Until about a two years ago, I was a giant Bath & Body Works addict - I loved their soaps, candles and REALLY loved their Wallflowers. After learning how many toxins go into their products...and my general want of using more natural products in my home and on my person, I have been trying to swap my obsession with essential oils into pretty much everything I use.
If you are in the reformation process, you probably have a few of these wall plugs lying around, and probably even some of the glass vessels, too - I had FIVE of them.
So, I wanted to see if I could take these apart and fill them with my own essential oil blends...AND IT FREAKING WORKED!!
Here's what you need and how you do it:
- Distilled Water (you could use tap water, but I always recommend using distilled with EO's so that nothing interferes/reacts with them.
- Pliers - you're going to need some to pull the wicks out of the vessels.
- Essential Oils
- Chopstick/wood skewer - this is to push down this little nail that comes in the vessel (probably to hold the wick in)
- Tiny funnel (optional)
First, pull out the wick - take a good, secure hold and CAREFULLY and SLOWLY pull it out. These are fiber wicks, they will fall apart if you manhandle it.
Once it's out, wash out your vessel AND the wick with hot water.
Roll the wick into a paper towel and squeeze out as much of the oil as possible. This is important, because you want to get as much of that residual scent off the wick.
Now, take the vessel and put in your essential oil blends.
You are going to fill the vessel about 1/4 full of EO's. THIS IS IMPORTANT. This might seem like a lot of oil...but I've experimented with less and more and 1/4 full seems like the ideal amount to give off a good throw and last.
This equates to roughly 40-75 drops of oils. So adjust your blend ratios accordingly.
Don't freak out about this part, though, ok? The beauty of doing this type of DIY is that you can experiment and figure out what works for you.
Next, you're going to fill up the vessel about 3/4 of the way with the distilled water. DO NOT fill to the top, because the wick will displace the water and make it overflow (because physics :) ).
It's time to put the wick back in, but first - take your chopstick/skewer and try and push the little nail down so that your wick slips in easily.
Once the wick is back in, you just twirl it on the adapter, plug it into the wall, and your space smells MAGICAL!!!!!!!
I'll post some recipes for blends that I've been using in mine - the house smells like a spa!!! And, I even did up some seasonal ones for the main spaces of the house.
TELL ME if you try this - I'd love to hear if you did something different, discovered something new, and any blend ideas that you used and loved!