Archive for 2008

I’ll be Home for Christmas

I'll be Home for Christmas
13 more days before Christmas after I’m done writing this post. For the past days, my wife and I were already thinking of what Christmas presents we have to buy for our In-laws and nephews. We are also planning of what special food should we prepare on Christmas eve. We were planning all these and that considering our small budget. But then it happens.....

Just yesterday while preparing myself to call it a day after a stressful day at work, my boss called me to his office. I could tell from the look of his face that he does have something serious to say. He offered me a seat and said that I don’t have to report to work on Monday anymore. He is going to shut down the company. Our company was a direct hit of this global economic crisis just when we are about to rise. It was a head on collision, a total wreck. He was so sorry that he can’t do anything anymore. I told him that there’s nothing to be sorry for, since it’s not his fault. No boss wants to see his business crumbles down and see his employees leave with a sad face. I just considered my work here as a wonderful and fruitful experience. I walked home and tried to wear a smile while I knocked on my apartment’s door. My daughter opened the door and gave me a hug shouting “papa! papa!” I gave my daughter and my wife a kiss and say I’m home. I don’t know how to break the news but I just gave a deep sigh and said to my wife that I just lost my job. She thought I was kidding but then she just saw me smiling with teary eyes (I just can’t cover up my emotion with a smile). She was shocked and also tried to hide her tears. We wanted to be strong for one another, we have to be strong since we don’t have anybody else to turn to. I told my wife later that evening to forget the plans we’ve made for Christmas. Christmas is not all about gifts and special food we are going set in our dining table. The true spirit of Christmas is this; to celebrate Christmas with our family, as a family... I know this too shall pass...

To all my valued friends, readers and visitors here in my blog Make Homemade Fragrances , I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your time and continues support. I truly appreciate and forever thankful. Let me also take this chance to apologize for not posting very often since I don’t have internet connection at home. I only make my post here in our office during my break times. But I’m going to assure you that I’m still going to continue posting informative information and things you need to know about the world of Fragrances

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas
May God bless you all and your family.

From: Bobby, my wife Conie, and to my lovely daughter Aeira Heaven

Ban On Chemicals In Cosmetics

December 2008

On November 11/08, an article was written in the Toronto Star. I thought I should pass this on to my readers.

Twelve national health and environmental organizations are calling on Health Canada to speed up the process it uses to deal with toxins under the Chemical Management Plan and promote safer alternative products.
They are found in cosmetics such as perfume, hairspray, skin creams and cleansers, or in common household products such as, window cleaners, floor care products, pesticides and carpet cleaners.

The chemicals are:

* Pigment Red3 (2-Naphthalenol): found in nail polish, soap bars, plastic colorants and industrial painting inks.
*DEGME (2-Methoxyethoxy): a solvent found in household paints, pesticides, floor care products, window washer fluids, skin creams, cleansers, hairspray, and perfumes.
* 2-MEA (2-Methoxyethanol acetate): found in nail polish, dry cleaning treatments and glues.
* 2-Methoxypropanol: it is found in nail polish enamel and remover, hair conditions and sprays, false eyelash adhesives and removal solvents, and pesticides.

Make sure you read the ingredients in your products. And if there is no list on the packaging, you can write to the manufacturer and they will send it to you.

The adhesive glue in my eyelash extensions kit, do not have any of these ingredients.
"I Love My Lashes" glue ingredients are: Latex, Aqua, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium dicyclopentadiene, Dimethicone, Quaternium 15, Ammonium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance.

You can read the article here at;
Canada: Call for ban on chemical in cosmetics, cleaners

How to know if your designer's perfume is genuine or fake

How to know if your designers perfume is genuine or fake
These days imitation perfumes have exactly the same designer’s name, almost identical labels, boxes, bottles and very similar scents! So how would you tell that the designer’s perfume that you’re about to purchase is genuine? It’s really not that easy since counterfeiters have become masters of their crime with the aid of modern digital imaging and printing techniques. They are capable of producing almost identical replicas of all the major leading perfume brands on the market today. As a consumer you may never really know, until you experience the actual fragrance which may be close to but not exactly as it should. You'll discover that the perfume does NOT last as long, perhaps as little as one hour instead of half a day or longer as is the case with original designer perfume.

Things you should know if the perfume your are going to purchase is genuine or fake

1. Fragrance Consistency should be transparent and clear and color should be consistent. The Fragrance should not be overly oily.

2. Ensure that the seller guarantees the fragrance is 100% original and has return policy.

3. Fragrance smell should not be bitter or sour and should smell fresh.

4. On Ebay, check if the seller is Paypal verified. Sellers of counterfeit products are afraid to disclose their contact information to Paypal. If the seller is Paypal verified paypal has completed the necessary steps to ensure that the seller provided the right address.

5. The perfume that you are going to purchase should not have any skin reactions It should not make your skin itchy or create rashes.

