Monday, December 12, 2011

Lena's Perfume


I adore perfume! I fancy the memories that are conjured by specific aromas and scents.  I was strolling through the mall a few days ago and was waylaid by a charming young lady peddling the hottest perfume du jour and suggested I allow her to mist me with this enchanted elixir.  I took a whiff from the atomizer and was essentially unable to ascertain what the skunk juice was supposed to smell like.  It was an arrogant synthetic posy of various lab produced odors which beat up my nose and my brain.  Adding insult to injury, I was informed it was $140 for a 3.4 ounce bottle. I can order many essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs for $140 and handcraft my own perfumes.  

Blending your own perfume is a delightful experience.  You can use either oil or vodka and your preferred essential oils.  I will be posting several of my favorite perfume blends named after some charming Victorian ladies.  Enjoy!!

My favorite perfume is crafted in my kitchen using all-natural ingredients.
Lena's Perfume is a woodsy-earthy blend of Spruce, Cypress, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Bergamot Mint and Benzoin. This blend reminds me of camping with my husband in the Olympic Mountains.   You can choose either a base of jojoba oil or Vodka.  This is great for both guys and gals!!

30 ml Vodka 
5 drops Bergamot Mint Essential Oil
3 drops Benzoin Resin
4 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
3 drops Vetiver Essential Oil
10 drops Spruce Essential Oil
5 drops Cypress Essential Oil

Blend well in a roller-ball or spray bottle. Shake frequently for at least seven days. Shake well before applying. 
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier. If you are pregnant or nursing or have a medical condition, please ask your physician if you may use essential oils.