Make This: DIY Palo Santo Holder

Palo santo holder

As winter approaches, so does more required time indoors. All that time inside makes my home feel stuffy, cramped, and stale. In essence, my house feels like it's full of bad energy. I recently discovered palo santo, and I'm really enjoying the way it seems to cleanse the spaces around me, and even purify my own energies. Keep reading to find out more about this holy wood, and how to make a minimal palo santo holder.           Continue Reading

DIY Some Self-Care: How to Make a Soothing Chai Spice Tub Tea

How to Make Chai Spice Tub Tea
Images by Marlene Sauer

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

No, I don't mean the Big C. My absolute favorite time of year is — fall!

Every year when autumn hits here in New England, my senses come to life. Crisp, clear air; leaves to crunch through; snuggly scarves; cozy lit windows on dark, chill nights; there are so many little daily luxuries to savor.

And this year I'm adding another one, which will also help in my goal of better self-care: DIY chai spice tub tea! Continue Reading

Try This: Mulling Spice Simmer Pot Recipe

How to make your home instantly smell like autumn with this fall simmer pot recipe

We're getting to that time of year where two different things are happening: parties are picking up, and the cold weather is forcing us to spend more time indoors. So… basically the perfect combination for some cozy aromatherapy! The fall season has so many distinct smells associated with it – like crisp winds, earthy leaves, fresh rain – and one of the most recognizable scent combinations is that of mulling spices. Whether you have a dinner party coming up, or simply want to flood your home with the scents of the season, this quick fall simmer pot is sure to do the trick.          Continue Reading

Make This: DIY Incense Holder, Plus the Lowdown on Aromatherapy

DIY clay incense holder

One of my favorite things about the autumn months is coming home at night and snuggling by the heater under warm blankets with candles or incense burning in the background. The heavenly scents help me to unwind after a long day at work, and incense holders are so easy to make that there's no excuse not to have a stick or two burning away while you cozy up and get stuck into that good book. Click through to learn how to make your own DIY incense holder, and head to the bottom of the post for more information about the benefits of incense!        Continue Reading

The Ultimate Guide to Making Your House Smell Amazing with Potpourri and Home Fragrance

The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Home Smell Amazing

As home décor and design enthusiasts, we spend a lot of time and consideration visually crafting our “perfect” home space, but how often are we actually thinking about the way it smells? From the psychology of scents, to removing unwanted odors, to incorporating home fragrance with style, we’ve created a comprehensive guide packed with everything you need to know to make sure your home smells as lovely as it looks.

 

 

Perfume History

 

Table of Contents

History of Home Fragrances

Craving a pleasant-smelling home is hardly a new concept. Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Refreshing Room Spray

Get your new year off to a fresh start by making your own DIY room sprays.

Currently I'm living in a two bedroom apartment with my fiancé, one large dog, and one cat. It's not a spacious place by any means, but I think it's just the right size for the four of us. The only time our pad feels too small is right about now: half way through the winter. It's the middle of January, and cabin fever is starting to set in. To offset the restlessness of being indoors, I'm freshening up the joint with a simple, quick room spray. Continue Reading

Curbly Video Podcast: How to make aromatherapy ‘sweets’

created on: 04/14/08

Aromatherapy ‘sweets’ are fun and easy to make. Great for your mom or mom-equivalent on Mother’s Day or as bridal or baby shower favors, they would make a great addition to any lingerie drawer!

(Can’t see the viewer above? Go here.)

 What you need:

  • a candy mold (2 bucks at Michaels)
  • acrylic craft paints and paint sealer
  • paint brush
  • 1/4″ fabric ribbon
  • craft glue
  • aromatherapy oil (I used lavender oil)
  • Plaster of Paris
  • measuring cup(s)
  • popsicle sticks or other appropriate utensil for stirring
  • cold water

What you do:

  • mix Plaster of Paris according to instructions on package
  • pour plaster mixture in candy mold, wait 20 to 30 minutes
  • pop ‘candies’ out of mold and let dry completely
  • if the ‘candies’ have any rough edges, you can file them down
  • put a coat or two of paint on the ‘candies’ followed by a coat of sealer
  • when dry, put a drop or two of oil on the back of each ‘sweet’, let oil absorb thoroughly
  • with craft glue, glue ‘candy’ discs together
  • finally, cut a strip of ribbon and glue it around the edge of each ‘sweet’ to hide the seam

And that’s it! Continue Reading