6. Be suspicious about bargains. If a fragrance or cosmetic is too cheap, it may be a fake or old.

7. Check the box. The color should be identical and the cardboard good quality.

8. Buy from a reputable seller that has been in business for some time and has an ABN number.

9. Check the printing. It should have correct information, including spelling, logo and print style.

10. The color should match the color of sample bottles in department stores or boutiques. Color quality doesn't always show up well in photos, so ask the seller to photograph all the bottles of that kind of perfume in that concentration with a white background. If there is relative variation, start getting suspicious.
Fakes often get the color slightly too dark or too light and are inconsistent.

11. Fake bottles are often badly made. There should be no air bubbles in the glass and the moulding marks should be even. Fake perfume bottles are generally poor quality compared to the genuine bottles.

12. Bottle labels should be positioned correctly and contain correct spelling, print style, logo and trademark.

13. Fakes print the information onto the glass with a paint-like ink. If you can scrape the ink off with a fingernail, it is likely to be faked.

14. On Ebay, check the seller’s feedback, if the seller has bad feedback this could mean problems with your purchase.

15. Look for a bubble in the spray tube. The bubble indicates that it has never been sprayed. Some sellers will take a large bottle of perfume and pour it into smaller bottles this is called decanting. You can often distinguish decanted perfume-the spray tube does not have air bubbles inside.

Take time to compare prices of products before deciding to buy. You have better chance of finding the best deal if you can spend time comparing prices and offers. When purchasing online, Consumers should look for reputable websites that have good ratings and guarantee their Discount Perfume products.
Considering all these tips would help you know if your designer's perfume is genuine or fake

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10 proven ways on how to make perfume scents last longer when applied

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How to make perfume scents last longer when applied has got to do with when, where and how you apply it. Body mist, body sprays or anything that are light bottled scents don't tend to last long. If you really want your perfume to have longer lasting power then you have to choose those perfumes that are rich in sensual notes such as oriental’s /ambers with vanilla ( Samsara, Angel, Spellbound, Coco, Shalimar) or chypres’ with oakmoss and bergamot (Femme , Miss Dior, Mitsouko,).

Here are some 10 proven ways on how to make perfume scents last longer when applied.

1. Layering the fragrance will make the scent last longer. Layering begins during the shower. Use soap, shower gel, shampoo or conditioner of your desired scent. After toweling yourself dry, slather lotion or fragrant moisturizer to establish the scent on your whole body. Some scents also come in talc form, so dust all over your body before getting dressed.

2. Pulse points play a major role upon where we should apply our perfume. These are the areas that produce heat to which in turn releases the scent of your perfume. The pulse points are located at the temples, the base of the throat, between the breasts, the wrists, the bend of the elbow. Pulse points that you have to pay more attention are at the back of the knees and the ankles. Since scent travels upward, these scent locations are very important. And most people skip these pulse points when applying perfume. Don’t apply behind your ears – instead, go for the jaw line, close to the ear. There are certain glands behind the ears that will interact with the smell of your perfume.

3. One reason why scents evaporate quickly is because of dry skin. Since perfume contains alcohol it also evaporates quickly. Another way to make perfume scents last longer is to apply lotion before applying your perfume. A lotion having the same scent is an excellent way to make your perfume last longer. But if you don't have a matching lotion, apply an unscented lotion. If you decide to use a lotion with a different scent, make sure that it doesn't clash with your perfume. If you have oily skin, a light dusting of fragrance bath powder will help to reinforce the fragrance without adding oils you don't need.

4. When you spray perfume on your wrist, never rub it together because it would "compress" the scent and won't allow the scent to develop naturally with your body chemistry.

5. To make the scent long lasting, you have to spray right after you are out of the shower, because your pores are still open.

6. Spray perfume before putting on any clothes or before wearing jewelries. Some perfumes leave indelible stains on clothing and accessories, especially synthetic fibers and pearls.

7. Spray your hairbrush with a favorite scent and run it through your hair.

8. Put a bit of vaseline (olive oil or shea butter would work well too) on the points you plan to spray on. The scent will adhere better.

9. Spray yourself from a distance of 12 inches then step into the fragrant cloud you create. This helps to distribute the scent over your entire body.

10. For Ladies, you can wear a small cotton ball infused with your favorite woman’s perfume inside your bra for a long lasting scented impression. That way you can avoid applying perfume right into the folds of the skin in that area, where sweat can cause irritation.

