How To Make Scented Paper With Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils

Have fun making Scented Paper with essential oils and fragrance oils and why not send scented Holiday greeting cards too? Add an extra twist and dimension that your recipients will love and bring some joy to their day. 

Let the aromas of essential oils like Rose Geranium, Mandarin, and Cardamom remind your family and friends to slow down and take a breath.  Or use Basil and Eucalyptus with a dash of Sweet Orange or Mandarin essential oils for the perfect uplifting aroma for a scented birthday card or fragrant wedding invitation.

Remind the kids of home with fragrance oils like Fruit Loops and Birthday Cake. Send a risque love note with Our Version Of Bombshell by Victoria’s Secret for an alluring moment to remember. Send holiday joy in your greeting cards with Christmas Splendour and if you fancy a holiday variation, try Roasted Pine Cone as a gorgeous seasonal alternative. 

Why Make Scented Paper With Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils?

Scented Paper With Essential Oils

It's the time of year when we send the most letters and greetings cards, why not make yours stand out by making Scented Paper with essential oils and fragrance oils?

There are so many innovative ways that you can use these fragrant missives to bring yourself closer to those you love this Holiday Season.

    • If you are away from your significant other, why not send your card imbued with your Signature Scent, so it is unmistakably you? Remind them of what they are missing.
    • Are your kids away at college? Remind them of home with your Signature House Scent and bring them familiarity and comfort.
    • Let Granny know you miss her and her famous holiday Gingerbread and use a Gingerbread fragrance oil.
    • Perhaps, you are sending a letter of support and want to add an extra twist with essential oils like Mandarin to give them an emotional boost as well as a psychological one.

You can bring that extra dimension to your paper offering. Have fun scenting your letters, birthday cards, or holiday-themed cards with essential oils and fragrance oils.

Scent is the strongest of our senses that will stimulate our memories and we can use this to our benefit to send a little something ‘extra’. Use these wonderful ideas to send the kids some extra love from home, or remind Mom and Dad of happy times on holidays or high days with scents that are special to your family.

Give your loved ones a little something more exciting and meaningful, when they open their mail this year. 

My Favorite Essential Oils For Scented Paper With Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils

Scented Paper With Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils

This might sound daft, but the perfect choice for Scented Paper with essential oils and fragrance oils is any you happen to spill or knock over. Grab a tissue or a cloth and quickly mop it all up. Now, you have oil-soaked cloth or tissue that you can pop into a box to scent your paper.

This happened to me recently with a bottle of Kaffir Lime essential oil, I knocked 75% of the essential oil all over my desk. The soaked tissues ended up in a ziplock bag, barely open in my lingerie drawer, where it is still doing its thing, all these months later. Of course, I used one of the tissues to scent some paper too as a gift for a friend. She had no clue it was ‘repurposed essential oil’, well… until now! 

Aside from using rescued essential oils, these are some of my favorites:

Safety Note: As these are not intended for topical use in this project, I have yet to include the essential oil safety data, should you wish to use them topically please consult their individual webpages and safety data. 

Rose Geranium (Pelargonium asperum var roseum)

Rose Geranium brings you its glorious floral tones with those hits of fresh green notes. Beautifully romantic and essentially feminine it’s a wonderful choice for the women in your life.

It’s also a good choice for those who are stressed and experiencing a little anxiety in life. Send a letter of support imbued with the calming scent of Rose Geranium in your scented paper. 

Blends well with: Other florals like Ylang Ylang and Lavender. Green notes like Basil and Clary Sage. Earthy notes like Patchouli and Vetiver. 

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)

Fresh, bright, and zingy is one of my favorites for this purpose. It’s such a beautiful essential oil for its calming properties, which are also useful for reducing stress and anxiety.

Yet, it still has that wonderful uplifting ability that you find in other citrus-based oils. It gives your recipient that beautiful uplifting zing and a sense of calm, comfort, and reassurance. Making it perfect for those who might be struggling at this time of the year.

It’s an ideal choice for those away from home, those who might be grieving, and those who have too much on their plates.

Blends well with: Other citrus essential oils like Sweet Orange, Lime, and Grapefruit. Citrus notes of Lemongrass and May Chang. Spices like Cardamom, Ginger, and Cinnamon. 

Cardamon (Elettaria cardamomum)

I ventured out into the big wide world yesterday and into ‘shops’ and I was hit by a wave of sickly sweet Vanilla and Cinnamon from the holiday fragrances being pumped into them. I find Cardamom is a grown-up version of Cinnamon. Less thuggish, more subtle, and more evocative, and I much prefer it at this time of the year.

