Um, wonder if it's okay if I start a thread just to say hi? I'll be hanging out mainly here in the DIY forum, I think. I recently started making tinctures and thought this could be a useful place. I started by making lotions, body washes and such, and bought fragrance oils and essential oils to scent them with. I ended up preferring my lotions without a scent! and started to think about using my essential oils for perfume instead.
I started with oil based perfume, in sticks pretty much like lip balms. Then I made the mistake of making a stick with quite a lot of bergamot oil and using it in summer. Red rashes behind the ears and on the inside of my wrists... bummer, I KNEW it when I made my stick but I thought "I won't be using it in summer". That put me off the perfume making for some time but eventually curiosity got overhand. So here I am, recently started with alcohol based perfumes... but I'll stay clear of that bergamot. I'm a bit scared of citrus peel oils in general, actually, not really knowing if I have anything to fear from lemon oil I head for lemongrass instead.
Apart from the essential oils and fragrance oils, I have a couple of tinctures going. My first one is a wild speices of thyme that has been sitting in the jar with 96% alcohol for a couple of days and already smells quite lovely - not so much if I sniff in the jar, but what I spilled on my hands smell great. I also have small jars of mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius) in that cupboard. I see that someone else on this forum tried tincturing mock orange without much luck, I can just hope for better luck than he had. Oh, and I have two small jars with an aromatically smelling plant with blue flowers, slightly similar to lavender but much bigger, that I don't know the name of ^^
I got into this tincturing thing since I was too stingy to buy vanilla absolute ^^ I'm sure I've already spent that money and more on jars, alcohol and postage... and I've still not gotten around to make my vanilla tincture!
My original plan was a scent based on coriandre vanilla citrus and maybe a little bit of floral stuff. It seems I've lost track of that, though. Instead I'm planning how to enfleurage the mock orange and some lilac next year :p thankfully there isn't flowers available all year around, so I will get something else done in my life,