I hope you find this post useful on how to make your perfume scent last longer. Remember, the trick to perfume application is not quantity, but quality. The longer your perfume lasts when you wear it, the less you have to use it as you’ll find there may not be a need to reapply.
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Permanent Makeup For Thinning Eyebrows

October 2008

Last week ,I spent a few hours with Shauna Magrath, a certified micro-pigmentation artist. She and I worked together in the 90's on many films such as X files, Blade Trinity II, and The Glass Cockpit. She has applied makeup to many actors including, Hillary Duff, Meg Ryan, Gillian Anderson, Dominic Purcell, Jensen Ackels and David Duchovny.
Shauna has expanded her talents to the real world, and has set up a makeup service boutique called the Beauty Ink Gallery in the South Granville Lofts in Vancouver, for Micro-Pigmentation or otherwise known as Permanent Tattoo Makeup. This service provides women and men, with the option of having there eyes, brows, lips permanently enhanced. Shauna uses only Organic and Inorganic pigment colors, that last 5 - 10 years. There is no Iron Oxide in her colors, so there is less chance for the color to change with time. The color will fade if it is continually exposed to the sun. Colors that are made with iron oxide will eventually change from black to blue, otherwise known as blue brows.
I let Shauna fill and reshape my thin, short eyebrows with a pigment color (that she custom mixed), to a light, warm brown. My brows look fantastic!
The idea of Permanent Tattoo Makeup, Micro-Pigmentation, is to enhance your facial features, not to make your face look like it has a lot of makeup on.
No Drag Queen Looks! Please!
Corrective makeup can be done as well. Stretch marks can be diminished and white sun spots can be filled in. Women that have gone thru breast surgery, can have a new areola tattooed on. This is definitely the new wave of makeup for the busy mom, the full time career woman, or for those who have aging eyesight.

Many celebrities have Permanent Tattoo Makeup: Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, Drew Barrymore, Victoria Beckham, Jessica Alba, Halle Barry, Beyonce, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Keifer Sutherland, Robert Downey Jr., Bruce Willis.

Book your free consultation with Shauna (604)639-3609

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Perfume:The Story of a Murderer

Perfume:The Story of a Murderer
I recently watch the movie Perfume: The Story of a Murderer aired on cable TV. I was really fascinated how this film brought the best selling novel to screen. But I may say that the movie isn’t as good as the book which is mostly the case.

This story set in 18th century France where a boy named Jean-Baptiste Grenouille created a very powerful perfume; presumably pheromones . So powerful that his creation can manipulate human emotions.

During his time he was considered as a “freak” since he lack body odor or simply he has no personal smell, but in our times we call him “the man”. He also has an extra ordinary gift of smell. He has the uncanny ability for discerning the individual smells of everything around him.

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His obsession to preserve the perfect scent started when he smell what he called a divine scent. He followed that scent and was surprised to know that it came from a young woman. He killed her to get a better smell of her scent. But after death the scent ceases.

Grenouille then began his apprenticeship with the great perfumer Baldini and have mastered the art of perfumery. Still not satisfied with what he learned he started his journey in quest to isolate and preserve the perfect scents.

Laure perfume
Upon his journey to Grasse, Grenouille once again entranced by the scent of a young beautiful woman named Laure. He then committed series of murder. He murdered women, cropped their heads and extracting their natural scents leaving them lifeless and naked. He successfully killed Laure and captures her scent as his last and main ingredient for his master piece.

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He was then captured and sentenced to death. Before his execution, he damp little of his perfume that overwhelms the crowd. As if they were under a spell. In the movie, the executioner even kneeled before him and said that he is innocent. So powerful, his creation even caused a massive orgy among the towns people who was supposed to watch his fatal death.

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Grenouille still not satisfied with his life since he is not loved for who he is but rather he is accepted and loved because of his creation. He then returned to his birth place in Paris where he approaches a group of low life people. He poured and emptied his perfume unto himself. The people turn to him with great desire. They tear him to pieces and devour his remains. It was a shocking and disgusting ending.

Anything that is too much is said to be bad. So, when drinking your beer you have to drink moderately. Same thing with perfumes, apply moderately :)

If you have a powerful perfume that could manipulate human emotions, what would you do?

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How to make Homemade Perfume for Women

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Learn how to make perfume for women

There is no doubt that women designer perfumes can be quite costly. Anything of high quality normally comes with a hefty price tag. So if you do not mind wearing an inexpensive perfume then you should keep your options open especially when you do not have much to spare. Wearing a perfume is all about finding the scent that you like best. So what if the perfume does not have a famous label on it. As long as it smells good and lasts reasonably long, there is nothing cheap about wearing inexpensive or homemade perfumes.
These are some collection of recipes that will able you to learn how to make perfume for women.

How to make perfume: Orange Blossoms Perfume Recipe

What you need:

2Cups of Orange blossoms


Collect several bunch of fresh orange blossom and trim the stems and leaves.

Set a piece of cheesecloth in a bowl so that the edges of the cloth hang over the edge of the bowl.

Place 2 cups of fresh orange blossoms in the bottom of the bowl on top of the cheesecloth. Pour in enough water to cover the flowers, and allow the blossoms to soak overnight.

Gather the ends of the cheesecloth and secure the orange blossom inside with a knot. If necessary, you may tie the cheesecloth with a rubber band or piece of string.

Pour the water into a small cooking pot, placing the orange blossoms wrapped in cheesecloth in the water. Allow the water to simmer until about 1 or 2 tsp. remain.

