|Today, I wanted to make a small room spray that could go in my purse. Especially since I am back to my routine in school. It took me a while to get settled. Sometimes I have to use a public restroom when returning from school on my way home. Somedays they don’t smell all that great. Having a pocket sized spray makes any necessary visits much more tolerable. Pocket sizes sprays are perfect for students or those who are on the road a lot. Let’s go to the kitchen to whip up a room spray or two.
Room sprays are so simple. Deceptively so. We also don’t feature them very often. However, a recent email asking me about making room sprays has inspired me to make and write about room sprays. There is huge benefit to making your own room sprays. They can be any scent you desire! For example, I like to make smaller sizes not only because they travel well but I can also change when I feel like it!
To make a room spray, you only need three ingredients. First, you need a fragrance or essential oil. Please remember to adjust to strong scents like peppermint versus milder ones like vanilla. Second, you need water. Don’t worry. You read that right. You need water. Lastly you need Polysorbate. You can use either Polysorbate 80 or Polysorbate 20. Whatever you have on hand will work just fine.
I chose to measure directly into my bottle for simplified mixing and to create less clean up. However you can mix it outside of your final container if you should so desire. I just made enough to fill each bottle. However, if you want to fill several bottles or large bottles, feel free. If the math seems intimidating, just review Tonya’s notes. They help a lot!
Archive for the ‘Fragrances’ Category
|Our R&D team tests lots of fragrances in cold process soap. Well, we had such a collection of soaps that we were running out of room on the testing lab shelves! So…we cut these soaps into small sample bars to send out with orders. We have over 100 sample soaps in a variety of fragrances.We are sending out soap samples scented with one of the following fragrances; Apple Blossom Queen, Vanilla Yogurt, Bayberry, Gardenia, Tassi Lavender, Tea Leaf & Papaya, Intense Almond, OR Lilac.
Each sample is labeled that it is a test soap as well as the name of the fragrance used for that batch of soap. Like all test batches made in our R&D lab, we follow our Basic Bar Soap Recipe!
Want one of these samples? Request one with your next order and we will try to include one for you! Don’t delay as I know these samples will fly out of here!
|Today I have a really fun Room Spray for you! I have had a lot of questions lately about how to make up a room spray or body spray. A great product to use is Cyclomethicone! It is a dry oil spray that dries on the skin quickly and leaves little residue behind. It washes out easily in the washing machine and carries the scent really well. Oh, and did I mention that it is alcohol free?I was in the warehouse while someone was pouring bottles of Enchanted Apple recently. I had not had the opportunity to smell this fragrance before and I fell in love with it. Then I started thinking of how to tie the scent to Halloween. I instantly thought of the Queen in Snow White. I can imagine her having a spicy apple scent in her castle. After all she did give Snow White the poison apple to eat!
Enchanted Apple is a sweet, candy apple fragrance. I wanted to make it a little bit spicy so I blended it with Apple Jack to it to make a wonderful fall scent. It is almost like smelling hot apple cider. Let’s make this together!
Fragrance Oil Blend
Recipe: Yields 1 ounce or 28.35 grams.
We used the 1 ounce PET bottles with the black 20 mm spray head. This can easily be converted into larger bottles. If the percentage rate of Fragrance Oil blend seems too strong then start with 1% and go from there. I was not very exact when I measured out the Cyclomethicone. I knew I would be making up a lot of blog samples so I poured the Cyclomethicone into a glass beaker. This assists with easy pouring and less mess. A Pyrex measuring cup works just as well.
Cyclomethicone can be used for room sprays, linen sprays, and body sprays. The amount of fragrance is up to you. If you put an essential oil in the room spray you may want to start out with 0.5% since spice and mint oils tend to be very strong. The amount of scent is up to you. If you really like things stinky you can go up to 10% with Fragrance Oils. Wow! Please be aware that not all of our fragrances are compatible with Cyclomethicone. Our catalog states under many of the fragrances we carry whether or not it is compatible. If you choose a fragrance that is not listed either way, please do a test batch. Combine the fragrance with the Cyclomethicone and give it a good shake. Let it set for an hour or so. If you see settling and separation of the Fragrance Oil and Cyclomethicone then it is not compatible. A compatible fragrance will stay blended with the Cyclomethicone.
