Sunday, October 3, 2010

Rose and Vanilla Perfume

First blog post!

My interest in herbalism has prompted me to explore natural and herbal perfumery.

Since retailing perfumes contain toxic indredients, a truly natural and homemade perfume is worth exploring.

Using herbs and essential oils to make perfumes is an art and science. I'm currently fermenting an organic rose and vanilla perfume which consists of key ingredients. While perfume making is a total blast, it is also a time-consuming process. My developing concoction has sat in a jar for two weeks now, and this particular perfume won't be ready for several more weeks, as the combined scents take considerable time to blend and mature.

How to make your own perfume? Start by pouring some vodka in a small glass bottle, one that you can cork. To the vodka, add an organic vanilla bean. Slightly crush it and allow it to sit for a week, then strain and re-bottle. Add a tablespoon of rosewater and about ten drops of rose essential oil, and about ten drops of oil of vanilla. (If you seek a great oil of vanilla, check out Ananda Apothecary's vanilla oil choices.) Also add about five drops of ylang ylang essential oil. Allow the perfume to blend for a month; strain the mixture again before using.

Apothecary Rose from my garden.


  1. It's a great feeling to open the lid on a jar of vanilla beans, rose water, and essential oils! (Thank you for that experience, my Love.) It's too bad that we so often resort to products that aren't so ideal.

    We too often buy unnatural products out of habit when a superior, safer alternative is available with a little initiative, research, and effort.

  2. I couldn't agree more, my dear husband. Thank you for the sweet comment.

    I'm glad you like the scent, as you'll be smelling it on me often. ;)