Fragrance Oils

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LACS Selection of Fragrance Oils

Fragrance oils, also called burning oils or perfume oils can be used in crafting, home scenting, perfumes and anytime you want to freshen or enliven your environment.  They can be worn or burned in an oil burner. And, did you know that you can add a drop or two to your shampoo or conditioner to make your hair smell amazing? You can even add them to your bath for a delicately scented experience.
Fragrance oils should not be confused with Essential Oils. Due to their scent they are beneficial and encourage peace of mind while offering a consistent smell, however, fragrance oils are synthetic and can not be taken internally.

When applying any fragrance to the body as perfume, please consider that there are several factors which can affect the natural smell of your skin and, in turn, the way a scent smells on you. For instance, your mood, stress level, age, body chemistry, diet, and current medications may all alter the scents you wear. Similarly, factors such as dry or oily skin can even affect the amount of time a fragrance will last after being applied.

wikiHow lists 10 different uses for fragrance oils.  Below are 5 that I have tried and enjoyed.

1.  Create your own air freshener. Add a few drops of fragrance oils to a plastic spray bottle, then fill with water. Shake the bottle well to mix the oil into the water. You can then spray 2-3 times into the air to spread the scent into any room.
  • Be careful not to spray into the eyes of any people or pets.
  • The spray should come out in a fine mist, not a sharp stream. The water is simply a carrier for the oil.
2.  Use fragrance oils in an oil burner. An oil burner is an ancient method of scenting a room. To use an oil burner, find an oil you like. Place 3-5 drops of the oil together with some water into the top of an oil burner until it's 1/2-3/4 of the way full. Place the burner in a safe location, away from children, pets or burning hazards. Light the candle at the base of the burner. The oil/water mixture will start to heat and evaporate, scenting the room.
  • A lavender-scented oil may be good for relaxation. Lemon is be both cheering and soothing.
  • Be careful not to put too much oil into the burner mix, or it can cause throat and sinus irritation.

3. Make scented sachet for your drawers.  Cut a 6-7 inch square of color-fast cloth. In a small dish, add a drop of fragrance oil to 1/8 cup of baking soda. Mix well, and place the mixture onto a square of fabric. Pull the corners of the fabric together, and tie in place with a ribbon.

  • The sachet can be tucked into any drawer or hung in a closet.
  • This scented sachet can help with bad smelling drawers. It can also keep moths out of woolens.
4.  Make your own dryer sheet. Cut an old white tee-shirt into 5-inch squares. Each square is a natural fabric sheet. Add 3-5 drops of fragrance oil to the cotton square, and place it into the dryer with your clothes. Your clothes will be laced with the fragrance as they dry.
  • Each cotton sheet can be reused 2-3 times, adding 3 fresh drops of oil before each use.
  • Wash the sheet, and reapply a new kind of oil if you like. This dryer sheet can be reused many times before it must be thrown away.
  • The oil helps with static clean as well as providing a pleasant scent.

5.  Add fragrance oil to unscented shampoo or lotion. Fragrance oil can lend its scent to any unscented body care cream, including shampoo or lotion. Add 7-10 drops of fragrance oil per ounce of unscented body care product.

  • Using more fragrance oil creates a stronger scented product. Less oil results in a milder scent.
  • Be careful to use oils that don't cause problems for your skin or hair type. Test on a small area before spreading liberally. If your skin or hair has negative reaction, discontinue use.

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