Scent Blends For DIY Sneaker Balls
We’ve talked about how to make your own sneaker balls in the past… now the question is, how do you make your own scent blends? This is a vital part of the process since it’s what adds your own personal touch. If you’re anything like me then you’re probably pretty picky about which fragrances you use in your daily life. I’m notoriously hard to shop for when it comes to perfume! There’s nothing wrong with this, however. After all, you’re the one who has to live with the smell in your day to day life!
But, why? Why make your shoes smell like lavender or a sugar cookie? It’s really not just about the shoes themselves. It also makes your feet smell good! You know those socks that smell like peppermint? Special blends have the same effect on your shoes. This means not only will your shoes not smell like a garbage can, but you’ll also smell great through the day! Of course, this does require you use your DIY sneaker balls on the regular.
These blends are fantastic for a variety of reasons. One of them is the ability to control the ingredients and the assurance that you know exactly what goes into the blend. Those who struggle with allergies, or who choose to live a more holistic life, will especially benefit from this. They’re also pretty cheap to make, honestly, and you might even have some of the ingredients kicking around at home. You just can’t beat a good deal, and that’s exactly what these DIY sneaker balls provide!
The first thing you need to understand is the different scent families. These are important because they’re the basis of whatever “flavor” you’re trying to whip up. These scent families are used across the board- from candles to soap, to perfume! They’re a great way to classify scents so you know exactly what you’re getting. Now, let’s look at the three different classes:
- Natural and Woodsy: Think of leather, fresh cut grass, and lush forests. Natural scents are clean, crisp, and earthy. This is my favorite, personally. You may want to match these to your hiking boots, and your leather shoes.
- Warm and Spicy: We’re in the full swing of Fall, and it’s time to kick out the delicious scents that are the hallmark of this season. Cinnamon, bergamot, and honey are three scents that belong in this category.
- Floral: And, of course, floral scents. These are easily the biggest, most popular family in the group. Almost everybody has a floral scent that they absolutely adore… myself included! There are some fantastic floral perfumes out there. Lavender, rose, and more are, of course, categorized in this group.
There are so many scent styles out there, even within the three families! Mix and match to your heart’s content, and be brave with your blends. You may find some unlikely combinations that work perfectly together. Don’t worry, though, if you aren’t feeling creative. I have some blends below that I personally suggest, and the ingredients you need to make them happen.
Making Your Own Blends
Now it’s time for the good stuff! We’re going to talk about how, exactly, you turn your mash-up of ingredients into a perfectly crafted blend. It’s fairly simple, to be honest. The hardest part is figuring out which scents you want to use!
What You Need:
In order to make a blend, you’re going to start with baking soda. Be careful of some ingredients, since some may react with the baking soda and turn into a paste. Citric acid, for example, has a habit of doing this. It may take some trial and error, but you’ll figure it out. If you’re using a liquid, like essential oils or extracts, I suggest spraying or soaking dried flowers or something similar. Let them dry, make sure they smell strong, and then combine this dry mixture with the baking soda. This helps you avoid the reaction!
So, essentially you’re just mixing baking soda together with your blend of choice! It’s a pretty simple process. For a more in-depth guide on the process, click here for my guide on DIY sneaker balls.
What You Can Use
There is a huge number of products that can be used in these blends… some of which may come as a surprise. Keep in mind that some ingredients may react with baking soda. This isn’t a huge deal since baking soda is generally harmless… but you may have to make adjustments in order to make your blend work. Here are some of my favorite ones:
- Perfume: Have a favorite scent you wear on the daily? Just spritz the rest of the ingredients with it and boom! You have a thoroughly scented mix to use for your DIY sneaker balls!
- Dried Flowers: Of course, if you’re looking for a floral scent then dried flowers are a great addition. Look for highly scented mixes that will give you a strong scent. I suggest using these in conjunction with essential oils since dried flowers do lose some of their potency.
- Essential Oils: As I just mentioned, essential oils are fantastic for this purpose! There are a large number of them available, most of which you can get on Amazon for a pretty low price. Adding a few drops is an easy-peasy way to give yourself the boost of scent you’re looking for.
- Extracts: Vanilla is what you’ll think of immediately, but there are way more extracts than that! Orange, licorice, and more are all fantastic for sneaker balls.
- Spices: Have some cinnamon laying around? It’s a great spice to use for maximum effect!
- Herbs: Thyme, mint, catnip… Most of these you’ll already have in your home, but if you don’t they aren’t hard to get ahold of! Make sure you’re using dried versions since fresh herbs will end up rotting… which will end up making your sneakers smell even more. Catnip is especially great since it has a strong, but sweet, smell. It’s actually in the mint family!
How To Make A Blend
The first thing you need to do is pick the flavor you want to go for. Do you want something fresh and crisp, or do you want a smooth, warm scent? Are you in love with the scents of the great outdoors, or are you looking for something that makes you think about gardens and greenery? Once you have the scent family squared away, you can start pairing together fragrances. I have some ideas listed out for your below, but it’s really up to you! This is supposed to be the perfect scent for you specifically, so go wild with your combos and see what you like most.
I’ve whipped up some blends myself, and these are the ones that I enjoy the most. You may want to experiment yourself, but these are a good starting point. They’re also pretty general! I think most people will like them.
- Vanilla Lavender: For a vanilla and lavender duo, you’re going to need vanilla extract and dried lavender. You can also use lavender essential oil for an extra boost.
- Chamomile Mint: Dried chamomile is popular for tea, but it’s also great to make scent blends out of. You can combine dried chamomile with dried mint, or even catnip if you don’t have mint on hand. Mint extract is also acceptable, of course.
- Orange Spice: With fall in full swing I, of course, had to include a warm, spicy blend that’s perfect for the spookiest time of the year. Orange extract, vanilla extract, and cinnamon come together to make a fragrance you won’t want to miss.
- Peppermint Mocha: Christmas is coming early this year! This winter-inspired scent is super popular and super scent-sational. Peppermint extract, chocolate extract, and coffee extract will do just fine to help you get into the spirit of the season.
- Old Leather: Is there anything better than the smell of old, broken-in leather? I think not! There are many perfumes that try to embody this cult favorite, and many of them are highly successful in this pursuit. Try spraying some leather-inspired cologne on an herb mix of your choice.
- Caramel Latte: This is a delicious smell that’ll make your mouth water… or inspire you to make a quick Starbucks run. Coffee extract and caramel extract are a great mixture to get this scent, with maybe a little bit of vanilla to make it creamier.
Now that you’re armed with plenty of ideas, go ahead and give it a go. You’ll be surprised at the number of combinations you come up with, and how much fun you’ll have creating them. I think DIY projects have a special appeal. Not only do they save you some money, but they also give you a way to occupy your spare time. So, whether it’s a rainy day indoors or a snow day in, you have a perfect way to kill two birds with one stone. Those birds were, of course, smelly shoes and boredom!