Homemade Scented Fog Juice (How to Make)

  • By: Kevin
  • Date: November 27, 2022
  • Time to read: 7 min.
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Do you want to make your own scented fog juice? It’s really easy, and in this blog post, I will show you how. 

You can make scented fog juice with glycerin, distilled water, and fragrance oil. Mix the water and glycerin in a container. The ratio of glycerin should not exceed 35%. Add fragrance oil and let the mixture sit before using it. If you want glycerin-free fog juice, you can use dry ice instead.

This is a great project for parties, events, or just to have some fun at home. You can use any scent you like, and the possibilities are endless.

I will give you a few ideas to get started but feel free to experiment with your own combinations. Let’s get started.

How to Make Homemade Scented Fog Juice

It is easy to make homemade scented fog juice, and you only need a few ingredients that you probably already have at home.

You will need:

  • Distilled water
  • Food-grade glycerin (you can find this at most pharmacies)
  • Fragrance oil or Essential oils with fragrance (these can be found at health food stores)
  • A small bottle or jar
  • A measuring cup

Here’s how to go about it:

Gather you materials

On a big empty table, gather all the materials you need: water, glycerin, essential oils, a small bottle or jar, and a measuring cup. Be sure to have everything within reach so you can work quickly and efficiently.

Decide the density of fog you want

It is important to mention that the more glycerine you use, the thicker and longer-lasting your fog will be. So, depending on what effect you are going for, you can adjust the amount of glycerine you add to the recipe.

Mix water and glycerin

Depending on how dense of a fog you want, mix water and glycerin in the appropriate ratio. Here’s a basic guideline:

For light fog, make the mixture 75-80% water to 25-20% glycerin. For moderate fog, use 70% water and 30% glycerin. For dense fog, mix 65% water with 35% glycerin.

The lighter the fog, the less time it will last. The denser the fog, the longer it will last, but it may be more difficult to see through.

Add fragrance oil

Once you’ve mixed your water and glycerin, it’s time to add fragrance. You can use any essential oil or combination of oils that you like.

Just remember, a little goes a long way. Start with just a few drops and add more if you want a stronger scent.

Some good essential oils for fog are peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, or citrus.

Allow the mixture to sit

Once you have mixed everything, put the mixture in a water bottle or a jar with a lid. Shake it well for about 30 seconds, and then allow it to sit for about 20-30 minutes.

This will give the essential oils time to blend with the other ingredients.

You can then use your fog juice in a fog machine or diffuser. Be sure to store it in a cool, dark place when you’re not using it.

How to Make Glycerine-free Scented Fog Juice

You can also make glycerine-free scented fog juice. This is a good option if you want to avoid using glycerine for personal reasons or if you want a lighter fog.

Dry ice is the best option for glycerine-free fog, but it can be difficult to find and handle. If you want to use dry ice, make sure you wear gloves and eye protection.

However, I must mention that dry ice fog juice does not hold a scent very well. So if you really need the scent, you might want to stick with the glycerine recipe.

What you will need

  • 5-10 lbs. dry ice
  • A large bowl or can
  • Distilled water
  • Fragrance oil or Scented Essential oil
  • Gloves

To make glycerine-free fog juice, start by adding huge chunks of dry ice to the bowl. Be sure to wear your gloves while handling the dry ice.

Open windows and doors to let some of the carbon dioxides out, as they will build up quickly in a small space.

Pour some essential oil into the bowl containing the dry ice. Now boil some distilled water and add some more scents.

Make sure the water is between 49 to 82 degrees Celsius. If it’s too cold, the fog won’t form properly.

Pour the distilled water into the bowl with the dry ice and essential oil. Be careful, as the mixture will start to smoke immediately. Stir everything together quickly and carefully.

You may use a container with a hose so that the smoke comes out from one end only. Doing this will make the fog last longer.

And there you have it. Two different recipes for scented fog juice. Choose the one that best suits your needs, and enjoy creating some amazing effects with your fog machine.

Just be sure to use caution when handling dry ice and always ventilate the room well when using any kind of fog juice.

Tips for Safely Making Scented Fog Juice at Home

As always, safety is the number one priority when working with any kind of chemical. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe when making your own scented fog juice:

  • Ventilate your space

It is important that you ventilate the room when making and using scented fog juice. Fog machines release a lot of smoke and fumes, so it’s important to have good ventilation.

If you’re using a fog machine in a small space, be sure to open doors and windows to let the smoke out.

  • Use gloves and eye protection

When handling dry ice, it’s important to wear gloves and eye protection. The dry ice can cause frostbite, so you want to avoid any contact with your skin. And as always, it’s important to protect your eyes from chemicals.

Don’t use too much essential oil/fragrance oil.

A little goes a long way when it comes to essential oils. You only need a few drops to scent your fog juice. If you use too much, the smell can be overwhelming.

  • Don’t use glycol

While some fog machines use glycol, it’s not something you want to use at home. Glycol is a toxic substance and can be dangerous if inhaled for a long time.

If you’re looking for a glycerine-free recipe, you would rather use the dry ice recipe.

  • Beware of smoke detection

If you have a smoke detector, it is important to know that the smoke produced by the fog machine can trigger it. So, if you’re using a fog machine in your home, be sure to disable the smoke detector or keep it far away from the machine.

  • Beware of your warranty

You can void the warranty of your fog machine if you use homemade fog juice. So, if you’re concerned about your warranty, it’s best to stick with store-bought fog juice.

  • Keep kids and pets away

As with any chemicals, you want to keep kids and pets away from the area you’re making and using scented fog juice. The fumes can be harmful, so it’s best to err on the side of caution.

Homemade Scented Fog Juice FAQs

Can I make scented fog juice without glycerine?

Yes, you can make scented fog juice without glycerine. One way to do this is to use dry ice instead of glycerine.

Can I make scented fog juice without essential oils?

You can make unscented fog juice by simply omitting the essential oils from the recipe. Instead, you can use fragrance oils such as anise oil, rain oil, or citrus oil.

Can I make scented fog juice without dry ice?

Yes, you can make scented fog juice without dry ice. One way to do this is to use glycerine instead of dry ice.

Is it safe to inhale fog from a fog machine?

In general, it is safe to be in the same room as a fog machine. However, if you have asthma or other respiratory conditions, it’s best to avoid breathing in the smoke.

Additionally, it’s important to ventilate the room well when using a fog machine.

How long does scented fog last in the air?

How long the scent lasts in the air depends on a number of factors. The ratio of glycerine to water in the mixture is the most important factor.

The higher the ratio of glycerine, the longer the scent will last. Additionally, the size of the room, the ventilation, and the type of fragrance oil used will all affect how long the scent lasts.

Is scented fog safe for my furniture?

It is generally safe for the scented fog to come in contact with furniture. However, if you’re using an oil-based fragrance, it’s best to test a small area first to make sure the oil doesn’t damage the finish on your furniture.

Final Thoughts

Scented fog is a great way to add atmosphere to any event. And, with the recipes I have provided above, you can easily make your own scented fog juice at home.

Be sure to follow the safety precautions and have fun. Another common question we hear is can I put perfume in my diffuser?


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