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Best natural cologne/air freshener

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 16, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Hi. I am looking to freshen up my place and person. What natural scents should I make use of? Just to note that I am looking for only exclusively natural 'products' not any extracts or fancy health store inventory. Any flowers, etc. potpourri? I am a stranger in a strange land here. Even though my mother owned a flower store I am completely out of my ambit when it comes to the subtle matters of the aesthetic life. Any advice would be appreciated. P.S: Who wants to live a minimalist lifestyle in SOUTH SURREY BC? I am establishing a farm there and would like some ideas/partners to assist. Any thoghts would be appreciated.

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

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on July 20, 2011
at 10:08 PM

Ha! TY. How funny that someone would downvote an opinion post. Probably that's best saved for actual inaccurate information. :D

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on July 18, 2011
at 01:29 AM

Undoing the downvote (by someone else who I guess really like freesia, jadmine, and gardenia?).

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on July 17, 2011
at 07:30 PM

A halved onion will also absorb bad odours

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 16, 2011
at 06:24 PM

Also, If you want to get rid of bad scents, I've never found anything to beat cleaning with baking soda. Citrasolv is good too, will leave a pronounced orange scent.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 16, 2011
at 06:20 PM

I don't know if they'll grow in your area (you don't get to cold, but it might be too moist or not hot enough) but you could use rosemary (makes a nice hedge too), bay laurel, lavender, southernwood or sages. You could also try fennel, lemon balm, and hops. These all have what I think of as refreshing scents - not necessarily sweet, more herbaceous. All the spices listed above would work well also.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 16, 2011
at 05:13 PM

Thanks for the feeback guys.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 16, 2011
at 05:13 PM

sadly I heard mint reduces testosterone levels...any other scents(plus I hate mint).

76d0056c773673e24b8c57a685d504ed

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on July 16, 2011
at 04:25 PM

orange flower water would be good too for a spray.

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on July 16, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Right on. I was going to say the very same thing. For a spray, im partial to plain rose water.

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76d0056c773673e24b8c57a685d504ed

on July 16, 2011
at 02:53 PM

If you aren't interested in extracts (which I am assuming includes essential oils?) some of the most fragrant flowers would be jasmine, gardenia, and freesia. My mom used to make a homemade potpourri that she would set on the stove and it would permeate the whole house. Just take a small saucepan about 1/3-1/2 full of water. Add citrus peels, apple peels, whole cloves, cinnamon stick, and any other sweet aromatic spices. Simmer over low heat. It is such a welcoming smell!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 16, 2011
at 05:13 PM

Thanks for the feeback guys.

76d0056c773673e24b8c57a685d504ed

(132)

on July 16, 2011
at 04:25 PM

orange flower water would be good too for a spray.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on July 16, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Right on. I was going to say the very same thing. For a spray, im partial to plain rose water.

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78fcdeee6ac4ee7d071bbac56b9e359f

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on July 17, 2011
at 03:12 AM

Hang up your curtains, towels, sheets on the clothesline all day. I don't know if it will permeate you whole house, but line dried cloth is one of my favorite smells!

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on July 16, 2011
at 06:12 PM

You could use reed diffusers, or my personal favorite: Oil warmers!

http://www.wholesalehomegiftsupplies.com/37160.html

Cheap, and make nice little accents throughout the house. The only flower scent I like is that of jasmine (in moderation--it can be overpowering), otherwise I prefer clean fresh scents like lemongrass, rosemary, cinnamon & pine in winter, citrus, etc. Coincidentally, those scents also make me hungry lol.

I would think you could easily make your own "scents" to use in oil warmers without having to buy pre-made extracts. A handful of fresh-cut herbs in a few tablespoons of olive oil (or refined coconut oil) would probably smell awesome.

You could hang bunches of fresh herbs throughout the house, and lots of cinnamon sticks in the fall/wintertime really makes a house smell cozy and inviting.

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Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

on July 16, 2011
at 05:27 PM

I personally would avoid the superstrong flowers like freesia, jasmine and gardenia. While I can tolerate gardenia when walking past the bushes and into my house, the thought of them in my house makes me want to vomit. Ditto for freesia and jasmine.

I'd go with orange peel, lemon peel or rosemary....simmered on the stove.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on July 18, 2011
at 01:29 AM

Undoing the downvote (by someone else who I guess really like freesia, jadmine, and gardenia?).

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

(4764)

on July 20, 2011
at 10:08 PM

Ha! TY. How funny that someone would downvote an opinion post. Probably that's best saved for actual inaccurate information. :D

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 16, 2011
at 03:30 PM

Mints - spearmint and peppermint of course, but there are also chocolate mint, orange mint, ginger mint, apple mint, etc. These aren't flavorings but actual mint varieties. Mint should be extremely well adapted to BC, so just grow some in the yard and break off a branch now and then to bring in.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 16, 2011
at 06:20 PM

I don't know if they'll grow in your area (you don't get to cold, but it might be too moist or not hot enough) but you could use rosemary (makes a nice hedge too), bay laurel, lavender, southernwood or sages. You could also try fennel, lemon balm, and hops. These all have what I think of as refreshing scents - not necessarily sweet, more herbaceous. All the spices listed above would work well also.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 16, 2011
at 05:13 PM

sadly I heard mint reduces testosterone levels...any other scents(plus I hate mint).

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 16, 2011
at 06:24 PM

Also, If you want to get rid of bad scents, I've never found anything to beat cleaning with baking soda. Citrasolv is good too, will leave a pronounced orange scent.

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on July 17, 2011
at 07:30 PM

A halved onion will also absorb bad odours

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