How To Make PerfumeWritten by Richard Wong
Whether it’s for personal or family purposes, marketing purposes or intended as a gift for some friends or family, perfume making is in fact an easy task that you can do by yourself or with others. Creating something personal, of good taste and really useful such as perfume is a truly great thing, not only because it teaches you a couple of new things, but also because it’s bound to boost your confidence, not to mention maybe most important aspect… having fun.
If you try to google your way to some perfume making knowledge, you’ll notice you have a lot to choose from, just because there are plenty of ways and different recipes to try. The most important thing is for you to know what you’d like to obtain:
1. What type of perfume would you like to make? (eau de cologne, perfume concentrates, maybe even after-shaves or whatever crosses your mind)
2. What would you like perfume to smell like? (soft / strong smell, sweet / manly odor / unisex, long lasting or not, and so on and so forth)
Depending on your answers to previous questions, you should make out a list of ingredients. When compiling this list, you should have in mind characteristics of ingredients you’d like to add to your recipe. If you’ve already got a recipe to follow, that means you won’t bother experimenting and giving much thought to ingredients you should add, maybe slightly adjust quantities to obtain a more personalized perfume, but if you haven’t got your ingredients list yet, here are a couple of things you should know.
The first rule of perfume making is that you should experiment as much as you can. It’s a fact that some of greatest perfumes were created because somebody said something like… “and what if I put these two together?”. Perfume making an art and that’s why imagination and a great sense of smell can overcome a lack of experience or knowledge.
Making Colorful SoapsWritten by Richard Wong
There are many ways to add colorful designs to your homemade soaps. We will discuss using cold process soap making method to make soaps with intriguing designs.
First, you will need to start with a plain white base. A base of 30% coconut oil, 5% castor oil and 65% lard make a nice white base that lathers and conditions well.
To make tri-color soap with nice triangular designs, first make 1/3 of your base recipe to pour into your standard block soap mold. Once base has traced, add colorant of your choice. Then prop your mold at an angle so that when you pour your base into your mold it will fill only one corner of your mold instead of whole bottom.
To do this, place a few books under one side of your mold to raise side a few inches from your counter. Then place books against other side of mold to keep it from moving. Pour your soap down side of your mold that still rests on counter until it has filled corner, but not quite fully to top of mold.
Now carefully cover your mold with a towel until your soap has gone through saponification process and has cooled into soap. This will make a triangular block of soap that will sit off to side of your regular bar, making a nice design.
Next, mix 2/3 of your plain white base recipe, and separate it into two equal amounts. Color these with 2 separate colors. Pour one into your mold being careful not to splash it onto your triangle block…then pour second color on top of this.