Also known as hydrosols, hydroflorates or distillates, flower water is a fragrant product from direct steam distillation of whole plant materials. Flower water is deeper in scent production because it is derived directly from steam. Unlike essential oils, which are added to water, flower water is steam distilled. They are sold very inexpensively and sold as deodorants, facial splashes, air fresheners' skin applications and for spa use during massages.
Flower waters are moisturizing, refreshing, and fragrant with essential oils added. Because flower water has less concentration, it is used for people with sensitive skin. Mountain Rose Herbs sells an entire line of hydrosols, which have been distilled in improved stainless steel cookers and processed through certified organic methods.
Perfume is easier to make then most people know. However, it's important that you read over the process carefully. Perfume is made with these basic ingredients: essential oils, aroma
chemicals, and animal products, types of alcohol and water if needed. Practice blending different scent formulas to create the exact fragrance you want.
Here are some basic formulas:
2 drops of Lavender Oil
4 drops Carnation Oil
3 drops of Juniper Oil
2 drops of Jasmine Oil
3 drops of Ylang-Ylang
2 drops of Patchouli
2 drops of Lavender
3 drops of Ylang-Ylang
1 drop of Jasmine
2 ½ oz of Perfumer's Alcohol or Vodka (you must have permit for use of vodka – read Scent Preparation).
2 tablespoons of Distilled or Spring Water (add more water if needed)
Mix your choice of essential oil formula and add to alcohol, stirring very slowly at first. Let mixture stand for 48 hours, then add 2 tablespoons of distilled or spring water. Stir well.
Let mixture stand another 48 hours or four to six weeks curing time for stronger perfume. It is up to you how strong you want your perfume to be. If the formula is too strong, you can always add more water to dilute it. Then let your perfume mature or cure, like a fine wine.
When it is ready, pour though a coffee filter to remove any sediments out of your final product. Choose a strong attractive bottle and strain the perfume in it.
Here is a homemade fragranced face mask to use for those with a shiny complexion.
1 egg white
1 tablespoon of honey or glycerin
1 ½ teaspoons of witch hazel
2 drops of lemon essential oil
2 drops of lavender essential oil
2 drops of thyme essential oil
Mix all ingredients together and put in a clean container. Keep in the refrigerator to stay fresh.
Before going to bed, pour a teaspoon on a cotton ball and rub over face and neck, letting it dry.
Then in the morning, repeat the process again. Continuous use of this beauty water will give your skin a fresh, glowing complexion.
Make yourself some fruity and fragrant skin helpers with:
Mix some 3 drops of essential oils of lavender, 1 drop each of lemon balm, and a essential herb (try basil oil, chamomile, marjoram, and 1 cup of distilled water together for a light, lemony spritzer to spray on your face and body for a refreshing and relaxing mist.
To hydrate and clean skin pores, create a refreshing skin toner. Mix 1 cup of witch hazel, ¼ cup white vinegar and ¼ tsp mint extract. Toss in a couple of fresh peppermint leaves. Using a cotton ball, dab your face gently and apply the moisturizer.
The right mixture of ingredients can include many different blends and produce many different perfumes. Each one unique and naturalistic in character.
Amber – A warm sweet sensuous blend.
Animal – animal blends are essential oils in today's perfume fragrances. They have fixative properties.
Aquatic – Fresh, natural, and enduring. It ejects the theme of waterfalls, or an ocean and even the wind.
Aromatic – Perfect for men's fragrances, this fragrance blends lavender, rosemary and armoise together for a virile and strengthening quality.
Balsamic – Woodsy and sweet with benjamin, balsam tolu, and vanilla expressed within. This fragrance holds an oriental connection.
Floral – Sweet-smelling savor of flowers including Lily of the Valley, tuberose and ylang ylang.
Fruity – Popular blend in today's culture. Most of the fragrance is synthetic with a melon, apple and peach overtone.
Green – Today's society is into the natural, intrinsic components of green, which is taken from galbanum, a natural substance.
Herbaceous – Marjoram, basil, and mint are the blended ingredients here. Specifically used in men's fragrances.
Hesperide – Group of citrus oils and orange flower products created by cold expression of the various fruit peels such as orange, lemon, tangerines, and bergamot. Giving fragrance a burst of freshness and appeal.
Iris – As beautiful as the flower itself is the aroma of Iris saturated with violet and orris note blends.
Leather – An old redolence marked by natural and synthetic notes, has a smoky, tar-like smell merged with chypres.
Moss – Outdoorsy, rich odor from nature itself with oak moss as the essential element of the chypres.
Musk - Distilled in alcohol, this long-lasting tincture is synthetic today, but originally came from fawns.
Spices – A wide range of spices linger in this blend, warm, inviting with splashes of floral.
Tobacco – Woodsy, sweet and honey-laced aroma adds to this rich fragrance.
Wood – an influence of the Virginia cedar, Galac wood, patchouli, sandalwood, pine, and vetiver is part of this natural scent.
Here is a short list of perfume blends, with a list of flavors and fragrances on blending, for just the right scents.
Fresh lemon and other citrus blends well with lavender, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, fir, pine, spruce.
Spicy nutmeg blends well with citrus, allspice, clove, cinnamon, and cardamom, lavender, and rose.
Minty peppermint blends with wintergreen, eucalyptus, citrus, patchouli, jasmine, and rose.
Flowery rose blends well with citrus, patchouli, neroli, jasmine, chamomile, geranium, clove, and cinnamon.
Flavorful vanilla blends with cinnamon, rose, clove, nutmeg, allspice, and citrus.
The licorice flavor of Anise blends with citrus, cinnamon, chamomile.
Earthy Cedarwood blends with patchouli, spruce, fir, and pine.
Flower Chamomile blends well with bergamot, clary sage, rose, and lavender.
Flowery Geranium blend with citrus, lavender, cinnamon, clove, jasmine, and mint.
Sweet Jasmine blends well with geranium, chamomile, patchouli, cinnamon, clove, and citrus.
For more variations, check out Craft Central Station online, which shows a complete list of the various fragrance blends that you can create.