Cool the perfume and pour into a small dark glass bottle with a tight fitting lid. Add three drops of glycerin, a fixative that will help your orange blossom perfume to retain its scent.

Store your orange blossom perfume in a cool dry location to extend its shelf life.

How to make perfume: Orient Nights Perfume Recipe

What you need:

2 full teaspoons of jojoba oil
4-5 drops of musk essential oil
4 drops of Sandalwood/fragrance essential oil
3 drops of fragrance oil or frankincense essential oil


Mix all oils with Ethyl alcohol in a bottle. Leave it for 10 hours. Store in a cool dry place. You can use the product for one month.

How to make perfume: Misty Passion Recipe

What you need:

3 drops passionflower essential/fragrance oil
2 drops ylang ylang essential/fragrance oil
3 drops neroli essential/fragrance oil
1/2 pt (300ml) 70 percent alcohol or vodka


Pour the alcohol into a dark bottle or jar. Add the oils and shake well. Leave for 1 week. Store in a cool dry area.

How to make perfume: Enchanted Perfume Recipe

What you need:

2 cups distilled water
3 tablespoons vodka
5 drops everlasting essential/fragrance oil
10 drops peony essential/fragrance oil
10 drops sandalwood essential/fragrance oil


Mix all the ingredients together, shake well. Place in a dark color bottle. Then allow the perfume to settle for at least 12 hours. Store in a cool dry area.

Try these homemade perfume recipes at home today since the joy that perfume brings to a woman is unmatched. It allows her to be desirable, sexy and mystical and this is all because of how she smells.





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Smells like Money

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Smelling and sniffing perfumes alone could turn you into a millionaire! It sounds easy as it seems but bear in mind that this is not for everybody. If you have the skills and the talent to identify 2,000 smells then you could climb the ladder of success and be the next millionaire.

There are only about 1,000 people worldwide who can put fragrances together with the power of their nose, and many of them have six-figure salaries. These men and women are well-trained to perfection for they have spent three years as a trainee perfumer and by the end of which they must be able to identify 2,000 ingredients by smell alone. After being a trainee perfumer, they also spent another four years as an apprentice.

To present some of the few big time perfumers

Alberto Morillas
Alberto Morillas (Givenchy Pour Homme, Bulgari Blu, Tommy). Mostly self-trained. His creations are spontaneous and numerous and do not follow any set of given rules.

Carlos Benaïm
Carlos Benaïm (Calvin Klein Eternity, Emporio Armani White, Ralph Lauren Polo) Presenting his latest perfume, Bulgari Jasmin Noir.

Maurice Roucel
Maurice Roucel (Dunhill Fresh, Gucci Envy, Nautica Voyage) Most of the fragrances composed by Maurice Roucel has his signature scent of Michelia longifolia scent.

Laura Tonatto
Laura Tonatto Her perfumes include Mediteranneo for Carthusia, Oltre, E. Duse, and Aqua Admirabilis

Being a perfumer is not easy but I didn’t say it’s impossible. It takes a lot of discipline, time, knowledge and proper training to create a fragrance that has a unique soul and character that appeals to most people. But no matter what it takes for you to become a successful perfumer the most important tool that you should equip yourself with is your intuition and your nose.

Stinky Jobs

Think your job stinks? Well think again co’z these one does...literally!

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Armpit Sniffer
Works for companies that make deodorants.

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Breath Odor Evaluator
Odor judges smell nasty morning breath or breath ‘insulted’ with strong scents like garlic and rate the breath on a scale from 1 to 9. To test odor-reducing products like gum or mouthwash, they smell the breath again and assign it a new rating.

Are you willing to do just about anything that pays to see you through the hardest times?

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The World’s most Expensive Perfume

Have you ever wondered what the world’s most expensive perfume is?
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I’ve been searching the web for the most expensive perfume. It didn’t took me long since my searches all leads to one product and that is Clive Christian No.1 which is sold by a selected group of retailers, including Harrods in London and Bergdorf Goodman in New York. Only 1,000 bottles of the men's version and 1,000 bottles of the female version are released each year.

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For a one-ounce bottle of Clive Christian No. 1 cost $2,350 and it’s yours to keep. Still not convinced that it is the most expensive perfume? Well, Get the limited-edition 500ml Baccarat crystal bottle – with an 18ct-gold, diamond-adorned collar – only ten of which have been produced, five were released for sale and five were put in Clive Christian's personal archive. Yours for $215,000.

What makes Clive Christian No. 1 perfume so expensive?

Clive Christian No. 1 is indeed expensive, due to the fine, rare, and downright exotic ingredients it contains. It uses only the best ingredients there is regardless of rarity or price. As some of the ingredients used are increasingly rare, the perfume bought this year may not even be possible to produce next year as one of the ingredients may no longer exist. The two most expensive perfume ingredients are natural aged sandalwood from India and Tahitian vanilla.

