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All the hubbub around Halloween-time makes me crave candy, candy, candy! I thought it would be fun to experiment with Halloween candy-inspired scents, and I came up with two recipes that feature a classic candy ingredient: Anise oil. To me, there is just something about Anise that screams Halloween — I think it has to do with its sweet, spicy fragrance and strange, sinister appearance.

Anise & Ylang Ylang Room/Linen Spray

The first recipe is for a room/linen spray. Anise is a very effective deodorizer, so this is great for freshening up a stuffy room, as well as sofas, curtains, upholstered chairs, dog beds, etc. The addition of Ylang Ylang lends a flowery sweetness to the Anise. Just be sure not to spray this directly over any wood furniture or electronics as it contains essential oils. There is no alcohol in the base — only water — so it is very mild and safe for sensitive noses. Here goes:


  • Distilled water
  • Anise essential oil
  • Ylang Ylang Extra essential oil

Directions: To 4 oz of distilled water (in a dark-colored spray bottle), add 42 drops of Anise essential oil and 6 drops of ylang Ylang Extra Essential oil. Shake well each time before use.

Anise and Cocoa Sugar Scrub

The next recipe is for a delicious-smelling sugar-scrub. The blend of Anise, cocoa, and cinnamon is irresistible! Be sure to dilute the cinnamon oil before using it, as it can cause irritation when undiluted. Use this to soften and smooth rough skin on your hands, feet, and elbows.


  • Sugar
  • Oil (jojoba oil or coconut oil work best as they are relatively scentless, but olive oil can substituted)
  • Liquid Vitamin E
  • Anise essential oil
  • Cocoa Absolute
  • Cinnamon bark essential oil (diluted in oil to 1-5%)

Directions: In a mixing bowl, stir together 40 ml of sugar, 30 ml of your chosen oil, 9 drops of Vitamin E, 20 drops of Anise, 18 drops of cocoa, and 4 drops of diluted cinnamon oil. Blend well until the mixture becomes an oily paste. Store in an air-tight container.

Enjoy your sweet treats, my friends!

Fragrantly Yours, Tara