How to Preserve Lavender Fragrances After Picking

Overview

A highly fragrant flower, lavender makes for a popular ingredient in a variety of bath, body and perfumed products. Unfortunately, the tangy fragrance of lavender blossoms dissipates within a few days after being picked and displayed. Remedying this includes making a concentrated fragrance spray out of the discarded picked flowers. Making the spray preserves the lavender fragrances after picking them, and provides you with the ability to formulate your own aromatics.

Step 1

Stuff the loose lavender blossoms into the muslin tea pouch. Tie the bag closed securely to prevent loose petals from falling out of it.

Step 2

Fill the jar with the rubbing alcohol and Cyclomethicone NF liquid. Cyclomethicone NF provides a silky base for perfumes in home fragrance crafts and can be obtained from most craft supply distributors.

Step 3

Drop the muslin tea bag full of lavender petals into the jar of solution. Screw the lid on tightly.

Step 4

Shake the bottle vigorously for up to two minutes, allowing the liquids to steep through the tea bag of flowers.

Step 5

Allow the bottle to sit in a sunny windowsill for approximately three days. Shake the jar daily to mix the contents. The fragrance can be used as an air freshener, linen deodorizer or body perfume.

Things You'll Need

  • Muslin tea bag (measuring 3 inches by 3 inches)
  • Lavender blossoms ( 1 cup )
  • Cyclomethicone NF (1 cup)
  • Rubbing alcohol (1/4 cup)
  • Large jar with lid

References

  • University of Maryland: Lavender
Keywords: preserving lavender fragrance, floral fragrance diy, homemade perfumes

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Chelsea Hoffman is a professional freelance writer with works published both on the Web and in print. She currently resides in Las Vegas. The author of the new series of horror novellas, titled "Fear Chronicles," Hoffman's work can also be found on environmental websites like Dobegreen.com, where she helps spread environmental awareness with her mighty pen.