It has wonderfully ranged notes, through green, right down into deep warming spice. It’s a complex essential oil too with many benefits.

It is wonderfully balancing and restorative so perfect for those who are busy and perhaps need to be reminded to slow down a little. Ideal to remind us, that sometimes stopping and just ‘being’ with family, is all we need at this time of year.

Blends well with: Other citrus essential oils like Mandarin and Sweet Orange.  Spices like Ginger, Nutmeg, and Cinnamon. Woods like Cedarwood and Sandalwood.

Frankincense (Boswellia serrata)

What else is more appropriate at this time of the year? Luckily Frankincense is a truly beautiful essential oil and can be used on its own or blended with its usual counterpart Myrrh for an authentic holiday experience. 

Wonderfully serene, comforting, and reassuring, it's a great choice for a more subtle way to say ‘Stop and smell the Roses’. It does, after all, blend beautifully with Rose too. 

Blends well with: Florals like Rose, Ylang Ylang, and Chamomile. Spices like Cardamom, Ginger, and Clove. Woods like Cedarwood and the Earthy notes like Patchouli and Vetiver. 

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) and Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)

Ok, so this is essentially a blend and I have to say that It is one that I use time and again to send something bright, fresh, clean, and uplifting. It’s perfect for celebrations and mixed with Mandarin essential oil packs a bright fresh zing of gloriousness.

Uplifting, stimulating, and joyful, perfect for birth announcements, wedding invitations, and birthday cards.

Blends well with: Florals like Rose Geranium and Lavender. Citrus essential oils like Lime and Grapefruit and those with citrus notes like May Chang and Lemongrass. It can easily be made more masculine with woods like Sandalwood and the earthy notes of Vetiver, Yarrow, and Patchouli.

You can have great fun blending your essential oils to suit your recipient’s occasion and mood.

My Favorite Fragrance Oils For Scented Paper With Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils

Fragrance oils are perfect for Scented Paper with essential oils, as well, since they are so versatile to use.

No one knows your intended recipient better than you, so have fun choosing the perfect fragrance oils for them. In the meantime, here are some of my favorites.

Fruit Loops

Perfect for the big and little kids in your life, like an explosion of a fresh, zingy fruit salad, it is packed with oodles of childlike fun. 

Remind the big kids of home or give your little kids a thrill in their birthday or holiday cards. 

Fragrance Notes 

    • Top: Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit
    • Mid: Lavender, Orange
    • Bottom: Vanilla, Sandalwood

For more exciting and innovative ideas on how to use this fragrance oil, check out Fruit Loops - Fragrance Oil Of The Week.

Our Version Of Bombshell By Victoria's Secret

Want to give your partner a bit of a thrill with something seductive and sultry? Remind them of what they are missing.

Maybe you want a bit of ‘je ne sais quoi’ to your Holiday greeting cards this year or a naughty intimate invitation for your partner's eyes only. Tantalizing and thrilling, it’s the perfect choice for a bit of adult fun.

Fragrance Notes

    • Top: Orange, Lemon, Apple, Peach
    • Mid: Jasmine, Rose
    • Bottom: Amber, Woodsy

For more ideas on how to use this fragrance oil, check out Bombshell By Victoria's Secret (Our Version Of) - Fragrance Oil Of The Week.

Christmas Splendour

This is the perfect traditional choice for your Holiday greeting cards and letters. It has such an evocative scent of Christmas. 

Rich in warm and fragrant spices and that comforting scent of Vanilla. It’s what will set your holiday greetings apart from the crowd. 

Fragrance Notes

    • Top: Cinnamon
    • Mid: Clove
    • Bottom: Vanilla, Spice

Roasted Pine Cone

If you fancy something festive, but a little bit different, then this is just the ticket. 

It is like a walk through the forest in the first snow of Winter, and then walking back into the warming comforts of home.

I just love this one for an alternative holiday fragrance, it is both light and fresh but fully rounded and beautifully anchored with those Vanilla notes. 

Perfect for those of you who are not keen on too much spice, or just fancy a change from it. 

Fragrance Notes

    • Top Notes: Pine
    • Middle Notes: Raspberry
    • Base Notes: Caramel, Vanilla

For more exciting and innovative ideas on how to use this fragrance oil, check out Roasted Pine Cone - Fragrance Oil Of The Week.

Birthday Cake

Well, it is what it says on the label, birthday cake in a bottle. Celebrate with the sweet, unmistakable scent of the ubiquitous and coveted birthday cake.

It’s perfect for everyone’s birthday and celebrations. It’s also the ideal choice for birthday party invitations, get them salivating and ready to party before they even arrive! 

