Friday, September 7, 2012

Day 20 of 28 Days of Doing - DIY Refill Wallflowers

28 Days of Doing - The Pinterest Challenge
In an attempt to DO more than PIN, I've challenged myself to 28 days of doing. I'm tackling 28 projects found on Pinterest in 28 days. You can see the entire collection of pins here.

Today's Pin: DIY Refill Wallflowers

The Pin's Source: Holy Crickey

The Gist of It All: The author not only shows how easy and inexpensive it is to replace the oil in a wallflower but also explains the chemical dangers of the store bought wallflower.

  • $3.95 for a bottle of oil

Hours: 10 minutes

Notable Comments: This project comes with a gigantic "but" so wait for it through my smell repelling rant.

I have two stinky cats and a stinky husband, mix that with a wicked sense of smell and you get one housewife neurotic about the smell of her house. I am constantly burning candles and every plug in the house has got a wallflower. Suffice it to say, I spend a small fortune at Yankee and Bath and Body Works. To save a buttload of money, which sadly trumps having a smaller carbon footprint, especially on the astronomically priced wallflowers is.. in my best Turkish voice... tip top.

I mean, I paid $3.95 for a bottle of oil that will refill goodness knows how many wallflowers! I'm paying $10 ON SALE for TWO! And they only last 2 months if your lucky. A quick guesstimate... I'm spending almost $200 a year just to satisfy my hypersensitive sniffer compared to $30 a year if I just bought and refilled with my own oil.

So here it is... BUT! It is hard to find pleasant, refreshing, non-hippie smelling oil. My house can instantly smell like Autumn by popping in a Cinnamon Pumpkin scented wallflower. In the Summer when heavy smells can be nauseating, I can use a light Vanilla Coconut. The scents are perfectly represented when bought strait from the source. I can buy a cheap bottle of oil from Walmart that says Apple Cinnamon but when it's brought home, smells like anything but. I went to Whole Foods to shop their oils and all I found were strong, pure scents like patchouli, rose or lavender.

Yes, it's better to refill and yes, maybe wallflowers are filled with harmful chemicals, blahblahblah. But I'd rather not be accosted by the smell of cat poop, man farts or moldy old lady smell for the sake of my health. Sorry, it's true. You show me a bottle of oil that smells like something I'm baking and I'll refill till the cows come home.

DIY Refill Wallflowers


Anonymous said...

have you considered buying fragrance oil from a candle supplier to refill? They have phlalate free oils AND they smell as good and better than BBW

Janet Beck said...

Try Mountain Rose Herbs for all your bath and body scents and supplies. A few years ago, I got essential oils from there that truly were spot on. I combined things like pineapple/coconut for a tropical feel and orange/nutmeg for that home baked scent. I was making bath bombs, lotion bars, lip balm and sugar scrub for Christmas presents.

Ben Kincaid said...

What do you mix with the essential oils? I work for an Aveda salon and the essential oils are expensive to use full strength.