How to Make Salt Crystal Potpourri

Updated March 18, 2017

Everyone wants their houses to smell nice, especially when they are expecting visitors. However, purchasing candles, potpourri and other room fresheners from the store can become expensive, and these products typically do not last very long. Instead of throwing your money away on smell-fresh products, you can make your very own salt crystal potpourri in any scent you would like, for a fraction of the cost.

Colour the sea salt crystals. Use an all-natural sea salt that has been left in larger chunks. Place the amount of crystals that will fill a bowl onto plastic, paper towels or foil. Fill a four-ounce spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and soap-safe dye or food colouring to achieve desired colour. The amount of colouring will vary depending on your desired colour. Spray mixture evenly over sea salt crystals. Re-spray up to four times to achieve the desired colour. Liquid or glycerine colouring can also be applied by hand using gloves. If using mica powder for colouring, place crystals in a plastic bag with the powder and add fragrance oil mixture to adhere the powder to the crystals. Allow to dry.

Infuse the salt crystals with the essence oil or fragrance oil of your choice. Fill a four-ounce spray bottle with two ounces of fragrance or essence oil and two ounces of dipropylene glycol (DPG). Spray evenly over the crystals. Allow the crystals to dry. The porous surface of the crystals will allow the scent to be absorbed and released slowly.

Renew your scent when it weakens. This can be done either by placing the crystals in a plastic bag with the oil and shaking or spraying the oil back onto the crystals with a four-ounce spray bottle filled with two ounces of oil and two ounces of dipropylene glycol. Allow to dry prior to reusing. This renewal can be done once every three to five months.

Things You'll Need

  • Sea salt crystals
  • Colouring
  • Essential oils or scent oils
  • Spray bottle
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dipropylene glycol
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