Air fresheners are the perfect solution for making your home smell clean and inviting. However, store-bought air fresheners often have disappointing scents or don’t perform the way you want them to. Making your own room spray allows you to choose your own fragrances and get the perfect concentration. Plus, it’s one of the easiest projects you can do at home. Find out how to make your own scented room spray with a few simple steps below.
Estimated Time: 10 minutes
Yield: Up to 20 ounces
Skill Level: Easy
- 16 ounces of Body & Room Spray Base
- One 16 oz spray bottle or four 4 oz spray bottles (Note: Larger bottle size(s) may be required depending on your preferred scent load)
- 2 to 4 ounces of your preferred fragrance oil
- 28 oz Funnel Pitcher or a glass measuring cup that can hold up to 20 oz
- Funnel (if not using our Funnel Pitcher)
- Towel or paper towels for cleaning any spills
- Sticky labels for identifying your room spray bottle
How to Make Scented Room Spray
Making your own room spray couldn’t be easier! Aside from choosing a fragrance, the biggest decision you’ll need to make is how strongly scented you want your spray to be. When making room spray, you can safely use a concentration of up to 25% fragrance in your mixture. In other words, if you want 16 oz of room spray total, up to 4 oz of your mixture can be fragrance oil.
When mixing your room spray, we recommend starting with a small amount of fragrance oil and testing your product to see if the scent performs the way you want. A 25% mixture will smell super strong, so it’s best to start with a small amount of fragrance and work from there. You can always add more fragrance until you get the desired effect.
Because our fragrances are oil-based, using any more than the recommended amount of fragrance could potentially result in staining or discoloration when sprayed directly on fabrics or other surfaces.
Note: Using a plastic measuring cup/funnel isn’t recommended unless you plan to only it for making candles and other scented products. Fragrances are not food safe, and may not completely wash out from plastic items that you want to continue using with food.
Step-By-Step Instructions for Making Room Spray
- Start by gathering your supplies and finding a clean workspace. We recommend working on a flat surface such as a kitchen table or counter where it’s easy to clean up any spills.
- Open your Body & Room Spray base and pour the whole bottle into your mixing container.
- Add fragrance oil and stir. To achieve the perfect fragrance concentration, add one ounce of fragrance to your mixture at a time, testing the strength of your room spray scent as you go. You can add up to 4 oz per 16 oz of spray base.
- Once you have achieved the perfect concentration, pour the room spray into your spray bottle(s). If you’re not using our funnel pitcher, you may find it’s easier to pour with the aid of a funnel.
- If you have leftover mixture that won't fit in your spray bottle(s), simply pour it back into the Body & Room Spray Base bottle. Perfect for refills!
- Finally, attach a label so you remember what’s in your bottle.
Using Your Room Spray
Like store-bought air fresheners, you can spritz your room spray into the air or onto linens. It’s best to avoid spritzing directly onto fabric or other porous surfaces, especially if you aren’t using a fine-mist spray bottle,.
Did you know our Body & Room Spray Base is also cosmetic grade? It’s the same base we use for making our own cologne and perfumes at home. While most of our fragrance oils are skin-safe when used at the proper concentration, keep in mind that room spray can carry a higher scent load than you should use for perfume or cologne. Please follow the skin exposure guidelines on each fragrance page on our website if you plan on using this room spray as body spray. Skin exposure levels can vary from one fragrance to the next.
Can I make scented room spray with essential oils?
Yes! Essential oils can also be used with our Body & Room Spray Base. If you're using essential oils, we recommend adding a few drops at a time (rather than 1 oz at a time) to test the strength of your mixture.
Body & Room Spray Base is designed to work well with oil-based fragrances and essential oils. However, if you're having issues with the oils separating, you may find that it helps to use our EO & FO Solubilizer.
Scent Mixing Ideas
Making room spray is a great way to test out new fragrance oils while also trying your hand at creating custom blends. We carry a wide selection of single-note fragrances, which can be blended together to create custom scents. Use this recipe as an easy way to determine which combinations you want to try in your next candle making project!
Tips to Keep in Mind
If you’re not using our Body & Room Spray Base in this recipe, you will need to substitute other ingredients in order to keep your product from spoiling. Astringent substances such as witch hazel or rubbing alcohol can help prevent issues with your room spray developing mold or losing potency. If using witch hazel or rubbing alcohol, be sure to dilute it with distilled water.
Because our Body & Room Spray Base is specifically formulated for making room sprays as well as perfumes, you don’t need to use any additional ingredients to keep your spray from going bad!