You can also use Everclear or Vodka instead of Cyclomethicone as a base for these sprays. Alcohol cannot be shipped on an airplane so be wary if you mail this to friends or family. What kind of scents would you combine for a room spray?
|While I was in China I visited Guangzhou, a city near Hong Kong. I had gone out for some juice at a local market and was walking back to the hotel after it had rained. It smelled very earthy and woody but as I passed a little booth selling what looked like jewelry made of little long wooden beads, it intensified and also became a little spicy. At the moment I didn’t recognize the complex blend of all of the aroma, but after returning to the States, I found myself searching for a scent I couldn’t quite name. It was only after smelling a similar bracelet that was given to me that I recognized it. Come join me as I attempt to recreate that small booth with an American flair.
I saw and smelled a variety of aromatic woods while I was in China. I was given a bracelet made of aromatic seeds that is spicy, smoky and sharp. The sharp note reminds me of cedar. The streets smelled of these seeds, which were formed into jewelry and decorations, and cooking, and all other types of things I can’t describe. With so many of the streets having the odor of these aromatic seeds, it formed in my head that this is what China smells like.
After rummaging through the essential oil drawer in the blog kitchen I ran across several bottles that promised hope. Those bottles included Balsam Peru, Wild Spanish Marjoram, Helichrysum, Cedarwood Virginia, Black Pepper, Cinnamon Leaf, Coriander Seed and Clove Leaf. Now keep in mind not all of these ended up in my blend. These bottles only offered hope. In the end, I only used four of the bottles that I pulled out. They were; Cedarwood Virginia, Black Pepper, Cinnamon Leaf and Coriander Seed.
After deciding on a blend, I mixed a small amount. I didn’t want to have a large bottle waiting for me to use up. I find it is best to take a scent for a month trial run then go back for more. I think this is the best way then you can determine if the blend needs a little tweaking or is just perfect.
Here is my blend.
8 parts Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
9 parts Black Pepper Essential Oil
1 part Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
2 parts Coriander Seed Essential Oil
Mix up the blend. I made a total of 20 mL for my use. I didn’t want very much and a little goes a long way. The silver atomizer I was going to put this perfume into only holds 7.5 mL. For a usage rate of 2% I only needed .15 mL of this essential oil blend. I used 7.35 mL of Cyclomethicone for my base. I choose Cyclomethicone as my base because it dries quickly and it is light in feel.
I will be sending samples of this perfume to shipping. Are you excited to try it? Tell me what you think!
Yesterday I promised that we would share some of our favorite childhood scents. I will begin with my list of favorite childhood scents and what fragrances I think match those memories.
My parents kept honeybees when I was a child. I got to help with the harvesting of the honey each August. The whole house would smell like warm honey and beeswax, with a touch of smoke from our clothes when we had collected the hive bodies containing the honey. We had lots of laughs, fun and sticky faces because Dad would let us eat fresh honey comb.
Honey Harvest Fragrance is similar to the scent of my memories. This fragrance has notes of warm beeswax, fresh honey, hints of almond and oatmeal. Smells like a honey harvest with bowls of warm oatmeal waiting in the kitchen.
Peaches are the favored fruit of my childhood. I grew up helping Mom can peaches each fall and the whole family would enjoy peaches during the winter, spring and hopefully the following summer. It was always a sad day when the last bottle of peaches was opened because peaches not only taste good, but they seemed to bring the late summer sunshine to the table.
