Notes from the West

How to Make Natural Perfume

No rule is steadfast. It always depends on your likings, the oils you use, and a little tinkering.¬† This is a very basic formula. When making the Amber formula you can dilute this 50% in jojoba or fractionated coconut oil…
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I love Emily Carr

There, I said it. I adore her, her work and always get a lift from viewing her art. My beautiful daughter took me to the Vancouver Art Gallery last night. They have the longstanding Emily Carr exhibit which includes her…
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Natural Perfume Notes

Smelling natural perfume requires skin. I don’t recommend blotter or tester strips. Natural perfumes develop over time on the skin, and the outcome can be different due to a skins particular chemistry. This is where the mystery of perfume happens.…
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Perfume Terminology

Part of creating natural perfumes is making tinctures, infusions or/and enfleurage. I did not know what these were when I first started out making soaps and perfumes. Much of the terminology was foreign to me in the beginning. ¬†Here are…
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Perfume Concentrations

  Natural perfumes and fragrances can have different concentrations of actual plant element to carrier. In other words, I might have a parfum that has 40% essential oils and 60% alcohol. Or, if I want something lighter, I many choose…
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