Make no mistake though, this is a sweet confection but can be balanced wonderfully with bright, fresh, and zingy scent notes, like Citrus and Mints.

Fragrance Notes

    • Top: Frosting, Vanilla
    • Mid: Bakery notes
    • Bottom: Buttercream, Sugar

How to Make Scented Paper With Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils

seasonal gift box

The actual process of making Scented Paper with essential oils and fragrance oils is stupendously easy, you just need a little time and patience. As the photo above suggests, paper products are just the beginning…..

You will need:

    • Greetings Cards of your choice - Homemade are even better.
    • Note paper and envelopes
    • A tightly lidded plastic box. Large enough to hold all of your paper and cards, with ample room remaining at the sides. 
    • Cotton Wool

Want to Make Packs For Holiday Gifting? You Will Also Need:

    • Air-tight sealing bags or a Vacuum Sealer machine and bags.
    • Labels


    • Your chosen fragrance oils and essential oils.
    • How much you need depends on the amount of paper or greeting cards that you intend to send.

Notes on Ingredients:

To scent a stack of 50 commercial greeting cards or 100 pieces of note paper, I would use approximately 3 ml of (combined) essential oils or I would use approximately 5-10 ml of fragrance oil. 

Be guided by the strength and intensity of your chosen oils. You will need less of Vetiver compared to Mandarin, for example. 

It’s always worth adding a good strong essential oil or fragrance oil base note to help anchor the overall fragrance and give it a long-lasting effect. 


    1. Stack your greeting cards and note paper neatly in the plastic box.
    2. Do not use rubber or elasticated bands. They tend to mark the paper and you also want to create space for some airflow. That way the scent can penetrate the fibers of the paper more readily.
    3. It might be worth doing a second box if you have a large amount of cards or paper to scent.
    4. Onto your cotton wool, drop a few drops of your choice of essential oils or fragrance oils, taking care not to get it on your fingers.
    5. Take the cotton wool and place it right in the corners and up the sides of the box where it will NOT touch your greeting cards or papers. If you let it touch, you risk getting oil stains on your beautiful stationery. 
    6. Pop the lid back on carefully, taking care not to disturb your careful stacking and placement. Then leave it somewhere out of the way, for at least a week.

In The Following Days

    1. Try on every second day to shuffle and rearrange the papers and cards. This will help them to end up more evenly scented.
    2. Try them after a week, but if you feel they need longer, refresh the essential oil and/or fragrance oil and leave them in the box for a little longer. 
    3. It’s also time to consider if there might be too many pieces of paper or too many greeting cards in your box. Simply take some out and do another box.
    4. You can simply store it all in the box. Leave the oil-infused cotton wool in there to keep things highly scented. Refresh it periodically, to keep things super fresh and intense. 
    5. As and when you need your greeting cards and scented note paper, take out what you need and replace the lid. 
    6. As you can see, this simple process allows you to individually scent papers/cards in several different boxes. You could have a holiday box, a birthday box and an inspirational box, the only limit is your imagination. 
    7. Every so often, clean your plastic box, with hot soapy water, as oil will be transferred to the plastic and you don’t want to ruin your precious stationery in future batches.

Packaging Ideas For Gifting Your Scented Paper With Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils:

    1. You can easily package your Scented Paper with essential oils and fragrance oils or greetings cards in packs of 3, 5, 8, or 10.
    2. Simply use heat-sealing bags or air-tight-sealing bags, or you can even vacuum seal them for extra freshness and fragrance retention. 
    3. Always be sure to label them clearly.

How to Use

    1. Remove your Scented Paper with essential oils and fragrance oils from the box or packets and simply write them in the usual way
    2. Have lots of fun creating happy memories and sending some fragrant joy across the miles to friends and family. 

The Final Word

Greeting Card

It is so simple to make your own Scented Paper with essential oils and fragrance oils and you get such effective results. I do hope that you will add that extra dimension to your holiday letters and greetings cards this year and for many years after. 

It’s one of those things that once you start, it’s rather hard to stop. Whenever I send my scented note paper or cards, I always get great feedback on how surprising and welcome it was. I also get asked where I bought it from, it always seems appropriate to send a few back, as a gift, in response to the compliment. They are always warmly received.

In these days of mostly electronic communication, we all still love a handwritten and heartfelt letter at heart. Who would love one from you? 

Maybe you are doing a family newsletter, go the extra mile and add that unexpected dimension. However you choose to use your Scented Paper with essential oils and fragrance oils, may it bring you and your recipients happiness and joy.

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