Since doing the natural perfume day with Karen Gilbert I am completely taken over by scent. I didn’t know if I was going to be any good at smelling essential oils and scents; well that really isn’t true, I knew I had a good sense of smell from cooking, making soaps, checking if my sons clothes needed washing and distilling – but not to use purely for creating perfumes.
The day just opened my nose and mind to what can be a pleasing combination of scents and from that the application of scents to my range of skincare products.
So I rooted out some frankincense resin and crushed it into a powder and added sweet almond oil and left it to macerate for a few days.
The resulting oil is glorious with a deep scent of the resin that lingered on my wrist after I applied some to test it out.
I couldn’t get the paste fine enough, so it is still slightly grainy but the scent – warming, seductive, deep and oh so rich – lovely! I will keep macerating it for a couple of weeks above the radiator and let you know how the scent has developed.