Fragrance oil has a wide range of applications. Here’s a list of some of the common 12 uses.
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1. Lotions and Creams
A popular use for fragrance oil is mixing it with lotions, body butters, creams, etc. This works best with unscented products so the smell isn’t covered up. You can add oils to change the scent or just use it for its natural smell.
When putting fragrance oil into your lotion, you may need quite a bit more than you might think. Most people say at least 10%, but the more you use, the stronger and longer-lasting the smell will be. Also, mix them well and frequently if your product has raw materials that need to be melted (like shea butter).
Another way you can boost or change a lotion’s scent is by adding in some pure essential oil.
2. Candles and Wax Melts
Fragrance oils can be combined with wax to create a personalized candle.
You can add a few drops of fragrance oil to an existing candle or put it into the empty candle before you light it for the first time. To do this, take apart the old candle and remove any chunks of wax that don’t melt easily. Put them into a small container and pour in some fragrance oil. Then, place the container in a double boiler. Stir often and once everything has melted, pour it back into your candle.
Another popular way to use fragrance oil is by adding drops of fragrance oil into wax tarts or melting cups. This is similar to how you would add fragrance oil to a candle.
Wax melts are also very easy to scent. You can buy wax melts that already have your favorite smell or you can mix and match scents to find the perfect one for you. To add fragrance oil to a wax melt, simply add in a few drops of oil and stir well.
3. Air Filter
Fragrance oils can be used as a replacement for petroleum-based air fresheners. Use a diluted mixture of the oil with water to improve the smell of your home or office, and eliminate odors that may have been brought in from outside.
Fragrance oil can bring potpourri back to life after the scent has lost its freshness after time. Potpourri is a mixture of dried flowers, leaves, and spices that are scented with essential oils or fragrance oil.
Creating your own potpourri is simple, just use about four drops of your preferred fragrance oil per two cups of dried flower petals or leaves. Mix well and store in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. You can also add essential oils to your potpourri recipes. Dried spices such as cloves, cinnamon sticks, and orange peel can add an extra element of scent to your mixture.
Put a few drops of your favorite fragrance oil into a carrier oil, such as grapeseed oil, and mix well. This mixture will produce a light massage oil for use either on yourself or your partner. The massage will also help the muscles relax better so that you can sleep better at night.
6. Air Freshener Spray
A favorite way to use the fragrance oils you’ve crafted is as an air freshener spray. Add a few drops of your oil into distilled water in a clean plastic bottle with a squirt top and shake until well mixed. Add more or less oil depending on how strong you’d like the spray to be.
7. Carpet Cleaning Solution
Combining fragrance oil with baking soda can be used as a carpet cleaner. To clean a small area of carpet, combine 2 teaspoons baking soda with 10 drops of fragrance oil in 1 cup of water. For larger areas, use more ingredients. Be sure to test on an inconspicuous part of the carpet first to make sure there is no discoloration or fading of the color.
8. Soaked Cotton Balls
Fragrance oil can be poured into cotton balls, which are convenient for use around the house. Moisturizing oils can be put into cotton balls, and then used to moisturize hands, feet, or other areas of the body. Relaxing fragrances can be placed in cotton balls and kept near bedding or pillows to create an even more peaceful sleep environment.
9. Body Perfume
A small amount of fragrance oil can be dropped on clothing or skin to add a pleasant scent. Fragrance oil is not typically used alone in baths, but it can be added for extra scent. Some people prefer to use fragrance oil in a bath, while others feel that it becomes slippery if too much fragrance oil gets into the water.
10. Refresh Car Air Fresheners
Many people who use air refresher products in their car want to be able to choose the scent of the products they put into their car. Instead of just using old-fashioned baking soda, many drivers are now choosing to use fragrance oil.
Fragrance oil can come in a variety of different scents and dilutions in order for them to work properly. Utilizing fragrance oil can help car owners enjoy the ride by allowing them to choose which scent is most pleasant for their own tastes.
Fragrance oil can also be helpful for meditation. The soothing smells of vanilla, lavender, and vetiver are known to calm the mind and ease tension. They have been used for thousands of years by ancient civilizations as part of their meditative process. In fact, many people find meditating with fragrance oil is also effective than without.
12. Soap Making
Fragrance oil can also be used in soap making as the oil itself isn’t as oily as essential oils. It can be used straight up, but need to be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil first. You can use it in both cold and hot soap process.