Lava Rock Potpourri

This post was inspired by a product we fell in love with on a recent trip to the Bay Area. After coffee at the Depot in Mill Valley, we popped into Summer House where we were intrigued by a mysterious  dark metal container housing lava stones. Beside it was a small bottle of perfume.

Turns out,  Mad et Len is a fragrance house based in Saint Julien de Verdun in the South of France and since their inception they have earned a cult following. Allowing nature to inspire their creations, one of their bestsellers are these hand crafted iron pot apothecaries with lava stones harvested from the Sahara desert. The porous stones are the perfect medium to hold and diffuse the essential oils and perfume, slowly releasing their fragrance over time.

The set is sold with a bottle of essential oil to replenish the stones once the scent begins to fade. I loved the whole concept until I saw the price tag! At 110.00 +, it was a splurge I was hesitant to make. Since I live in Hawaii where lava stones are in abundance, why not try to recreate the idea for much less?

Upon returning home, I set out to find the materials needed. I found an 0ld copper bowl I had once used as a candle base. Then I went in search of lava stones and after a few minutes of digging around my farm, I had a nice handful!


I wet the stones first and let them dry, then arranged them in the bowl and doused them with a combination of my favorite essential oils from doTERRA. I also love oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Feel free to experiment with whatever scents you love. I usually go with the earthier, woody scents like sandalwood, patchouli and cedar, with lighter hints of vanilla and rose. You can also choose scents for a specific need, such as citronella for warding off mosquitos or lavender for relaxation. Since the fragrance does fade over time, it’s nice to keep a bottle (or two) of oils in close proximity to your vessel of rocks, so that you can give it a splash when needed.

Hope you enjoy!








  • Kaya Capella
    Posted at 21:50h, 28 August Reply

    What a great idea! Totally going to try this

    • ana
      Posted at 16:51h, 06 September Reply

      Thanks Kaya…I hope you try it

  • Lulie
    Posted at 01:23h, 31 August Reply

    Love the idea! Love the blog

  • Carrie Parrish
    Posted at 02:04h, 04 September Reply

    Such a great idea!

    • ana
      Posted at 16:50h, 06 September Reply

      Thanks Carrie!

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