I love a good homemade recipe; as you can see in my Limoncello and Aranchello posts. This recipe is slightly different and definitely not edible though! Essential oils are the key ingredient this time. I use essential oils in a few of my beauty products and thought I would attempt to incorporate this into a scented room and linen spray.
Usually, Avon’s Lavender room spray is my accompanying room spray when I go on my travels but not this time! As I am going away on holiday for 2 weeks, I thought I would attempt to make my own room spray with a few of my favourite essential oils.
As well as using it as a room spray, I thought it would be a pretty good idea to add essential oils in that have insect repellent properties because you know, mosquitoes! After a bit of research, I found that Lavender, Geranium, Neroli and Lemon Eucalyptus are quite good insect repellents. Other essential oils have varying insect repellent properties in them, but I knew that I liked the above scents the most.
I’ve based this recipe on the one I found over on Tasty Yummies’ blog. The measurements originally were in fluid ounces, which I have converted into ml. The original recipe asks for a 4 oz bottle, however, I am using a slightly smaller 100ml bottle. A perfect size for travelling! This means that the measurements of each ingredient are slightly less than stated in the original recipe. The recipe recommended to keep this in a glass bottle, however, I am trying it out in a plastic version, especially as I am travelling abroad with it. Got to save on those extra KGs!
I have also opted to just use witch hazel rather than other recipes which suggest vodka because I worry about the mix leaving an alcohol smell after being sprayed.
How to make the essential oil spray:
***Skip to the end for the full recipe without a breakdown of what I did! ***
Okay, so the basis of this recipe is, distilled water, witch hazel and the various chosen essential oils. I chose lavender and geranium oils initially as I love the scent of both of these oils. I use lavender mixed with tea tree and coconut oil as a face oil/serum as this really helps with keeping breakouts at bay. Geranium oil is great for a pick me up, which I use in my bath sometimes. After reading the original post above, neroli and lemon eucalyptus oils were my choices, purely for the insect repellent properties. How easy and simple does this sound?!
To start, make sure your chosen spray bottle is clean. After buying my bottles I washed them in hot soapy water and left them to dry.
Next, its time to boil up the water, placing it into a measuring jug, and allow it to cool. You should need around 50ml of this water for the spray. Once cool place into your chosen bottle using a funnel to stop spillage.
The next step is to add 40ml of witch hazel to the water. You can also use vodka instead of the witch hazel if you would prefer. Apparently, adding this helps to keep the water more purified which means the spray should last longer. You could always do half witch hazel and half vodka. I chose to just use witch hazel in my mix.
This should leave around 10 ml at the top of your bottle so that you can shake the mixture together when finished.
Now its time to add your chosen essential oils. The recipe advised to add between 50-75 drops of your essential oils, dependent on how strong a fragrant you would like the spray to be. I started by adding 10 drops of each of my chosen essential oils, which equated to 40 drops in total. Smelling the mixture I decided on which oil I would prefer to smell more of, opting to add 12 more drops of the lavender and geranium essential oils into the mix. Then I added 4 more drops each of neroli and lemon eucalyptus.
I did this ratio as I preferred the smell of the lavender and geranium.
Then give the bottle a good shake to mix all the ingredients together. Just to note you will have to shake the bottle each time you come to spray it. This is because the oil and water split when stood.
Hints, Tips and Advice:
**I am in no way an expert in essential oils, however
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women should use essential oils should with caution. Do your research and consult medical professionals.
- When using with young children, again do your research with which essential oils are more appropriate.
- Certain oils can have an effect and interact with certain treatments, again consult medical advice and do your research.
- The spray can be used on skin, however, a patch test is always recommended for any allergic reactions.
- Be careful about the use with pets as some essential oils can be harmful. Again research which oils can be used near pets.
- Dark bottles are best used for this spray. The bottle should be kept in a cool, dark place when not in use.
- Ensure that the ingredients are listed if you are giving away to others.
There you have it, a homemade essential oils room spray with insect repelling qualities. How easy is that to make? It smells divine, just as I thought it would.
Let me know in the comments below if you have made the spray, and how you found it.
Thanks for reading,