The flowers in your own garden are the basic ingredients for making our own all-natural perfume--for very little money. This fragrant alternative offers benefits beyond that of its obviously modest monetary cost. Unlike commercial perfume products, this earth-friendly fragrance contains no scary synthetics made from poisonous petrochemicals, which are derivatives of petroleum. Pick flowers just as blooms open fully for best results.
Gather fully opened flower blooms over several days if necessary. Store them in sealed containers in the refrigerator until you're ready to use them. You'll need enough petals to tightly pack a 1-cup measure.
Sterilize two glass pint jars and their lids by boiling for five minutes. Carefully remove the hot objects from the boiling water and allow them to cool on clean paper towels. Wipe all surfaces with rubbing alcohol.
Put the flower petals in a sealable plastic food storage bag and squeeze as much air out of it as you can before closing it. Set it on a hard, flat surface and strike the petals with a large metal spoon to bruise them. Don't beat them to a pulp.
Pour the flower petals into the jar and just cover them with distilled water. Cap the jar tightly and set it on a sunny windowsill for about 48 hours.
Pour out roughly 10 percent of the water. Replace it with about the same amount of 100-proof vodka. Set the jar back on the windowsill for 24 hours.
Strain the liquid through four or five coffee filters into the second sterilized jar. When all of the liquid has drained, gather the floral material in the coffee filters and wring as much of the remaining fluids as possible into the jar. Toss the filters and vegetation on your compost heap.
Put the lid on the jar tightly and store your perfume in a cool, dark location.