How to make sachets

Author by Amanda Formaro on March 31, 2019 Updated on December 6, 2020

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You’ve probably bought at least one herbal sachet in your lifetime. If not, likely you’ve held one in your hand and taken in its intoxicating aroma. Making herbal sachets is a really easy garden craft, they make wonderful handmade gifts, and it’s a great way to use some of the bounty from your garden.

How to make sachets

What to Put in Your Herbal Sachet

I personally like to keep a sachet filled with lavender in my lingerie drawer. I absolutely adore the smell of lavender so the longer I can keep savoring it, the better. Making a lavender herbal sachet is a great way to do that, but lavender isn’t the only thing that smells good!

Hint – these would make a beautiful Mother’s Day gift! But don’t forget to print out our free Mother’s Day cards too.

How to make sachets

Fresh herbs from your garden work great in sachets as well. Hint: it’s good luck if you find a toad in your garden as he’ll keep the bugs away! Be sure and welcome him with this adorable herb garden sign.

If you have an extensive garden, you may want to make these rock garden markers so you remember where everything will come up each year. Don’t have a lot of room for a garden? Make these darling herb pots and keep them on your patio or in the kitchen window!

Did you know that sachets that are filled with lavender, rosemary, dried lemon peels, rose petals, cedar chips and/or thyme will deter moths? Dried lavender has a wonderful scent where fresh rosemary is stronger than dried. Rosemary is easy to grow indoors in a pot, so you can grab your cuttings all year long, not just in the warm months.

How to make sachets

Lavender is a perennial, so you can enjoy its beauty and aromatic scent every year after planting it only once! Cut the stems that have flowers and place them in a tall jar, do not add water. The flower will dry as it stands and can then be kept in an airtight jar to maintain its scent.

Can’t decide what type of herbal sachet to make? Sachets filled with mint, cedar chips, citronella, lemongrass and/or lavender prevent flea manifestation, while those filled with bay leaves, cloves and/or basil ward off flies. Popular herbs for aromatherapy include lavender, mint, lemon verbena and rosemary, thus making them perfect for lingerie drawers.

How to Make Herbal Sachets

You’ll want to use a breathable fabric, such as lightweight cotton, burlap, hemp, linen or tea bag mesh. Simple ribbon or twine works great for keep your herbal sachets closed as well as adding a little rustic elegance. You can make your own little bags using my instructions below, or you can buy bags that are already made. This is especially helpful if you are making multiple sachets.

You will need:

  • Breathable fabric or premade drawstring bags
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Dried herbs and/or aromatic flower petals or dried flowers of your choice
  • essential oils (optional)

How to make sachets

Determine what size you would like your sachet to be and add about 1/2-inch to each side. Cut two pieces of fabric with this measurement (my larger bag is approximately 4” x 7”). Lay the two pieces of fabric so that the right sides are facing each other.

How to make sachets

Pin the two pieces together to hold them in place. Start by finishing the top of your sachet. Fold down the fabric at one end, folding down by about 1/2-inch.

How to make sachets

Sew a straight stitch across the folded fabric.

How to make sachets

This will hide any frayed or jagged fabric edges inside the sachet. Repeat this process for the second top edge.

How to make sachets

Sew a straight stitch through both pieces of fabric to close the sides and bottom, creating the sachet.

How to make sachets

Remove the straight pins as you go.

How to make sachets

The only end left open should be the top of the bag. Trim off all excess hanging threads.

How to make sachets

Turn the fabric inside out.

How to make sachets

Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles.

How to make sachets

Tuck herbs inside the sachet. For this one, I used fresh rosemary which is very fragrant.

How to make sachets

In another, smaller sachet I used dried lavender buds.

How to make sachets

Simply tuck them inside the sachet and tie it closed with ribbon or twine.

How to make sachets

These make wonderful gifts and can be made in about 30-40 minutes.

How to make sachets

It’s a wonderful way to share your garden’s bounty with a friend!

How to make sachets

Come spring, remember which sachets were your favorite so you can stock up on the potted plants that you loved in your herbal sachets! Plant them in these adorable Strawberry Terra Cotta Pots or as mentioned before, these distinguishable Herb Pots.

