Good Scents: 50+ Things You Can Make Using Essential Oils

published Apr 9, 2017
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While essential oils have been used for aromatherapy for hundreds of years, these all-natural scents are seeing a spike in popularity as more people are learning about their de-stressing and energizing abilities. Derived from plants or flowers, most often through steam distillation, essential oils can be used to make scented candles, oil diffusers, even pest repellants. To show you all the possibilities a little bottle of essential oil holds, we rounded up some of our favorite things to make with essential oils—along with our guides to picking the right scent.

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Make these if your home could use a scent boost:

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If you want to refresh your beauty routine:

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If you want to get your home ready for the holidays:

If you want to invest in a super star essential oil:

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Mix up these recipes to keep bugs and pests at bay:

Make these if your home needs some natural cleaning:

How to pick the right scent for your project:

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Be careful with essential oils if you’re a cat owner:

Where to Buy Essential Oils:

  • Whole Foods stores generally have a decent selection of essential oils, particularly in locations with a separate Whole Body department.
  • Bulk Apothecary is my go-to source for essential oils. They offer both certified organic oils, as well as blends.
  • Mountain Rose Herbs sells only 100% pure, organic certified essential oils, so you can be sure you’re getting a high-quality product, even if you can’t sniff-test it through your computer screen.