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How to make essential oil room sprays that smell amazing

by Ruth

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Essential oil room sprays are a great way to create an amazing, clean and relaxing scent for your home.

Nothing is more inviting and relaxing than a home that smells amazing.

But what if your home is just a little musty, bland or stale-smelling? Well, I have a list of some fabulous essential oil room sprays, all created from some of the best smelling essential oil blends.

What I love is when these essential oil spray recipes are used, they will help you create that relaxed and uplifting environment you crave for your space.

In this post, I’m going to share with you what are essential oil sprays and how to make your own DIY essential oil sprays.  Plus I’m including my favorite 12 summer-inspired recipes for essential oil sprays and a free download of some of the most jaw-dropping labels for Essential oil room sprays!

You are going to want to download the free printable Essential oil labels in this post, they are so cute and will make for some of the best DIY gifts! Check out my other free printable essential oil labels Christmas room sprays and Roller Bottle labels (I’m all about kid safe essential oil use and these labels help.).

*This post contains affiliate links to the essential oils and other products I talk about in the post. Purchasing them here from my blog is no extra cost to you but I do earn a commission that helps in the cost of running this blog. Thanks for your support!




Glass Essential Oil spray bottles

What are Essential Oil Sprays?

I love essential oil DIY projects because they help me create products for my home that are all natural and healthy without breaking my pocketbook.

One of my favorite essential oil DIY projects are homemade room sprays because

  1. They are an all natural healthy replacement for toxic room sprays, candles, and plugins.
  2. You create the blend you want
  3. They are great for gift giving for all occasions- Teacher appreciation, new neighbor gifts, mother’s day gifts, and Christmas.
  4. They are super simple to make and I can get my girls involved to help me. I’m all about fun kid safe essential oils projects!

And the best part is…

Homemade Essential oil sprays are super inexpensive compared to commercial room sprays and candles!

Essential oil sprays are where you put drops of essential oil in a glass spray bottle, then mix in water and something to help emulsify the oil. Then you can use your homemade essential oil spray as a way to scent your environment.

So how do you create your own essential oil room sprays? You won’t believe how simple and easy they are to make.

Let me walk you through my simple recipe.


Basic Essential Oil Room Spray Recipe

The key to making essential oil sprays is to pick the right ingredients to bind to the essential oil.

If you remember, Oil and Water don’t mix.

So creating a homemade essential oil room spray without something to blend and emulsify the oil to the water will cause you a watery mess with little smell.

And that is because all your essential oil will sit at the top of the water and the only thing spraying will be water.

So what’s the solution?

The solution is simple, it’s using a natural emulsifier to bind with the oil and the essential oils so they become one nice blend.

My go-to natural emulsifiers are-

  1. Witch Hazel
  2. Alcohol such as Vodka
  3. Aloe Vera Juice
  4. Vinegar
  5. Salt – Epsom salt, Himalayan Salt, or Sea Salt

Here is an article about other natural emulsifiers for essential oils if you are looking for other options.

My favorite natural emulsifier to use for essential oil spray DIY is salt. The reason I like salt is it’s inexpensive. Plus it doesn’t add an extra scent to the already best smelling essential oil blends I have created. And as a bonus, it helps make mine a little more kid-friendly. I like the aloe juice but salt is way easier to clean up with a vacuum if spilled than aloe vera juice. And my kids will spill a lot!

My basic essential oil spray recipe is made for a 2oz glass spray bottles for Essential Oils. You can get larger bottles 4oz, 8oz and 16oz and double this basic recipe to fit the glass spray bottles for essential oils you choose. I typically do 2oz bottles.


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10-15 drops of Essential oils

1 tsp of salt

Distilled water

Glass essential oil spray bottles showing labels

How to make essential oil spray

I have a little trick for how to mix essential oils for sprays.

The trick is to always add your water last. Nothing is more frustrating than adding everything and then finding you put too much water in and now you have wasted oils.

Steps to make room spray:

  1. Start by adding your 10-15 drops of essential oil in the spray bottle
  2. Add your 1 tsp of Salt, I typically use Himalayan Salt. Using a small funnel like this one makes this step easier.
  3. Stir bottle to mix essential oil and salt.
  4. Fill rest of bottle with water. I like to fill to just below where the bottle begins to curve up to the neck. That way there is plenty of room for the sprayer parts.
  5. Add sprayer top and shake well.  Dry bottle and label your spray. Shake well before each use.

You can use your new Essential Oil Room Spray immediately but I like to give it a day or two for everything to blend well together. I’ve noticed it makes the scent stronger

Now don’t forget to download my favorite recipes and the swoon-worthy labels below to really make your glass bottles for essential oils sprays shine.

This is a great little video I found for making the room spray with witch hazel.

12 DIY Essential Oil Room Spray Recipes

I’ve created 12 of what I think are the best smelling essential oil blends for room sprays. These 12 sprays are summertime inspired and use some of my favorite Young Living oils. Many of these oils come as part of the Young Living Premium Starter kit. Check out this great list of essential oils used in the Essential Oil Spray Recipes.


Citrus Fresh*



Jade Lemon


Lavender *


Lemon Myrtle


Northern Lights Black Spruce






Stress Away*




Feel free to adjust the drop amounts to your liking.



essential oil room spray recipes listed


Essential Oil Spray Bottles

One of the fun parts of making homemade essential oil room sprays is decorating the glass spray bottles for essential oil sprays with fun labels.

