Making Pastilles, or scented stones

I’m always looking for a way to add the scent of essential oils to the air.  I found this recipe for Pastilles, or scented stones, and discovered how these little flour balls hold the scent, and are able to scent a room for extended time.  So, if I can’t find my home made air freshener, or forget to use it, my little scented pastilles will be doing the work for me.  The ingredients are probably sitting in your pantry (maybe you’ll have to run out for powdered alum), so you can whip these up today in about five minutes.  If you do not have essential oils sitting in your cabinet, you could always use vanilla. Today, I used grapefruit and lavender.


Here’s the recipe for scented stones

  • Mix ½-cup salt and ½-cup flour in a bowl.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of powdered alum
  • Add ¼ teaspoon of a favorite essential oil.
  • Add 2/3 cup boiling water.
  • Blend all ingredients, form into balls and allow time to completely dry.

When the rocks begin to loose their scent, seal them in a Ziploc bag with a few more drops of essential oil for a few weeks.  Then, remove them to have the smell back. Or, you could just make a new batch.


My best shot happened when the the boys made these nests, and carried off the rocks, as baby bird eggs. See more over at Tracey’s.


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9 comments to “Making Pastilles, or scented stones”
  1. Pingback: 8 DIY Ideas to Make your Home Smell Like Spring

  2. Depending on the humidity — they are usually dry in 24-48 hours. If you want to bake them, keep the temp below 175 — I wouldn’t advise this, as the heat will change the essential oils.

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