Create an essential oil-filled sachet to add the delicate scent of lavender in unexpected places. These pocket-sized pouches give a tiny dose of aroma­therapy and freshen up any unpleas­ant-smelling areas.

#YLTip: Instead of buying new pouch­es, go green and use something you have lying around. Spoon the mixture into a cute sock that’s lost its mate and tie the top. If you’re the crafty type, you can even sew a little bag from a scrap of fabric.

Tailor your sachets to your tastes: The charm of the simple sachets is that you can tailor them to the fragrances you love. Fill these little packets with any dried flowers or herbs you like. Rosemary needles, dried chamomile and cedar­wood shavings are all clean and crisp smells that provide a pleasant whiff to replace a cringy odour. Customize your creation using any essential oil combo you love most.

How to make DIY scented sachets

What you need:

  • ½ cup uncooked rice
  • ¼ cup Epsom salt
  • 1 cup dried lavender buds
  • Muslin cotton drawstring pouch­es, approximately 5”x 4”
  • 40 drops Lavender essential oil

What you do:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix rice, Epsom salt, flower buds and essential oil to thoroughly scent the mixture.
  2. Spoon mixture into your pouch.
  3. Place anywhere you want to add a fresh lavender scent.
  4. Refresh your pouch every 2–3 weeks by opening it and adding more drops of essential oil.

This recipe creates enough for two sachets.

Where to put scented sachets

Here are a few ideas:

  • Place it with other natural-look­ing decor on a tray in a bath­room or guest room.
  • Stash it in a drawer for delicately scented clothes.
  • Store it in a linen closet for fresh sheets and towels.
  • Keep it in the car to hang on your rearview mirror.
  • Hide it away in a gym bag to quell any odour
  • Throw it in your suitcase for clean-smelling clothes while you’re on the go.
  • Stuff it in smelly shoes to give them a refresh.
  • Place it in your pillowcase to surround yourself in calming aromas at night.

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