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There is nothing more fun than making a perfume or cologne that’s wholly YOU. Homemade, naturally scented oils can be created in a variety of ways. This first one is both fastest and easiest.

Begin with a cup of good quality oil that has a texture you like on your skin. Almond, for example, is very light but it does have an aroma of its own to consider. Olive oil is heavier but relatively scent-neutral.

To that base oil add organic extractions one to two drops at a time until the aroma is pleasing. Note, however, that some botanicals are very harsh on the skin. Cinnamon, for example, may burn. So test this on a small patch of skin before starting to use it regularly. This step is essential to ALL recipes presented here.

The second approach begins with three parts of good oil and one part dried herb or flowers, or two parts fresh herbs or flowers. Note that both the herbs and flowers need to be free of dirt, stems, and seeds. Be fastidious about this for best results.

Put these ingredients together in a non-aluminum pan and warm over a low heat until the herb(s) or petals turn translucent. This means they’ve given up their natural oils / scents. Gently squeeze the herb/petals to drain off any residual oil. Now smell the results. If it’s too intense, just add more oil. If it’s too weak, you can re-warm adding a little more herb/flower until the result satisfies. At this point, store the scented oil in a dark, airtight container in a cool location. If you ever notice the oil getting cloudy, toss it out. That implies it’s begun to turn. The typical shelf life on this process is 6 months.

The third method is very similar to the last except you won’t be applying direct heat. Now you’ll want to put the herbs and oil in a clear, airtight container that can be left in a sunny place akin to making sun tea! Shake this twice daily for at least two weeks. Periodically open and do a sniff check toward the end of the two weeks to see if you need to add more herbs or oils for personal taste. The beauty of this approach is saving energy. Additionally, some plants are very sensitive to high heat – it can spoil their aroma, so you’re also protecting your ingredients.

Enjoy!

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