I know I said I’d given up on the idea of solid perfume for my mother, but then I suddenly spotted this. Now, this was a cute tiny box which I’d got from a fair a while ago, but there is so little space there that I was really confused about what to put in there. So when I spotted it this time, I just had to fill it with perfume. Since my mother is very fond of such off-beat cuties, I know she’ll love it. The space was just perfect for a good amount of my solid perfume to fit in. I poured it thin so that the rather large ridge on the lid would not mess up the shape. I made enough to fill two other containers for tiny gifts. One was immediately given to a friend and neighbour (my test subject :P) who absolutely adores it! It seems lavender is the way to go when in doubt with fragrances. For the perfume I used a combination of rosemary, bergamot, lemon and lavender essential oils, which I just knew would turn out well. I mean they’re amazing scents on their own, none too overpowering, and seriously, I’m in love with the combination myself. Maybe I’ll keep the other container myself, greedy girl that I am. The scent lasts for hours but does not suffocate anyone around you. If someone’s leaning in for a kiss (yeah, me and my romantic imagination), they’d definitely get a good whiff of something sweetly yummy, but it’ll be a bit of a secret. It seems to make a difference though, applying on your pulse points. It emanates stronger from my wrists than the back of my hand which I did a patch-test on.
It seems that yesterday I was on a spree of spotting knick-knacks I’d forgotten about. This was a candle stand I’d received a very long time ago, with two small gel wax candle holders. One of them had broken sometime ago, and the other one looked so dirty I wondered if I could do anything about it. I tried scraping it all away, and surprise, surprise, it was very usable. Gel wax is very easily cleared away, and a good rinse made it look almost new. Since I’m all about stimulating the olfactory sense at the moment, I decided to experiment with gel air fresheners this time. I added a couple drops of orange food colouring into the holder and mixed a little salt (a pinch was enough for my small experiment) with boiling water in a separate cup. This prevents mold formation and keeps the freshener fresh ( :P) for a long time. Next I quickly added a whole packet of gelatin and mixed it in rather furiously as I’ve found gelatin clumps quickly otherwise. I added eucalyptus and lemon essential oils this time, and put it in the fridge for 24 hours to set. It probably didn’t need that long, the gel was firm enough after an overnight setting, but I just didn’t want to take any chances my first time. So this is how it turns out. They’re both really tiny containers, for use in closed spaces such as closets, but make for very cute and personal gifts. The smaller one is now perfuming my closet drawer and the to-be gift is covered in cling foil to be unwrapped in a few days by my mother. Also, this candle stand turns out to make for a really pretty earring holder! I know it seems crowded, but I find it pretty like this, rather like a tree full of bejewelled leaves. I’d so often seen these DIY earring holders on Pinterest and was dying to have one myself, and now I do. I happen to have lots of other earrings, some too large for this, others too small. Maybe I’ll find another cute way to store them as well.
That’s pretty much all for now, though I definitely have plans brewing A very happy Independence Day to all Indians and South Koreans!