In my never-ending struggle to live life naturally (and, oh, the struggle is real, y’all), one of the things I’ve given up has been perfumes.
It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. In fact, it was harder on my husband than it was me. You see, he likes it when I smell good. I mean, come on—what guy doesn’t like nice smelling women? Thankfully, good hygiene and some natural perfumes are enough to keep him happy (meaning… I don’t stink even though I don’t wear perfume). And, as we’re both learning more about the negative effects toxins have on our health, making the switch to healthier things isn’t as hard.
A while ago I wrote about my favorite botanical perfume company—Illuminated Perfumes, and while Roxanne and her nature-inspired creations are still my go-to when I want a high-quality botanical perfume, I am intrigued by the process of creating them myself.
Now, Roxanne offers a course for beginners on creating botanical perfumes, and I’ve been tempted to take it in the past. (I’m an e-course junkie if you didn’t know.) However, in the beginning of 2017, I committed to not taking any courses until I finished my Advanced studies over at the Herbal Academy. I’ve only broken that commitment three times this year so I’m doing okay. Anyway, the point is, I’ve reined myself in a time or two and have yet to take Roxanne’s course. Hopefully, I’ll finish up my herbal studies and maybe delve more into the world of aromatherapy then. We’ll see.
Until then, I’ll have to rely on my limited essential oil blending skills or the skills of others, and that’s where today’s blog post comes into play.
Thoughtful Gifts For Christmas
I always try to make something handmade for the ladies in my family at Christmas. Just a little something to let them know I’ve been thinking of them. This year, I’ve decided to make everyone a botanical perfume along with a couple other body care goodies.
My plan is to make three different goodies to give to each person and put them in little muslin drawstring bags with a stamped… something or another… on the front. Maybe I’ll tie some sort of conifer sprig in instead of stamping. We’ll see.
Today, I’d like to share the recipe I used for the botanical perfume. It’s called Winter Forest, and I adapted the recipe from one I found in an old Mountain Rose Herbs catalog. They have lots of great recipes in their catalogs, and all of this year’s handmade Christmas gifts were inspired by their recipes.
Winter Forest: A Woodland Botanical Perfume
This perfume sets up with a soft consistency and has a musky forest scent to it. If you’re not into earthy smells, you probably won’t like this one. You could always decrease the amount of vetiver to minimize that scent a little, but I think it smells lovely! It’s kinda dark, sexy, and mysterious, in my opinion. This recipe will make 28-30 half-ounce (.5 oz.) tins.
- 1 1/2 cups apricot kernel oil
- 1/2 cup almond oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 1/2 cup beeswax pastilles
- 25 drops of pine needle (Pinus sylvestris) essential oil
- 25 drops of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil
- 20 drops of vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) essential oil
- 10 drops of juniper berry (Juniperus communis) essential oil
- Gently warm oils and beeswax together in a glass bowl or stainless steel saucepan until beeswax is completely melted. Stir well.
- Turn heat off and add essential oils. Mix well.
- Pour into tins and let them sit until cool.
- Cap, label, and enjoy!
So there you go. A quick and easy solid woodland botanical perfume recipe that will make you feel like your standing in the middle of the woods taking deep breaths of rich, black dirt mingled with conifers and a hint of moss!