Natural and Thrifty in 365: #6 Refill Wallflowers with Essential Oils for Natural Home Fragrance

Most home fragrances out on the market today actually contain a lot of toxins, and can be harmful to the body. Creating your own home fragrances is a great way to have a nice-smelling home, and to keep things more natural.

Holy Crickey has an excellent post on how you can refill those Wallflowers with essential oils to have natural home fragrances. This is one tip that I will definitely be trying out in my home.

Photo courtesy of Holy Crickey.

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21 Comments:
  1. what a terrific idea!!!! hmmmmm I am VERY intrigued by this……think I will pick up some new essential oils this weekend

  2. Do you think this would work if you disassembled an Airwick or other similiar varitety?

  3. I never thought about reusing a wallflower, duh geez! its funny because some of the most simple things to do dont take much effort to think about but our “thinking” sometimes makes things more complicated than they are…..if that in itself made any sense LOL

  4. A friend of mine also puts essential oil on a cotton ball and places the cotton ball in one of those car air fresheners that you place on your ac vents.

  5. I have always wondered if you could do this. I have used the vicks waterless vaporizer strips when my kids are sick and it helps them sleep peacefully. I am getting some eucalyptus and making my own now! Thanks so much!

  6. Ok, so i actually gave this one a shot (instead of doing what i usually do which is read it, think it’s cool, and never do it). And as of attempt #1, this is definitely NOT thrifty. i tried it with airwick – and found out that Holy Crickey somehow made that whole getting-the-wick-out part seem really simple. Maybe it is with the WallFlower, but since i couldn’t remember who makes it i went for what was on sale at Target. i couldn’t get the plastic thing that holds the wick to come off, so i tried to pull the wick out, which just shredded the wick. So now i’ve got two wickless bottles and two AirWick thingies and nothing to show for it.
    Has anyone else done this – with success? If so, please fill me in on what to do with the wick.
    Also, what about essential oils and water? They totally do not mix.

    • Wallflower is sold by Bath and Body works. I have not tried this yet- but hoping maybe the wallflower is a ‘better’ made product and the wick will be easier to remove. I will get back to you.

  7. I found this by searching to find out if you can refill wallflowers, I used to buy them all the time and got too cheap but I recently bought some again with some credit thanks to a returned Christmas gift… of course they are empty again. Then it hit me yesterday when I came across a bunch of my old fragrance oil but was too scared I’d burn my house down or something, lol, now I’m encouraged to try it! Thanks so much!!!

  8. Do you know if you can use home fragrance oil that is used for tea light burners? Thanks

  9. Just so you know, it only works with glass like Wallflowers and Airwick. If the container is plastic, some essential oil will “eat” its way out. also the label on the essential oil recommends filling the remainder of the bulb with olive oil instead of water

  10. I tried this exactly as instructed but the “scent” itself doesn’t work. If you stick your nose directly up to it, you smell it a little but it definitely doesn’t leave the room smelling of it. I even plugged one into our small bathroom outlet, shut the door for an hour and walked in expecting to smell it. Nothing. I’m not sure it’s possible to recreate the strength of store bought plug-in’s in a natural and nontoxic way. It was worth a shot though:)

  11. I tried this but the oil was used up in less then a day. Not thrifty. How can I make it last longer? Even tried mixing w/water. No water. Etc. it worked but gone too quick!

  12. HI there,
    The essential oil and water did not work for me because it only lasted a day.
    Then I tried essential oil and cooking oil and it was too thick.
    I tried essential oil and rubbing alcohol and it burned up even faster, than water.

    I did not want to pour a whole bottle of essential oil into a blub next cause all the past experiments have been fails….

    Has anybody already fought this battle and won?
    If so please do tell.

  13. HI there,
    The essential oil and water did not work for me because it only lasted a day.
    Then I tried essential oil and cooking oil and it was too thick.
    I tried essential oil and rubbing alcohol and it burned up even faster, than water.

    I did not want to pour a whole bottle of essential oil into a blub next cause all the ast experiments have been fails….

    Has anybody already fought this battle and won?
    If so please do tell.

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