What do you do with your not so good tries?

    What do you do with your not so good tries?

    post #1 of 9
    Thread Starter 

    As someone who makes my own lotions, I'm used to having jars of semi-good stuff that I use. I don't like throwing stuff in the garbage and most of the time, the "failure" is more on the look/feel side while the product actually works. These semi-failures I don't give away to others, of course. I can either trash it or use it myself.

    With perfume, it's more difficult. Although I make really small test batches I don't feel like using other stuff than the ones I really like. I guess I'll end up with a drawer full of bad perfumes... some bad, others not so good. The good ones I use (good enough for me, I'm sure they won't be good enough for many of you but that's another question entirely). Possibly I could give some to a friend's daughter, but I produce more semi-bad perfumes than the poor kid can use :p and really, although she's just a kid who gets a kick from owning and using some "grown woman things"I prefer to give her something nice.

    What do you do with your less than perfect perfumes?

    post #2 of 9

    I add my failures to my bath water. You could probably also add it to your shampoo.

    post #3 of 9

    Start a "Millefleur" bottle :)

    See this previous discussion:http://www.basenotes.net/t/371965/failed-and-unsuccessful-experiments

    post #4 of 9
    Thread Starter 

    jsparla, thanks! Not even an old thread embarassed.gifI missed that one. Guess I didn't understand from the title what it's about.Mixing the bottles, tweaking it until acceptable and making it into room perfume sounds like a great idea. I'm not so heavily into florals though, it will be more like millescent than millefleur.

    Pears, pouring it into the bath sounds like a good idea too. I make a water soluble bath oil (just mixing the oil with a suitable surfactant) and possible there could also go some alcohol in the mix. I'll try it.

    Thinking of bath oils. In lotion making, alcohol can be used as a preservative. The company Weleda does, and their lotions and creams are fine. I could dilute my millescent mix and use it as a combined scent and preservative. It takes at least 15-20% alcohol in a lotion to work well, and I suppose the alcohol affects the whole repice. I have never seem a recipe for a lotion with 20% alcohol, though. There's plenty of experiments to make. I'll have plenty of semi-bad lotion for my own consumption until I get it right smiley.gif

    post #5 of 9

    I think I said this in the other thread already, but I'd really recommend waiting a good while before you abandon a blend as no good: they often change significantly with time and usually for the better.

    post #6 of 9
    Thread Starter 

    *nod* The change over time is amazing and truly fascinating.

    post #7 of 9

    Give them away.

    post #8 of 9

    If Bad, I usually pour them on the back wooden fence, to dry in the intense So Calif Desert Sun.

    If not so bad, I might keep them for sometime later.

    My pippette rinse alcohol usually smells pretty good, so I dump that on the bushes lining my front house entrance, and enjoy the smells when I walk past.

    post #9 of 9

    I leave them in a cool, dark place to mature.

    It's quite crowded now, but dog-proof.

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    7/5/13 at 12:40am

    TheOnion said:



    As someone who makes my own lotions, I'm used to having jars of semi-good stuff that I use. I don't like throwing stuff in the garbage and most of the time, the "failure" is more on the look/feel side while the product actually works. These semi-failures I don't give away to others, of course. I can either trash it or use it myself.

    With perfume, it's more difficult. Although I make really small test batches I don't feel like using other stuff than the ones I really like. I guess I'll end up with a drawer full of bad perfumes... some bad, others not so good. The good ones I use (good enough for me, I'm sure they won't be good enough for many of you but that's another question entirely). Possibly I could give some to a friend's daughter, but I produce more semi-bad perfumes than the poor kid can use :p and really, although she's just a kid who gets a kick from owning and using some "grown woman things"I prefer to give her something nice.

    What do you do with your less than perfect perfumes?

    7/5/13 at 2:00am

    Pears said:



    I add my failures to my bath water. You could probably also add it to your shampoo.

    7/5/13 at 3:59am

    jsparla said:



    Start a "Millefleur" bottle :)

    See this previous discussion:http://www.basenotes.net/t/371965/failed-and-unsuccessful-experiments

    7/5/13 at 9:18am

    TheOnion said:



    jsparla, thanks! Not even an old thread embarassed.gifI missed that one. Guess I didn't understand from the title what it's about.Mixing the bottles, tweaking it until acceptable and making it into room perfume sounds like a great idea. I'm not so heavily into florals though, it will be more like millescent than millefleur.

    Pears, pouring it into the bath sounds like a good idea too. I make a water soluble bath oil (just mixing the oil with a suitable surfactant) and possible there could also go some alcohol in the mix. I'll try it.

    Thinking of bath oils. In lotion making, alcohol can be used as a preservative. The company Weleda does, and their lotions and creams are fine. I could dilute my millescent mix and use it as a combined scent and preservative. It takes at least 15-20% alcohol in a lotion to work well, and I suppose the alcohol affects the whole repice. I have never seem a recipe for a lotion with 20% alcohol, though. There's plenty of experiments to make. I'll have plenty of semi-bad lotion for my own consumption until I get it right smiley.gif

    7/5/13 at 9:28am

    Chris Bartlett said:



    I think I said this in the other thread already, but I'd really recommend waiting a good while before you abandon a blend as no good: they often change significantly with time and usually for the better.

    7/5/13 at 9:30am

    TheOnion said:



    *nod* The change over time is amazing and truly fascinating.

    7/5/13 at 9:40am

    sjg3839 said:



    Give them away.

    7/7/13 at 8:59pm

    pkiler said:



    If Bad, I usually pour them on the back wooden fence, to dry in the intense So Calif Desert Sun.

    If not so bad, I might keep them for sometime later.

    My pippette rinse alcohol usually smells pretty good, so I dump that on the bushes lining my front house entrance, and enjoy the smells when I walk past.

    7/8/13 at 1:30am

    lpp said:



    I leave them in a cool, dark place to mature.

    It's quite crowded now, but dog-proof.





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