Love garden crafts as much as I do? Don’t forget to swing by some of my most popular garden crafts like my Watering Can That Pours Crystals. This beauty adds a touch of whimsical charm to your garden! Or maybe a simple craft that children can help with as well, like my Ladybug Painted Rocks! Bursting with color and exploding with cuteness, you’ll love stumbling across them throughout your garden. Happy crafting!

If you love simple sewing projects that serve as gifts, try my dammit doll. And here are lots of sewing projects to make as gifts!

Whether it’s tucked in a drawer, parked in a linen closet, or nestled in your car, a sweet little bundle of fragrance just makes your stuff smell better!

How to make sachets

Whether it’s tucked in a drawer, parked in a linen closet, or nestled in your car, a sweet little bundle of fragrance just makes your stuff smell better! Sure you can buy sachets, but why not get personal and make your own? They aren’t too tough to make, you can control the intensity of fragrance, and whether you use them or gift them, they’ll always go over great!

How to make sachets

You’ll need:

  • fabric scraps
  • needle
  • thread
  • rice
  • your favorite dried flowers or spices
  • essential oil
  • ribbons
  • scissors
  • pinking shears
  • clear nail polish

Instructions:

Step one: Choose your fabric and start by making a pouch. Fold over a rectangular piece of fabric so the pattern is on the inside. Sew the two outer sides together. Use whatever stitch you want as long as it’s going to hold! If you’re not a strong sewer, fabric repair adhesive works well too. Just go light on the application; the adhesive spreads as you smooth the edges.

(Note that if you don’t want to worry about seams at all, you can just gather it and tie it to make it easy!)

How to make sachets

Step two: Turn the pouches pattern-side out and set aside. Mix together your rice and dried flowers or herbs. We used lavender and it was nice and potent, but try eucalyptus, rose, vanilla—just follow your nose. If you’re looking for a scent you might not be able to find in a dried plant, use a drop or two of essential oils mixed in with the rice until you reach your desired level of scent.

How to make sachets

Step three: Fill your pouches with the scented rice concoction and be extra careful! Those tiny pieces of rice spill easily and get everywhere. (We know this from experience.)

How to make sachets

Step four: Once the pouch is at your desired level of plumpness, tie the top with a colorful ribbon. Finish the fabric at the top with the pinking shears. To prevent the top from fraying, gently coat the edge with a thin layer of clear nail polish. And you’re done! The beauty of not sewing the top closed is that you can refresh the inside as needed if it’s starting to lose its scent.

How to make sachets

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Your garden may be good enough to eat, but those wonderful fragrant flowers and aromatic herbs can be put to other uses. Dried flowers and herbs tucked into bags and pillows have a fragrance that will let you travel back to the glory days of your garden. Herbs, especially, hold on to their fragrance. Use your sachets to scent a drawer, the clothes in the dryer or tuck one under your pillow.

Difficulty

You don’t have to know how to sew or be an experienced craftsman to make sachets. You can buy ready-made mesh bags very inexpensively, fill them with your dried flowers and herbs, and tie them up. You can dress them up as much or as little as you like. You can enjoy the scent no matter how fancy they are.

Time Required

On average, sachets take about 30 minutes to one hour to make. Once again, it all depends on how extravagant you choose to get. If you have all your materials together, you can make several in no time at all.

How to make sachets

How to Make Sachets

If you’re new to drying flowers and herbs, have fun experimenting. Most plants will eventually dry themselves, but knowing when to harvest and drying your plants quickly will help preserve their fragrance. Here’s some help on how to dry flowers and herbs not just for making sachets, but also for cooking:

  1. Select or make a small bag with a somewhat open weave. Be sure to leave one side open, if you are making bags.
  2. Mix enough dried herbs to fill the bag.
  3. If you’d like to enhance the scent, a few drops of essential oil can be added.
  4. Fill the bag with the flowers and herbs.
  5. Either sew or glue the bag closed or tie the end tightly with ribbon or string.
  6. Enjoy. Rubbing the bag gently will further crush the herbs and release their fragrance.

How to make sachets

What Plants to Use

You can use just about any fragrant plant. Some plants, like many herbs, have more concentrated scent in their leaves than in their flowers.

