A few weeks ago I saw a very inspiring idea on Pinterest. (Okay, you got me -- every day I see inspiring ideas on Pinterest. It's just that this time I actually did something about it.) DIY Wallflowers -- you know Wallflowers, the scented plug-ins you buy, they last a few weeks and your home smells incredible and then you have to plunk down another giant wad of cash to buy refills. Living in an old home filled with old home smells encouraged me to buy a lot of Wallflowers -- one for just about every room of the house. The house smelled great, but that was an expensive fix! Then when I lost my job that was one of the expenses that we cut. I used up the remainder of my house-smell-good stash and then carefully packed the warmer units away, knowing that eventually I would find a use for them.
The DIY Wallflowers idea beats buying refill plugs! The problem with all of the good smells around the house was that I knew I was actually breathing in chemicals, which is not good for me or for the rest of the family. Do I want to breathe in chemicals? No, thank you! So the idea of refilling the plug-ins with a mixture of water and essential oils was quite appealing. But where to get essential oils for a reasonable price?
Enter Vitacost -- a website that has low prices on many healthcare and homecare products. They carry Aura Cacia essential oils for a lower price than I've seen them elsewhere. The nice thing about Vitacost is that if you get a referral from a friend, you get a $10 credit -- since I went this route I ended up with four bottles of essential oils for about $8 total (and that included shipping). Not bad, eh?
So if you're interested in a referral, just let me know -- leave your e-mail in the comments section or send me an e-mail and I'll send you a referral.
Right now I have four plug-ins working in my house. Lavender in the bathrooms and a mixture of mint, eucalyptus, and orange in the living room and kitchen. I breathe in deeply and enjoy the scent knowing that I am no longer filling my nose with toxic chemicals.
(Oh yeah, and as you probably know, essential oils can be used in many ways. One of my future projects: homemade soap.)