Scents are in my opinion the most important and most underappreciated details of our surroundings. A scent can influence your mood, make your body react in a certain way or even make you like someone. That works for the opposite direction as well! Furthermore a Scent can repel us, and nature can use scents to warn you against toxic substances. Interesting, huh? Of course there are natural fragrances like your own body odour, or the refreshing smell of a fruit or flower.
Humans have tried to replicate natural scents for ages now, sometimes with good outcomes, sometimes…well. Just drop by the cosmetics department and you’ll find at least a hundred scents you don’t like and maybe one or two that appeal to you. Works with people as well! Just unknowingly.
The power of the scent
Have you seen ‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer’ or read the book? It’s one of the most fascinating stories revolving around a scent and its power over people. And you can not only follow the protagonist’s path through the world’s best (and worst) smelling cities. No, you can actually learn a bit about making perfumes and getting a specific scent out of a substance. Just read it! But let’s get back to topic: Since the scent of something is so important to us, we try to make ourselves smell as best as possible. In addition, of course we try to make our homes smell welcoming and cozy, although this can be difficult. Just think about it: Cooking smells, moist laundry, something rotting in a corner…Not insinuating anything here! There is an easy solution to smell problems though (besides cleaning of course), and that’s an essential oil diffuser!
- Clear soap dispenser
- Golden nail polish
- Reed sticks
- Almond oil
- Essential oil (I used lemon and lavender)
- Optional: Printer for label
Start by unscrewing the top of your soap dispenser, you don’t need that anymore. I wanted a vessel with a narrow opening so the scent won’t disperse so easily. Prepare the areas you want to paint with tape. I painted the bottom and the mouth of the dispenser. Let everything dry.
If you want to, you can print out a label for your scent. Since I wanted to place it in my bathroom, I designed a bathroom-themed label. Print it out and glue it the front of your container.
Time to fill up! I used about 125 ml of almond oil and added 5 drops each of every essential oil. You can mix everything in the container or use a beaker if the opening is too small. Now just add the reed sticks and you’re done!
It will actually take some time until you will notice the scent, but you will smell it, believe me! Apart from the almond oil, this project was very keen in comparison to the room scents you can buy. You can actually use olive oil as well, I think even alcohol. I mainly used the almond oil because of its colour. And it’s so easy to adjust it to every room and scent you want! What do you think?