1/2 teaspoon gellan gum

1 cup distilled water

1/4 cup vodka or rubbing alcohol

20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil

food coloring (optional)


  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the gellan gum and distilled water until the gum is fully dispersed.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until it comes to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and becomes clear.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vodka or rubbing alcohol. This will help to preserve the gel and prevent bacterial growth.
  4. Stir in the essential oil and food coloring (if using) until well combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into a glass jar or container and allow it to cool and set at room temperature. The gel should thicken as it cools and will be fully set after a few hours.
  6. Once the gel has set, it is ready to use as an air freshener. Simply place the jar or container in the desired location and enjoy the refreshing scent.

Low acyl gellan gum is typically the preferred type of gellan gum for creating air freshener gels, as it produces a firmer and more stable gel.

Low acyl gellan gum forms a stronger and more rigid gel than high acyl gellan gum, which makes it more suitable for applications where a stable and long-lasting gel is required, such as in air freshener gels. High acyl gellan gum, on the other hand, forms a softer and more delicate gel, which is more suitable for products that require a softer texture, such as dairy products.

I hope this updated recipe is helpful.The recipe I provided is a simple and basic recipe for making an air freshener gel using gellan gum. While it is not a recipe typically used in professional settings, it should produce a functional and effective air freshener gel for personal use.

Professional recipes may require more precise measurements, additional ingredients, or specific equipment to achieve specific textures or scents. If you are looking for a recipe for professional use, it's best to consult with a professional formulation specialist or a manufacturer who specializes in producing air fresheners. They can provide you with a recipe that is tailored to your specific needs and requirements.