Scented Pleasures Of Perfume Making

perfume-bottleExtracting deliciously fragrant odours from plants and flowers and adding them to the skin is perfume. People have used fruits and flowers, to create loved smells for centuries. These smells are preserved with oils. Recipes for perfumes are as important as gold coins; guarded as closely.

The simple process for making scent or perfume is the same whichever recipe is used. The simplest scents mixed are alcohol, essentially scent oils and sterilised water. The oil must be blended slowly into the alcohol, a drop at a time. Mix slowly and long enough for the oils to be completely blended together. Let the mixture of essential oils and alcohol stand untouched for two days. Now add the sterilised water and again, add it slowly until totally blended.

The perfume now needs to mature for at least three weeks in a cool dark place. Once the perfume has been allowed to mature three weeks you can begin the filtering process. Filter the perfume through a porous filter to remove any sediment. Store the perfume in a colour glass bottle with a topper.

There are plenty of perfume making kits available and they are quite inexpensive, especially when you consider how much a bottle of perfume can cost.

History

Perfume making is a billion dollar industry. The ownership of aromatic smells has sent travellers around the world in search of exotic plants with aromatic fragrances. The making of perfume is the capturing of these odours in oils and alcoholic liquids; vodka is favourite and distilled water. These additives act as preservatives. The use of dark containers is popular for the longevity of perfumes.

Quick Tips for Making Perfume

1. Cut your favourite flowers and remove the petals from the stem. Place the blooms in oil, tighten the lid and let it sit for a few weeks. The oil will absorb the scent of the flowers. Use odourless oils so the blossoms will be the only fragrance.

2. Strain any petals or other residue from the oil then dispense it into the container. The use of essential oils from health food outlets will add punch to your perfume. These products can also be ordered online.

3. Use bottles designed for perfume or use bottles with tight lids. Clean jars with under coated lids. These get especially tight and hold the odour of the perfume inside, making it last.

4. Use scented oils from a bottle; pour a 40- 60 measurement of oils, vodka, and let sit for two days. Now add a bit of water and let sit for another day. Strain and you are in business with a fun and potent fragrance.

Methods

Some people use water mixed with a touch of alcohol, others use oil. Either method works fine. The most important thing in perfume making is patience and choosing fragrances, you really like. Making perfume is great for people with allergies. Boil or soak materials chosen for perfume. The method chosen depends upon the amount of time you are willing to invest.

Problems

Some people are allergic to citrus and various oils. The use of fragrance depends upon the level of tolerance of the user. Nevertheless, perfume making products made naturally are healthier for the body.

A Look at Making Pressed Flowers

Pressed flowers are blossoms that have been dried and preserved. A nice memento to keep are pressed flowers, given to you on a special occasion, they can be kept for years and their colours kept fresh from pressing them.

For your first attempts at pressing flowers, I would advise you to practice on a the flat flowers such as pansies or violets. These are often given as gifts on mother’s day by children. This is a nice place to start. Make sure the flowers are dry and trap them between two pieces of white paper, making more than one set. Now place them separately in the centre of a large, heaving book and leave them for a few weeks. After three weeks, carefully remove them, tweezers are often better than fingers for this procedure, but be careful you don’t damage the flowers.

Making them into a picture behind a glass panel will keep them fresh and you could design your own special memento. Perhaps with a cut-out picture of the special day when the flowers were given to you.

History

The history of making pressed flowers dates back to the Victorian era of the late 19th to early 20th century. The hobby has seen a revival during the past decade, and pressed flowers are now incorporated into a variety of arts and crafts projects. Pressed flower petals can be added to watercolour painting, decoupage projects or creative calligraphy just to name a few examples.

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Quick Tips For Making Pressed Flowers

When first drying out a fresh flower, hang it upside down in a cool, dark, dry place. Depending on the size of the flower, most take two to three days to completely dry out. During this time, try to keep the drying flower away from direct light as much as possible. Once this step is finished, the petals can be carefully pressed between the pages of a book, and heavier hardback books work well for flattening the dried flower sufficiently.

Common Problems When Making Pressed Flowers

Breakage of dried petals is a frequent issue with making pressed flowers, so they need to be handled carefully. One of the best ways to preserve dried pressed flowers is to mount them to paper with craft glue that’s formulated not to damage the individual petals. Good types of paper to use include Ingres or Japanese bookmaking paper.

With care and some practice, making pressed flowers is a fun, creative and enjoyable crafting hobby. No two pressed blooms are exactly alike, which can add some flair to other craft projects.