Author by Amanda Formaro on March 31, 2019 Updated on December 6, 2020

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You’ve probably bought at least one herbal sachet in your lifetime. If not, likely you’ve held one in your hand and taken in its intoxicating aroma. Making herbal sachets is a really easy garden craft, they make wonderful handmade gifts, and it’s a great way to use some of the bounty from your garden.

How to make sachets

What to Put in Your Herbal Sachet

I personally like to keep a sachet filled with lavender in my lingerie drawer. I absolutely adore the smell of lavender so the longer I can keep savoring it, the better. Making a lavender herbal sachet is a great way to do that, but lavender isn’t the only thing that smells good!

Hint – these would make a beautiful Mother’s Day gift! But don’t forget to print out our free Mother’s Day cards too.

How to make sachets

Fresh herbs from your garden work great in sachets as well. Hint: it’s good luck if you find a toad in your garden as he’ll keep the bugs away! Be sure and welcome him with this adorable herb garden sign.

If you have an extensive garden, you may want to make these rock garden markers so you remember where everything will come up each year. Don’t have a lot of room for a garden? Make these darling herb pots and keep them on your patio or in the kitchen window!

Did you know that sachets that are filled with lavender, rosemary, dried lemon peels, rose petals, cedar chips and/or thyme will deter moths? Dried lavender has a wonderful scent where fresh rosemary is stronger than dried. Rosemary is easy to grow indoors in a pot, so you can grab your cuttings all year long, not just in the warm months.

How to make sachets

Lavender is a perennial, so you can enjoy its beauty and aromatic scent every year after planting it only once! Cut the stems that have flowers and place them in a tall jar, do not add water. The flower will dry as it stands and can then be kept in an airtight jar to maintain its scent.

Can’t decide what type of herbal sachet to make? Sachets filled with mint, cedar chips, citronella, lemongrass and/or lavender prevent flea manifestation, while those filled with bay leaves, cloves and/or basil ward off flies. Popular herbs for aromatherapy include lavender, mint, lemon verbena and rosemary, thus making them perfect for lingerie drawers.

How to Make Herbal Sachets

You’ll want to use a breathable fabric, such as lightweight cotton, burlap, hemp, linen or tea bag mesh. Simple ribbon or twine works great for keep your herbal sachets closed as well as adding a little rustic elegance. You can make your own little bags using my instructions below, or you can buy bags that are already made. This is especially helpful if you are making multiple sachets.

You will need:

  • Breathable fabric or premade drawstring bags
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Dried herbs and/or aromatic flower petals or dried flowers of your choice
  • essential oils (optional)

How to make sachets

Determine what size you would like your sachet to be and add about 1/2-inch to each side. Cut two pieces of fabric with this measurement (my larger bag is approximately 4” x 7”). Lay the two pieces of fabric so that the right sides are facing each other.

How to make sachets

Pin the two pieces together to hold them in place. Start by finishing the top of your sachet. Fold down the fabric at one end, folding down by about 1/2-inch.

How to make sachets

Sew a straight stitch across the folded fabric.

How to make sachets

This will hide any frayed or jagged fabric edges inside the sachet. Repeat this process for the second top edge.

How to make sachets

Sew a straight stitch through both pieces of fabric to close the sides and bottom, creating the sachet.

How to make sachets

Remove the straight pins as you go.

How to make sachets

The only end left open should be the top of the bag. Trim off all excess hanging threads.

How to make sachets

Turn the fabric inside out.

How to make sachets

Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles.

How to make sachets

Tuck herbs inside the sachet. For this one, I used fresh rosemary which is very fragrant.

How to make sachets

In another, smaller sachet I used dried lavender buds.

How to make sachets

Simply tuck them inside the sachet and tie it closed with ribbon or twine.

How to make sachets

These make wonderful gifts and can be made in about 30-40 minutes.

How to make sachets

It’s a wonderful way to share your garden’s bounty with a friend!

How to make sachets

Come spring, remember which sachets were your favorite so you can stock up on the potted plants that you loved in your herbal sachets! Plant them in these adorable Strawberry Terra Cotta Pots or as mentioned before, these distinguishable Herb Pots.

Love garden crafts as much as I do? Don’t forget to swing by some of my most popular garden crafts like my Watering Can That Pours Crystals. This beauty adds a touch of whimsical charm to your garden! Or maybe a simple craft that children can help with as well, like my Ladybug Painted Rocks! Bursting with color and exploding with cuteness, you’ll love stumbling across them throughout your garden. Happy crafting!

