I love how the lilac bush in my back yard smells. I decided this year, I would tincture the flowers. If I like the result, I’ll use the tincture for the base of a perfume. This isn’t my first tincture, but this is my first attempt at one with fresh flowers. Both of my perfuming teachers, Julianne Zaleta and Charna Ethier, have tinctured from fresh material, so I figured I’d give it a try.
I picked my flowers early in the morning when they are the most fragrant and let the dew dry off.
I picked each flower off the stem. I didn’t want any of the green in my tincture.
All the flowers are in the mason jar.
Pouring the Everclear into the jar.
The start of my lilac tincture.
I had a few flowers left over and put them in another mason jar with some fractionated coconut oil. I’m hoping they will scent the oil. Once my honeysuckle bush blooms I’ll try my hand at tincturing fresh flowers again.
What flowers would you like to tincture?
Yours in Gratitude,