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How to make Aroma Beads 
Written by Doneen St.John - Copyright Bitter Creek

Aroma 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 rainbow mix!  Great for holiday theme color combos!  Put them in a sunny window for an even stronger fragrance release!
Directions:
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.

*Note:  Food coloring or B&B dye will not work!
Next, scoop out the desired amount of beads.
We used 4 tablespoons of beads for this demo.
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 take longer 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 bleed!
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,  pearlized effect! 

Tips:

  • 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 spillage).
  • Try this!  Fill the lids of your apothecary jars with Aroma Beads in the scent to match the candle!
  • Use Aroma Beads as a scented stuffing for BCN's stuffed animals!
  • Sell Eucalyptus scented Aroma Beads in a small jar as inhalation beads for sinus relief! 
  • 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!
  • Pricing:  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 incredible profits!
  • Scent 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. 
Cautions:
  • 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 surfaces!
  • 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 exposure.


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