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DIY Mason Jar Gel Air Fresheners with Essential Oils

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When I started using Young Living essential oils, I began researching ways to replace some of the chemical products in our home with more natural versions.  I replaced candles with my diffuser and I love diffusing different oils.  I made my own lemon mint sugar scrub and lavender bath salts. And now, I’m sharing DIY mason jar gel air fresheners!

DIY mason jar gel air fresheners - great for gifts, the office and small spaces!

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I love that there are no chemically fragrances, no wick to burn and no aerosols to spray! Since there is no liquid to spill, these DIY gel air fresheners are perfect for your car and the mason jars should fit in most standard cup holders.  One of these at your desk makes it easy to get a boost from lemon and peppermint during a stressful day.  I used Purification to freshen and neutralize odors in my boys’ closets.  Adding lavender to one of the gel air fresheners would be perfect on your bedside table!

**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! (Check out the Cinnamon Orange and Winter Fresh versions below, too!)**

DIY mason jar gel air fresheners with Young Living essential oils

Make DIY Mason Jar Gel Air Fresheners

  1. In a bowl, stir together 1 teaspoon polymer absorbent crystals*, 1 cup of water and 10-15 drops of essential oils.
  2. I used Purification essential oil for the air fresheners for my boys’ rooms and in my car – it is SO fresh and clean smelling!
  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 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 water and another drop or two 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.

There are also several types of water absorbing polymers available on Amazon as well.

Purification is one of my favorite Young Living essential oils.  The fragrance is mild and slightly citrus-y and can be used for many purposes around our home: added to laundry you’ve left in the washer a little too long, put a drop on a few cotton balls to freshen shoes or your gym bag and of course, it’s a great fresh fragrance for these air fresheners.

More Essential Oil DIYs …

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

Cinnamon Orange Air Freshener

Make DIY Winter Fresh air fresheners - refreshing rosemary and spearmint blend for the perfect winter pick me up scent!

Winter Fresh Air Freshener

Lemon mint sugar scrub is a fantastic Mothers Day gift!

Uplifting Lemon Mint Sugar Scrub

Relaxing lavender bath salts - only 2 ingredients!

Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts

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Disclosure: I am not a doctor or medical professional.  I am a momma and wife exploring how essential oils are helping our family. Any personal testimony is 100% honest.  Read, research and find what works for you and your family.  This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure disease.




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  2. I am waiting impatiently for my essential oils order to come in ! Can’t wait to try this!

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  5. Thanks for linking to last weeks Whimsy Wednesday! Love your homemade air freshener and featured it today! You can see the post here…


    Have a lovely week and hope to see you link up again tomorrow night!


  6. Hi Keri – I love the idea of making your own air freshner! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend and pinning! Hope you’re having a great week!

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  8. I feel like I’m missing something here. Do you fill the mason jars with the crystals, then pour the water over them?


    1. Hi Jill – I mixed the crystals, essential oil, and water in a separate bowl and then spooned the mixture into my mason jars. I’ve had my air freshener in my car for a few weeks now and just add a little water as it looks to be drying out a bit from the heat. Love it!

  9. This is a great idea! I would love to try this as a wedding favor and use color coordinated ribbon!

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  12. Love the idea of the gel air freshener! I can’t find the polymer absorbent crystals. I bought “water storing crystals” by Miracle Gro. That was the alternative suggestion it gave me. Will that work? or is there a store I could find polymer absorbent crystals without ordering some on line?

    1. I think those should probably work just fine! I would love to hear how they work out so I can add that to the notes for my posts 🙂

  13. Hi there! Love the recipe and want to try it out soon! How many jars can you make with 2lbs of watersorb…did it just make the 2 jars or could you have made more? Thank you!

  14. I would think instead of the polymer crystals, you could use the inside of a baby diaper. I’ve been using them in my potting soil for a while and I think it’s probably the same thing. Just a thought.

  15. With Winter coming to the NE, I’ve been trnyig to figure out a solution to our boot/coat/hat/scarf closet… always a dilema! Like to store them away together, and CLOSE the door to hide the mess ~ but sometimes J’s boots can be a bit, shall we say ‘overwhelming’? This could be just-the-spot for these little gems that don’t require outlets, and aren’t too overpowering with the door shut!

  16. Where do you buy the crystals at that you made in the jars , I’m new in the young living company and I’m trying to learn all I can.

  17. I love this and am curious I want to try the cinamon orange one, but it says the page no longer exists. 🙁 Any help on what oils you used would be greatly appreciated!!
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Brandy – here is the link to the cinnamon orange air fresheners: https://www.shakentogetherlife.com/2014/10/cinnamon-orange-air-freshener.html. I used Orange and Cinnamon essential oils from Young Living. If you have any other questions, please let me know. Thank you!

  18. Do the polymers expand with the added water? Also did you purchase small, medium or large polymer crystals?

    1. Hi Michelle – Yes, the polymers expand with water and can be refreshed with additional water if they dry out after time. I purchased the smallest crystal. Hope that helps!

  19. Hi, Love your site! <3
    I am confused about the polymer crystals. I am in Canada. Can you send me an exact link to them on amazon?
    Thank you <3

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