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07 November 2019

DIY Air Freshener With Essential Oils, Beeswax, Soy Wax


Make your home smell good with this DIY air freshener with essential oils, beeswax, and soy wax.  These adorable hanging air fresheners give off a light scent and can be used in closets, drawers, or anywhere that needs a little freshening up.

This time of the year is always crazy busy.  Right now, I'm in that calm before the storm.  The kids' homeschool is going well, we are between therapists for my son (that's a long story) so we don't have therapy, and my weekends are actually open.

But it's coming.  I know it's coming.

I spent last weekend making pretty things for the blog.  That's my favorite part of the job: making pretty things.

I even made myself a shirt that says. "I just want to drink coffee and make pretty things."  It's the truth.

How to make a DIY air freshener with beeswax, soy wax, and essential oils. Make a hanging homemade air freshener for your house or to give as a gift. This natural air freshener gives a long lasting scent. This solid air freshener makes a cute decoration on display. Use a clamshell for the mold and cute packaging. Ideas for do it yourself recipes for cute air fresheners. #diy #airfreshener #essentialoils #beeswax


One thing I wanted to make were these DIY air fresheners with essential oils, beeswax, and soy wax.

Beeswax air fresheners have been done so many times, but I wanted to put my own spin on it.  I changed up the recipe a little bit and used soy wax with the beeswax, and I also decorated them with dried candy and spices.

DIY Air Freshener With Essential Oils, Beeswax, and Soy Wax

These air fresheners will give off scent for months!  I've used them for up to a year and they still gave off a slight smell.
More DIY air freshener ideas:



Wax


Most air fresheners have just beeswax.  Beeswax is hard at room temperature, so it makes a pretty sturdy air freshener to put in a drawer or hang.  It's also fairly inexpensive and easy to find.

How to make a DIY air freshener with beeswax, soy wax, and essential oils. Make a hanging homemade air freshener for your house or to give as a gift. This natural air freshener gives a long lasting scent. This solid air freshener makes a cute decoration on display. Use a clamshell for the mold and cute packaging. Ideas for do it yourself recipes for cute air fresheners. #diy #airfreshener #essentialoils #beeswax


But beeswax don't hold a scent very well.
Most recipes call for coconut oil, but I think it's too soft, smells too strong, and doesn't hold a scent that well, either.

So I used soy wax.  I used the same soy wax you'd use for candles, so it definitely holds a scent.  It's fairly inexpensive, too.

I used half of each one and that gives it the ability to hold a scent well and it's still firm enough to not get dented or break if something bumps into it.

I picked up both the beeswax and the soy wax from Crafty Bubbles last week when I was at their retail location.


Essential Oils



I can't use artificial fragrances due to asthma, so I use essential oils and natural fragrance oils.  For these DIY air fresheners with essential oils, I used the Right Note Holiday Favorites set.



It's a set of 6 bottles of natural fragrance oils.  It has:


  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Candy Cane
  • Gingerbread
  • Mocha Mint
  • Apple Pie
  • Holiday Biscotti
Some are essential oils blends, and others have natural fragrance oils.  I don't know what they are or how they are made, but I know that they smell amazing and they don't bother mine or my son's asthma at all.

I've used them in soaps, lotions, scrubs, and in my diffuser.  One thing to note is that they are strong.  You will use less of these than you do with other oils.  

Dried Spices


I could have just poured them and called it done, but that's boring.  Instead, I decorated them with dried spices.

Here are some ideas for the scents that are in the Holiday Favorites set:

  • Pumpkin Pie - Ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove
  • Candy Cane - Peppermint candy
  • Gingerbread - Allspice, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg
  • Mocha Mint - Cocoa powder, peppermint candy
  • Apple Pie - Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice
  • Holiday Biscotti - Anise, dried citrus peels
I didn't use all of these because I didn't have everything.  I do like the star anise and the cinnamon sticks.  I think those are my favorites.


Make sure that anything you use is dried.  If there is any water or moisture in the spices or fruit peels, they could get moldy.  

Molds


I was going to buy some hanging molds on Amazon.  I think these molds are super cute and could be perfect for these DIY air fresheners with essential oils.  