These are the notes that are being used in the latest 2008 version

Top notes: Pineapple, plum, mirabelle, white peach
Middle notes: Rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, orris, carnation
Base notes: Vanilla, benjoin balm, tonka seeds, cedarwood

What makes Clive Christian No. 1 perfume even more expensive is its handmade or customized bottles. Elton John was reportedly paid around $250,000 for his customized piano-shaped bottle Clive Christian No. 1 perfume.

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If you're a Millionaire, would you buy such expensive perfume?

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EYELASH GLUE - New Syringe Design Complimented

September 8/08
I just had an email sent to me. I thought I would share it with all my customers out there in Eyelash Extensions World!

Hi there,
I just wanted to comment on the latest shipment of adhesive that I received from you.
I don’t know if the actual syringe has been changed or just the cap for it, but what a difference! I am very pleased with this small change.
With your previous syringes, while I loved the product, I always had to waste too much of it, because I could not control the amount that would come out at one time. I don’t know if this was the syringe itself, or whether it was because the previous cap allowed the product inside to dry slightly, causing some resistance when I attempted to press the plunger, so that when I finally pushed through the resistance, I ended up with too much force, and therefore, too much product.
These latest syringes work perfectly, and I can discharge exactly as much, or as little, adhesive as I like.
Thank you!

Debbie, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dear Debbie
Thanks for your comments. I love it when I hear back from my customers whether it is positive or negative. I will always strive to make the product better for everyone. I will post your testimonial on the website.

Dear Kandace
You’re very welcome Kandace. Thanks for a great product. By the way, another thing I really like about it is that the adhesive dries to a soft, flexible material, and not hard and brittle, like most other lash adhesives. Makes the lashes very comfortable to wear! Just out of curiousity – is it just a new stopper, or is it actually a new syringe?

Dear Debbie,
I have replaced both the syringe and the cap!

How to make your Own Homemade Aromatherapy Perfumes

Homemade Aromatherapy Perfumes
Making your own homemade aromatherapy is not only fun but also extremely satisfying as well. These aromatherapy perfumes would enhance a person’s good mood, provides some extra energy and helps you relax.

These homemade aromatherapy recipes I’m going to provide below are very much simple to make and easy to follow. Choose which perfume recipes you most likely to follow or choose a recipe where materials are readily available for you to start.

By following the simple instructions below, you will soon be making your very own homemade aromatherapy perfumes.

First, you need to have a base (To learn more about base notes, please visit the topic about the Difference between Perfume and Cologne ). It can either be an alcohol or carrier oil. For best result, a combination of alcohol and carrier oil would be great. The best alcohol to use is an odorless alcohol. That is why I prefer using Vodka and mix it with Jojoba oil which is my carrier oil. Jojoba is quite expensive since it has a long shelf life, and once applied to skin and dries out it would leave a sweet soothing scent behind. This doesn’t limit you from using jojoba oil only. You could use other less expensive oils such as almond or apricot kernel oil.

Basic Instruction in making your Homemade Aromatherapy Perfume

1. Prepare you perfume bottle container. (Preferably dark glass bottle)

2. Measure 1teaspoon of your carrier oil (Jojoba, Almond, or Apricot kernel oil) and another 1teaspoon of alcohol (Vodka). Using a funnel pour these two ingredients in your bottle.

3. Add the essential oils from your chosen recipe listed below. You may need a dropper since not all essential oil bottles comes with a dropper. Once you have finished adding the last drop of essential oil, close the lid tightly and shake well.

4. Store it in a cool dark place. You need to store your mixture for 12 days or more before you have to use it. Try to remember to shake the bottle at least every 4 days.

5. After 12 days, you can now begin to enjoy the aromatherapy that you have made.

Homemade Aromatherapy Recipes

The following recipes have been designed to help produce much more calming effect to the person using it. These homemade perfumes will help you to focus on your inner self, and provide you a feeling of security, which will promote a feeling of total relaxation.

1. Tranquility
4 drops of Cedarwood
2 drops of Clary Sage
1 drop of Grapefruit
2 drops of Mandarin

2. Chill Out
2 drops of Grapefruit
2 drops of Patchouli
1 drop of Rose
3 drops of Vetivert
2 drops of Ylang-Ylang

3. Sleep Tight
2 drops of Bergamot
3 drops of Chamomile
2 drops of Marjoram
4 drops of Lavender

4. Silence
3 drops of lavender
3 drops of Neroli
2 drops of Spearmint

So now that you have few homemade aromatherapy recipes to consider why not go out and purchase some ingredients today to start making your own aromatherapy perfumes!

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Homemade Aromatherapy Perfumes

Homemade Aromatherapy Perfumes
Before I discuss to you how to make your own homemade Aromatherapy perfumes , let us first know some basic information about aromatherapy.

Let us start by defining Aromatherapy. What is Aromatherapy?

