Here in central Texas, it is finally cooling down to nice tempuratures, and it feels nice to be outdoors. Really quickly, I wanted to let you know about this weekend’s Sherwood Celtic Music Festival on the grounds of Sherwood Forest Faire near Bastrop, TX. If you can make it out, I promise you’ll have a great […]
Last week we had big hubbub around town–Austin Fashion Week! I had never attended, so Saturday I came out to the 50 Shades of Fashion (dress code black, white and all shades in between) at the Urban Betty Salon and Rae Cosmetics. My friend Cathy…
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.
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. […]
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 […]
Sometimes a girl never grows out of playing dress up. Renaissance faire has become a hobby for my sister and I in the past few years. Attending one is fun in itself, but it’s all the more enchanting to dress up and immerse yourself in the stories of the past. When my sister and I […]
Merry Christmas to all! As a small gift to you, I want to share a favorite family “recipe” to fill your home with a warm and inviting aroma. One apple sliced, or apple cider Orange peels or fresh sliced orange Whole cloves 2-3 sticks of cinnamon water Simmer all ingredients on a low to medium […]
In the Hill Country of Texas, there are a number of small lavender farms. I had wanted to visit them in June when the lavender is in full bloom. The Blanco Lavender Festival occurred about a week ago, so I will have to wait until next June to attend the festival. Many of the farms […]
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, […]
Have you been running on empty? During stressful times, it’s so easy to overwork yourself. We often force ourselves to keep going long after our energy is gone. Going too hard for too long will lead to exhaustion and often illness. I really write this to myself, as I have a tendency to push myself […]
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!
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 – […]