Beginner tincturer

    Beginner tincturer

    post #1 of 7
    Thread Starter 

    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,

    post #2 of 7

    Please be very careful when using Essential Oils at high concentrations, and never use anything as a Lip Balm. Bergamot Oil and other Citrus oils (including Lemon) contains chemicals which are notorious skin sensitisers. They react under UV light (i.e Sunshine), and you showed what happenes. Lip Balm fragrances should, not only be skin safe but they should be Flavour approved too. The skin of your lips is very thin and tender, plus you are quite likely to ingest some Balm.

    A little homework before you go splashing around would be a good idea, I think.

    post #3 of 7
    Thread Starter 

    Except it wasn't a lip balm, but a perfume stick. Do you use your lip balms behind the ears? Interesting, I must say.

    I was aware of the photosensitivity properties of bergamott oil. My text clearly shows that, IMHO. I made the stick as an experiment during winter - where I live there's very little sun in winter. And then I forgot I shouldn't use that one in summer. I was very stupid, and I said so in my text so I see no need for bashing.

    I am well aware that on this place are some people who seem semi-professional, at least in attitude. I'm also well aware I'm very far from that. I wrote about my mistakes to show who I am in context... I am sure you never made mistakes - good for you! Your attitude, however, is extremely off-putting. A little thought activity before rushing to conlusion is a very good idea, I think. Goodbye.

    post #4 of 7

    I was showing concern; you mentioned the words "Lip Balm". I was trying to help, and certainly was not "bashing" anyone. You seem an extremely chippy person. Calm down dear.

    From the way you wrote you seemed to know very little about the properties of Essential Oils; clearly my suggestion that you try and learn a little about them has not gone down well. Too much like hard work?

    You go ahead and mix up your little messes; I hope they come out just the way you want them.

    post #5 of 7

    Dear GlassJar, I got caught in another part of your story: ... similar to lavender but much bigger, that I don't know the name...
    I want friendly suggest - never use something, if you don't know what is it exactly. Many plants are poisonous. Maybe you tincturing Lavandula stoechas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavandula_stoechas

    post #6 of 7
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RamuteView Post

    Dear GlassJar, I got caught in another part of your story: ... similar to lavender but much bigger, that I don't know the name...
    I want friendly suggest - never use something, if you don't know what is it exactly. Many plants are poisonous. Maybe you tincturing Lavandula stoechas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavandula_stoechas

    Careful! You will get blasted for your mild criticism, even though you are trying to help. Assuming the originator is still with us and has not gone off to sulk.

    post #7 of 7

    It is amazing how many just fail to ingest all the valuable information already here on this site. Then spurn the advice asked for, and given freely and willingly by the most experienced teachers they could ever hope to gain. The joys of the internet. There certainly seems to be an increase in it recently. Where have good manners gone?

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    7/3/13 at 4:04pm

    GlassJar said:



    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,

    7/4/13 at 1:04am

    David Ruskin said:



    Please be very careful when using Essential Oils at high concentrations, and never use anything as a Lip Balm. Bergamot Oil and other Citrus oils (including Lemon) contains chemicals which are notorious skin sensitisers. They react under UV light (i.e Sunshine), and you showed what happenes. Lip Balm fragrances should, not only be skin safe but they should be Flavour approved too. The skin of your lips is very thin and tender, plus you are quite likely to ingest some Balm.

    A little homework before you go splashing around would be a good idea, I think.

    7/4/13 at 2:40am

    GlassJar said:



    Except it wasn't a lip balm, but a perfume stick. Do you use your lip balms behind the ears? Interesting, I must say.

    I was aware of the photosensitivity properties of bergamott oil. My text clearly shows that, IMHO. I made the stick as an experiment during winter - where I live there's very little sun in winter. And then I forgot I shouldn't use that one in summer. I was very stupid, and I said so in my text so I see no need for bashing.

    I am well aware that on this place are some people who seem semi-professional, at least in attitude. I'm also well aware I'm very far from that. I wrote about my mistakes to show who I am in context... I am sure you never made mistakes - good for you! Your attitude, however, is extremely off-putting. A little thought activity before rushing to conlusion is a very good idea, I think. Goodbye.

    7/4/13 at 8:49am

    David Ruskin said:



    I was showing concern; you mentioned the words "Lip Balm". I was trying to help, and certainly was not "bashing" anyone. You seem an extremely chippy person. Calm down dear.

    From the way you wrote you seemed to know very little about the properties of Essential Oils; clearly my suggestion that you try and learn a little about them has not gone down well. Too much like hard work?

    You go ahead and mix up your little messes; I hope they come out just the way you want them.

    7/4/13 at 12:32pm

    Ramute said:



    Dear GlassJar, I got caught in another part of your story: ... similar to lavender but much bigger, that I don't know the name...
    I want friendly suggest - never use something, if you don't know what is it exactly. Many plants are poisonous. Maybe you tincturing Lavandula stoechas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavandula_stoechas

    7/5/13 at 1:59am

    David Ruskin said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RamuteView Post

    Dear GlassJar, I got caught in another part of your story: ... similar to lavender but much bigger, that I don't know the name...
    I want friendly suggest - never use something, if you don't know what is it exactly. Many plants are poisonous. Maybe you tincturing Lavandula stoechas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavandula_stoechas

    Careful! You will get blasted for your mild criticism, even though you are trying to help. Assuming the originator is still with us and has not gone off to sulk.

    7/5/13 at 2:35am

    mumsy said:



    It is amazing how many just fail to ingest all the valuable information already here on this site. Then spurn the advice asked for, and given freely and willingly by the most experienced teachers they could ever hope to gain. The joys of the internet. There certainly seems to be an increase in it recently. Where have good manners gone?





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