Today I tinctured Jasmine flower. I have high hopes, it smells very promising already.
Yesterday Elderflower. LV went out and picked me about thirty flowers and I cut off the heads and steeped them in ethanol. It really is humbling to have your hands covered in pollen, something so alive and pregnant with potential life. For the moment all I can say is, meh, not as impressive as the flower in its natural state. I’ve got some more that I will add to the alcohol when I strain off this one tomorrow. Below are my first efforts at fresh flower tincturing:
“The benefits to using tinctures as the alcohol base for botanical perfumes are numerous. Notice I stated “as the alcohol base.” I recommend using tinctures as the perfumers alcohol for blending a perfume. …. we are not creating a tincture to replace an essential oil or absolute (although one can tincture vanilla beans very successfully and use them as a replacement for vanilla absolute) we are more creating a subtle back note for the perfume by using the tinctured alcohol to blend.” – Charna Ethier of Providence Perfume
This is a very interesting idea. Just a few months ago I started formulating for the first time and I’m using drops just in the test phase and haven’t yet made any full versions of my testers. So, this approach really interests me from a purely artisanal standpoint, the uniqueness of each one would be amazing!
As an aside: my package came and and with it the natural isolates and essential oils that I’ll need for the chemistry course, yeah! I was at the door before the delivery guy could even ring the door bell and literally tore into the box when I got it into the studio. And the smell that met me when I opened the box was divine, heady and optimistic! I can’t wait to deepen my understanding of these wonderful gifts of the Earth.
Have a wonder-filled weekend!