Here are some collective definitions of what Aromatherapy is:

"Aromatherapy is... the skilled and controlled use of essential oils for physical and emotional health and well being." Valerie Cooksley

“Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile oils – known as essential oils - to promote psychological and physical well-being.
Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to mind, body and soul." Robert Tisserand

"Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing." Gabriel Mojay

AromatherapyFor me, smelling essential oils is what aromatherapy is. The scents of these essential oils are picked up by the olfactory bulb (a zillion nerves in your brain) and within 20 seconds, every nerve in your body has delivered the message contained in the essential oil.

You might be wondering what this message is. Essential oils can support your body while it heals from physical and emotional conditions. The body does the healing, the oils do the supporting.

Essential oils seem to have many health-promoting uses: Disinfecting, reducing inflammation, increasing circulation, speeding the healing of wounds and burns, relieving headaches, reducing pain, and relieving congestion--to name just a few. They also improve mental function such as calming mind chatter, refreshing the mind, increasing concentration, and promoting inspiration.

Other interesting studies show that combination of oils have emotion-producing characteristics like increasing joy, promoting forgiveness, and creating harmony and hope.

What I have discussed so far was just a small fraction of a broad topic about aromatherapy. There's still a lot more to know,learn and explore about the wonders of Aromatherapy.

Please join me again next time as I share to you some recipes on how you can make your own homemade aromatherapy perfumes

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TLC Mineral Makeup Applied On ScoobyDoo Movie

August 31,2008

Summer is over and it's time to get to work. There is a few movies starting production here in Vancouver, Canada, that I have worked on, such as; Farewell Atlantis, Tooth Fairy, Scooby Doo: In The Beginning.
I had worked on the feature film (a few years back) of Scooby Doo 2, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddy Prince.
This time around, the Scooby Doo cast are the young Nick Palatas as Shaggy, Hayley Kiyoko as Velma, Kate Melton as Daphine and Robbie Amell as Fred; based on the cartoon.
The makeup Artists on the movie are; A
pril Boyes and Tana Lyn Moldovanos. Tana has developed a new makeup line called TLC Mineral Make Up. She has been using her TLC mineral-based makeup on the actors. Tana knew there was a market for a new, clean makeup solution, so she spent 2 years developing a formula with minerals, essential oils, vitamin E, vitamin A, grapeseed extract and sunscreen. I noticed how clean and light the makeup looked. The mineral makeup seemed to leave a glow on their faces. Touch-ups were fast and easy on set. Remember a few years back when Air-brushed Makeup was all the rage? Well, no more! Many of the makeup artists would find that the touchups were difficult once the makeup was applied by the airbrush. The makeup would look streaky and patchy when they tried to repair an area. Tana would touch up the actors between sets, by applying the TLC mineral makeup powder onto a soft, natural bristle brush for a smooth, blended look with no edges.
TLC mineral foundation powders all have a sunscreen of 25SPF. And that saves time. This is a great way of giving the actors the sun protection without the heavy, sunscreen creams under the makeup. Many sunscreen creams would clog the skin pores and create blemishes on the actors. And now with the HD, Widescreen, Plasma, and LCD TV, the makeup artists have realized that every blemish, crease and wrinkle are seen even more than ever!

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The Natural Scent of Human Pheromones

what are pheromones
I’m curious about synthetic or manmade pheromones since there are pheromone products in the form of perfumes or colognes out in the market. Out of curiosity I purchase CP28 pheromone cologne from a wholesome shop nearby just to test it if it is effective or not. I was hoping though that these pheromones perfumes would have tester bottles but unfortunately they don’t. So I went on doing my daily routine, applied some few drops like a regular perfume and to my surprise and until now I still couldn’t believe that at least the product that I purchased works for me.

I’m not trying to market or promote a product. As a matter of fact the product that I purchased was the cheapest among the other pheromone products that were on the display. My only purpose is to test whether these claims about pheromone colognes and perfumes do work . So I really don’t have to settle for the best sellers.

What are Pheromones?
Pheromones are natural scents, which play an important role in sexual communication. Animals and humans release masses of biological chemicals in tears, saliva and perspiration. These aromas convey signals relating to mood, status, drive and health to the subconscious awareness of the female.

Human Pheromone signals are detected through an organ 3 inches inside the nose called the Vomeronasal Organ (VNO). When the VNO detects the pheromone, it sends a sexual response signal to the brain. You do not have to smell a pheromone to be affected by it. Research has shown that even very tiny quantities which are too diluted to have any odor still have an effect on the brain.

The body does in fact emit human pheromones naturally, the amounts are quite small. Additionally, we impede the release of our body’s natural pheromone output by:

• Showering
• Applying deodorant
• Applying skin creams (such as aftershave)
• Dressing (clothes cover your body up and block Pheromone release!)
Because of all these steps we take everyday to make ourselves socially acceptable, we actually suppress our natural Pheromone output.

Human pheromones are something we all have. They impact our lives even though we are probably not aware of how they do so. Pheromones are known to be strong and important, but more research into human pheromones is needed to make sure we are getting the most benefit out of them.

