We all know scented pinecones... the ones you walk by in the store and almost instantly get a headache from the faux cinnamon chemical wafting off them.
I really prefer just natural scents. Of course I do want it to actually scent my home as well.
Here are other ways to use them besides just sitting around the house!
1) I loved using the smaller ones as scent samples (so cute and obviously biodegradable!).
2) Gift package ideas! Definitely a cute replacement for bows. I attach with thine or paper tape.
3) Bigger ones can make part of a gift on their own! You can also team it up with a matching soap, bath bomb and perfume oil and you are SET! Get it, because it’s a set... TADA!
4) Decor around the home is obvious but ornaments on the tree or for a wreath on the door! Imagine that gorgeous smell every time someone knocks on the door!
5) Festive holiday car fresheners for you and your friends!
6) Coat closet air freshener! What an extra (yet totally impressive) experience it be for guest?
7) Linen drawers. Think about it, if I were a guest and I found a scented pine cone in my drawer while putting up my clothes, call me impressed. Replace the disposables and go with this! Just be sure to have it in a net bag or check with your guests for allergies.
What's a Smart Girl in Pants to do? Make my own...
First, you want to FIND pine cones! Don't steal pine cones. Technically don’t steal anything but right now the focus is on pine cones. Nature sanctuaries really don’t appreciate taking seeds. Animals and nature uses these! Ask before hand or buy some online. I know my friend took my advice that she can sell hers rather than burn them up. Her yard gets FILLED with a variety, so we go a picking every year. For those who can’t get their hands on them, know that people like my friend really do appreciate the support!
Next, sanitizing your pine cones. Wash first, then You can choose to bake these or not. I turn my oven to 350 degrees F, let it preheat and turn it off. Place be cones in for about 30 minutes. I have found leaving them in my trunk during multiple 100+ days in a sealed bag worked too... not that I reccommend it but there ya have it. Just don't burn your cones.
Then the scenting can begin!
In candle and soap making you learn something very quick. The base note of scents and how it effects the outcome. Scents with musky, deep bases last longer. Think cinnamon, spiced, musky. Light scents last the least amount of time. Think lemon, light herbs, linen.
For my cones, I wanted long lasting scent that's easy to apply again for a boost of scent. I am going with a vanilla based scent with labdanum, cinnamon, clove, patchouli and sandalwood. You can pick whichever you prefer, but remember your scent base!
I use a mix of essential oils, tapioca starch and real spices. I just feel like it brings the scent home. The spices and starch also retain scent! So I add an extra pinch of ground allspice, clove, cinnamon and tapioca starch (feel free to omit this or try arrow root!). It should be a damp, more liquid than powder mix. If it’s too powdery, it will be like a sticky dough. I can’t even imagine getting that evenly onto a pine cone... although for faux snow, maybe it would work!
Apply to the cones and store in a box. I just use a cardboard box. Shake gently to make sure the scent gets all over. Leave closed until they are dry. This last part is a bit Schrödinger-theory. As long as I don't open it, the scent is still super strong. Haha! Really I don't think drying them in a box helps them retain smell but that's what I do. Plus it helps keep down on the mess of it all! Be sure to dust them off really well in case you went over board on the spices and starch ( I know I did...).
Once I place these, I add more of my scent concoction whenever I walk by and can't smell them anymore. Last year I think I re-scented 4 times during the fall/winter time by just dropping more oils onto the coated pine cones. If I can’t smell it over my diffusers, I re-scent. So, a normal person may not have to re-scent as often! Still, Easy and worth it!!! Smells AMAZING.
Once you are done with these, try planting it!
Be sure to wear gloves and work in a vented area if you are sensitive to essential oils and don’t use anything you are allergic to. Essential oils are potent! They are meant to be used diluted, not full strength. But for this, we need max scent throw. Just be sure to be Smart and be safe. I’m not responsible for any incidents and I sure do not want my Smart Pants Fam to get hurt!
Give it a go and lemme know,
The Smart Girl in Pants
The Smart Girl in Pants