Can you make perfume from the kind of vanilla you keep in your kitchen? A bottle of extract, or even a simple vanilla pod?
Designer fragrances can be precious. So is it genius to make your own scent with vanilla essence or fresh vanilla pods?
The first method requires a small little patience. Take a vanilla pod, chop it finely and add it to a jar with four tablespoons of a light carrier oil (such as sunflower or grapeseed oil). Leave it in a dark place to infuse for two weeks and then strain out the pieces. You should be left with a sweet-smelling oil to which you can add other essential oils, such as bergamot and cedarwood.
I kept mine single-noteed and opted for a glass rollerball instead of the recommended spray bottle. It smelled great, but the scent didn’t last long. On the next try, I went all in to see if pure vanilla extract—straight from the pantry—would work better. I applied that directly to my skin, but it smelled a bit bitter and evaporated quickly.
As a perfume, it’s a no, simply because it doesn’t last long. Still, I used the rest of the oil blend as a scented bath oil – a nice win.
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