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Make a Cinnamon Orange Air Freshener

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Make a cinnamon orange air freshener - great Fall gift idea!

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Our local grocery store has cinnamon brooms placed by the door, so every time the automatic doors swoosh open, you are hit with the warm spicy scent of cinnamon.  Even the craft store has bins of deliciously scented pinecones right by the carts so you can’t help be wooed by the spicy, Fall scent!  So, it’s safe to say that I am a cinnamon lover!  And when Fall rolled around – or at least a hint of it in Florida – I put an Autumn twist on my DIY mason jar air freshener and I think you’re going to love it!

Cinnamon Orange Air Freshener

Make a Cinnamon Orange Air Freshener - a great Fall gift idea! It smells just like Autumn!


  • Mason Jars
  • Watersorb or a similar water absorbing polymer (*see note below)
  • Cinnamon Bark Young Living Essential Oil
  • Orange Young Living Essential Oil
  • Tulle
  • Twine
  • Cinnamon stick

The How-To

  1. In a bowl, stir together 1 teaspoon polymer absorbent crystals*, about 1 cup of hot tap water and 10-20 drops of essential oils.
  2. For this air freshener, I used 10 drops Orange + 10 drops Cinnamon Bark.  YUM – Autumn in a jar!
  3. Stir together until blended and add a little more water if necessary – there should not be any dry powder/crystals left.
  4. You can also add coloring to the gel, but I love the translucent/white color of the air freshener, so I left it out.
  5. Split the mixture between two half-pint mason jars.
  6. To use immediately, place a thin piece of lace or tulle over the jar (leave off the jar lid) and screw on the ring.
  7. When giving for gifts, leave the jar lid in place, place the lace/tulle over the lid and screw on the ring.  You may want to add a tag with instructions and note which essential oil you added.
  8. If the gel starts to dry out, you can refresh it with a little additional hot water (a teaspoon at a time) and another few drops of oil.

*I purchased 2 lbs. of the small polymers from Watersorb.  From the Watersorb site: “With an essentially neutral pH, Watersorb super absorbent polymers will break down into nitrogen, carbon dioxide and water with no residual toxicity.”  I am not a scientist, but I personally felt comfortable using these for this project.

Make a cinnamon orange air freshener - great Fall gift idea!

Since it is Fall and I love twine #twineallthethings, to give these Cinnamon Orange air fresheners a little Fallification, I tied a small cinnamon stick around the jar with orange twine.  You could add a gift tag as well if you are giving these as gifts.  They would be the perfect Fall hostess gift, teacher gift or for co-workers.  I love having mine at my desk at work 🙂

**These air fresheners are best used in small spaces – your car, closet, at your desk, etc.  Since the oils are not diffusing into the air or being sprayed, they won’t scent a large room or space.  If the scent becomes too faint, add a teaspoon or two of warm water and a few more drops of oil to freshen it back up!

Here is the winter-y version of these air fresheners with a bright Rosemary & Spearmint scent >>  Winter Fresh Air Fresheners! Make DIY Winter Fresh air fresheners - refreshing rosemary and spearmint blend for the perfect winter pick me up scent!

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  1. What a great idea! All the synthetic fragrances make me sick to my stomach, but I love essential oils!

  2. Are these polymers the same as
    http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/clear-deco-beads-491738/ ?

    I believe these are the ones you can add water to and they expand?

  3. I joined Young Living, & I enjoy using essential oils for various scrubs, air freshers, body butters I’ve created.

  4. I’ve been hearing so much about these oils!! Would love to win this and try them out! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  8. Thanks for the great air freshener ideas. I have pinned this to my board where it will be safely snuggled with my other Christmas gift ideas.
    Thanks again!

  9. Neat idea! and for those of us with small children, the polymer crystals you mentioned are the main reason disposable diapers are absorbant… and you can use those crystals as well (MUCH cheaper than buying them separately!)

  10. I have just found this site and totally love it. I definitely will be doing the winter air fresheners. I also like that you noted that the polymers you trusted as safe. I have a cat – so I have to be careful. I joined you on Facebook and am following you on Pinterest.
    Thank you for sharing such a nice craft!

    1. Hi Vicki – I did buy the small polymer and I’m still making air fresheners with my first initial purchase!

  11. This is an awesome idea 🙂 I am going to make these for name spots on our holiday table.

    I am assuming the Watersorb Polymer or the Miracle-Gro Water Storing Crystals expand when they get wet since you only use 1 teaspoon in an 8oz jar, correct? If I were to make 15 jars how much Watersorb polymer do you think I should order? Would 2lbs be enough or should I get the 4lb? Does the Miracle-Gro Water Storing Crystals work the same? I see they are cheaper so I might go that route…. what do you think? Which have you found to work better?

    Thanks 🙂

  12. HI. I made this but it’s totally liquid. Does it turn to gel the longer it sits? I followed the directions to 1 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon of polymers. Can you tell me what I did wrong?

    1. Hi Amanda – that is the ratio that I have used every time I make the air fresheners with the Watersorb polymers I purchased. I’m not sure if you are using a different polymer? If so, you may need to add more polymers little by little and allow it to absorb the extra liquid. Hope this helps!

  13. I used Miracle Grow water absorbing crystals and added 1 teaspoon of borax to avoid bacterial or mold growth, (just in case). My scents were rosemary/peppermint and grapefruit/cinnamon. Thank you for the ideas! Love them!

  14. So love this blog!! I love Young Living essential oils. I’ll be making this not only for my home but my car! Thanks

  15. Sounds like a great gift giving project. How many air fresheners do you think can be made from 2 pounds of Watersorb polymers?

    1. Hi Christie – LOTS! I honestly don’t have a firm number but 2 lbs of polymers will definitely let you make gifts and then some!

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