When I first got started making room sprays  I would just use a plain mailing label or a piece of cute washi tape and label it with a marker. They made for quick essential oil labels but they were not so cute to look at.

But now I’m more inspired by using labels for my glass bottles like these Free Printable Essential oil labels I’ve created for you.

Free Printable Essential Oil Labels

Before you download the DIY Essential Room Spray recipes page and Essential oil label template free for your personal use, I was wondering if you could do me a favor? Would you share this post on Facebook using the blue Facebook button below? I’d love as many people as possible to see these great Essential Oil room spray recipes! Don’t forget to pin it to your Pinterest DIY board or your other Inspiration boards. That way you have this post for easy reference later if you need it!



Now for the awesome and super cute labels. I made these by creating a template specifically for the Avery 22817 Labels. If you use another brand or other Avery label with a different product number I can’t guarantee this template will print properly. But these should print just perfectly. I strongly suggest that you run a trial run with plain paper first. It took a few tries to get my printer to print them correctly. Mainly my issue was that Canon does not offer a label type paper so I couldn't select the correct paper type. But once I got my printer to print exact page size, no border and regular paper printing was a breeze.


As always, my templates are free of charge, but I do ask that you share my printable to-do list post with all your friends on Facebook and Pinterest! Because you know the more, the merrier! :=) You can use the handy little icons below this post to do so. Click the Get it Now button below to get your downloads.



These are the exact bottles and labels I used for this Essential Oil DIY projects


Where to Buy Essential Oils

Need Essential Oils to make this happen? My favorite way to get started is with a Premium Starter Kit from YL. It comes with many of the oils in the recipes I supply and add a few oils like Lime, Orange, Jade Lemon and Spearmint for more options!





Click here to get started with your Premium Starter Kit today!

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Toni Kelly June 13, 2018 - 9:31 am

HI, I can’t seem to download the labels. “Invalid request.” Are they still available? Thanks!

Ruth March 9, 2019 - 10:14 am

Hey Toni, I just now saw your comment. Sorry for the delay. They should be available still to download. if you can’t let me know and I will email them to you.

Jenna November 14, 2018 - 12:25 pm

Hey! This is a fantastic post and I have been frantically trying it out. I have used himalayan salt as emulsifier. The smell is fantastic, but I have been noticing two things. The spray head so to say of multiple spray bottles in which I have tried to make this recipe has the tendency to get stuck after a couple of sprays. That is when I press the spray head down to spray, it won’t go back up anymore. Have you come across this problem too? And do you think it has to do with the salt? I want to maybe try the witch hazel to see if the same problem will occur, but does it add a lot of smell or is it very subtle? Also, I noticed that the oil does not entirely mix well with the water, while I did follow your instructions carefully. Have you got any advice for a starter?

Ruth December 3, 2018 - 10:39 am

Hey Jenna! So Far the salt hasn’t caused any spray issues for me. I did have to switch brands of spray bottles one time because the sprayers they sent were just junk. You can try soaking your sprayer in hot water to see if that will dissolve any residue. I haven’t used witch hazel because I don’t like the smell, but give it a try and see. But I have thought of using vodka. The oil and water will never really mix all the way, I found that after while they do separate and I have to shake up the bottle again to redisperse the oil.

Chris January 6, 2019 - 6:49 pm

Hi Ruth thanks for the great article. Looking forward to making the sprays. I was wondering what the shelf life of the sprays would be?

Ruth January 16, 2019 - 3:40 pm

I’d say the shelf life is 1-2 yrs. You are not using a carrier oil so you don’t have to worry about the oils going rancid. But oxidation does occur so you will start to see a decline in quality after 1-2 yrs

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Lorri Mino August 12, 2019 - 7:48 pm

My Himalayan Salt is in a grinder. Do I have to grind it first or can I just put in the crystals? Excited to try your recipes.

Ruth September 18, 2019 - 3:08 pm

I haven’t tried it with the crystals but if you do let us know how it goes. I’d be interested to hear. Ruth

Suzy Mellor August 15, 2019 - 7:01 pm

Ruth.. . I made your summer lovin spray.. its amazing… its so easy and fun

I followed the formula you provided and used basic tap water and to help emulsify I used isopropyl alcohol (70%). It worked great.

One of my girlfriends suggested that I shouldnt use tap water since it may not have a long shelf life.. she was suggesting distilled or deionized etc.. is this correct?

Ruth August 15, 2019 - 7:04 pm

Hi Suzy! Great question. I agree with your friend. Distilled water is best. This keeps the introduction to bacteria and mold down so the spray will have a longer shelf life. Ruth

Suzy Mellor August 15, 2019 - 9:19 pm

Thanks Ruth.. Will the alcohol and Himalayan salt not take of that problem of bacteria and mold.


Ruth September 18, 2019 - 3:10 pm

Great comment Suzy! I’m not an expert on bacteria and Mold growth but I assume it would take care of some of it. Ruth

Bronwyn August 16, 2019 - 10:37 pm

Hi Ruth. If I can’t find distilled water, is filtered tap water an OK option?

Ruth September 18, 2019 - 3:07 pm

You can use tap water, just know that mold can grow pretty quickly in tap water sprays.


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