It’s easy to make your own perfume with just a few simple ingredients. All you need is a carrier oil, some essential oils, and some fresh flowers.
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Making perfume from flowers is a surprisingly easy process that can be done at home with just a few supplies. You can make a light, floral perfume or a more robust, amber-scented one, depending on the type of flowers you use. The key to success is in extracting the essential oils from the flowers so that the scent will be long-lasting.
There are two methods you can use to extract the oils: steam distillation or solvent extraction. Steam distillation is the more traditional method and it involves heating the flower petals in water to release the oils. This method is ideal for delicate flowers like roses or jasmine. The drawback of steam distillation is that it can take several hours to complete, and it may not be suitable for all types of flowers.
Solvent extraction is a newer method that uses chemicals to extract the oils from the flowers. This method is faster and it can be used with almost any type of flower. However, it does require special equipment and experienced operators should take care when using this method.
Once you have extracted the essential oils from the flowers, you will need to blend them with a carrier oil and alcohol to create your perfume. The ratio of carrier oil to alcohol will depend on how strong you want your perfume to be. A good starting point is 2 parts carrier oil to 1 part alcohol, but you can adjust this ratio as needed. When choosing your carrier oil, try to find one that has little or no scent of its own so that it won’t interfere with the scent of your perfume. Popular carrier oils include jojoba oil and fractionated coconut oil.
Now all you need to do is add your essential oil blend to your bottle of carrier oil and alcohol, shake well, and enjoy your homemade perfume!
What You’ll Need
-1/4 cup carrier oil, such as jojoba oil
-1/4 cup distilled water
-1 tablespoon vodka or rubbing alcohol
-10-20 drops essential oil, such as lavender
-Small, dark glass bottle with a fitted lid
-A small funnel (optional)
1. Fill a small, dark glass bottle halfway with your chosen carrier oil. Add the distilled water and vodka or rubbing alcohol.
2. Using a small funnel (if desired), add 10-20 drops of your chosen essential oil to the bottle. Secure the lid tightly and shake well to mix everything together.
3. Store your perfume in a cool, dark place and use as desired.
Now that you have gathered your supplies and selected your flowers, it is time to begin the process of making perfume from flowers.
1. Start by crushing the petals of your chosen flower. You can do this with a pestle and mortar, or by placing them in a zip-lock bag and gently crushing them with a rolling pin.
2. Next, combine the flower petals with the vodka in a clean, glass jar. You will want to use a ratio of one part flower petals to four parts vodka. So, if you are using one ounce of flower petals, you will need four ounces of vodka.
3. Once the petals have been added to the jar, screw on the lid and give it a good shake. Then place the jar in a cool, dark place and allow it to steep for two weeks.
4. After two weeks have passed, it is time to strain the perfume mixture. To do this, line a funnel with cheesecloth and place it over a clean glass bottle or jar. Pour the perfume mixture slowly through the funnel and cheesecloth, allowing it to strain into the bottle or jar below. Once all of the mixture has been strained, screw on the lid tightly and store in a cool, dark place until ready to use.
-Perfume made from fresh flowers will not last as long as those made from dried flowers.
-If you want your perfume to last longer, add a few drops of essential oil to the mix.
-The best time to pick flowers for perfume is early in the morning, before the sun has a chance to make them wilt.
-Make sure the flowers you use are free of pesticides and other chemicals.
-To extract the maximum amount of fragrance from your flowers, beat them lightly with a hammer before adding them to the mixture.
Now that you know how to make perfume from flowers, it’s time to experiment and find your perfect scent! You can use a single type of flower or create a blend of several different varieties. Once you’ve found a combination you love, bottle it up and enjoy your very own homemade perfume.