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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Making solid perfume

Making solid perfume is pretty simple.

You'll need:

small clean tins or pots or balm tubes (check in the travel/trial size containers section for plastic pots or in the crafts section of wal-mart for favor tins to use)
16 oz. tub of melt and pour balm base, $7.50 + SH (www.whimsylanecreations.com)
fragrance oil 1/2 to 1 oz your choice of scent; lots of companies sell skin-safe fragrance oils/designer dupes online; I pay about $2.50 for a 2 oz. bottle
plastic squeeze bottle (not necessary but helpful)

Now make it!

Melt the entire 16 oz. tub of balm base carefully in the microwave, checking about every 30 seconds. Never leave it unattended as it can got too hot and catch fire. Freaky.

Let the melted base cool briefly before adding the 1/2 oz. fragrance oil. Stir. if you don't think it's scented strongly enough, go ahead and add the remaining 1/2 oz. Stir again. Just be careful not to add your FO too hot as it will dissipate out along with the steam off the base.

It is helpful to now pour your melted base into a new squeeze bottle (like a Wilton bottle or condiments bottle found in the housewares/picnic section of a dept. store). Hold the bottle with a pot holder and carefully begin filling tubes/ pots/ tins, etc. Pour slowly as to not shoot melted hot base across the room. It does happen.

And remember, I am not responsible for your mishaps.

Let the balm base harden and voila, old-fashioned solid perfume to keep, give, or sell.

Happy crafting!

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