Place your Shea butterin the microwave to soften for about 30 seconds 2. The sticky finish is something I don’t like in creams either, so when you play around, you can choose your favorite cream and your favorite perfume. One of the few exceptions may be Chanel products, which are invariably great, even for perfumes I don’t enjoy wearing in the EDT/EDP versions. Choose something that has been distilled or purified and already contains a preservative. Welcome to Bois de Jasmin! Grapeseed contains a great deal of antioxidants (read about antioxidants here) and sunflower and safflower have vitamins and minerals. So kind. I recently discovered that my skin tends to prefer oils to creams and lotions, but sometimes it’s nice to have a lotion around the house. I should warn others with sensitive skin like mine about spraying perfume on their face, even in a diluted form. I haven’t tried layering them, but it seems like it would work. I mix it with honey, lemon juice and rub it well into the dry skin. I changed the oil in the original recipe to olive oil, but that was a bit too oily. April 3, 2013 at 4:48pm Reply, @19coco76: I tried another method,I wore the unscented lotion,and sprayed the perfume directly on my body,I did that long time ago. So now I guess I’m into a whole new obsession – making bath products from my perfumes! When diluting your scent, you may experience olfactory fatigue or an inability to properly assess the strength or quality of the scent. April 3, 2013 at 12:04pm Reply, Victoria: I haven’t tried Amouage body products, but I can imagine why you would be disappointed. Finding the one that best suits your skin is not so easy. Research on the effects of mindfulness on our immunity is huge now. The best thing you can do, is use a self-tanning product that doesn’t smell. Now, that might work well with some almond oil. April 3, 2013 at 12:35pm Reply, Johanob: Victoria,now that just sounds absolutely devine,I shall definitely try that!Thank you! What I wouldn’t buy are expensive bath products> As far as I’m concerned, it’s money down the drain – literally. April 3, 2013 at 9:54am Reply, Marge Clark: Because of the alcohol content I never thought you could add perfume to the unscented creams…I always add Essential oils or absolutes. April 4, 2013 at 1:32pm Reply, Joan: Thanks for this! I buy fancy containers (usually Avon) from thrift stores and run them through my dishwasher. April 3, 2013 at 10:58am Reply, Johanob: I got the whole “sticky mess” episode with Hermes 24 Fauborg lotion,which also had a bad,plasticky smell to it.Dreadful!Shall try and make my own now! Waxes will help thicken up your emulsion, and add staying power to certain cosmetics. February 13, 2014 at 3:02am Reply, Victoria: Do you mean you want it as a perfume? I’ve been using unscented lubriderm in the morning, and cocoa butter at night, but I’m up for trying anything. You will make it and be beautifully scented all the way. April 3, 2013 at 8:08am Reply, Barbara: How do you sterilize plastic jars? Thank you for your time.Big hugs from Greece. April 4, 2013 at 11:44am Reply, Victoria: I’m glad to hear it! April 3, 2013 at 10:06am Reply. April 3, 2013 at 12:34pm Reply. Blend the Shea and cocoa butter first then add the hemp seed oil and mix all of the ingredients thoroughly. In this recipe I usually almond oil, but jojoba oil is excellent too. Even when I am only wearing the lotion and a few drops of the extrait, other people often comment my perfume does get noticed. I don’t know whether they’re all still available, though. Take a moment to leave the room, or even smell some coffee like the pros do, to cleanse your olfactory palette. Be diligent about sterilizing your jars and other implements, and make only as much scented lotion as you would use within a  couple of weeks. They also help create a barrier that keeps moisture in your skin. You will need to make at least 16 oz. I don’t understand why so many face creams come in these unsanitary screw top jars. As you explore, please feel free to post here and ask for suggestions. Someone was mentioning the other day that they wanted a lighter version of Pamplelune, so your recipe might be just right. Some have a stronger DHA smell, and some just do a better job with their fragrences to cover the smell. April 3, 2013 at 4:29pm Reply, Victoria: The spray-and-rub method is definitely my favorite, as it makes it easy to experiment. I love the idea of filling a vintage compact. The bottom line is, some self-tanning products just smell worse than others. Men can carry baby wipes with them and use that about 1 to 2 … It's easier than you think. Shea butters can vary widely in their scent. Also love their hair mist. Notify me of replies to my comments via e-mail. It is a summer fave, for those days when my other combination feels too strong. I too have dry skin (from the neck down) and it gets far worse during winter. N°5 body lotion is among my few splurges in this section. Plus, I’m always worried about contamination, which is why I avoid face creams that come in jars. Don't subscribe If you add a fresh ingredient like tea, it can grow mold. I have a recipe with some other suggestions here: Maybe this will be the way to use up my bottle since the perfume is quite overpowering on its own. To add a nice smell to the soak, squeeze the juice of one lemon into the baking soda and water. Moreover, commercial perfume includes not just the scented oil (which is what perfumers use to scent creams in the lab), but also water and alcohol, which may affect how your DIY scented products behave. It wasn’t strongly scented at all and I should’ve bought Dia perfume instead. Some hand lotions and face creams that smell lovely in the store are stronger than expected when you get them home. For lotion, the Alba Botanica is my favorite, it seems to work with everything. Replies to my comments Emma M: This discussion is really helpful – as I have sensitive / reactive skin, I often find myself avoiding body products from the fragrance counter too, having