Summer scents can often be overpowering. They're either sickly sweet and fruity or cloyingly floral. By making your own diffuser you can take control of your home's scent. We chose to create a summery citrus diffuser, but feel free to play around with other scents to find something perfectly suited to your nose.
Here's what you'll need:
1 jar or bottle
fresh herbs (we used mint and basil)
1 lemon or lime
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
reed sticks or bamboo skewers
essential oil (optional)
You can make this with any empty bottles around your house. We found this adorable little milk bottle that was previously used as a vase. Olive Oil bottles also work perfectly. Reed sticks are easy to find in any craft store, but you can also use bamboo skewers from your grocery store.
Cut the orange and lemon into fourths. We only used 1/4 of each fruit, but if you want something with a stronger citrus scent use half. You'll only need the peels, so remove the meat of the fruit. Enjoy a little snack or add the pieces to a glass of water for a refreshing citrus drink!
Take the white off of the peels and then cut into small slivers.
Add the orange and lemon slivers to the bottle along with fresh herbs. Again, the herb amount is something that you can decide for yourself. We added two large leaves of mint and basil.
Slowly add 1 cup of water to the bottle along with 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol.
Add your chosen essential oil. This step is completely optional. We tried several different smells and settled on a rose scent, which meshed well with the scent of citrus. Slowly mix the oil into the bottle.
Add the diffuser reeds. You now have a lovely scented diffuser, which smells just like summer!
Try creating a unique scent combination and let us know what you discover!