I have a secret. I love to read. I love to read all kinds of books but that isn’t my secret. My secret is that I adore children’s romance/ fairy tales. There is a certain predictability in that the hero or heroine will win and I close the book with a happy sigh. The book I am currently reading is called Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. It is a delightful book about an unconventional princess who runs away from home to become a dragon’s princess. I have enjoyed this book so much that as soon as I have rushed through the house starting laundry, dishes and doing a quick pick up, I sit down in my over-sized arm chair and read.
I have found that there are some nights where you just need to do something deeply satisfying, something that feeds your soul. For me that means reading a book or making a bracelet or taking a bubble bath. One thing that I find is a powerful contributor to an evening of calm is scent. Today I wanted to share making a room spray using one of my favorite fragrance oils and our Spray Clear Emulsifier!
The spray we are making today in intend to be lightly scented. It is intended to create an aura of calm. You can always make a perfume or cologne but these products have higher usage rates of fragrance. These are wonderful products but I personally don’t think they are suitable to creating a zen area. This room spray is soft and not in your face. I would be comfortable spraying this just before bedtime.
Recipe in Grams
3.4 g Juicy Pear Fragrance Oil
6.8 g Spray Clear Emulsifier
340.0 g Water
Recipe in Ounces
0.12 oz Juicy Pear Fragrance Oil
0.24 oz Spray Clear Emulsifier
12 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
1% Juicy Pear Fragrance Oil
2% Spray Clear Emulsifier
Weigh the fragrance oil and Spray Clear Emulsifier into a container. Mix well and allow to sit for 5-15 minutes. Add room temperature water. (Hot water is more likely to create a cloudy spray.) Mix well. The product will be cloudy for a minute or two but it will clear out momentarily. If it does not clear out quickly, allow the mixture to sit for several days. The cloudy material will either sink to the bottom or rise to the surface. Decant the clear material and put into your spray bottle. Label and spritz!
I love perfumes. I think they are my favorite thing to make and use. I mean you should see my vanity. I have a huge collection of perfumes, colognes and body splashes. I love it because I can choose what what I want to wear and it can change on a daily basis. I love that I can change what I wear on a daily basis.
Making your own perfumes is so easy and a delight. I love sitting down with a group of friends, smelling fragrances, creating blends then diluting into the chosen carrier oil and bottling. Today I wanted to share making a perfume using two fixed oils. Today I will be using a blend of Sunflower Oil and Castor Oil.
Castor Oil is a thick, viscous oil that helps slow the rate of how quickly the fragrance oil evaporates. This means that the fragrance “sticks” to your skin longer. The downside to use just straight Castor Oil is that is heavy and sticky feeling. Not exactly the most appealing feeling in the world. To combat that feeling, I mixed in some Sunflower Oil. I love the feeling of Sunflower Oil. It is light and smooth in texture. It is a favorite among massage therapists.
Icy Water Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Grams
240 grams Castor Oil
240 grams Sunflower Oil
20 grams Icy Water Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
8.46 oz Castor Oil
8.46 oz Sunflower Oil
0.71 oz Icy Water Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
48% Castor Oil
48% Sunflower Oil
4% Icy Water Fragrance Oil
Weigh the Castor Oil and Sunflower Oil into a container. Add the fragrance oil. Mix well. Using a transfer pipette fill the roller bottles. Place the roller ball insert into the opening of the bottle and push until it is fully in place. Screw on the cap, label and enjoy!
I had so much fun at the Central Soapers Workshop a few weeks ago and in the time that I’ve been back I’ve been asked lots of questions about fragrance blending. Since I gave a presentation on the subject I just have to share how easy fragrance blending and perfumery can be!
I’m giving you a heads up about this series so you can do some homework. Some of this may not seem very fun, but I promise it will be worthwhile!
Create a master list: You will want to make a list of all fragrances and essential oils you have on hand right now. You don’t have to add anything to your stash, – yet! You probably already have some fantastic oils to blend and you may not have thought about blending yet.
Find a picture: You will want a picture (or several) that inspire you. Look for pictures that depict luxurious places, unique views, fascinating plants, delightful foods, and/or captivating towns. I find inspiration in magazines like Architectural Digest, National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, and more. Try to avoid pictures that have people as I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed by people yet. If you find a picture that does have people in it, go ahead and cut them out.
Look elsewhere: If you have inspiration in the form of descriptions in books, music lyrics or movie references, you can use those too!
