If you want to make your home smell better—okay, not just better, but like you're walking through a field of chamomile flowers in northern Italy—chemical-filled sprays aren't going to take you there. To get that natural spring breeze scent, you're probably going to want to mix up the potion yourself. Whether you're looking for something flowery, fruity or lemony-fresh, these DIY recipes hit all the right notes.
So, technically the lavender fields of Provence (and don't forget Long Island!) don't typically bloom until July, but the sweet floral scent still reminds me of spring. To concoct your own lavender linen spray, and watch some lavender-drying in action, visit the full tutorial on Hello Glow.
While you're on a lavender kick, go ahead and scoop some into a drawstring bag. Not only will these sachets waft a nice scent your way every time you open your closet door, but they will also help keep moths away from the winter sweaters you just put into storage.
As a kid, I used to think that sorbet served inside a citrus peel was the coolest thing you could eat. So when I saw this grown-up version of a beeswax candle inside a lemon peel, I couldn't help but smile. Twine & Table says that the combination of beeswax and lemon rind creates a subtle honey-citrus scent, but if you want more pow, you can add a few drops of essential oil to the melted wax. Maxwell Ryan's trick: Try this with a clementine peel and oil.
Free People has the simplest solution for a home in need of some freshening up: Place sage, rosemary, lemon and other scented foraged finds in a spray bottled filled with distilled water. Visit the blog post for two more inspired ideas.
The best part about potpourri in a jar is that you can screw the lid on and transport it to any room that might need a scent boost. Find the delicious recipes on eHow.
To me, nothing signals spring quite like the fragrance of blooming lilacs. To capture the scent, Foxtail and Moss bottled the petals in sunflower oil. I could see adding this to a bath, or just leaving it out in a dish to scent the room.
I know that coconut oil is huge in natural beauty right now (every stroll down the cosmetic aisle tells me so), but I had no idea you could use it to make scented candles. I'm adding this "Fresh Air" scented candle with citronella and lemongrass from Thrive Market to my DIY to-do list.
- Re-edited from a post originally published on 4.07.2017