|Yesterday we dealt with how to make perfumes with alcohol. What if you want to make clear sprays, but don’t want to deal with alcohol issues? Cyclomethicone to the rescue! Before we get too far into the cyclomethicone blog post, I need to explain that cyclomethicone is NOT the perfect solution. It isn’t compatible with all fragrance oils, so testing is required. But testing is simple and quick.I’m going to explain how to test with cyclomethicone, and then we will make a Monsters Away spray for kids.
Testing Cyclomethicone and Fragrance Oil compatibility:
We want a completely mixed in product. If you aren’t sure (and sometimes it is hard to tell), leave the bottle overnight and recheck it in the morning. Oils which are not compatible will remain separated from the cyclomethicone. Oils that are compatible will be completely mixed into the cyclomethicone.
Now, for making Monsters Away Sprays. We used some fun clip art from www.clipart.com and made the labels. We used the 1 fl oz cylinder bottles, with spray matching heads.
Let’s do about 1% fragrance oil. If you know the scent is compatible with Cyclomethicone, AND you want to make a lot of spray, then use 1 fl oz of scent into 1 gallon of cycomethicone. If you are making small amounts, like 1 bottle at a time, then put 28 mL cyclomethicone into the 1 fl oz bottle and 0.25 mL fragrance oil. Cap with sprayer and shake well.
Label with a cute Monster Away label. If you are making a dry oil spray for adults, or tweens who aren’t worried about monsters, then follow the same instructions as above, but use a different label. You might try more perfume-style fragrances like Rose, Cotton, Sandalwood, etc.
Monster Away Spray can be used in a bedroom, or on a blanket or pillow before going to bed. Do not spray over hard floors. The cyclomethicone can make a wood or tile floor very slippery, so please use caution.
Would anyone care to write a Robert Munsch-esque story about sending monsters away while the kids sleep? I think some fun scented sprays would work into the story quite well. If you are not familiar with Robert Munsch, try to find Purple, Green and Yellow. This is one of my favorite stories. If you can’t find Purple, Green and Yellow, then get The Paper Bag Princess. You won’t be sorry. 🙂