My workout of choice is boxing. And thanks to the fact that I sometimes leave my boxing gloves and wraps in my car overnight, it smells like my favorite workout is boxing. The other day, I realized that I should not only try harder to take my gear out of my car every night, but I should also make a quick, natural, non-toxic air freshener to keep in there for those nights when I’m too wiped out to remember.
I am a big fan of Sophie Uliano’s book Do It Gorgeously: How to Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products and when I picked it up last winter, I read it cover to cover about 3 times. She is an amazing woman. I remember her having a recipe for a natural air freshener using vodka in there somewhere. The other night, I had 20 minutes left to spare before I had to leave for class, and an agenda to make some non-toxic air freshener before I left. Frustratingly, I couldn’t find the exact recipe in Sophie’s book, but I did have a box of organic essential oils, a 1 oz. dark glass spray bottle and some organic vodka left over from the YU launch party.
So, mix, bang, boom—easy non-toxic air freshener. Out the door and made it to class on time, in a ride smelling like a box of flowers.
There are many scent combinations that you can make. This particular recipe uses geranium, ylang ylang, neroli and sweet orange essential oils. See the other scent recommendations and ideas at the bottom of this post or read up about the aromatherapy properties of different essential oils to make a choice that suits you.
Makes: 1 oz.
Preparation Time: 10 mins
1 oz. dark glass spray bottle
Small glass mixing bowl
Plastic funnel or a plastic baggie
Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why.
1 tbsp + 1 tsp organic vodka
1 drop sweet orange essential oil
1 drops neroli essential oil
2 drops ylang ylang essential oil
2 drops geranium essential oil
Let’s get started:
Mix all of your ingredients in a small glass bowl. Using a plastic funnel (or the corner of a plastic baggie with both ends cut, the smaller being stuffed into jar) pour your mixture into a blue or amber glass spray bottle. Cap and use.
TIPS AND SUBSTITUTIONS:
1. This makes a great holiday gift. Create a set of different scents and package them in a cute vintage or unique box with tied labels.
2. Try some different scent combinations like vanilla and sweet orange, lavender and lemon, rose absolute and vetiver.
Have fun and share with us your suggestions and what YU come up with!
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