Give Your Home a Natural Summery Fragrance Without Nasty Chemicals

For some of us, nothing says summer quite like the fragrances of warm weather. From coconut to exotic florals, ocean spray to suntan lotions, the smells of summer can instantly transport you to a warm-weather state of mind.

Unfortunately, a lot of the fragrances that many of us know and love are full of chemicals, artificial fragrances and ingredients we can’t even pronounce. In addition to not being good for our pets, these artificial fragrances can cause respiratory problems and other issues.

To get your home smelling summery without the strange ingredients, try one of these methods:

DIY Coconut Room Spray

If you love that coconutty suntan lotion smell, you don’t need to get a chemical-laden scented candle to bring the scent into your home. This scent tends to smell like salt, aloe vera and coconut, so this natural combination should do the trick:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1-2 tablespoons aloe vera
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • A dash of sea salt
  • 5 drops coconut oil essential oil

Combine the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake well and spray onto your linens and furniture for a subtle summer scent. Keep in mind that the coconut oil will solidify below room temperature, so keep your oil in a warm area to avoid clumping.

DIY Floral Potpourri

While some people prefer coconuty, beach scents for summer, others (especially those who like to garden) are all about flowers. Therefore, a DIY potpourri is a great way to keep your home smelling fresh. Whip up this rose petal-laden recipe and store it around your home, such as on shelves or in drawers.

  • 1 quart rose petals
  • 1 cup mixed flowers from your garden
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon lavender
  • 4-5 drops rose or lavender essential oil

Mix the ingredients together gently, preferably using a wooden spoon. After everything is mixed, spoon the mixture into mason jars. Cover with a lid and store in a cool, dark place for 2-3 days while the scents mingle with each other. After those 2-3 days, your potpourri will be ready to scent your entire home.

Summer Simmer Pot

More and more people are now turning to simmer pots for home fragrance. They’re extremely natural, non-irritating and easy to make. Here’s one of our favorite recipes:

  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 grapefruit, sliced
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3-4 drops lime juice
  • 5 drops coconut essential oil

Add the ingredients to a pot (or a slow-cooker) and mix with a few cups of water. Turn the stove on and bring the mixture to a simmer. Allow it to simmer, refilling the water as necessary, for as long as you’d like. If you’re using a slow-cooker, you can simply set it and forget it!

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Peggy B
Peggy B2 months ago

Ann B …. yes the essential oils are expensive, but you only need a few drops as they are very concentrated so a small vial does go a long way.

Peggy B
Peggy B2 months ago


Marie W
Marie W4 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

Shirley P
Shirley Plowman8 months ago


Ann B
Ann B9 months ago

all listed ingredients are expensive?????open a window

Cindy S
Cindy Smith9 months ago


Cindy S
Cindy Smith9 months ago

I hate candles

Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D9 months ago

Much better than candles TYFS!!

silja s
silja salonen9 months ago

oh the fragrances ... thank you !!

Linda G
Linda G9 months ago

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