Peach Fragrance is so realistic that I have caught myself salivating over the bottle whenever I use the fragrance. I swear that just opening the bottle sends me back to those peach canning days when my face and hands were sticky with peach juice and I was helping cut peaches or stuffing quart jars with slices of summer.
I’ll admit it, I will always be my daddy’s little girl. My dad and I have shared many memories: me as a toddler stealing his midnight snack of blue cheese and crackers, reading books as we rocked in his hammock and ate pistachios, building and launching rockets as we studied space, and me helping him take apart his junk computers as we laugh about work, school and friends. When I think of my dad there is one common element in those memories, Dad’s cologne. His favorite cologne wasn’t worn everyday, but I remember him smelling like Old Spice. Mom tells me that he didn’t wear any Old Spice.
Spicy Lime Fragrance is the fragrance that reminds me of those hugs that I would get from Dad when I was little. This scent of spices, lime and a touch of musk makes a classic men’s soap. One whiff of this and you will know what a hug in a bottle smells like.
I hope you enjoyed walking down my memory lane. Are there fragrances that remind you of fond memories?
I get asked all the time what my favorite scents are. To be honest, it changes with the weather, seasons and even what I have been doing recently. So while I prepare for a summer vacation, enjoy spring and wait anxiously for fresh produce at the local market, let me share some of my current favorites.
First on my list today is Red Grape and Blueberry. Talk about a yummy scent! Think of fresh grapes and blueberries sprinkled with a little bit of sugar waiting to be devoured. This is what Red Grape and Blueberry is in a bottle. Talk about wonderful and attention catching.
Next on my list is Wink. I love, love, did I say LOVE this scent. It makes me feel like a little kid again, no… make that a little princess except my body products are much more preferred! Think pears, apples, peaches and wild berries with a soft vanilla. Did someone say scrumptious?
Mediterranean Silk. This make me think of a lovely beach with white sand and wild roses filling the air. I also see a little villa in the back ground where people are peaceful and calm. This scent would be perfect for those who are planning a destination wedding. Sweet, softly floral and a little romantic.
Last on my list of favorites today is Sake. This fragrance speaks of true elegance with a flirty side. If Audrey Hepburn could be classified as a scent, this would be it. This is a blend of soft, sophisticated floral with delicate and spunky fruit. I find this appeals to tweens, teens, young women, moms, grandmas, and even great grandmas!
These would make a wonderful part of a Sampler 7. You can try some of my favorites and some you are interested in. Plus, with a Sampler 7, you get free shipping. Order yours today and try some new fragrances!
|I love going to little Mom & Pop Specialty Shops. I remember on a vacation with my parents when I was about 7 we visited a cooking store. One portion of this shop was dedicated just to candies and chocolates. There were hand dipped chocolates, truffles, rock candy, gummies, gum and other things I had never dreamed of. It was like it had been created by Roald Dahl. It reminded me of the candy shop in the book, The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me. My copy of that book is old, stained, creased and well loved. Come join me as I make a perfume that smells just like Billy’s shop. I promise you won’t want to miss out on this one!
When making this perfume stick, I knew I would be adding so much fragrance oil, it would make the Lip Solutions softer. So I added some beeswax to counter the softness that would occur from the high percentage of fragrance oil. If you were making a perfume stick for yourself, what fragrance would you use?
Weigh everything except the fragrance oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Stir well. Add the fragrance oils to the melted oils. Pour the solution into tubes. Allow to cool. Cap and label. Enjoy!
Next week, I will be featuring single oil soaps. The plain “vanilla” of soaps. So as I get ready for next week I wanted to share Vanilla flavors, fragrances and essential oils that would make a great Sampler 7. Will you come join me?
The first vanilla I wanted to cover is our Natural Vanilla Oil. This wonderful oil can be used as a fragrance or a flavor oil! How cool is that? (I love it when the oils in my cupboard can be used for lip balm, lotions, creams and more! Gotta love versatility!) This delicate and scrumptious oil will please any vanilla aficionado. A staple for any vanilla lovers cupboard. This is a natural oil and I that it reigns supreme in the lip balm world.
