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Part II of a Multi-Part Series
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Your own garden can provide wonderful floral material for your perfume. These are the fragrant materials that were used in Part I of this series of articles on creating your own perfume.
A simple method of extracting fragrance from natural materials

Making tea may seem off topic for the would-be creator of perfume but it is not.

If we go back to our first method of making perfume and now take the left over, water soaked, natural materials in our cheesecloth bag —the materials we were using to extract an aroma — and put them in a cooking pot and pour boiling water over them, we are making tea! Natural tea.

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Packed in cheesecloth inside a jar, these materials were first soaked in water to extract a portion of their floral essence.

After steeping for ten or fifteen minutes, we can filter this brew through a coffee filter into a cup and we have our finished tea.

Notice immediately that it has a stronger aroma than our first jar of finished perfume, but the fragrance is no longer floral. Now the fragrance is more of an extraction from the other natural materials we originally selected such as flower stems, leaves, bark, pine resin, or whatever.

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After most of the liquid was squeezed out of the cheesecloth wrapper and filtered into a clean jar with the first perfume, the remaining materials — "bag" and all — were placed in a pot and covered with boiling water to create a "tea."

Allow the cup to cool and you now have your second perfume, one that is quite different than your first!

For ideas on naming your fragrance, read "Naming Your Perfume And Protecting Your Name".

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Lessons Learned

We discover here that by using heat we can extract fragrance from natural materials that do not easily give up their fragrance when soaked in water. And, if we observe carefully, we discover that the emphasis in our new scent is not on the floral fragrance we were originally seeking but on what we looked upon as the "decorations" to that floral scent — the stems, bark, leaves, resin gums, etc.

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After being allowed to steep for about ten or fifteen minutes, the "tea" was filtered through a coffee filter into a cup and allowed to cool. This produced a second perfume, quite different than the first.

Had we poured boiling water on flower petals alone, we would have produced a different fragrant water but we would have discovered that far from giving us a nice extraction of the essential oils in our flowers, it would have rendered them far less "floral" than what we wanted.

Challenges That Lie Ahead

We can begin to use essential oils to create our own perfumes without understanding how they are extracted from natural materials. For now, the important lesson is that, if we are serious about making our own perfume, we must call upon technology to give us "workable" perfumery materials.

But before going on and beginning to work with essential oils, it is useful to know a little about the processes that give us the ability to extract these essential oils from materials discovered in the natural world.

Part I: Making Your Own Perfume For Pleasure or for Profit

Part III: Extracting Essential Oils Through Distillation

Part IV: Making Indian Attars

Part V: Producing Agarwood Oil In Thailand

Part VI: Turning homemade perfume into a commercial product


Making Perfume By The Quart
Making Perfume By The Quart: A do-it-yourself project book

Many who love perfume dream of having their own -- but it can seem too complicated, too "from another world." Making Perfume By The Quart brings it down to earth for you in ten remarkably easy to understand chapters of instructions that guide you through the complete production process, from concept to finished perfume. But you make just one quart.


Creating Your Own Perfume With A 1700 Percent Markup! (3rd edition)

Perfume is famous for the markup it can achieve, even for a middle market fragrance. While "everybody knows" that perfume costs next to nothing to make (not completely true) the making of it is often considered an esoteric secret. "Creating Your Own Perfume With A 1700 Percent Markup!" details how a 3-person company with no experience created their own fragrance in response to a marketing opportunity that was too good to pass up. The book explains exactly what was done to create a fragrance for that opportunity but it is far more than a history of the author's project. "Creating Your Own Perfume With A 1700 Percent Markup!" lays out every step in the process of creating your own perfume, either as a do-it-yourself project – and without the benefit of automated equipment some compromises and workarounds are required – or full bore professional production under your supervision. Either way you will be producing a quality fragrance at a remarkably low cost. Do you have a marketing opportunity that would be wildly profitable if only you could obtain your fragrance at a ridiculously low cost? "Creating Your Own Perfume With A 1700 Percent Markup!" is the guide you need to do it.


Naming Your Perfume And Protecting Your Name

A really great name, a special name that is just right for a particular perfume or perfume marketer (or entrepreneur with money to invest!) can be worth a ton of money. But few individuals with great ideas ever manage to cash in on those brilliant ideas. Instead they wait while others "discover" their idea, acquire legal rights to it and make all the money while they are left out in the cold without a penny having been earned for what was once THEIR idea.

If you are struggling to name your perfume and are looking for a name that will have real value, "Naming Your Perfume And Protecting Your Name" will help you weed out low value names and point you to names that have better marketing value plus the potential to become valuable assets in themselves.

If you have a great name you want to protect but no fragrance, "Naming Your Perfume And Protecting Your Name" will guide you through the simple steps you must take to acquire a legal right to that name before someone else grabs it! Best of all, "Naming Your Perfume And Protecting Your Name" shows you how to gain strong legal protection for your name without a lawyer and without spending more than pocket change.

Never had an idea for a product name? Never thought much about perfume? "Naming Your Perfume And Protecting Your Name" may stimulate your interest in a whole new game that, when played well, can make you lots of money without your having to leave the comfort of your home office.


How To Launch Your Own Perfume Company: A Simple Business Plan

You can build a perfume business of your own using this business plan as a guide. By following its detailed strategy you learn to identify motivated groups of potential perfume buyers. Members of these groups are near the tipping point of desire for a new perfume. You don't know these people and they don't know you but you know a marketer they trust, one who does not currently sell perfume and might never think of selling perfume were it not for your approach. Here is where you step in with a professional plan, promotion, and perfume to take advantage of this ripe opportunity for mutual profit. Before your first promotion has peaked, you will already be developing a relationship with your next marketing partner. Following this plan, you will gain more and more profit with each new marketing partnership.


Creating your own perfume from dropper bottles: Methods, mechanics, and mathematics

Now when you make your own perfume you can make it fully "commercial" meaning you will be creating a product ready for regular, continuous sales to friends, relatives, and the public! If the fragrance you've made has already won praise, why not share it with others? Some might pay you for it and want it for their web stores or retail boutiques! Creating your own perfume from dropper bottles: Methods, mechanics, and mathematics guides you through steps that can turn your hobby project into a perfume business. Discover how close you are now and how little more you must do to take what you made with essential oils and dropper bottles into a business of your own! For an introduction to this book, watch this video.


How To Create A More Valuable Name For Your Perfume

When you name a perfume you create a valuable asset – the name itself. To sell your perfume you want the most effective name possible. But a good name can have value beyond the edge it gives your sales. In naming your fragrance you are creating a trademark and a trademark can have value independent of the product. The value of that trademark can vary. Much depends on how well, in naming your perfume, you follow the trademark "rules." How To Create A More Valuable Name For Your Perfume first helps you develop a name that will be effective in selling your perfume. It then prods you to make use of certain techniques that can turn a good name into a great trademark, strong and valuable. If you have questions about how to protect a name, How To Create A More Valuable Name For Your Perfume will answer many such as:

  • Can you protect your name yourself or do you need a lawyer?
  • Can you register a trademark without a lawyer?
  • What does it cost to register a trademark?
  • How do I enforce the rights I have established?

How To Create A More Valuable Name For Your Perfume covers both state, federal, and international protection.


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