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DIY Holiday Room Sprays with Essential Oils

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Create a variety of holiday room sprays with this easy tutorial. These simple air freshening sprays are crafted with essential oils to safely fragrance your home. Read on to learn how to make your own festive room sprays, and bring the aromas of the holiday season into every room of your house.

DIY holiday room spray with essential oils

Who doesn’t love the scents of the holiday season? Peppermint candy canes, egg nog, warm spiced ciders, and the smell of fresh greenery from Christmas trees or holiday wreaths. Not to mention the delicious aroma of holiday baking with the smell of sugar and spice and everything nice.

What isn’t so nice however, is the toxic chemicals contained in many commercial brand room sprays or air fresheners.

What’s in air fresheners?

Commercial brand air fresheners contain numerous endocrine-disrupting chemicals and respiratory irritants.

These chemicals include formaldehyde, phthalates and 1,4 dichlorobenzene. Exposure to these ingredients has been linked to cancer, asthma, and other health issues.

Luckily, our DIY holiday room sprays contain none of these toxic ingredients because they’re safely scented with essential oils.

However, please note that essential oil safety is important to consider when crafting your own room sprays. For instance, there are some essential oils that you should avoid using around small children or pets.

DIY essential oil holiday room spray

How to make holiday room sprays

Crafting these seasonal room sprays is very simple, and only requires 3 easy-to-find ingredients which include vodka, distilled water, and any combination of the holiday essential oil blends listed below.

I also recommend that you purchase a dark glass spray bottle for dispensing your spray. A dark amber coloured glass bottle is ideal. However, a dark cobalt blue coloured glass bottle will work as well.

The dark coloured glass will protect the essential oils from light and UV rays. But if you don’t have a dark glass bottle on hand then protect your oils by storing your room spray in a dark, cool cupboard.

DIY Christmas room sprays with essential oils

Also, keep in mind that since essential oils and water don’t mix, your holiday room sprays will need to be shaken well before each use. Alternatively, you can add a natural, biodegradable solubilizer which will suspend the oils in the liquid, eliminating the need to shake before spritzing.

I used Poly Suga Mulse D9 since it’s naturally derived, non-toxic and also safe for the skin. However, this ingredient is completely optional.

DIY holiday room spray essential oil blends

Egg Nog Room Spray

25 drops vanilla oleoresin
10 drops tonka bean absolute
3 drops nutmeg essential oil
3 drops clove essential oil

This eggnog room spray is deliciously sweet with a hint of warm spice. It gets its authentic eggnog scent from a unique combination of essential oils, including decadent tonka bean absolute.

Glass of eggnog

Sugar Cookie Room Spray

25 drops vanilla oleoresin
10 drops bitter almond essential oil
2 -3 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
2 -3 drops sweet orange essential oil

This holiday room spray smells just like a plate of fresh sugar cookies. Its characteristic cookie scent comes from a blend of vanilla oleoresin and the lesser-known bitter almond essential oil.

If you enjoy this holiday blend, then be sure to check out our sugar cookie body butter.

Sugar cookie room spray

Candy Cane Room Spray

20 drops vanilla oleoresin
10 drops tonka bean absolute
10 drops peppermint essential oil

This peppermint candy cane blend smells just like the classic holiday candy. Vanilla and tonka bean oils create a sweet candy base that blends perfectly with peppermint essential oil’s refreshing aroma.

Christmas Tree Room Spray

20 drops fir needle essential oil
20 drops black spruce essential oil

This holiday blend fills any room with the scent of a fresh Christmas tree farm. It’s perfect for those who have artificial trees or who just want to fill the house with the fresh, organic scent of real greenery.

You can also use this pre-made Christmas Tree essential oil blend.

DIY essential oil room spray for Christmas

Spiced Cider Room Spray

25 drops sweet orange essential oil
10 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
5 drops clove essential oil

Equal parts sweet and spicy, this spiced cider blend will transport you to a cozy night in front of the fireplace. A base of sweet orange is perfectly balanced with the warmth of cinnamon and cloves.

Cedar Spice Room Spray

30 drops cedarwood essential oil
5 drops cinnamon bark essential oil

This spicy blend combines the unique, woodsy scent of cedarwood with just the right amount of spice. It’s reminiscent of the inviting aroma of fresh holiday garland along with a warm spiced cider on a cold day.

Homemade holiday room sprays

Gingerbread Room Spray

20 drops vanilla oleoresin
10 tonka bean absolute
5 drops ginger essential oil
2 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
2 drops nutmeg essential oil

This gingerbread room spray combines notes of vanilla and the molasses-like sweetness of tonka bean with the spiciness of cinnamon bark and ginger. It’s the perfect blend of sugar and spice, just like gingerbread cookies.

