Q&A: Mixing uncut perfume and cologne oils

From Chris:

Hi Stephanie, I don’t have a perfume making advice question as much as a simple yes or no question. Can the 100% cologne oil knockoffs that you can buy from places like thecommonscents.com and haywardenterprises.com be mixed with alcohol to create an edp or edt? I have no idea about perfume making, but was curious if this was the only step that is needed to make the product a spray. I can’t find the answer anywhere. thanks for the help if you can answer. I look forward to your site.

Chris, this is a great question.

Essential Oil Types or Groups

Group of Essential Oil from TO-FU on Vimeo. I stumbled across this motion-graphic that  shows essentials oils in groups of similar scents. They color code the categories and arrange them in a wheel, basically a simplified version of a scent color wheels. This is a very useful way of looking at and categorizing essential oils. […]

Less scent, better sense of smell?

Most people I know like to keep a constant aroma in their home by candles or by air fresheners.  However, being in constant contact with fragrances, even natural ones, simply overwhelms me. In my studio and living space, I try to keep scents at a minimum.  Often I don’t even wear my own perfumes, but […]

Natural Materials: Ylang ylang Essential Oil

Many people ask about ylang-ylang. This tropical flower makes an essential oil that is a sensual and exotic floral. Ylang-ylang Source – Canaga Odorata from Indonesia, Philippines and Polynesia Plant parts used – flowers Aromatic extract– Steam distilled essential oil Ylang has a very unusual scent. Unlike many other florals that are light and delicate, […]

On the blogosphere

SKN items have been featured on several blogs recently! First we have a review of my perfume samples on Craft Gossip http://bathnbody.craftgossip.com/stephanie-k-naturals/2009/01/02/ Bergamot Lime Room Spray is featured in this lovely green gift guide http://longwinterfarm.com/blog/?p=123 Most recently, Sage Bergamot Massage Oil was featured on Indie Parade. Thank you all for your support!

Natural Materials: Patchouli Essential Oil

patchouli oil

Patchouli, the ultimate “love it or hate it” scent! People often say they can’t stand the patchouli scent, and they are surprised to learn it is a part of a perfume they really love. Even a scent as intense and recognizable as patchouli can be tamed into subtlety in the right blend. Patchouli Essential Oil Source – […]

Are your essential oils authentic?

The essential oils you buy might not be what you think. In order to keep demand for low prices, essential oils often are in some way adulterated to lower costs. Unscrupulous companies even sell altogether fakes as the real thing. Red flags to watch for when choosing essential oils The prices are much lower than the going rate. […]