Next on our list today is our Vanilla Banilla Flavor Oil. If you are looking for a good, smooth, strong vanilla this flavor oil is tough to beat. This unsweetened vanilla is perfect with a sweetener or as a blender. Vanilla Banilla and Orange Essential make the perfect creamsicle. Or mix Vanilla Banilla Flavor Oil and Coffee Flavor Oil for your own personal latte. What blends would you make with the Vanilla Banilla Flavor Oil?
I love vanilla and when I want that strong vanilla scent without the soap turning dark brown, I turn to our Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil. This fragrance oil is strong, warm and safe. It makes me think of a Vanilla Latte with a good dose of Bourbon Vanilla Extract. Mmn-mmn! Who can resist that in a soap?
Vanilla Hazelnut. I love this fragrance. It makes me think of freshly toasted hazelnuts with a strong vanilla scent. It reminds me of this time Andee made rather plain biscotti with hazelnuts and sweet vanilla icing. We all kept stopping for coffee breaks so we could all enjoy her wonderful biscotti. All I can say is there were hardly any crumbs by the end of the day which says something because when Andee bakes she always more-than-doubles the batch! Try this fragrance during your coffee break!
How do you make the intense and unforgiving scent of musk universally appealing? Blend it with vanilla of course! Our Vanilla Musk is a perfect balance of these two odors. However this is not a sweet vanilla. This is a vanilla bean scent that is slightly earthy. Wonderful with the addition of the musk! Try this fragrance oil today!
What is a girl to do when she wants vanilla and island delight? Why she uses Tahitian Vanilla of course! Tahitian Vanilla is a wonderful blend of island citrus, tropical fruit and smooth, buttery vanilla. A must have if you want a vacation in a bottle. I know the staff here keeps coming back for more. (I have to keep my bottle for the blog under lock and key!) It is everything you have read and more! The citrus notes are hard to forget.
Last on our list today is Sandalwood Vanilla. This complex fragrance is put together beautifully. A very woodsy, down to earth and masculine base with a strong but delicate vanilla. On more than one occasion, I have had to ask myself what that absolutely sinful fragrance is. I should know better. It is always Sandalwood Vanilla.
Put together your Vanilla Sampler 7 as we prepare for our single oil soap week! You will be so glad that you did! Enjoy!
We are well over due for another Freebie Friday. Don’t you think so? Unfortunately, there still isn’t a computer with scratch and sniff capabilities and I am afraid to say that the new iPad doesn’t have that feature either. Darn. Maybe one of these days but not now. Well, in the mean time, let’s try some new fragrances!
First on our list today is Green Clover and Aloe. This is a very clean, fresh and green spa scent. Aloe and sweet green vegetation blend smoothly with marine and ozone notes. Don’t let this unisex fragrance fool you. It is perfect for reminding that you just need to slow down and take time to smell the roses, err, I mean aloe. Don’t miss your chance on trying this popular fragrance oil!
Eastern Amber. I’ll be up front. This is one of my absolute favorite exotic smelling fragrance oils. It is sweet, musky, sensual with prominent amber rounded out by soft jasmine and delicate rose. This is definitely not a daytime scent. Personally, I save it for evening events or personal products. The rich sandalwood odor has saved me more that once after the gym with no time for clean up! Don’t miss out on this exotic and head turning fragrance oil.
Have you ever been stopped and had someone ask what you are wearing? I have. One of the most common fragrances to get someone to stop me and ask what I am wearing is Cherry Blossom and Kiwi. It is lightly sweet. Not floral but you can smell the cherry blossoms, a pie cherry and the fresh tanginess of kiwi. This a perfect scent for young women to mature women. Sweet and mildy fruity gilded with soft blossoms. A must try! After all, not all fragrances can claim they will stop you on the street.
