While I was dreaming up this year’s Christmas projects, I really loved the idea of a Christmas Eve Pillow Mist—something you could spritz over your bed before crawling between the sheets and listening for reindeer on the roof. I decided to give it a bit of a twist, though, and stray a touch from the typical Christmas scent blends.


The majority of this blend is fir essential oil, which has always smelled exactly of Christmas trees to me. If your nostalgia prefers pine, spruce, or cedar, feel free to substitute.


The secondary note is roman chamomile, which is more prominent than you might think from just four drops. Its calming apples and hay scent helps lull you off to sleep.


A hint of exotic frankincense and myrrh essential oils add a unique scent hit and a call-out to the gifts of the magi. Last but not least a few drops of spice and a touch of bright orange rounds out the blend.


The final mist is clean and lightly spiced. It’s Christmassy, but not cliché. I like it.

Christmas Eve Pillow Mist

15 drops fir essential oil
1 drop cinnamon bark essential oil
1 drop clove bud essential oil
3 drops orange essential oil
4 drops roman chamomile essential oil
2 drops benzoin essential oil
3 drops frankincense essential oil (optional)
2 drops myrrh essential oil (optional)

Equal volume of polysorbate 20

15mL | 1 tbsp 99% isopropyl alochol

Water, to fill

60mL/2oz spray bottle

Count the essential oils out into the bottom of your bottle and top off with an equal volume of solubilizer. Swirl to combine.

If you don’t want to use solubilizer you can simply dissolve the essential oils in perfumery alcohol (cheap, high proof vodka will do) and use that as your spritz. I opted not to use my Turkey Red Oil/Guar Gum alternative here for two reasons: 1) It’s a bit too thick to properly mist, and tends to squirt too heavily for a pleasant pillowcase application experience; 2) Turkey Red Oil will leave your pillowcase oily, and you likely won’t want to be rubbing your face and hair on that all night.