How to Make Aroma Beads 101
Making Aroma Beads
This is based on using 1 pound of aroma beads.
Use 1.5 oz to oz of oil and put it in a glass container or heavy plastic. You can add more oil later
(LESS IS BEST when starting out. (2 TBLS of oil is equal to about 1 ounce, but you
Oils are by weight, NOT volume!
You can always add more oil but you can't take it away.)
We suggest you use about (1.5 - 2 oz) of oil per pound of beads.
Just be careful not to add too much. You can add additional oil if you feel the need,
Using Pigment Powders & Mica Powder:
Our containers come with a small measuring spoon, for your ease in measuring. Just put in a spoon
Just swish the color in the oil until it looks dissolved. You can also use the flat end of a chop stick
If using Essential oils, BE careful. They absorb twice as fast as fragrance oils and sometimes
You CANNOT use food coloring or skin safe dye. It will bead up in the oil
Add MICA right to the oil and swish. It is easier than adding afterwards.
Vigorously shake beads for a minute or two to be sure they are all mixed.
Depending on the weight of the fragrance oil, your beads could take from
a few hours to a day or two before the beads are complete.
If it is not soaking up as fast as you would like, you can add additional beads.
Be sure you buy your beads from a reputable company.
Ask the company if they test their beads from fragrance to baking.
If they do not, DO NOT USE THEM!
Some beads are not absorbing and you could be hoaxed in to buying them.
* For example, the beads in beanie babies WILL NOT WORK! Beads that stay whit will NOT melt.
There are numerous types of beads out there. Choose wisely.
* NOTE: Every time you walk by your beads, pick up the container and shake them.
Essential oils do work differently. DO NOT leave them stand for very long,
as they normally cure very quickly. Citrus oils will also usually cure quicker.
Orange Sherbet /Dreamsicle, Lemon and any citrus fragrances can clump.
Just break apart with you hands. It will not stay so don't panic!
Citrus cure quickly.
When the beads are done, they should be dry to the touch and the jar should
shake clean of beads on the sides. There may be a bit of residue at the bottom of jar,
but that is okay. Throw in a few unscented beads and shake in the jar.
Add them to your beads.
Most oils will cure within a 24 hours or less, Some heavier oils may day 2-3 days to absorb.
* NOTE: Cure your beads at least 4-5 additional days before packaging or melting
for air fresheners. (SEE Making Air Freshener Ornaments)
The less the time you let them sit, the less time they will keep their smell!
There are many possibilities. Mix and match scents with different colors.
Sell them by the ounce or by the pound. They are great for profit and fundraisers.
Good luck and have fun!
There are many recipes out there and people who will tell you an incorrect way
WHEN STARTING OUT: If using for ornaments, read our section on making aroma bead ornaments. This will give you additional information. It is in our recipe section.