ACP-1 Activity: Make a Room Spray
* Recipe Update: Since this recipe is called “Apple Spice,” Roman Chamomile would have really given it a nice apple/fruity scent and made this recipe true to its name! (The Orange and Neroli was a great combo though.) If you try this recipe at home, add a couple of drops of Roman Chamomile in addition to the Cinnamon Bark as your middle note.
Now you get to make your first aromatherapy product!
For this activity, you will be using a hydrosol (floral water) that you can add essential oils to. Be aware, though, the essential oils won’t disperse in the water, so when you spray the blend you will have small droplets of pure essential oils landing on the furniture surfaces, etc.
If you want the oils to disperse into a hydrosol or other water-based carrier, you will need to get another product called “Solubol,” which is an all-natural dispersant. You can also use aloe vera or glycerin if solubol is not available. When you add this to your blend, this will cause the water and oil mix.
You can choose to use any fragrant hydrosol or floral water. Some of the best ones for creating a nice, soothing atmosphere include Lavender and Roman Chamomile. If you are looking for a more energic feel for your space, you may want to use Ylang Ylang or Neroli as your water-based carrier. You are also going to need a 2-ounce unused spray bottle. These can be purchased online. Please use the recipe report to record your experience and email for review.
Student Photo courtesy of Ceci Blassingame
- 2 oz (60 ml) hydrosol or water
Choose two-three oils to add to your blend. You can use the chart on aromatic groups to determine which ones you would like to add to your blend.
18-24 drops Top Note Essential Oil
12-16 drops Middle Note Essential Oil
6-8 drops Base Note Essential Oil
- Typically a room spray this size will call for 40-50 drops Depending on the aromatic strength of your oils, you can use up to 40-50 drops of essential oil. However, when a hydrosol is used as the carrier, you can use fewer drops of essential oil.
- 2 oz (60 ml) PET plastic or glass spray bottle
Step 1: Take out your 2 oz (60 ml) hydrosol spray. You are going to blend your oils right into the spray bottle.
Step 2: Choose which aromatic group to use for your blend. From that group you will choose which oils to use in your blend. Now, consider how many drops you will add of each oil. You will find the recipe for the room spray in the resource section of this course as well. You may want to cut the total amount of essential oil, since you already have a nice fragrant base from the hydrosol. It is likely that the oils from one aromatic group will all be the same note. In this case, you will only need to be concerned with the total number of drops for your spray. For your convenience, the Classification of Oils by Notes is below. Blending by note will be covered in detail in a future lesson!
Step 3: There are many other choices when deciding on which oils will blend well together. This will be totally up to your personal preference. If you need a little more guidance, grab a copy of Therapeutic Blending With Essential Oil to get some ideas. There will be some great suggestions!
Step 4: Add one drop at a time, shake then check the scent. Be sure to remember to save your recipe using the Recipe Report form in your workbook.
Step 5: Make your label.
Classification of Essential Oils by Notes
|Anise Star||Balsam Fir||Benzoin|
|Bay Laurel||Black Pepper (to base)||Cedarwood|
|Bergamot||Blue Tansy||Cistus Labdanum|
|Camphor||Cardamom (to top)||Ginger|
|Cedar Leaf||Carrot Seed||Helichrysum|
|Clary Sage (to middle)||Chamomile||Myrrh|
|Fennel (to middle)||Cumin||Patchouli|
|Fleabane (to middle)||Cypress (to base)||Rose|
|Lemongrass (to middle)||Gingergrass||Vanilla|
|Mandarin||Ho Wood||Violet Leaf (to middle)|
|May Chang||Hyssop (to top)||Wormwood|
|Orange, Sweet||Inula||Ylang Ylang (to middle)|
|Orange, Bitter||Juniper Berry|
|Peppermint (to middle)||Linaloe Berry|
|Ravensara (to middle)||Melissa (to top)|
|Sage (to middle)||Myrtle (to top)|
|Scotch Pine||Neroli (to top)|
|Verbena, Lemon||Pimento Leaf|
|Tagetes (to top)|
|Thyme (to top)|