So, here’s a fun thing for you to try at home, or maybe with the kids now they are on their school holidays. Flower Perfume!! I know we all did it as children... mixing up lotions and potions in the bath, or the garden and dousing ourselves in whatever mixture we ended up with. There was always a suspect little bottle on the side in the bathroom labelled ‘Purfum’ (I couldn’t spell!) that was my homemade concoction of the week! I used to have such fun crushing up petals and adding shampoo and even food colouring...I was a messy child!
Recently, I’ve been wearing Marc Jacob’s Daisy perfume, which I just love, especially for the summer, as its fragrance is so fresh and light. Next on my list to try is Paul Smith’s ‘Floral’ one. Some of my friends have it and it is just beautiful. Of course, then there is the whole Jo Malone floral fragrance range, which is just jam packed with the aromas of so many beautiful flowers and fruits...I want to try them all, too!
As I am lucky enough to work with luxury flowers in London, I get to experience wonderful fresh scents everyday and it is definitely one of the perks of the job! I came across this more adult recipe for homemade perfume the other day, and It reminded me of my childhood perfume making ways. So, I thought it would be super fun to try a more grown up version! This time, the label on my bottle will be correctly spelt, and hopefully people won’t be too scared to try it!
So, if you’re interested in trying it with me, follow these simple steps (honestly, there is not a test tube in sight)!
Find Your Flowers!
You can either buy your flowers or pick a few from your garden; garden roses, peonies, lavender, and violets have wonderful fragrances and are easy to find (or buy)!
Ingredients & equipment
- 1 ½ cups of petals
- 2 cups of distilled water (you can add more if you want a subtle perfume)
- 1 large saucepan
- A hob
- Glass container (like a jam jar) or perfume bottle for storage
1 ½ cups of flower petals seems like a lot, but don’t worry; they don’t all have to be of the same flower either – experiment! Add fruit or other scented elements; whatever you want, use it!
- Wash your petals – you don’t want any nasty dirt or pesticides in your perfume.
- Combine the water and petals together in a pan, and then bring to the boil.
- Turn the heat down and simmer for 2.5hours (I know!! It’s a long time but it will be worth it!); be careful that it doesn’t boil over and ensure that there is still water in the pan.
- Leave to cool, and then strain the liquid through the cheesecloth to make sure there are no bits in it.
- Pour the liquid into your container, and then you’re done!
There you have it; an au-natural perfume and your own signature scent-- grown up style! Enjoy! xxx