If you love simple sewing projects that serve as gifts, try my dammit doll. And here are lots of sewing projects to make as gifts!

How to make sachets

Don’t you just love it when you pull out clean linens and they still have that fresh from the dryer scent? I know I do. However, unless you launder your things each and every week, they lose that freshness. That’s why I love to use DIY drawer sachets to maintain that smell.

So, today I am sharing with you my method to make your own drawer sachets. It is quick and super easy.

I have two different methods. I mix and match these depending on where I place them. Method one is nice for linens. Method two is great for gifts set.

(This post may contain affiliate links (*). That means that I make a small commission from sales that result through these links, at no additional cost to you. You can read my full disclosure here.)

How to DIY Drawer Sachets – Material I Use…

Method 1 – Fast and Easy Sachets:

  1. Favorite Scents of Downy Unstopables*
  2. Organza Gift Bags*

Method 2 – Custom Scented Sachets:

  1. Organza Gift Bags*
  2. Rice
  3. Favorite Fragrance or Essential Oil
  4. Dropper

How to DIY Drawer Sachets – Method 1…

How to make sachets

There really isn’t that much to this method. You just simply scoop about half a lid full of your favorite beads into the organza bag and tie it shut.

Because the beads are made from a waxy type substance, they hold onto their scent for a long time.

I love using these Unstopables in my linen closet because it keeps the linens smelling nice and fresh without having to actually use the beads in the washer. (FYI – these can cause build up in your washer, which can lead to mold and mildew. So, I find it best to use them in the sachets).

These are also great for making sachets to use in men’s and boy’s drawers. They typically don’t want a fragrance scented sachet but don’t seem to mind the Downy scent. I stick a few in my boy’s sock and underwear drawers.

Tips: try mixing different beads together to create a unique fragrance. When they begin to lose their scent, pour them into a spray bottle of water and use them to lightly mist your decor fabrics.

How to DIY Drawer Sachets – Method 2…

How to make sachets

  • For this method, let’s begin with 1 cup of rice. Measure out and place the rice in a glass bowl.
  • Then, drop approximately 10 drops of your favorite fragrance or essential oil into the bowl, mixing thoroughly as you go. I recommend stopping at 10 drops and placing the contents into a zip lock bag for a while.
  • Come back in an hour or so and take a sniff. If the intensity is strong, stop at 10 drops. However, if you find the scent to be weak, add additional drops (up to 20 total), and remix.
  • After you reach the fragrance level that you want, use a spoon to scoop 4-5 tablespoons into each organza bag. Tie and place in your drawers.

It may take a few tries to get the strength that you want, but it is best to go easy until you know how much it will take to reach a strength that you find pleasing.

Too much, and you end up with an overpowering scent and possibly a headache.

If you don’t know which fragrances to use, I would recommend purchasing this floral set of fragrance oils.* It comes as a set of six different floral scents. So, you can try out the different fragrances to see what appeals to you.

In addition, this set will make more sachets than you could possibly need for quite some time. I like to use it to make sachets and to make a matching linen spray. They make wonderful gift sets.

Tips – once the sachets begin to lose their potency, dump them back into a bowl and add half the original amount of fragrance to the rice. Remix and reuse. You can do this several times before the rice needs to be replaced.

Final Comments…

Now that you know how to DIY drawer sachets, try it out with all of your favorite scents. I even like to spritz my favorite perfume into the rice and make sachets for my closet.

For my husband’s drawers, I sometimes use a bit of his cologne. I like the telltale scent when he comes to bed.

How to make sachets

Sachets are one of the simplest sewing projects a sewer can take on, especially if they are a beginner. Sachets are also useful. You can stash a lavender sachet under your pillow to help you get a restful night of sleep. Or put a sachet in your drawers or closets to give clothes, socks and lingerie a gentle, pleasant scent.

Best of all, making sachets only requires some inexpensive supplies, and less than half an hour of free time. And making sachets is a great project if you have a lot of fabric scraps lying around. Now you have something fun and practical to do with them.

Here are two ways to make simple sachets.

