Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Solid Cologne

I decided to finally take a dabble in the perfume world.
I by no means claim to be an expert on blending aromas.  There is so much to learn there.  However, I like to smell good and like to do so as natural as possible.  Which has led to some fragrance blending.
I also love all the aromatherapy benefits of using essential oils.

What I do know is there are scents that are top notes, middle notes, and base notes.
The top note is the first scent you will smell, followed by the middle note, and finally the fragrance of the base note.
This link to aroma web is one I refer to often when looking up blending tips.

The base recipe for a solid cologne is:
3 parts carrier oil
2 parts beeswax
1 part fragrance.

This can be tweaked.  If one did a search on the web there is a lot of variations.

For my recipe I wanted to make enough for one.
I used:
1 1/2 tsp. of carrier oil (1 tsp. almond oil and 1/2 tsp. castor oil this time)
1 tsp. of beeswax
30 drops of essential oils
For this particular recipe I used
15 drops of blended sandalwood(meaning it is already in jojoba oil)
10 drops of cedarwood
5 drops of scotch pine
2 drops of bergamot

I am going for a more woodsy/masculine scent.
Like I said I am new to all this scent blending.  While there are a lot of recipes out there I always feel like I am missing a scent or it is for a big batch.  That is why I blended my own.
I am not quite sure if I made this scent strong enough.  Time will tell.  You could make it easy and just use one scent but where's the fun in that! 

I melted down the beeswax using a double boiler method.  I find it handy to use a glass measuring cup and place in the boiling water.  It makes it easier to pour later.
Then I added my carrier oils.
Since this is such a small amount it didn't take long to melt down.
Quickly I added my essential oils.  I had this already figured before I even started.

I then poured into my little tin.

If you stick it in the fridge it will set up real nice and real quick.

It pops right out.

Nice handy size to rub on your wrists or other pulse points.

Then I decided this was just a little "cute" for that special man in my life.

So I remelted in a small Altoids tin.

This tin makes it really handy to travel with you too.

The heat from your finger will melt the cologne down when you rub.  Then rub on your pulse points.

My "woodsy" solid cologne.

Maybe I should call it "Lumberjack Cologne", hmmmm???

Below are two sites I reference a lot when looking up anything natural beauty.  They also have their own version of a solid cologne(but you will find it's very similar).

At the site below I also found a recipe but felt it was a little too big for my need.  I thought it was worth mentioning though.  They use lip balm tubes and I think this would make a great Christmas gift idea!

I really like the idea of finding a locket to store the cologne in too.

If you end up doing this project, keep notes!  For whatever project you do, they are so handy to reference later!

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