Making Sachets with Essential Oils

Making Sachets with Essential Oils

I don’t just use essential oils to help me treat any particular issues, health or physical. I also use them because I like their scent. Don’t you? I find ways to make my clothes and my home smell like my favorite scents rather than commercial scents. Scented sachets help accomplish that very thing. They are something you should always have in your home. They are great for helping freshen the air in your closets and your drawers. They are really nice in your office, purse, suitcase, etc. And they make great gifts.

You don’t have to be really crafty nor do you have to sew to make these. You just need to know how to decide what scents you want.  So let’s get started on how to put these together.

Clay potsGetting started

First thing you need to do is decide what you want to use for a receptacle. There are two kinds you can use: hard and soft. For hard receptacles, clay pots are best because the scent of the oils will gradually seep through the pot over a period of weeks or months. They work great in closets because you can hang it off of a hanger, put it on a shelf, or on the floor.

With soft receptacles, you are looking at some type of cloth bag. You can go as simple as a knee-hi nylon, or as expensive as a decorated silk bag. You’ll want to decide on the size you need and how you want it to look.

For gifts, some people like to take a cute, 100% cotton printed fabric and make a 3×5 inch bag. You Yellow sachet bagcan make it with a drawstring or just tie a string or ribbon around the top. If you know how to sew and have access to a sewing machine, it’s very simple to just sew a small bag.

If you do not sew and want to make your own, cut out a 12×12 inch square of the fabric of choice and use string, ribbon, or yarn to tie it off.

You want a fabric that will breathe. Silk, 100% cotton, or linen are usually best if you want it to look nice. You don’t want the fabric too thick.

If you are making one for shoes, a sock works great, as recommended in our article on stinky shoes.

Possible materials for a soft bag

Knitted, crocheted, 100% cotton, gauze, silk, mesh, sheer fabric, sock, nylon knee-high or cut off bottom of stockings, cheesecloth

Orange, Cinnamon, Anise potpourri ingredientsSecond

Next thing you need to decide is what type of stuffing you want. That can really vary. Herbs are often used. You can also use  leftover fabric, cotton balls, or old washcloths. Wood shavings and other potpourri ingredients work as well.

Some people like to make these to be used in a bath. With those, you can also use sea salt in the stuffing.

The sachets I make for my own drawers, I use put the oils on an old washcloth, roll it up, and slide a knee-stocking over it and tie off the top. It’s basic, not really pretty, but it works very nicely for my needs.

Possible herbs

Star anise, lavender, sage, yarrow, rose hips, rose petals, peppermint, cedar shavings, cinnamon sticks, clove buds, dried orange, dried lime, chamomile

Sachet of herbs in yellow bagHow to make

Once you have chosen your receptacle and your stuffing, decide how much of the stuffing you will use. If you are using a 12×12 inch square of fabric for your receptacle, lay a small pile of the stuffing in the center of the square. Not too big, just approximately 1/2 a cup worth. Add 30-60 drops of the essential oil(s) of choice to the stuffing and mix it in. If you are using herbs for your stuffing, make sure you choose oil(s) that go with the scent of the herbs.

If you want to use more than one oil and are unsure what to put with it, look up the article about the oil on here and there will be a list of essential oils it is compatible with.

Once it’s all mixed in, add stuffing to the receptacle. With a 12×12 inch square, gather the outer edges together and tie off.

Oils and blends

Lavender oil is probably the top oil used for sachets. Next are many of the other flower oils. The medicinal and herbal scents are mostly used for bath sachets. Your favorite oil or blend is always a great plan. I have a certain blend I use  in the sachets I make for my dresser drawers. It’s my  favorite and it’s my signature scent. If you don’t have a signature scent or if you are wanting to make some fun ones for gifts, below are some possible ideas for blends. Also, if you have a favorite diffusion or massage blend from another article, by all means use that.

JC’s Spice Blend

  • 20 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 15 drops Clove Bud
  • 10 drops Red Mandarin
  • 5 drops Nutmeg

Silk sachet bag with rhinestonesFor Alertness

  • 20 drops Peppermint
  • 18 drops Lime
  • 11 drops Rosemary (5)


  • 10 drops Geranium
  • 10 drops Sandalwood
  • 10 drops Lemon (5)


  • 10 drops Jasmine
  • 10 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 10 drops Vanilla Extract
  • 5 drops Sandalwood
  • 5 drops Rose (1)

Bath SachetRefreshing Herbal

  • 10 drops Tea Tree
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
  • 5 drops Lemongrass
  • 5 drops Benzoin (1)

Citrus Blend

  • 25 drops Lime
  • 15 drops Orange
  • 10 drops Patchouli (5)


  • 12 drops Pine Needles
  • 24 drops Balsam of Peru
  • 12 drops Cedarwood
  • 12 drops Patchouli (3)

For Stuffy Closets

  • 15 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
  • 15 drops Lavender
  • 15 drops Rosemary (4)

Lavender herb and salts sachet bath bagTangerine Dream

  • 6 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 21 drops Lavender
  • 27 drops Tangerine (4)

Aspen Dreams

  • 20 drops Rosewood
  • 8 drops Cedarwood
  • 8 drops Roman Chamomile (4)

Herb Garden

  • 10 drops Sage
  • 10 drops Ajowan Seed
  • 10 drops Clove Bud
  • 5 drops Bay Leaf
  • 5 drops Mountain Savory

 Purple sachet bags for giftsMinty Fresh

  • 18 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
  • 24 drops Rosemary
  • 12 drops Peppermint (4)

Arabian Nights

  • 18 drops Coriander
  • 18 drops Frankincense
  • 12 drops Lime
  • 12 drops Rose (4)

Flowery Escape

  • 21 drops Rosewood
  • 12 drops Geranium
  • 12 drops Jasmine (4)

Men’s Spice

  • 20 drops Bay Rum
  • 8 drops Cedarwood
  • 8 drops Sandalwood

And finally

What is your favorite scent to use? What do you like to have your clothing and closets smelling like? Please share your recipes in the comment section down below. We would all love to learn something new from you.


Sachet bag with rosesReferences

  1. Green Beauty Recipes: Easy Homemade Recipes to Make Your Own Natural & Organic Skincare, Hair Care, and Body Care Products, by Julie Gabriel
  2. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well Being, by Julia Lawless
  3. Perfumes, Splashes & Colognes: Discovering and Crafting Your Personal Fragrances by Nancy M. Booth
  4. Organic Beauty with Essential Oil: For Natural Skin Care, Hair Care and Bath & Body Products, by Rebecca Park Totilo
  5. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller

Basket of various sachet bags





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I followed directions on making lavender essential oil sachets for a Rubbermaid storage bin containing a few hundred books that had a musty, awful odor from the cardboard box they were in for years.  The scent seems overpowering.  Should I dilute the essential oil and make up the sachets again?  I do not want this bin to make all the books smell that strong!


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