Making a Sachet with One Piece of Fabric

Here’s what you will need:

  • A square of fabric. You can use fabric of almost any size to make sachets. You can make small sachets using a 5 inch square, or a large sachet using a 12 inch square. In fact, it’s okay if your fabric isn’t perfectly square. If you have a scrap of rectangular fabric that’s 10” X 8”, feel free to use it.
  • Coordinating thread.
  • A sewing machine or a needle and thread. The great thing about making sachets is that, because they are so simple to put together, you can actually sew them by hand. However, creating a sachet is much easier and faster when you use a sewing machine.
  • An iron. Not absolutely necessary to make sachets, but an iron can definitely come in handy.
  • Fabric pins.
  • Potpourri of your choice. There’s potpourri available in almost any scent you can think of, from jasmine, to lavender, to citrus. For holiday-themed sachets, you can use potpourri that smells like winter mint or pumpkin pie. And, if you have a problem with moths, you can fill your sachets with cedar wood, cider wood or juniper wood shavings.

Making the sachet.

  1. Fold the fabric in half so that the wrong side (the side you don’t want anyone to see) is facing out.
  2. Stitch the sachet on two of the three open sides, using a seam allowance of about ¼”. This will leave you with a little pouch, almost like a small pillowcase.
  3. At the open end, fold down the raw edges about ½”.
  4. Now you have two choices. You could sew the hem in place, but it’s not really necessary. If you want to keep things simple, you can just use an iron to press the seam. No one will see the raw edges because they will be on the inside of the sachet.
  5. Turn the sachet inside out, so that the right side (the side you want everyone to see) is now facing out.
  6. Fill your pouch with potpourri. Don’t fill the sachet completely to the top. You need to leave room to sew the opening closed.
  7. Use some fabric pins to pin the opening closed. This isn’t necessary, but it will make sewing a little easier.
  8. Now, sew the opening closed. Sew a seam about ¼” from the top of the sachet. The fold you made before turning the pouch inside out will create a nice, finished edge.

Making a Sachet with Two Pieces of Fabric

Making a sachet with two piece of fabric is more or less the same as making a sachet with one. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two squares of fabric that are the same size. Again, you can use any size fabric you want or have on hand. And, when using two pieces of fabric, you can have a little fun with fabric selection. Instead of using two pieces of the same fabric to make the sachet, you could use one piece of patterned fabric, and a coordinating piece of solid fabric. Or, for a hodge-podge look, you could use two pieces of patterned fabric with complimentary colors.
  • Potpourri.
  • Coordinating thread.
  • A sewing machine or a needle and thread.
  • An iron.
  • Fabric pins.

Making the sachet.

  1. First, lay one piece of fabric on a flat surface, right side up. On top of it, lay the second piece of fabric, right side down. Pin the two pieces together.
  2. Stitch the sachet on three of the four sides, leaving a seam allowance of about ¼”.
  3. At the open end, fold down the raw edges about ½”. Either hem the fold in place or use an iron to press the seams.
  4. Turn the sachet inside out, so that the right side is now facing out.
  5. Fill your pouch with potpourri, leaving enough room to sew the opening closed.
  6. Use some fabric pins to close the open end of the sachet.
  7. Sew the opening closed. Sew a seam about ¼” from the top of the sachet.

Making sachets is a fun and easy way to put leftover scraps of fabric to good use.

How to make sachets

Don’t you just love it when you pull out clean linens and they still have that fresh from the dryer scent? I know I do. However, unless you launder your things each and every week, they lose that freshness. That’s why I love to use DIY drawer sachets to maintain that smell.

So, today I am sharing with you my method to make your own drawer sachets. It is quick and super easy.

I have two different methods. I mix and match these depending on where I place them. Method one is nice for linens. Method two is great for gifts set.

(This post may contain affiliate links (*). That means that I make a small commission from sales that result through these links, at no additional cost to you. You can read my full disclosure here.)

How to DIY Drawer Sachets – Material I Use…

Method 1 – Fast and Easy Sachets:

  1. Favorite Scents of Downy Unstopables*
  2. Organza Gift Bags*

Method 2 – Custom Scented Sachets:

  1. Organza Gift Bags*
  2. Rice
  3. Favorite Fragrance or Essential Oil
  4. Dropper

How to DIY Drawer Sachets – Method 1…

How to make sachets

There really isn’t that much to this method. You just simply scoop about half a lid full of your favorite beads into the organza bag and tie it shut.

