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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
10:37 am
So yesterday I received two small distillers- woohooo!!!
I had to stay home and play with them last night.
My first experiment was fig leaves and I ended up with about 10 drops of a fig leaf absolute. I think this isn't so bad considering that I didnt' really follow the instructions. I promise on my next batch to use real lard and the right kind of alcohol but I had to get started.

My second experiment was a straight water distillation with old pine needles. I think they may be too dry but we will see.

Today I scored a fantastic syringe (science syring for assays, not syringe for drawing blood or giving meds) that might be useful for sucking out excess hydrosol and stuff. It's too nice and solid to throw out in any event.
Sunday, August 21st, 2005
8:49 pm
oh itchy bug bites
I did a nice bath with baking soda and epsom salts- 4 drops each cinnamon leaf, lavender, and ylang ylang EO (based on one of my books that says this is a good bug bite mixture). My cinnamon leaf is probably very degraded by now because it's several years old and has been living through a bad variety of temperature changes.

For direct application, I made a mix- 10 droppers of vodka, 12 drops lavender, 10 lang ylang, 3 cinnamon leaf. To be applied by q-tip.
This isn't really a perfume, no real base note. All I want is not to itch!
Saturday, August 20th, 2005
5:21 pm
As long as I am on the internet, I am still amazed at all the stuff you can find.

figgy information
Friday, August 19th, 2005
6:15 pm
Scar treatment (because the motorcycle burn has left a nasty one)

from here
Lavender angustifolia immediately on fresh burn and then pack with ice. Wait until scab forms, then use Scar & Burn Oil™. Contains therapeutic grade essential oils of Helichrysum, Mugwort, Sage & Lavender in a base of Calendula infused in extra virgin olive oil & Calophyllum inophyllum & Rose Hip Seed oil.

from here:

Aloe vera soothes inflammed skin and speeds up wound healing. Used to treat burns, radiation, bedsores, skin irritation, sunburnt skin, mosquito bites and rashes from poison ivy, oak or sumac.

Both noni juice and noni leaf have wonderful wound healing properties, able to reduce swelling and scarring. Noni juice can be taken orally or applied topically on the affected area or areas.

Gotu kola can assist in the prevention of scarring and speed up the wound healing process. Used topically for burns, keloids and wounds (including skin ulcers and surgical incisions).

Other anti-scary favourites include evening primrose, tea tree oil, vitamin K and cocoa butter.

Arnica or calendula cream can be used to promote healing for brusies or any sore and inflamed areas.

Diluted essential oils like lavender and frankincense have also been used (individually) to minimize scars. Avoid using during early pregnancy.
Thursday, August 18th, 2005
9:18 am
I was looking up Damiana which I found at the new agey store yesterday. Seems useful. Wonder what it might smell like if/when distilled.

want this
Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
7:24 am
Perfume samplers:



http://www.houseofgosh.com/sample.asp (a perfume called bitch! heh heh)

not cheap: http://www.perfumeoutlet.net/testers.asp

Oh and that story about 7 women who died after getting perfume samples is a hoax.
6:44 am
As part of my perfume research, I found a site with "recipes" for many of the most popular big name perfumes. It doesn't have full recipes (since those would be proprietary) but does indicate what different notes are in the base, middle, and top. It's very interesting reading and can be found here.

I'm wondering where some of the essences mentioned in some of the formulas come from- leather, for example and peach which is sometimes listed as a top note and sometimes as a base.
Saturday, August 13th, 2005
11:10 am
Middle notes
Again, per Mandy Aftel:

Basic set:
Clary Sage, Geranium, ylang ylang

Second set:
Jasmine absolute, neroli, rose absolute, tuberose absolute

Special set:
boronia absolute, champa absolute, lavender absolute, litsea cubeba, orang eflower absolute, styrax
11:06 am
Base notes
Per Mandy Aftel from Essence and Alchemy:

First set:
Benzoin, Labdanum, Oakmoss absolut, patchouli, tarragon, vetiver

Second set:
frankincense, peru balsam, sandalwood, vanilla absolute

Special set:
ambrette seed, civet absolute, green Cognac, costus, spruce absolute 9white and black), tea absolute, blond tobacco, tonka bean
Wednesday, August 10th, 2005
1:39 pm
Today's experiment was using a rose hydrosol base (good stuff from "From Nature with Love"?).

I used a few droppers of the hydrosol with about 5 drops of sandalwood, a few drops of ylang ylang and two drops of cinnamon leaf. The dry down on this mix is fantastic. It's just a but tangy and with only a small hint of cinnamon. This is a mix to work with. I never thought I'd like the cinnamon leaf so much in mixes but after Harlot (BPAL), I think I want it everywhere. Oh, there was a few drops of lavender too..
Tuesday, August 9th, 2005
10:03 pm
I did up a sample using a lavender hydrosol (not sure how pure, got it at a new agey-wiccan store). Small bottle, mostly lavender water with lotus, sandalwood and maybe a few drops of ylang ylang. I dropped in a few pieces of myrrh and frankincense. It's early yet but it smells lovely so far. Very soft and clean.

Sin in the wax tart burner is lovely and much sfter/less jasminey than out of the bottle. Funny, it must be the amber I don't like. Or maybe I just don't like patchouli in mixes.

Category: Sin & Salvation
SIN: Thouroughly corrupted: amber, sandalwood, black patchouli and cinnamon.

wonder why I think jasmine when I open it?
12:32 pm
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