Coffee and plate of Christmas cookies

Peppermint Mocha Room Spray

15 drops cacao absolute
10 drops spearmint essential oil
5 drops vanilla oleoresin

This delicious combination will remind you of a hot cup of mint flavoured coffee on a cold winter’s day. This blend is infused with with spearmint and has undertones of warm, sweet vanilla. 

DIY holiday room spray in amber glass bottle

Other essential oils that are ideal for creating your own custom holiday blends:

  • Rosemary
  • Eucalyptus
  • Pine
  • Ginger
  • Cardamom
  • Cassia
  • Cypress
  • Clove

DIY Holiday Room Spray

Ingredients

2 oz vodka
2 oz distilled water
30-40 drops of essential oils (see recipes above)
1/8 tsp Poly Suga Mulse D9 to solubilize (optional)

Supplies

4 oz glass spray bottle
Mason jar with lid for mixing
Small funnel

Instructions

Start with clean, sterilized supplies. In a mason jar, combine the vodka, essential oils and solubilizer, if desired. Pick your favourite holiday essential oil combo from our recipes above.

Next, place the lid on your mason jar and shake the mixture well.

Add the water and shake again to combine.

Transfer to your spray bottle using a small funnel.

Shake your room spray again prior to spritzing so that the essential oils remain distributed in your product.

Recipe notes

  • Remember that essential oils won’t mix into the water on their own, but they will combine more easily when diluted in the vodka first. If you aren’t using a solubilizer, be sure to add the distilled water after shaking the essential oils into the vodka.
  • The vodka also helps the holiday scents linger longer, and will act as a preservative for your room spray.
  • Please don’t use witch hazel instead of vodka – it does not contain enough alcohol to be effective.
  • Dark coloured essential oils, such as vanilla oleoresin, are more likely to stain fabrics, rugs and carpets. Also, take care not to spritz your room spray on, or near wood furniture.
  • Be sure to use distilled water rather than tap water.

Christmas essential oil room spray on wood tray

Yield: 1 bottle

DIY Holiday Room Spray with Essential Oils

DIY Holiday Room Spray with Essential Oils

Create a variety of holiday DIY room sprays with essential oils! Bring the aromas of Christmas and the holiday season into every room of your home. Read on to learn how to make your own festive room sprays.

Active Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 2oz vodka
  • 2oz distilled water
  • 30-40 drops essential oils (see recipes above)
  • 1/8 tsp Poly Suga Mulse D9 to solubilize (optional)

Tools

Instructions

  1. Start with clean, sterilized supplies. In a mason jar, combine the vodka, essential oils and solubilizer, if desired. Pick your favourite holiday essential oil combo from our recipes above.
  2. Next, place the lid on your mason jar and shake the mixture well.
  3. Add the water and shake again to combine.
  4. Transfer to your spray bottle using a small funnel.
  5. Shake your room spray again prior to spritzing so that the essential oils remain distributed in your product.

Notes

  • Remember that essential oils won’t mix into the water on their own, but they will combine more easily when diluted in the vodka first. If you aren’t using a solubilizer, be sure to add the distilled water after shaking the essential oils into the vodka.
  • The vodka also helps the holiday scents linger longer, and will act as a preservative for your room spray.
  • Please don’t use witch hazel instead of vodka – it does not contain enough alcohol to be effective.
  • Dark coloured essential oils, such as vanilla oleoresin, are more likely to stain fabrics, rugs and carpets. Also, take care not to spritz your room spray on, or near wood furniture.
    Be sure to use distilled water rather than tap water.

Did you make this DIY?

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More recipes for a non-toxic home

If you enjoyed these festive room spray recipes, you might enjoy our favourite room spray recipes for fall and summer.

And for even more scents of the holiday season, be sure to check out:

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Shan

Thursday 28th of November 2019

These sound great! I found everything, but a place to purchase Poly Suga Mulse D9. Where would I get that?

Kyla

Friday 29th of November 2019

Hi Shan! We buy our Poly Suga Mulse D9 from Formulator Sample Shop.

Cari

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Thanks for the great recipes! I can't even pick a favorite, so I guess I need to make a few :)

Kim

Sunday 1st of December 2019

Thanks, Cari! We had a hard time picking a fav too!

Irena

Sunday 17th of November 2019

This is such a lovely collection of air freshener recipes! They must smell so wonderful and the photos are styled so beautifully. Amazing post, Kim!

Kim

Sunday 17th of November 2019

Thanks so much, Irena! We do love these scents!

Cyna

Sunday 17th of November 2019

These holiday room spray scents sound so lovely and festive! I imagine they would make lovely gifts, too.

Kim

Sunday 17th of November 2019

Thanks so much, Cyna! We may make some as gifts. Good idea!