Essential oils are useful for a variety of purposes. They can be used for medicinal reasons or healing of the mind, for example. Most people buy their oils in small bottles ready to be used. However, you can sometimes make your own natural fragrance oils. These can be used for soap making or skin care.
Sweet almond oil can be used as a base for creed aventus fragrance oils. It is best if combined with vitamin E, because this is a natural preservative. To make a small amount of fragrance oil, use one half cup of the sweet almond oil with vitamin E.
Choose the type of fragrance oil you want to make. This will usually depend upon what plant materials you have on hand. If you have a rose garden, you might want to make rose oil. With an herb garden, you could make oil of thyme or oil of oregano. If you are making fragrance oils in winter, you could use citrus peels, such as lemon or grapefruit. These oils would be especially useful in Hot Process Soap Making.
To get started making fragrance oils, take your plant material and put it in a plastic bag. Start with a cup of tightly packed flowers. Or, use a quarter cup of packed herbs or chopped fruit peel. Close the bag.
Tap the bag with a hammer or a kitchen mallet to slightly bruise the material. Do this gently so as not to turn your plant matter into mush. You want the oils of the plant substance to be brought out ever so slightly. This is the basis for your fragrance oils.
Next, it’s time to put the contents of the bag in a jar with the sweet almond oil. Put a top on the jar and shake it gently until all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Make sure the plant matter is saturated. The fragrance oil will start to form. It takes some time for the oils to be extracted from the plant material in this manner. So, leave your jar in a warm place for the rest of the day. This will give the natural oils time to permeate the sweet almond oil. This is a good time for you to decide on the rest of the ingredients for your soap making or skin care.
On the second day, put some cheesecloth over the mouth of a second jar and pour the mixture from the first jar through it and into the second jar. At this point, you don’t need the first batch of plant matter you gathered. Throw it away along with the cheesecloth.
For the next three days, repeat the same procedure, using another cup of flowers or a quarter cup of fresh herbs or chopped fruit. Always strain the mixture from the previous day through cheesecloth into a clean jar. This will assure that your fragrance oils are pure.
When all these steps are completed, you have made your fragrance oil. You only need to bottle it and it will be good for six to twelve months whenever you need it. To bottle it, strain it through cheesecloth a final time. Then pour it through a funnel into small, dark bottles. Close the tops with stoppers. Use about 1 ounce in your soap making and substitute other oils in your skin care recipe for this oil.
If you do any flower or herb gardening at all, you might be surprised at how many different fragrance oils you can make. You can put them together from ingredients in your own back yard.