When I was walking through Bolek's Crafts, I saw some rectangle clamshells like these.  The ones on Etsy are taller than the ones I used, but they will work.
I liked the idea of the clamshell mold because it doubled as packaging for storage or gift giving.

If you use a mold like the one on Amazon I linked above, you'll have to package them or put them in bags.

How to make a DIY air freshener with beeswax, soy wax, and essential oils. Make a hanging homemade air freshener for your house or to give as a gift. This natural air freshener gives a long lasting scent. This solid air freshener makes a cute decoration on display. Use a clamshell for the mold and cute packaging. Ideas for do it yourself recipes for cute air fresheners. #diy #airfreshener #essentialoils #beeswax


Supplies



Tools


  • Measuring cup
  • Double boiler
  • Spoon
  • Clamshell molds
  • Chopstick or something similar to poke holes
  • Scissors

Directions


Step #1


Use a double boiler to melt the beeswax and soy wax over medium heat.  This will take a while because beeswax takes a long time to melt.

I set a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup on top of a canning ring in a sauce pan to make a double boiler.



Step #2


When the wax is fully melted, carefully remove from heat and add the essential oils.  Stir for 30 seconds to a minute.



Step #3


Carefully pour into the mold.  Let it set up slightly on the bottom and then add the dried spices.



Step #4


Insert the end of a chopstick or something similar into the end.  Hold it about 10 seconds and then it should stand on its own.  

Let the DIY air freshener with essential oil cool completely.



Step #5


Carefully remove from the mold.  Loop string through the hole and tie to make a hanging air freshener.

These are ready to use or put them back in the clamshell for later or for gifting.

If you want to make a lot of different scents like I did, you can cut the recipe in half and make it multiple times.



DIY Air Freshener Tips



  • Never use a microwave to heat the beeswax and soy wax.  Do not heat over direct heat either.
  • Beeswax sets up quickly, so you'll have to work fairly fast if you use the dried spices.  I had mine set out for each scent before I poured.  
  • You can use any mold for these air fresheners.  They would look cute in a snowflake mold or even a rectangle soap mold.  If using a large mold, you can fill half way because that will give off plenty of scent.
  • If you're giving these as gifts or want to sell them, the clamshell molds are perfect.  Fill them about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.  There should be plenty of room for the string and the dried spices to fit in the clamshell.
  • If you don't want to add any dried spices, you can color them with mica and use biodegradable glitter.

Christmas Collaboration


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DIY Beeswax Air Freshener With Essential Oils

Yield: 1 cup
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $15
prep time: 30 Mperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 30 M
These DIY beeswax air fresheners are made with beeswax, soy wax, and essential oils.

materials:

tools:

  • Measuring cup
  • Double boiler
  • Spoon
  • Clamshell molds
  • Chopstick or something similar to poke holes
  • Scissors

steps:

  1. Use a double boiler to melt the beeswax and soy wax over medium heat. This will take a while because beeswax takes a long time to melt.  I set a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup on top of a canning ring in a sauce pan to make a double boiler.
  2. When the wax is fully melted, carefully remove from heat and add the essential oils. Stir for 30 seconds to a minute.
  3. Carefully pour into the mold. Let it set up slightly on the bottom and then add the dried spices.
  4. Insert the end of a chopstick or something similar into the end. Hold it about 10 seconds and then it should stand on its own.
  5. Let the DIY air freshener with essential oil cool completely.
  6. Carefully remove from the mold. Loop string through the hole and tie to make a hanging air freshener.

NOTES:

Never use a microwave to heat the beeswax and soy wax.  Do not heat over direct heat either.

Beeswax sets up quickly, so you'll have to work fairly fast if you use the dried spices.  I had mine set out for each scent before I poured.  

You can use any mold for these air fresheners.  They would look cute in a snowflake mold or even a rectangle soap mold.  If using a large mold, you can fill half way because that will give off plenty of scent.

If you're giving these as gifts or want to sell them, the clamshell molds are perfect.  Fill them about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.  There should be plenty of room for the string and the dried spices to fit in the clamshell.

If you don't want to add any dried spices, you can color them with mica and use biodegradable glitter.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.