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Herbal Scents for the Holidays

Naturally, you want to reduce your exposure to potentially toxic chemicals and synthetic fragrances found in air fresheners, cosmetics and other products. It makes sense to turn to herbal scents for the holidays.

Home for the Holidays Air Freshener

1 cup distilled mineral water
10 drops sweet orange essential oil
10 drops anise essential oil
5 drops clove essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a small spray bottle. To use: Spray 2-3 times toward the center of the room to freshen the air.

Cocoa & Vanilla Body Polish

Smells good enough to eat – but don’t!

¼ cup turbinado sugar
2 tsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. aloe vera gel
¼ cup sweet almond oil
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and head for the shower. To use, apply to damp skin using circular motions to gently exfoliate. Rinse with warm water.

Lavender Body Powder

Makes a great gift!

1 cup French clay
1 cup arrowroot powder
1 cup lavender flowers
½ ounce powdered benzoin gum
50-60 drops lavender essential oil

Combine clay, arrowroot and flowers in a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds. Blend the essential oil with a small amount of the clay mixture using a mortar and pestle until the oil is completely absorbed. Add the oil-clay mixture to the food processor and pulse again for 30 seconds. Store the powder in an airtight tin container of glass jar for 3 days to allow the scent to fully develop. Scoop or pour the finished powder into decorative tins and store in a cool, dark place.


Spiced After Shave

15 whole cloves
25 whole cardamom pods
1 vanilla bean, chopped into small pieces
Peel of 1 orange, sliced
1 whole cinnamon stick
3 whole anise stars
8 oz. vodka (80 proof or more)

Combine all ingredients in glass jar with a lid. Place on a sunny windowsill for 4-6 weeks, giving the jar a turn once each day. Strain off the spices and pour the infused liquid into a decorative glass bottle.