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- Many diffusers need to be plugged in to an outlet or a USB port
- Some diffusers are fragile
- The mist is being diluted into the whole of the great outdoors
So, sometimes the best solution is the simplest. You can make these easy mason jar outdoor diffusers and place a few around your patio–especially near where you hang out. And you know, the web needs another mason jar project.
All you need are:
- mason jars
- lids with holes (like these ones)
- some coarse salt
- essential oils
- Fill your mason jar with coarse salt—I used dead sea salt because I had a bunch on hand, but Himalayan or any other coarse salt works too. Instead of salt, dumping in that old box of baking soda from the back of your fridge would work too.
2. Add essential oils of your choice and put the lid on.
Because this will be sitting outside, and you wont be touching the contents, you don’t have to worry about dilution rates. Sprinkle on enough oils that you can smell it without having to put your nose right up to it. You can put a little bit of carrier oil in the jar as well, which may help to slow down the evaporation of the essential oils. This is a great project to get rid of those oils of dubious quality that you bought from eBay when you first started 🙂 (yeah, me too).
Citronella, Lemongrass, Geranium, and Peppermint are a few good choices. For the best essential oils to diffuse for different types of bugs, I give several suggestions and recipes in this post.
This seems like a good time to talk about perfume notes—for outdoor use, you may want to sway towards including some middle and base note oils as their scent will linger longer instead of evaporating right away like top note oils. Adding middle or base notes can also make the top notes have more staying power.
This project is so easy and you probably have almost everything you need already! You could even put a regular lid on this and take it camping or on a picnic, switching to the lid with holes once you reach your destination.