DIY Essential Oil Holiday Room Spray

Made with just essential oils, distilled water, and alcohol, this easy DIY Essential Oil Holiday Room Spray brings all of the wonderful smells of the season together: fresh evergreen, warming clove, zesty orange, and sweet cinnamon. Use it as an air freshener, linen spray, or aromatherapy shower mist, or give it as a gift! Get the instructions and FREE printable labels below.

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I love the holidays. In our house the Christmas music goes on the day after Halloween and the tree goes up the weekend after Thanksgiving. On weekends, we cozy up with a big bowl of popcorn drizzled in truffle-infused olive oil, a few of these Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies, and watch all of our favorite holiday movies, including the forever classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, A Christmas Story, and Elf.  

You know what else I love about the holidays? The smells. Warm gingerbread. Freshly cut Christmas trees. Cinnamon and clove. All of them.

This simple essential oil holiday room spray brings all of the wonderful smells of the holidays together. One whiff and you’ll feel like you’re sipping a mug of hot mulled wine in the middle of a snow-covered evergreen grove.

At least until your kids start arguing or somebody needs you.

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Essential Oil Holiday Room Spray Ingredients & Supplies

To make this spray, you’ll need:

Fine-mist glass spray bottles: Because UV light can interact with and break down the oils, I recommend amber or cobalt blue bottles to minimize oil deterioration and protect the aromatic and therapeutic properties of the essential oils. I really like these brown bottles which minimize UV light that can interact with and break down the oils)

Small funnel for adding alcohol and distilled water.

Everclear, or other grain alcohol (190 proof; 95%): Grain alcohol does two things: it acts as a preservative and fully dissolves the essential oils, much more so than a lower proof vodka or witch hazel will. Not only will your room spray be free of microbial contamination, the scent will linger longer than if you just mix the oils into distilled water and/or a lower proof alcohol.

If you are not able to get grain alcohol, 151 proof (about 75%) vodka would be your next best bet, but may not solubilize the essential oils as easily.

Distilled water: Using distilled water prevents contamination and possible spoilage from impurities found in tap water. Distilled water can be found alongside other bottled waters in most grocery stores and pharmacies. 

If you can’t find distilled water, you can boil tap water, let it cool and then use that water for your sprays.

30-50 drops of essential oils: Smells can vary greatly between brands, which is why I recommend smelling each one before buying. Health food stores are a good place to find them locally.

For the holiday spray, I use a mix of: 

  • Siberian Fir, Douglas Fir, or Pine (I prefer Siberian Fir)
  • Juniper berry 
  • Clove
  • Wild Orange
  • Cinnamon

Labels: Design your own, or join the community below and get our FREE download with 3 different ready-to-print label templates: Happiest Holiday, O Christmas Tree, and All Is Merry. Just print a sheet of the name you like best! Printing recommendations and instructions are included in the recipe below.

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How to Use Your Homemade Holiday Room Spray

Essential oil room sprays are a natural alternative to chemical-filled plugins, room fresheners, and candles, but they can be used as more than an air freshener!

To use the room spray, shake the spray well and then walk around the room while spritzing upwards several times. For a longer-lasting scent, lightly mist throw blankets, pillows, and bed linens. 

Here are some ways you can use this holiday room spray: 

  • Give it as a gift. Homemade essential oil room sprays make great stand-alone stocking stuffers and hostess gifts, but you can also make couple of homemade shower mists and give it as a set. You can get your free printable labels by signing up through the form below!
  • Use it as an air freshener. Leave a bottle in the bathroom for a holiday-scented air freshener.
  • Spritz it around the room for instant holiday cheer. You can also spray your tree to enhance it’s natural smell, or to give a fake tree some fresh pine fragrance. I spritz our tree first thing in the morning and before holiday gatherings.
  • Mist it in the shower. Use it as a shower mist for a holiday-inspired home spa experience
  • Use it as a linen spray. Mist bed linens and pillow cases on Christmas eve to make bedtime feel extra special
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DIY Essential Oil Holiday Room Spray

Made with essential oils, distilled water, and alcohol, this easy DIY Essential Oil Holiday Room Spray brings all of the wonderful smells of the season together.

  • Prep Time:
    10 minutes
  • Total Time:
    10 minutes
  • Makes:
    1, 4-ounce spray 1x
  • Prep Time:
    10 minutes
  • Total Time:
    10 minutes
  • Makes:
    1, 4-ounce spray 1x
  • Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Rinse bottle(s) well with distilled water.
    2. Add your essential oils. I designed this spray to be potent as I find I use less and the scent lingers longer. Feel free to scale down if you prefer a lighter spray.
    3. Add grain alcohol and distilled water. Add Everclear or grain alcohol of choice. Swirl for a few seconds to dissolve the oils, then top with distilled water. Shake well and adjust to your liking, adding more oils for a stronger scent, or more a bit more distilled water for a lighter scent.
    4. Affix the label. With a clean rag or towel, dry the bottle well and attach the label. For easiest placement, place the bottle on a flat, level surface like a table or countertop and align the label parallel to the water line.  

    Notes

    For the Labels

    Download the labels. To download your free printable labels, sign up using the form above.
    Choose your preferred label material and printing method. The labels I used here are Avery 94107 2” Square on Weatherproof White Film. I had these printed through Avery.com, which I recommend if you plan on using this spray in the shower at any point. If you plan to use this just as a room spray and have your own inkjet or laser printer, I recommend using these Avery 22846 Kraft Brown Labels or Avery 22816 White Labels.
    To print through Avery.com:

    1. Hover over Custom Printing and select Square Labels.
    2. Make sure Sheet Labels, Square, and 2” are selected, then choose your preferred material and quantity. Note: You can order fewer than 24 labels during the checkout process, but select that to start. Also, I don’t recommend Silver Metallic or Clear Film for this project.
    3. Select Start Designing and Upload to upload your individual label pdf. Note, you will need to separate the individual label you’d like to print from the download.
    4. Choose the individual label you’d like to print and click Apply this Design.
    5. You will then see the individual label as well as the sheet of labels on the right. Make sure the individual label is centered and that all text is well within the dotted boundaries. Select Next, and then I Approve My Design OR View my PDF Proof to preview the entire sheet of labels.
    6. Save the project however you prefer.
    7. Confirm your Quantity and Material and Proceed to Cart. Again, you can adjust the final quantity of sheets from your Shopping Cart.
    8. From your Shopping Cart, adjust the number of sheets you’d like to print and complete the checkout process.

    To print at home: Follow the printing instructions that come with your labels. Note, you will be printing from the whole sheet of labels, not the individual labels.

    Essential Oils and Sensitivities

    This recipe uses what are generally considered safe essential oils, but please keep in mind that while completely natural, all essential oils are powerful plant compounds that you and your family (including your pets) might have a reaction to. Never use essential oils undiluted or take essential oils internally (diluted or undiluted) without the guidance of a professional, and always read up about the possible side effects of each type of oil before you use it. Avoid the use of essential oils (diluted or undiluted) during the first trimester of pregnancy, on small babies, and anyone with severe allergies to the plants the oils are derived from. And if you see any reactions in yourself, your family, or your pets, stop use of your essential oil products immediately.

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    Author: Elle Penner M.P.H., R.D.

    I'm Elle, Registered Dietitian and minimalism-obsessed mama with a thing for simplifying, particularly when it comes to clutter, calendars, and family meals. Favorite things include carbs, cooking, kid-free workouts, and high-waisted yoga pants.

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