Do you know any way to make a DIY scented vial necklace? I've searched for it myself, but the only versions that I can seem to find are solid instead of the type that stimtastic sells. (I'd buy them there, but I have an extremely sensitive sense of smell and I don't buy smells over the internet because I can't actually. y'know. smell them.)
Yes, I do! I actually made my own because I happened across small glitter bottles (a little larger than the Stimtastic ones) at a dollar store.
[image description: three clear plastic miniature bottles with white plastic stoppers, a hole running through the top of the stopper. The bottle is filled with white glitter and the purple label attached to the bottles reads “PortaCraft 3pk Fairy Dust” with a price tag of $2.50 AUD.]
Firstly, I don’t precisely know how the Stimtastic ones are made. I eyeballed my necklace and decided that the components are, most likely, rock salt, food colouring, essential oils or perfume oils, a miniature bottle or vial, and rattail cord (although you could use a leather thong, a chain, etc).
Secondly, I’ll bore you on oils: perfume oils are artificially-made oils designed to mimic scents that can’t be reproduced naturally or are difficult/not cost-effective to reproduce naturally. Raspberry, cake, chocolate. These will contain chemicals that won’t bother most people but can bother (anything from dislike to headaches so severe one cannot function) folks with sensitivities. Essential oils are extracted from natural products by a variety of means and contain no artificial chemicals. Rose, lavender, lime, lemon, peppermint, lemongrass.
You can find low-grade perfume oils at any dollar shop and higher-grade perfume oils at some art shops if they have a candlemaking section. You can find a limited selection of essential oils at a pharmacy/chemist, but better selections at natural health and new-age-type stores. You may find basic oils - here in Australia the common trifecta is lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus, as the latter two are used in cleaning and disinfecting - in supermarkets.
Avoid getting pure essential oils on your skin and wash immediately if you do.
Thirdly, be mindful of the bottle. You can buy cheap miniature bottles in most dollar and craft stores with cork stoppers; it isn’t difficult to screw a hook into the cork, thread a cord or chain through the hook and call it done. But the oils can seep up through the cork and it will not stop the fragrance from being smellable outside the bottle, meaning you’re subjecting people to unwanted fragrance (which is a problem if they’re sensitive like you and me). The cork may also slide easily from the top of the bottle! My plastic-stoppered bottles take a lot of pulling, so they’re safe, but screw-cap bottles will be the safest of all and my best recommendation for this project.
Because I’d love to make many necklaces with my favourite custom oil blends, I’ve been looking for other bottle suppliers. On Etsy, this seller has large (1 ¾ inch) bottles with screw caps; this seller has fabulous different shapes with screw caps for under $2 USD each; and this seller has long screw-cap pendant bottles for under $2 USD each. You might also like to check out ebay, as there’s a lot of different listings for all sorts of necklace vials. I’m interested in this listing for light globe bottles with screw caps (under $5 USD, free international shipping) and this selection of various-sized bottles (under $9 USD, free international shipping).
[image description: two necklaces made from the above-mentioned plastic miniature bottles, filled with white salt crystals and glitter or red and orange salt crystals and glitter. Both have a narrow rainbow rattail cord running through the plastic stopper, knotted at one end to form a loop.]
- Take a small amount (a teaspoon or two should be ample for most vials/bottles) of rock salt crystals (the brand name in Australia is Saxa and they’ll look something like this, available in supermarkets) and place in a cup or bowl. Add a drop or two of food colouring and stir it through the crystals with a spoon. Leave to dry for an hour or so.
- Add desired scent to the coloured salt crystals. Again, this will only be a few drops. Again leave to dry, as this will make handling the salt much easier and stop oil oozing out the top of your bottle.
- If you want extra sparkle, mix glitter into your salt!
- Spoon coloured and scented salt into bottle or vial. You may need to DIY a paper funnel (by rolling a sheet of paper at an angle so one end is narrow and the other wide) to do this, because I didn’t own a funnel small enough.
- Close stopper or screw cap. Thread cap with chain or cord. If your bottles are like mine with a very narrow hole, you may need to push the rattail cord through the stopper with a needle.
That’s it! Finding the components is far more involved than actually making the necklaces. You can do what I did with my right-hand bottle and mix different-coloured rock salt crystals together in the one pendant; I think it looks super pretty.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask away.