Monday, February 6, 2012

Sandalwood and Bulgarian Rose Perfume

Make sure you buy your essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs!!!

Luxuriant Australian Sandalwood is intermingled with a modest caress of exquisite Bulgarian Rose to fashion a seductive and spicy perfume.  This fragrant fusion is a beautiful and profound attar that will certainly have ladies and gentlemen stepping a bit closer to you for a second whiff.  

I use Australian Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) essential oil which is used as an ecologically responsible substitute for Indian Sandalwood in perfumery.  Australian Sandalwood harvests are subject to strict governmental regulation and oversight by the WA Department of Environment and Conservation.

Bulgarian Rose (Rosa damascena) essential oil is mainly used in the fragrance industry and the distilled oil is also known for its sedative and aphrodisiac effects.  A little goes a very, very long way.  Two drops in the one ounce of Vodka was all this blend required.  Bulgarian Rose essential oil has a very rich, deep, sweet-floral and slightly spicy aroma that is quite the aphrodisiac.  Did you know that it takes around 10,000 pounds of rose petals to distill just one pound of oil?

I like to use 100 proof Vodka when making perfume blends since it has no smell at all.  I also only use glass bottles.  I don't like the "plastic-y" smell of plastic bottles.  I think the Vodka must leach out some of the plastic smell?? If you have sensitive skin or don't want to use alcohol, you can substitute Jojoba oil. Last, but not least, you need to do a patch test on your skin to ensure you are not allergic to the essential oils if they are new to you.  If you are pregnant or nursing, make sure you are allowed to use the specific oils before you start. 

Sandalwood and Bulgarian Rose Perfume

1 ounce of 100 Proof Vodka

Place the Vodka in a one-ounce glass spray bottle.  Add in the essential oils.  Gently shake the mixture several times per day for 1 week to ripen.  Shake gently before each use.