Spring is almost here which means that the flowers will soon be in full bloom, filling the air with sweet and fragrant smells that simply can’t be matched. I am personally a huge fan of lilacs, as they always remind me of my childhood and the huge lilac bushes that still grace my parents’ lawn. There’s just something so relaxing about the scent, but artificial lilac perfume always tends to smell weird to me.
Well, I found this fantastic tutorial on Fresh Bites Daily today that shows you how to make your own perfume from the flowers in your garden or growing around your property! The fragrance is an alcohol-based perfume and likely won’t last as long as the artifical kind that you’d buy in a store, but I am absolutely in love with the idea.
Basically, all you have to do is purchase a really high proof grain alcohol like Everclear (make sure it’s not flavored or anything, obviously) and place your freshly picked fragrant petals in the alcohol (if they’re big petals, the page suggests chopping them up). Then let it sit in a cool dark place for anywhere from one hour to one day. Strain the petals and keep the alcohol and voila! Repeating the process more than once with the same batch of alcohol can give you a greater scent and might be necessary on the slightly less fragrant flowers.
I haven’t tried it yet, but you can bet I’m going to as soon as the lilacs bloom! I’m super excited, and I bet it would work with just about any flower. You could probably even mix and match your scents by doing multiple infusions with multiple different flowers. Lilac rose anyone?
Have you ever tried anything like this before? What’s your favorite scent? Share your thoughts with me in the comments, and keep an eye out as I’ll post again once I try it out myself!