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Understanding Perfume Scents

Understanding Perfume Scents
Shopping for perfumes or colognes is not an easy task. I may say that shopping for shoes that would perfectly match your attire would be a lot easier.

Perfume shops, stalls, or boutique usually have testers so you could have the luxury to put on the perfume for free before deciding whether to buy the product or not. I used to do this before whenever I ran out of cologne and want to have a free spray :)

What makes perfume hunting tedious is when you have to test the perfume that attracts you because of its elegant bottle and only to find out that the scent is too strong for you. Before you can decide which perfume you are going to purchase, you’re feeling dizzy or having a headache because of all the testing that you have gone through. Now that you’ve made your choice, it will be the perfume that you are going to purchase from now on for the rest of you life because you don’t want to repeat the whole process of shopping for the perfect perfume. My dear friends, these should not be the case. If you familiarize yourself with the basic fragrance groups, you will not only save time, but also make your shopping experience more enjoyable. The following paragraphs will discuss the common fragrance groups and categories when it comes to perfume in order to assist you in finding the right perfume with more ease.

Floral Category: A floral fragrance is decidedly feminine and is characteristically connected to romance. This category of perfume is the most common and the largest scent for perfumes. These scents are made mainly from flowers like rose, jasmine, carnation, violet and orange blossom. Some of the perfumes that come under this category are Paris and White Diamonds. Some of the sub categories for floral fragrances are like floral green (Bvlgari, Chanel 19); floral fruity (Baby Doll, Amarige) and floral woody (L’Eau D’Issey, Romance).

Burberry Brit
Oriental Category: These scents are made to create, exotic impression because of its ingredients like balsams, spices, resins and musk. Ingredients in this fragrance comprise softwood, sugared almonds, lime, pear, and amber. This category is very popular during wintertime, and colder months of the year because of its heavy, musky traits. Burberry Brit, fashioned by Burberry, is a very renowned fragrance that appears to have an oriental base.

CK One
Citrus Category: A large number of masculine fragrances fall in this category, however, citrus is becoming a growing trend in women's fragrances as well. These scents are derived from different fruits. These usually are the ones which smell fresh and light without giving you a heady feeling. The most common fruit scents are: apple, watermelon, citrus, mint, strawberry, cherry, lime, lemon tangerine and mandarin. This category of perfume scent is most popular during warm months. Examples of citrus scented perfumes are CK One and Jess.

Paloma Picasso
Chypre Category: This is a well-liked fragrance category. This category of perfume scents was given its name by the French which means Cyprus. It is however an intricate category, that combines woody, mossy, and flowery scents together with leather and fruit. Perfumes falling in the Chypre category of sent are most generally strong, earthly scents. Some of the well-known perfumes under this category are Paloma Picasso, Fendi and Femme.

Pine perfume
Green Category: Perfumes falling into this category of scents tend to be sharp, outdoor scents. This includes the scents of pine, juniper, leaves and herbs. Lavender and cocoa are also examples of green scents.

Bvlgari Extreme
Fougere Category: These perfume scents is most common among men but there are popular perfumes for women that fall into this category as well. These aromas are usually created from herbs and mossy ferns. Perfumes that fall into this category normally come together in a very sophisticated style. Safari and Bvlgari Extreme best describe this scent.

The world of scents can be hard at times to fully understand and most fragrance retailers will make you think their perfumes are totally new scents. But when you do come to know it however, you will soon realize that all these scents are likely to fall into one of these categories.

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How to Make your Own Homemade Perfume

Love tonic perfume How to make perfume: I’m going to share to you a special recipe in making your own homemade perfume, now that we already have some knowledge about Essential oils and Fragrance oils from my previous post.

I call this special recipe because perfumers classify this to be among the love potion group of fragrance. There are claims that this lovely scent increases the feeling of love and passion and also considered as an Aphrodisiac. Is there really such thing as love potion and would it be great if we could actually make one? Try this recipe and see it for yourself.

Homemade Love Tonic Recipe

3 drops sandalwood essential oil
2 drops vanilla essential oil
3 drops cedar wood essential oil
15 drops bergamot essential oil
1/2 pt (300ml) 70 percent alcohol or vodka

Direction: Make sure to secure a container bottle for your perfume mixture. Take the vodka, raise it up and shout “cheers!” then take a big gulp. (just Kidding)
(Seriously) Pour the measured vodka or alcohol first to your bottle container followed by the oil ingredients. Shake well and you’re done with your love potion.

Knowing how to make your own perfume is really fun and an achievement. Now that you know how to make perfume by following these easy steps, it will be a breeze for you the next time you come up with homemade perfume recipes.

Join me again next time as I share to you more of homemade perfume recipes and how to make perfume based on your needs and available resources.

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What’s the Difference Between Perfume and Cologne?

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Some people already know the difference between perfumes and colognes but there are still some who are clueless about their differences. For those who want to learn more about the differences between perfumes and colognes, this is for you.

