Learn how to make this easy lavender room spray or pillow mist. Not only will the relaxing scent of lavender help you catch some Z’s. The scent of lavender can also help keep mosquitoes away!
Mosquitos and I have 1 thing in common. We both hate the smell of citronella.
The common ingredient in mosquito repellent sprays always make me feel like I’m bathing in overripe lemons. At the same time citrus scents are said to have an energizing effect. Not ideal if you want to dose off into a relaxing, mosquito free night.
Luckily mosquitoes apparently hate another scent as well. Lavender.
And I do like the scent of lavender!
At the same time the scent of lavender is said to have a calming, relaxing effect. Perfect if you want sweet mosquito free dreams.
The base of this homemade room spray is lavender flower water, also known as lavender hydrosol. Hydrosols are a byproduct from making essential oils (in this case lavender essential oil). It’s basically a soft, watered down version of essential oil.
More common flower waters are rose water or witch hazel. You can find lavender flower water in health stores or online.
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The lavender flower water will already smell like lavender when you hold it right underneath your nose. But we want to make this lavender room spray even more powerful.
To make this pillow mist smell like you’re camping in the middle of a lavender field, you need to add lavender essential oil.
This homemade lavender room spray also contains high proof alcohol. The alcohol will help disperse the essential oil in the spray. At the same time, if you use the right ratio, the high proof alcohol will make sure you can preserve this spray for a longer period of time.
Because we’re mixing oils and water and basically making our own beauty product, we need to add something to preserve the spray.
Even if you’re using a flower water that has a preservative added to it, we’ll be mixing it with another ingredient (essential oil) and the preservative might not be enough.
The alcohol will also help the spray evaporate more quickly into the air, avoiding wet spots on your furniture and linnen.
All that’s left for you to do now is pour all the ingredients into a spraying bottle. Voila, you have your own homemade lavender room spray!
Ever since I started to use this homemade mosquito repellent spray I haven’t been stung once. And I’ve had some of the best deep sleep night of my life!
At night time I keep those pesky mosquitoes away by spraying this lavender room mist liberally on my sheets and pillow first.
As this spray contains alcohol, I don’t recommend spraying this room spray directly onto your body and especially not in your face. The alcohol can be drying and even irritating for your skin, and can sting in your eyes.
The room fills with a wonderful lavender aroma as you lay down, relax and drift off into a sweet, sweet dream.
DIY Room Mist Spray with Lavender
- 3 tablespoons (1.5 oz) lavender blossom water, or witch hazel
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 tablespoon (0.5 oz) high proof (at least 90 %) alcohol
- 2.5 oz spray bottle
- Insert a small funnel into your spray bottle to avoid spilling. Pour lavender or witch hazel flower water into the bottle. Add the alcohol as a preservative. Your product needs to contain more than 20 % alcohol to preserve the spray.
- Add 15 drops of lavender essential to the spraying bottle.
- Screw the nozzle back on tight and give the bottle a good shake.
As this spray contains alcohol I only recommend spraying it in the room and use it as a linnen spray. Be careful around children and pets.
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Like you, I really dislike the smell of citronella. But lavender- ahhhhh, love it! Thanks for the great post