Recommended Equipment (aka) tools:
Notebook: I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve blended something and found that I forgot to take notes! For the sake of your sanity, and mine, use a notebook of any type to keep your blending notes. I like using a 3 ring binder because I will also store sample vials with my notes for future reference. This will cause pages to become bulky quickly!
Pipettes: I love using transfer pipettes for fragrance blending. Since we now carry the Micro Pipettes, I love using these for creating blends because it like I’m using “special” equipment for blending and helps set my brain on the right path.
Sachet Cards:These cards are invaluable for fragrance blending. This paper is not simply card stock, but a specialty paper designed for holding fragrances. My favorite size is the small 4.75 by 3 inch cards. The 100 pack of these cards will get you started and keep you busy for a little while!
Perfume Vials: I like using the Perfume Vials or the Glass Dram Vials for blending small amounts to see if I like a scent after it ages. These vials often are bagged and then taped to my notes in my notebook for reference at a later time.
Now that I’ve given you homework and the recommended tools list, I’ll be back next week with everything you ever wanted to know about fragrance blending and more!
If you have any questions about fragrance blending that you would like to have me address, just leave a comment or send us a message here.
In recent posts we have talked about making roll-on perfumes. There are huge number of carrier oils that you can choose from and many reasons to choose one that best suits you and your needs. Today I wanted to talk about one of my personal favorites, Fractionated Coconut Oil.
If you are wanting to make roll-on perfumes, fractionated coconut oil is an excellent choice. It is a light weight oil that is easily applied and rubbed in without feeling heavy or greasy. It is also clear. For some people, color is important and clear is desirable. However, if you choose Fractionated Coconut Oil due to its color, remember that there are some fragrances and essential oils that will contribute their own colors to the finished perfume. Depending on the fragrance, your finished product may not always be clear.
The fragrance I used today does have some color but it is pretty minimal. When the perfume is transferred into the roller bottles, the material appears more clear than when in the mixing container.
Weigh the Fractionated Coconut Oil into a container. Add the fragrance oil. Mix well. Using a transfer pipette fill the roller bottles. Place the roller ball insert into the opening of the bottle and push until it is fully in place. Screw on the cap, label and enjoy!
We have recently talked about making a roll on perfume using Golden Jojoba Oil. There is a huge list of oils out there that you can choose from. You don’t have to choose just one. I wanted to share another roll-on perfume using a different carrier oil.
The carrier oil I wanted to use today is Sunflower Oil. Sunflower Oil is a lightweight oil that has a fabulous glide on the skin. I often include it in my formulations when making massage oils. Sunflower Oil can take a product from “Oh, that is nice.” to “WOW! I love that!”
Sunflower Oil is also an excellent choice for perfumes because it has a longer shelf life. This is perfect, especially for me. I tend to have little things like perfume, lip balm, lip stick and pens disappear into the bottom of my purse. The bonus is that every time I go down to the deep depths of my bag it is like Christmas! Or a treasure hunt. I haven’t decided which.
Now that we have chosen a carrier oil let’s get to the fun part! Choosing a fragrance. I considered some real goodies, some of the things on my list were White Ginger & Amber, Tropical Kiss and Just for You. While all of these sounded wonderful, I found myself hankering for something more like sweet summer.
I ended up choosing Red Grape and Blueberry Fragrance. This fragrance is fabulous. This scent reminds me the morning farmer’s market. Sweet dewy grass, freshly baked treats and succulent berries waiting to burst. On a summer Saturday morning, I love to wander the market until the sun is high overhead and my bag grows heavy. I think it is the perfect way to spend a morning.
Recipe in Grams
480 grams Sunflower Oil
20 grams Red Grape and Blueberry Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
16.93 oz Sunflower Oil
0.71 oz Red Grape and Blueberry Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
96% Sunflower Oil
4% Red Grape and Blueberry Fragrance Oil
Weigh the Sunflower Oil into a container. Add the fragrance oil. Mix well. Using a transfer pipette fill the roller bottles. Place the roller ball insert into the opening of the bottle and push until it is fully in place. Screw on the cap, label and enjoy!
I love fragrances. I think that is half the fun when it come to making personal care items. I love the delight that comes across people’s faces when they open a bottle and take a big sniff. Watching people react to different fragrances is a big thrill for me. From small children to the elderly, we all enjoy scents. Join me today as we create a wonderful roll on perfume!
