attractive aroma rock that emits plenty of fragrance. Pumice gravel from a garden center offers a less expensive, more natural-looking stone. In either case, this volcanic material has plenty of pores to allow air to flow through, emitting the scent of whichever essential oil you like best.
Things You'll Need
- Pumice exfoliating stones or gravel
- Garden hose or washtub
- Essential oil, such as lavender or a citrus blend
- Old towel or scrap cardboard
- Shallow glass bowl or mesh bag
Rinse the pumice off under a garden hose or in a washtub until the water runs clear. Exfoliating stones should be fairly clean already, but pumice gravel may contain dirt or dusty debris.
Allow the pumice to air dry completely in a well-ventilated area, such as on a patio or porch.
Place the pumice stones on an old towel or on a scrap piece of cardboard, relatively close to one another.
Drip the essential oil onto each pumice stone. For small stones, use 20 to 30 drops of oil for a cup of pumice, or approximately 20 drops over an exfoliating stone. If you're sensitive to fragrances, start with a little less oil -- you can always add more later.
Make a crystal-style version by using jumbo sea salt crystals in place of pumice. To add color to the salt, rub each piece with food-grade colorant while wearing rubber gloves.
Arrange the stones in a glass bowl to emit a pleasing fragrance to any room while adding a bit of decor. To freshen a small space such as a closet, place several small stones in a mesh bag and hang the bag in a closet, or set it atop scrap cardboard on a shelf to prevent oil from staining anything in the closet.
Things You'll Need
- Large bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Essential oil
- Food coloring (optional)
Pour 1 1/2 cups of flour into a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup salt and 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch. Stir them together with a wooden spoon.
Add 2/3 cup of boiling water, a little at a time, to the dry mix, stirring it with a wooden spoon. Add a few drops at a time of your favorite essential oil -- 10 to 20 drops should do for the entire batch, depending upon how strong you'd like the scent. Stir until all ingredients are combined thoroughly.
Add a few drops of food coloring while you mix the dough if you'd like to give the rocks a color other than white.
Tear off pieces of the dough and roll them into ball shapes. Flatten them slightly for a look similar to a polished river rock. Allow the scent rocks to dry and harden completely before displaying them.
Do not place aroma rocks directly atop furniture, as the oils may stain wood and upholstery. Keep them out of the reach of young children and away from pets.