I used to be a big fan of scented candles and incense. I remember thinking that I didn’t want to go to a college that didn’t allow you to burn incense in your room! Haha. I bought conventional brands because they were cheap and smelled nice.
That all changed when I got pregnant for the first time all of a sudden I had a HUGE aversion to scented anything. It was like my body instinctively knew that they weren’t good for me. I even ditched my perfume collection because I just didn’t have the stomach for it anymore. I avoided that said “fragrance” after learning it was usually just a nice word for synthetic toxic chemicals that happened to have a smell.
Many air fresheners contain “phthalates which are hazardous chemicals know to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects, and reproductive problems”. The really crazy thing is that since these products are food the manufacturers don’t even have to list that on the label! They can even call the product “unscented” or “all natural” and still be full of toxic chemicals KNOWN to cause cancer. But if you are breathing something in, you are consuming it. It’s getting into your blood and your cells. That’s just how it is. See source here.
Discovering essential oils has been a reawakening to the world of scents for me. Finally I found a healthy way to scent the air and myself! Diffusing true therapeutic grade oils smells great and you are getting the health benefits of the oils at the same tine. I have a cool mist diffuser that we use daily and LOVE. I like diffusing calming blends in the afternoon and sleep enhancing blends in the bedroom at night. If we feel any sickness coming on I choose blends that boost immunity. It’s all SO lovely!
But my inspiration for THIS post is my SUPER simple non-toxic bathroom air freshener! Young Living’s Purification blend is PERFECT oil to use if you are making this for the bathroom as it really helps to clean the air and has a fresh scent but you can have fun and experiment with different oils! I have one for the bedroom that has lavender. It’s so nice to spritz over the bed before getting in or on the sheets when I change them.
The supplies you will need are:
- Glass spray bottles
- Essential oil of your choice
Glass spray bottles are best to use since essential oils can break down petrochemicals and therefore degrade the plastic over time. I bought my spray bottles here. Pour in a few tablespoons of alcohol. I used vodka but any clear alcohol should work. Then about 10-20 drops essential oils. I’m way into my Young Living oils as you may have noticed. If you want to hear more about why check out my post on “My Essential Oil Obsession”.
But anyway, just combine the alcohol, essential oils, water and shake before using. That’s it!
Purification just smells CLEAN to me and I love how it makes my house smell like I’ve been scrubbing the floors even when it’s been a while since that actually happened! Another added bonus of Purification spray is that it doubles as a bug spray since one of the main ingredients in Purification is Citronella!
So I have my Purification foaming soap and the air freshener in the bathroom at all times and LOVE them! I hope you do too!