Next on our list today is Grapefruit Jasmine. Think light and tangy citrus blended with smooth white jasmine. This one smells of warmer places than where we are. I see in my minds eye a small bed and breakfast. Jasmine climbs a trellis and reaches to rest on the cobbled stone wall. The remains of my grapefruit I ate for breakfast gently perfumes the air with its tart sweetness. A cup of jasmine green tea softly steams in it saucer and in a nearby tree, a bird chatters in the early morning air. I love how fragrances can take me places. Where does Grapefruit Jasmine take you?
I love tea. Especially on these crisp and cool mornings. As spring makes herself more known, I find myself outside, jacket on with a steaming cup of tea in hand, warming my chilled fingers. Our Green Tea Fragrance Oil reminds me of those mornings. This fragrance oil reminds me of the Dragon Well Green Tea with a generous squeeze of lemon. It is really bright and fresh. A must have for tea and even non-tea lovers!
The next fragrance we will look at today is Satsuma. Satsumas are also known as tangerines but this fragrance oil is not just exclusively tangerines. It also has notes of bergamot, and lime with touches of sweet tropical lily, and hints of dry tea leaves and musk. This scent reminds me of citrus, beaches and tanning lotion. Very fun, exotic and the perfect summer time lotion scent!
Last on our list of fragrance oils to try today is our Pears & Berries Fragrance Oil. Think juicy, flavorful, sun ripened pears with wild strawberries, golden raspberries, rich huckleberries and topped with sweet nectarines. This fruity fragrance is a little more elegant and refined to be a child’s favorite but highly preferred by teenagers and women who love fruity scent but want it with a touch of class. This is like a summer fruit basket with a chic, Audrey Hepburn feel. A must have in any woman’s summer perfume collection!
I will be sending over 100 samples of each fragrance to the shipping department. To request one, just tell us in the comments field of your order. Don’t wait! These will only last for a limited time! Wouldn’t it also be fun to make a Sampler 7 with all of these scents? I think so. Then you have some more than just little testers of each scent!
|Have you noticed? We have some new products in our catalog! Wahoo! Are you ready to learn about the new additions to the MMS product family? Come join me as we look at these together!
First on our list today is the much awaited Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil! Earlier, I invited our readers to join our Research and Development Team. They were able to test a lip balm flavored with the Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil. After an astounding response, we decided to actually add this delightful flavor to our catalog. I personally can’t wait to try it in lip scrubs, lip balm, lip gloss, massage oils and more. This flavor is for all ages and isn’t candy sweet but a very fresh flavor. Think fresh pie, freezer jam, smoothies and similar products. Yum. Try this high in demand flavor today!
Also added to our catalog was Dry Flo TS! So many cried when Dry Flo AF was no longer available! (I was one of them.) This version of Dry Flo is made from tapioca starch instead of modified corn starch, but don’t worry! This new Dry Flo is a perfect replacement! This product will impart a silky dry feel in your creams and lotions so you can forgo that unpleasant heavy feeling. I have used this product in a large variety of formulations and am very amazed with the results! A heavy greasy creams suddenly becomes lighter, less oily and velvety. You can even use this in conjunction with arrowroot powder to make a talc replacement in a body powder. Light creams and body powders, here we come!
Last, we have an very exciting and unusual addition to our catalog. Please read the description entirely prior to ordering! This new “product” is called the Sampler 7! It is very common for people to ask for a sampler kit. We scratched our heads wondering how we could made tailored sampler kits for each person. This is how we solved this. You can create your own sampler kit! So, how does this work? Choose 7 1 oz size bottles of the Fragrance Oils, Essential Oils or Flavor Oils of your choice and add them to your cart. Add the Sampler 7 to your shopping cart. There must be eight items in your cart. No more, no less, otherwise you will not qualify for the free shipping that accompanies the Sampler 7! Select Priority Mail as the shipping method. When your order crosses the order desk, the shipping will be removed. From there, your package leaves our facility and will be on its way to you!