learned over the years to stick to tried and tested brands. I even make perfumed blush. water, 1.5 oz. Otherwise, my spam filter automatically holds your comments and if I don’t catch them in time, they will be deleted). Jane x April 4, 2013 at 3:19am Reply, Victoria: Your training sounds great! As i am getting older (sigh…quite difficult to type that ) I realize that my fragrances are not blending with my body chemistry. I’ve been using the Alba Botanica for this purpose, and add extra oils to intensify richness in winter months, and rosewater for the summer. Your hands will stay smooth and blister-free after completing garden tasks and other work around the house. The art of functional perfumery is in getting all of the components right to obtain a product that smells as good out of the bottle as it does on skin. As I mentioned earlier, I do love the commercial scented products, but if I need to streamline my expenses, these products would be the first to go. April 3, 2013 at 12:37pm Reply. You can also use essential oils to create your own simple blends, mixing rose and vetiver or jasmine and vanilla (start with 3 drops per 1 ounce of lotion or unscented carrier oil like almond, apricot kernel or grapeseed; add more as needed). In a professional perfumery lab, matching lotions and gels are formulated by blending fragrance oils into the unscented base, the mixture of active ingredients and emulsifiers comprising the lotion or gel. If it’s hard plastic, the process should be safe. (Jane, my comments section has a special website field where you can add your business/blog link. I usually use it on its own, but I’m sure that it can work with perfumes too. Boos des iles? A common use is to sprinkle some into shoes and let it sit overnight, as it will absorb foot odors, reducing your chances of having smelly feet. April 5, 2013 at 5:29pm Reply, Victoria: I’m happy that you found it useful! I'm a writer, journalist and professionally trained perfumer. and have definitely replaced carbs with perfume as a reward when I feel I deserve one April 4, 2013 at 7:47am Reply, Betsy: I love this helpful article! The Roasterie: Coffee "Nose" Best! I have been craving scented lotions but have bottles of unscented lotions and creams. April 4, 2013 at 11:03am Reply, loledindurgh: thanks a lot ,Victoria. Handmade creations may require a bit more effort to put together than simply handing over your credit card at a department store, but the rewards are plenty, not the least of which is the pleasure of playing with scents. Like you, I love using oils, and some perfumes can be mixed with oils (like almond or grapeseed) in a pinch. April 4, 2013 at 8:31am Reply, Masha: Great post! In some cases, the luxury brands use standard product bases that are no better than the drugstore variety, so I don’t feel like paying a premium for the brandname alone. In my experience, the lighter (white) shea butters have the most mild scent and the darker (yellow) ones smell much stronger. Santal Majuscule wears like iron on me, and it’s a perfect perfume to dilute in some lotion. Victoria: Kate, perhaps, your tastes are also changing, and it might be good to see what kind of scents still smell good to you. It’s a wonderful combination. Multiply each percentage by 16 or 500, depending on the unit of measurement you feel most comfortable … You could even take a little sample of Philosykos to the store and layer them at the counter to see how it works out. April 3, 2013 at 9:55am Reply, Victoria: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is a great moisturizing cream. That’s exactly what I do in the lab when I need to quickly check how the scented oils will work with the base, and it works well enough at home to. Thank you for your wonderful blog! I also use dimethicone with petigrain and vanilla for a very cheerful hair smoother. Moisturizing lotion can be used in place of shaving cream and rinsed off, leaving a lighter scent than the full-strength lotion. Victoria: That’s a terrific goal, and I wish you luck! April 3, 2013 at 5:37pm Reply. I also like to “incubate” my scented blends before using because it results in a stronger infusion. Anytime you mix perfume with another substance you alter it slightly, and it might require a bit of a trial and error. Here’s my very simple recipe: approximately 2.5 oz. And I don’t like accumulating the jars of body cream, as I would prefer the fragrance itself. When you return to your mixture, try a dab on your hand and let it mix with your own scent before making any changes or rebottling. Rather than mixing your lotion to mitigate its strong scent, consider repurposing it. At home, you will have to experiment by changing the base, rather than the perfume component. I love almond oil, which is wonderful for any skin, and it doesn’t clash with perfume. *. Thanks in advance, Body lotions and shower gels can easily be sacrificed, especially if my budget needs to be kept in check. The last one was the 100ml bottle of Marshmallow EDP by MOR… December 4, 2020 at 9:28am, typeo_girl in Recommend Me a Perfume : Holiday Gift Ideas and Guides: Hi all, can anyone recommend a lemony perfume that is appropriate for a 12 year old, she loves lemon scents. April 3, 2013 at 4:40pm Reply, Barbara: Emma, it’s called Body Oil Light Sesame Formula Fragrance Free. So finally, I made up a combination of grapeseed oil, sunflower and safflower oil. April 3, 2013 at 9:48am Reply, Victoria: Yes, that’s why I don’t recommend making large batches. Yes, I agree, distilled water is much better than tap and a bottle with a valve opening is preferred to that of an open jar. I’m so happy that you loved the results of the spray-and-rub method (thanks again to Barbara for coining this term!) Brilliant! … April 3, 2013 at 9:56am Reply, Elia: This is perfect for me! The combination of amber, woods and the bitter chocolate note that didn’t register as foody in the slightest felt addictive. That’s a great point about plastic!
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