Because the beads are made from a waxy type substance, they hold onto their scent for a long time.

I love using these Unstopables in my linen closet because it keeps the linens smelling nice and fresh without having to actually use the beads in the washer. (FYI – these can cause build up in your washer, which can lead to mold and mildew. So, I find it best to use them in the sachets).

These are also great for making sachets to use in men’s and boy’s drawers. They typically don’t want a fragrance scented sachet but don’t seem to mind the Downy scent. I stick a few in my boy’s sock and underwear drawers.

Tips: try mixing different beads together to create a unique fragrance. When they begin to lose their scent, pour them into a spray bottle of water and use them to lightly mist your decor fabrics.

How to DIY Drawer Sachets – Method 2…

How to make sachets

  • For this method, let’s begin with 1 cup of rice. Measure out and place the rice in a glass bowl.
  • Then, drop approximately 10 drops of your favorite fragrance or essential oil into the bowl, mixing thoroughly as you go. I recommend stopping at 10 drops and placing the contents into a zip lock bag for a while.
  • Come back in an hour or so and take a sniff. If the intensity is strong, stop at 10 drops. However, if you find the scent to be weak, add additional drops (up to 20 total), and remix.
  • After you reach the fragrance level that you want, use a spoon to scoop 4-5 tablespoons into each organza bag. Tie and place in your drawers.

It may take a few tries to get the strength that you want, but it is best to go easy until you know how much it will take to reach a strength that you find pleasing.

Too much, and you end up with an overpowering scent and possibly a headache.

If you don’t know which fragrances to use, I would recommend purchasing this floral set of fragrance oils.* It comes as a set of six different floral scents. So, you can try out the different fragrances to see what appeals to you.

In addition, this set will make more sachets than you could possibly need for quite some time. I like to use it to make sachets and to make a matching linen spray. They make wonderful gift sets.

Tips – once the sachets begin to lose their potency, dump them back into a bowl and add half the original amount of fragrance to the rice. Remix and reuse. You can do this several times before the rice needs to be replaced.

Final Comments…

Now that you know how to DIY drawer sachets, try it out with all of your favorite scents. I even like to spritz my favorite perfume into the rice and make sachets for my closet.

For my husband’s drawers, I sometimes use a bit of his cologne. I like the telltale scent when he comes to bed.

August 6, 2013 By

Sachet bags are a traditional way to scent a chest of drawers, wooden chest, or closets. You can also use them to add pleasant aromas in bathrooms, areas around the kitty litter box, kitchen garbage bin, school or gym lockers, laundry room, under the car seat – the ideas are endless! Sachet bags are very easy and inexpensive to make and you have the opportunity to customize these by coordinating scent selections with bag colors. Sachet bags also make nice wedding shower gifts or add a perfect finishing touch to any gift basket.

How to make sachets

Materials Needed:
Unscented Sachet Base
Fragrance Oil
Glass Jar w/lid
Digital Scale
Disposable Paper Dixie Cup
Measuring Cup
Muslin Bags or Sheer Organza Bags
Apron to protect clothing
Wax paper, old newspapers or aluminum foil to protect work surface

How to make sachets

Step 1
Prepare the work surface by covering with old newspaper, wax paper, or aluminum foil.

Step 2
Measure 2 cups of unscented sachet base into a glass jar.

Step 3
Place paper Dixie Cup on scale and tare.

Step 4
Add 1 oz of fragrance oil to Dixie cup.

How to make sachets

Step 5
Pour the fragrance oil into the sachet base. Cover the jar and shake well. Shake frequently over the next 2-3 days to ensure the fragrance oil is fully absorbed into the sachet base.

How to make sachets

Step 6
When the base has a dry appearance (no longer oily from the fragrance oil) package in either muslin bags or organza bags. If you’re using sheer organza bags, adding a sprinkle or two of Iridescent Diamond Dust Glitter to the sachet base before putting it into the bags will give extra shimmer and sparkle!

Tip: If after a few days the base doesn’t seem to be fully absorbing the fragrance oil, add more unscented sachet base. Start with 1/2 cup at a time and repeat Step 5 as necessary.