make Aroma Beads
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Beads are amazing little clear plastic beads that can absorb up to 30%
fragrance oil! They are perfect for use in air freshener sachets in cars,
closets, drawers, luggage, vacuum cleaners, offices, near kitty litter
boxes, etc! They look dazzling in sheer organza or net baggies! Or set
them out in a pretty glass dish as dry potpourri! They can be left clear,
or colored! Make single colors, or get creative and do layers or a
mix! Great for holiday theme color combos! Put them in a sunny window for
an even stronger fragrance release!
|If you wish to color your Aroma
Beads, you will need
to add 1 or 2 drops of liquid
candle dye to your
fragrance oil and swirl it around
until it's mixed well.
This was 1 tablespoon of fragrance
oil & 2 drops
of red candle dye.
coloring or B&B dye will not work!
|Next, scoop out the desired
amount of beads.
We used 4 tablespoons of beads for
|Then add the beads to your
colored fragrance oil.
|Stir the beads around with a
stir stick until the liquid
is dispersed evenly.
|Then put the lid tightly on the
jar and shake!
It can take anywhere from
1 day to over a week for
the beads to completely absorb all
of the oil, it will
vary with different fragrances. So
keep shaking the
jar every few hours!
At first it
will seem soupy and
look as if it will not soak up the
oil... but be patient!
The oil will eventually soak in!
Some fragrances may
than others... for example, the Red Hot
Cinnamon took 1 day to soak in, but
the Vanilla took 2
days, and some take over a week.
If you run into a
fragrance oil that is not soaking
in after a week, try
adding more beads and shake very
well. Once the
beads have absorbed all of the oil
they will feel dry
to the touch and will not seep or
|Once the oil is absorbed, you
are done! Try making a second
color & scent, and layering them!
For this photo I used our
Red Hot Cinnamon, and our French's
Light Vanilla since the oil
is clear and I wanted white beads.
I also added a bit of our
White Mica Powder to the clear
beads too for a shimmery,
- Perfect for
wedding reception favors, graduations, baby showers, etc!
- The oils in
sachets can eat through certain types of plastic, so be sure to package
them in a plastic bag that can withstand fragrance oils! Note: We have
tested these in ziplock bags for over a month with no problems.
- Try some fun
color combos: Green & Red for Christmas, Black & Orange for Halloween,
Pastels for Easter and baby showers! Or match your local school colors,
or your favorite sports team colors! Or the colors of a wedding for
favors! A mix or layers of bright rainbow colors would look great, or try
a mix of fall colors like rust, gold, burgundy and brown! The
possibilities are endless!
- Package your
Aroma Beads in our smelly jelly jars, or any clear jar! They also look
great in our clear tea light or votive tubes (tape the lids to avoid
- Try this! Fill
the lids of your apothecary jars with Aroma Beads in the scent to match
- Use Aroma Beads
as a scented stuffing for BCN's
Aroma Beads in a
small jar as inhalation beads for sinus
- Use all
natural essential oils to make Aromatherapy
Beads! People can carry a small sachet or
bag in their purse or briefcase and whiff throughout the day for stress
relief or rejuvenation!
Typically these can be sold loose by the ounce for around $2.00 per oz,
not including any special container such as an organza bag. Make
Throw: Remember, any air freshener that
is not heated or circulated will not "throw" like a candle or a tart!
Heat and circulation are what make the scent throw into the air, and
without any heat source nothing is going to throw alot. Room temp air
freshener items can only do so much. Aroma Beads need to be placed in
an open dish where air will circulate to allow the fragrance to flow. The
beads also need to be shaken around every now & then to "refresh" them and
release the scent. Setting a sachet in front of an air vent in your
house or car will help circulate the fragrance.
- Do not set these
sachets on wood surfaces as the oils can stain the wood!
- Do not set them
on painted surfaces or plastic surfaces as the oils can damage these
- Do not use in a
tart warmer or potpourri burner as the beads can melt!
- Keep out of the
reach of children and pets!
- The fragrance
will last for several months, depending on the fragrance, use, and