Veriditas By Pranarom

How to Diffuse Essential Oils in Your Car - Make a Diffuser Charm!

Those of us who like to use essential oils know that we tend to want to take them everywhere with us. I've been known to sprinkle a drop or three of something onto the floor of my car or onto an organic cotton ball when I want to enjoy a particular aroma while driving. I recently decided to make a "fancier" version of a diffuser for my car and today, we're talking about how you can make your own. These make great economical gifts and they're simple enough to do with the kids!


Clay is a porous substance when it hardens, so it's a great natural diffuser for our essential oils. I love these clay charms because they are so simple, yet they allow us room for creativity. You can leave them plain and smooth or decorate them with bark, leaves, or stamps. I've strung mine on jute, but you could use leather (also a substance that can be used to slowly diffuse oils) or fabric.

Here's what you need to make one:
  • air-dry clay (I buy mine here.)
  • stamps (or leaves or bark with heavily textured surfaces)
  • a bamboo skewer
  • string
  • newspaper or paper towels to protect your work surface 

Instructions:
  1.  Start by molding a piece of your clay into the shape you want. I chose to work with a round shape, but you could make any shape you prefer. Be as simple or as detailed as you like. I rolled my clay into a round ball, then pressed it to flatten it slightly.
  2. Use your stamps or textured materials to imprint a design into your shape. You could use letter stamps if you want to spell a certain word or phrase, nature-inspired stamps, or you could even try hand-etching a design with a toothpick.
  3. Use your bamboo skewer to carefully make a hole near the top of your piece.
  4. Leave your clay to dry and harden. Dry time varies with different clays. I let mine harden overnight.
  5. String your new diffuser charm onto your hanging material of choice. I used jute.
  6. Enjoy! You can hang your charm around the headrest in your car, attach it to your key ring, or give it as a gift. It would be a great addition to gift wrapping for your aromatic holiday gifts! Once your charm is dried completely, you can add your essential oils to it. I typically use 3-4 drops at a time, but if your charm is small, you may only need 1-2 drops. The amount of time the aroma will last will vary based on which essential oils you choose - less time for top notes like citruses, and more time for middle and base note oils.

16 comments:

  1. Excellent! My kiddos will be pumped to make these as Holiday gifts for the Grandparents! Thanks for posting!!

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    1. Yay! So glad your family will be able to give these a try. =) Enjoy!

      Much love,
      Erin | blogging for Veriditas

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  2. What are the steps to add the essential oil to the clay?

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    1. Add 3-4 drops of your chosen essential oils to the clay after it has completely dried and hardened.

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  3. Such a fun idea! Thank you for this.

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    1. You're quite welcome, Lily! Enjoy! =)

      Much love,
      Erin | blogging for Veriditas

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  4. I assume you would then just apply some drops of essential oils as desired to the finished charm?

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    1. Yep! 3-4 drops at a time after it's completely dry works for me, but if your charm is smaller, you may only need 1-2 drops at a time.

      Much love,
      Erin | blogging for Veriditas

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  5. How many drops of oil do you typically put on for a long lasting diffuser?

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    1. I tend to use 3-4 drops at a time, but if your charm is smaller, you may only need 1-2 drops. The amount of time it will last depends on which oils you choose. Top notes like citruses will evaporate more quickly than middle or base not oils.

      Much love,
      Erin | blogging for Veriditas

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  6. When do you add the essential oils? Just a drop at a time after it's dry?

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    1. Yep! Once your charm is completely dry and you are ready to use it, you can add your oils. I use 3-4 drops at a time, but if your charm is smaller, you may only need to use 1-2 drops at a time.

      Much love,
      Erin | blogging for Veriditas

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  7. Do you add essential oils after it's all dried?

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    1. Yep! Once your charm is completely dry and you are ready to use it, you can add your oils. I use 3-4 drops at a time, but if your charm is smaller, you may only need to use 1-2 drops at a time.

      Much love,
      Erin | blogging for Veriditas

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  8. How many drops are you adding to these car diffusers?

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    1. I tend to use 3-4 drops at a time, but if your charm is smaller, you may only need 1-2 drops.

      Much love,
      Erin | blogging for Veriditas

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