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Last-minute gifts never smelled so good

By Laurena Mayne Davis

Scent is one way to connect to the outdoors, even when you and the

garden are hibernating a bit over the winter.

For an extended-family Christmas party exchange of homemade gifts, I
mixed up a dozen bottles of linen spray with oils from Scentsations
Body Bar, 634 Main St., No. 103. It's in the breezeway of Sentinel
Square, across from The Winery. Scentsations will custom-blend your
lotions, sprays, shower gels and more on the spot, or sell you the
oils by the ounce to mix at home.

I mixed multiple batches of linen spray using the following
instructions and was happy with the results.

Linen Spray
1 teaspoon essential oil (or combination of oils)
1/4 cup unflavored vodka
3 1/2 cups purified water

In a large bowl, mix the oil and vodka together. Vodka works as an
emulsifier, allowing the oil and water to mix evenly. (Buy the
cheapest you can find, of course.) Add the water, mix and pour into
empty spray bottles. Shake well before each use.

This first blend I dubbed Mountain Meadow. It's equal parts Bergamot,
Ylang Ylang, Green Tea and Rain. There's a Piñon Pine-scented oil that
reminds me of warm days on Glade Park. I'll try that next, maybe with
Rain or something else soft and light. Selecting oils is a treat in
and of itself.

I spritz linen spray when I iron, when I change sheets, and when I
put away towels. Every time I do, I'm reminded of longer, warmer days
ahead.
 

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