Monday, May 19

HOMEMADE: Perfumed Lilac Oil



Every spring when our lilac tree blooms, I make sure to go outside daily and pick as many bundles as I can to put all around our home.  The scent is known for it's calming/rejuvenating effect, so after the rough winter we had, it's great to start a new season with a fresh scent that will put you in a positive mindset.

This year when the tree bloomed, I decided to try something different and make a perfumed oil that can be used in a number of different homemade beauty products.  When I found out how easy this was, I started filling every bottle I could find!  Below are instructions on how to make a perfumed lilac oil.





For this recipe, you need only three elements: a bottle, lilac flowers, and organic sunflower oil. 

Pinch off the lilac flower buds and fill the bottle at least half way.  Next pour in the sunflower oil, filling the bottle to the top.  Let the lilac and oil infuse for 2 weeks, strain out blooms, and return oil to jar.

This perfumed oil can be used as the base in many natural homemade beauty products such as body scrubs, lotions, creams, and bath oils.


{Claire}


BONUS TIP: Keeping cut lilacs fresh.
Take your freshly cut lilac bloom and peel off the bottom bark (1-2 inches) of the stem.  Smash the ends to open it up and let the proper amount of water into the plant.  Now you'll be able to have fresh lilac around your home for days!

10 comments:

  1. This sounds heavenly! I love the scent of lilacs. And thank you for that bonus tip. Mine also would go all wilty. -Katie

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  2. Lovely recipe!
    Do you know by any chances the skin benefits of lila flowers?
    www.mademoisellenature.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Aubrey! Lilac is mainly known for its healing through aromatherapy, so it's a perfect scent to put in almost anything.

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    2. Whoops! Audrey, not Aubrey. Sorry! :)

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  3. This is such a great idea! My parents have a huge lilac tree, I can't wait to go over there and snag some lilacs to try this out!
    Nic
    www.salvageandstoneblog.com

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  4. Thanks for the bonus tip! I tried it on my vase of drooping lilacs last night. This morning they looked fresh cut again!

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  5. I love your DIY, I'll try it !

    http://iscomigoo-diy.blogspot.fr/

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    1. Thanks, Pau! Such a simple DIY with such lovely smelling results!

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful idea! I was under the impression that infused oils made with fresh flowers/herbs will spoil or mold after a few days, due to the water content in the plant material. Can you comment on that?

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    1. Hi Mica! That was not our experience with this oil although it's definitely a good idea to keep an eye out for things like that when using fresh ingredients!

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