Friday Home Finds – Saje Natural Wellness

I have been wearing the same perfume for over 20 years now. At work, my colleagues know when I have been on the elevator simply by the lingering smell of my Chanel Coco Mademoiselle trademark. I find comfort in fresh and recognizable scents.

I want my home to be an extension of me in the scent department – does that mean I will be spraying my perfume all over the house? Don’t be silly, Coco is not meant for the couch!

The “extension” that I look to create is the familiarity that a scent can emulate. The same way my babies know the smell of their mama, I want them to immediately recognize the smell of their home. In order to do that, I have been using Saje products for nearly a decade now. I have tried many diffusers, candles, plug-in scents but Saje is the only one that I have found that does not smell artificial. Over this past year, I have expanded my love for Saje products to some other household items; below is but a short synopsis of my favourite Saje finds!

1. Diffuser Blends – Scents are such a personal thing that I honestly believe you need to visit a Saje location in order to really get to know their different blends. After trying (and loving!) many, my two absolute favourites for our home are Refresh and Mountain High – both are crisp, clean, uplifting and blended with spearmint which always makes me feel as though I am at a Spa.

2. Diffusers – This is another component that is all about personal preference. I have several diffusers throughout the home – personally, I choose mine to match the decor of the space. The only downfall with Saje diffusers (up until now!) is that they are all plug-in diffusers, so you need to strategically place them near an outlet BUT (!!!) Saje has recently made its first Cordless diffuser – which I am obviously going to get! – and now the possibilities are endless!

3. Room Sprays – Similar to other (non-Saje) diffuser blends, room sprays often smell artificial, but not these ones! The Linen and Fabric Spray is one that I always have on hand to help spruce up any space in our home.

4. Wool Dryer Balls – If you read my DIY Scent Booster post (here!), then you already know that I add Saje Pure Essential Oils to my laundry wash. And for added fragrance and freshness, I also add the same drops to our Saje dryer balls.

5. Natural Bristle Dry Brush – This is one my latest Saje discoveries! All you have to do is stand in your shower (naked (of course!) and dry) and brush your skin starting at your feet and working your way up; then, shower as usual. This works as a natural exfoliator that also helps “wake up” your skin and leaves it feeling really smooth.

6. Aroma Roam – While I’ve already touched upon Saje’s diffusers in #2, this one deserves its own shoutout! If you spend a lot of time in your car or have pets/kids in there, you need this diffuser in your life! It fits in standard cup holders and plugs in to the car’s USB outlet (if you have one) or it also comes with a car adapter. Add water and your favourite blend and you’ll suddenly be fully zen while stuck in traffic!

If you have been clicking on some of my links above, then you’ve probably already discovered a whole world of amazing Saje products (I told you this was just a brief synopsis!). Give them a try and then come back to let me know how much you love them – I’m sure you will!

Please note that Casa Cres is not affiliated with this company; in most cases, the shops featured in my Friday Home Finds are not even aware of their feature prior to posting. The above are purchases that I have personally made for my home.

DIY – Laundry Scent Boosters

For the last 16 months, I have had DIY withdrawal.

We always had a project on the go in our previous homes but, since we’re living in a rental (and our tools are packed away), we haven’t been able to do much in terms of DIY’ing our space. In the past, if I wasn’t updating an area of our house, then I was usually sewing a quilt or clothes for Theo but I haven’t been able to do that either for lack of space. So, my urge to create something (anything!) has got me looking to change up some of my household products that don’t tend to match my decor.

First item that comes to mind – the not-so-pretty bright blue/pink/purple laundry scent boosters. No amount of pretty glass canisters can make those things blend in with my home style. So I’ve made my own – it is super easy, fresh, affordable and (obviously) pretty! [Not to mention more sustainable, non-toxic and better for the environment].

Here’s what you will need:

JAR AND SCOOP

This one is optional but self explanatory – you have to have something to hold the scent boosters, might as well make it look nice.

EPSOM SALT

There are a number of salts that would work here – epsom salt, rock salt, kosher salt. I happened to have Epsom Salt on hand and it’s worked great, so I will likely stick with it. Epsom Salt helps soften your clothes (Fun Fact – many fabric softeners actually contain epsom salt!) and the chloride in the salt helps keeps clothes bright and white.

BAKING SODA

Baking soda is a “superhero” as far as ingredients are concerned. It has countless benefits including fighting odors and it’s also a natural fabric softener.

ESSENTIAL OIL

Any high grade essential oils will work for this recipe. I happen to be a huge fan of Saje Essential Oils – I use their blends in my diffuser daily and love trying different combinations of their pure oils to give my scent boosters the fresh, clean scent. In this recipe, I combined Saje Eucalyptus Oil, Saje Lavender Oil, and Saje Lemon Oil.

How To:

Ingredients –

  • 3 cups – Epsom Salt
  • 1 cup – Baking Soda
  • 60 drops – Essential Oil (add more to taste (or is it smell?…))

Instructions –

  1. Whisk together all ingredients in large bowl until well combined.
  2. Add one scoop (app. 1/4 cup) to washing machine either before or after adding any clothes. I prefer putting half before and the other half on top of the clothes. Use the same amount of laundry detergent as you normally would.
  3. Store in air tight container. Mixture will last up to a year but you’ll likely use it all long before then.
  4. BONUS: For an added fresh scent boost, you can add the same Essential Oil drops to your dryer balls and toss them in the dryer.

And there you have it! Fresh, clean smelling laundry and a pretty mixture on display (for when not in use!). Hope you try this soon and let me know how you like it!