Fragrances are usually derived from nature. Flowers, such as the rose or lavender, have distinct scents which are used to attract the birds and insects to the petals for pollination. Capturing those fragrances to use in perfumes, lotions and soaps can be done by infusing the plant's essential oils with olive oil.
Things You'll Need
- Olive oil
- 2 clean glass jars with lids
- Coffee filter
- Herbs or flower petals
Choose a fragrant plant to be used as the fragrance. This might be something from your garden, such as gardenias, roses or lavender. It might also be a pungent herb from your pantry, such as rosemary or basil.
Dry your flower petals if you are using flowers. Do this by securing twine around a bouquet and hanging it upside down until the petals are dry.
Combine olive oil and dried herbs or flower petals in a clean glass jar. Use about ¼ ounce of dried petal or herb for 1 cup of olive oil. Add additional herb or petals if you want a strong odor. Secure a lid on the jar.
Place the jar in a sunny window. Allow it to sit for about two weeks.
Shake the jar every day.
Strain the olive oil into a clean jar, using a paper coffee filter. Discard the plants and retain the oil.
- Photo Credit A. Johnson
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