Thursday, March 11, 2010

i tasted it so you don’t have to: floral vodka perfume

my culinary curiosity is strong enough to get me in trouble from time to time. if a substance (food or otherwise) is vegan, intriguing, and not visually or conceptually gross, i’ll eat it, or at least taste it. by licking a saturated bubble-wand i ascertained that fruit-scented bubbles do not taste like fruit (to put it mildly); however there is some variation in taste amongst the different fruit scents (i tried three of them).

cucumber leaves, while they smell like delicious cucumber, are actually tongue-burningly bitter. and vodka infused with flowers: gag-inducing. i learned those last two lessons yesterday. the cucumber leaves were a let-down; the vodka, not terribly surprising.

i steeped a mixture of dried lavender, rose, honeysuckle and calendula in a little over two ounces of 80-proof vodka, sealed in a glass jar and left in the dark for a few days. then i strained the liquid through a coffee filter. it smells good--more like a tea than a perfume, though, and kinda weak. when i first put it on it smells just the slightest bit like beer, but that fades fast.

the floral scent doesn’t stick around for long, and it’s not my favorite. i think i’m going to give it a shot with some essential oils, 100-proof vodka and whatever else recipes written by helpful, experienced people call for. here are a couple guides if you’re interested:

indie fixx tutorial perfume recipe


Jessica said...

I'm definitely going to have to try this perfume making, perhaps with my own flowers this summer. Thank you for the links. Your cookies look I-can't-believe-they're-vegan delicious.

Andrea said...

The photo's cool, even if the perfume isn't!

JJ Beazley said...

She's right; your pictures are excellent.

Emily said...

aww, thank you.