Over the next few days we will make a variety of roll on perfumes. I will choose different carrier oils and explain the differences. Today I will be using Jojoba Oil. Jojoba Oil is actually a liquid wax. It is very stable and has a long shelf life. It also is a light to medium weight oil, meaning it doesn’t feel extremely greasy.
For this particular project, I am using Golden Jojoba Oil. I had a few reasons for this. The first is for the color. I felt that beautiful golden color would complement the fragrance I was using today. Golden Jojoba is also just a little heavier than the Colorless Jojoba. I really wanted something that could be massaged into the skin, leaving a nice after feel and plenty of scent. If I were using a different scent or looking for a lighter feeling oil, I would use the Colorless Jojoba.
Golden Jojoba Oil
Ginger Pomelo Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Grams
480 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
20 grams Ginger Pomelo Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
16.93 oz Golden Jojoba Oil
0.71 oz Ginger Pomelo Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
96% Golden Jojoba Oil
4% Ginger Pomelo Fragrance Oil
Weigh the Golden Jojoba Oil into a container. Add the fragrance oil. Mix well. Using a transfer pipette fill the roller bottles. Place the roller ball insert into the opening of the bottle and push until it is fully in place. Screw on the cap, label and enjoy!
Are you ready? I have another special announcement to make! There are quite a few of you who have been begging for Paradise to return. Sadly, I can’t quite convince the higher powers to bring it fully back to the catalog, but I have gotten permission to have a special production run!
Can’t remember the description? Tropical and fruity with a twist of mandarin orange. This is my favorite mango scent of all the fragrances we have ever tested. Do you like the fruity citrus scent of Bath and Body Works Mango Mandarin? Use 2 or 3 parts Paradise and 1 part Tangerine Essential Oil. I can’t think of a better duo! Mango away!
If Paradise is a fragrance you can’t live without, e-mail
email@example.com to reserve your bottle today! There is a deadline before this fragrance goes into production, so don’t delay! The last day you can reserve your bottle of Paradise is January 28th, 2015.
We will need your contact information and the quantity of Paradise that you want. Once we get all of your information, we will put your request in for the Paradise.
Are you ready? I have another special announcement to make! There are quite a few of you who have been begging for Amber Romance to return. Sadly, I can’t quite convince the higher powers to bring it fully back to the catalog, but I have gotten permission to have a special production run!
Can’t remember the description? Yet another in the Victoria’s Secret lineup. This rendition has rich amber notes, complimented by fruity top notes of irresistible black currant, plums and juicy pineapple. This fragrance will discolor cold process soap to a marvelous amber. We loved it, very unique!
If Amber Romance is a fragrance you can’t live without, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your bottle today! There is a deadline before this fragrance goes into production, so don’t delay! The last day you can reserve your bottle of Amber Romance is January 28th, 2015.
We will need your contact information and the quantity of Amber Romance that you want. Once we get all of your information, we will put your request in for the Amber Romance.
Hear ye, hear ye! I have a special announcement to make! There are quite a few of you who have been begging for Somali Rose to return. Sadly, I can’t quite convince the higher powers to bring it fully back to the catalog, but I have gotten permission to have a special production run!
Can’t remember the description? “A customer called us desperate for a fragrance he could no longer get. Can you imagine a masculine rose? Here it is! Rose with chocolate, sandalwood, anise, musk and a twist of green moss. A unique smell that had many staff members say “mmmmmm”! Now don’t be too concerned about the rose in the name or the blend, this isn’t a strong floral type. Very masculine and sexy.”
If Somali Rose is a fragrance you can’t live without, e-mail
email@example.com to reserve your bottle today! There is a deadline before this fragrance goes into production, so don’t delay! The last day you can reserve your bottle of Somali Rose is January 28th, 2015.
We will need your contact information and the quantity of Somali Rose that you want. Once we get all of your information, we will put your request in for the Somali Rose.
I remember being a teen and having braces. While they were uncomfortable to wear, I remember helping my mom make batches of soft, melt-in-your-mouth caramel that I could eat without damaging my braces. One time, we made a mistake and ended up with a fantastic caramel sauce that was delicious drizzled over apple slices. We still make the caramel sauce to this day and it is always enjoyed!
The release of our new Green Apple and Caramel Toffee flavors had me thinking about the caramels that we used to make and how I loved to pair the caramel sauce with apples. Since I’ve made a Caramel Apple Lip balm, I have to make a soap that is complementary. Come with me and we’ll make a great batch of Caramel Apple Soap!