Perfumes have the strongest scents and therefore the longest lasting fragrance available. On the other hand, colognes are weaker and usually won’t last long since it evaporates quickly. These mischaracterize cologne as a men’s product. So it’s rather wrong to say that perfumes are for women and colognes are for men. There are perfumes that are available for men and likewise colognes that are available for women.


Did you know that France has the biggest industry of perfume? But although they are the biggest the French didn’t discovered perfume, it was the Egyptians. France turned perfume into an industry and they turned perfume making into Science.

The French perfumers discovered a way to overcome how scents fades over a period of time and the fact that some scents fades faster than the others. The French answers to this by introducing layered fragrances. There are three layers to be exact and these layers are called notes.

Top notes: The scents that are perceived immediately on application of a perfume. Top notes consist of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly. They form a person's initial impression of a perfume and thus are very important in the selling of a perfume. Also called the head notes.

Middle notes: The scent of a perfume that emerges just prior to when the top notes dissipate. The middle note compounds form the "heart" or main body of a perfume and act to mask the often unpleasant initial impression of base notes, which become more pleasant with time. They are also called the "heart notes".

Base notes: The scent of a perfume that appears close to the departure of the middle notes. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume. Compounds of this class of scents are typically rich and "deep" and are usually not perceived until 30 minutes after application.

Perfume is likely to be more expensive than cologne since perfumes has more concentrated perfume oil than colognes. Typically a pure perfume will not be sold in a spray bottle but in a very small bottle for the buyer to "dab" onto the skin.


Colognes are single –scented fragrances as opposed to layered perfumes. This makes colognes less potent than perfumes. Most cologne comes in spray bottles and some brands of colognes are available in splash. Colognes are milder than perfume but it can be over applied when using spray colognes. One way to apply an appropriate amount of cologne without over spaying it is to spray it in front of you to create a mist then close your eyes and walk through the mist.

There are more to Fragrances than just perfumes and colognes. These are other alternatives you might want to consider.

Eau de perfume

Eau de perfume is the most popular fragrance type because it is less expensive than perfume and lasts a good long time. Eau de perfume is best applied to the warmest body areas, the pulse points on the wrists and the side of the neck, between the breasts, in the crook of the elbows, behind your knees, on your inner thighs, and around the ankles. Never put any scent behind your ears and never overdo it.

Eau de toilette

Eau de toilette contains a small percentage of fragrance oils and will only last three to four hours (depending on your skin type. Many women use eau de toilette and expect it to last throughout the day but are disappointed by mid-morning. This is really a minor problem that's easy to get around, simply carry a purse size with you and refresh your scent when you get the chance. Eau de toilette provides a wonderfully subtle scent and that's certainly a positive point -- it bears repeating that you should want your scent to suggest not to scream.

Scented body creams and lotions

Scented body creams and lotions have approximately the same fragrance content as eau de toilette but because of their thick cream or lotion base they last somewhat longer; the scent should still be detectable at the very end of your day.

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The main ingredients of Homemade Massage Oils

Basically there are only two main ingredients of homemade massage oils. These are the carrier oils and the Essential oils or the Fragrance oils.

You might ask, what are Carrier Oils?
Carrier oils are vegetable oil used to dilute concentrated essential oils. Since Essential oils are concentrated extract, they should not be applied directly to the skin but should be mixed with carrier oil. Carrier oils also help slow down the evaporation of Essential oils and this gives better absorption to our skin.

Kinds of Carrier Oils

Wheat germ
Peanut oil

Storing Essential Oils

To prolong the shelf life of your Essential oils, it is better to store them in a brown or dark blue bottles with a close fitting plastic screw cap and keep them in a dark cool place. Always store out of reach of children.

Safety Precautions

Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts. It can cause severe skin irritations if applied directly to skin. Never increase the dose of essential oil. Some essential oils are toxic in large amounts.

If oil comes in contact with your eyes, rinse it right away with a few drops of sweet almond oil and not with water. Seek medical attention.

Do not use to pregnant woman or children under 2 years old.

If you use any of these oils in your recipe: Ginger, Lemon, Orange, and Bergamot; It is best to stay away from direct sunlight for atleast 6 hours after using any of those. They can cause skin irritations if exposed to sun.

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Know your Bath Soap - Things you need to consider about your Bath Soap and your Skin Types

Know your Bath Soap
We often buy bath soap depending on their smell, how much lather they produce, or how our skin feels moisturized, and replenished after taking a bath. Some people are very particular on the amount of pH their bath soap contains. What’s with the pH by the way?

If we are going to consult our dictionary, pH is define as "A measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution calculated as the common logarithm of the reciprocal of the hydrogen ion concentration in moles per cubic decimeter of solution and numerically equal to 7 for neutral solutions. pH increases with increasing alkalinity and decreases with increasing acidity. [potential of hydrogen.]" In short pH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution.

So the question now most people ask is, does pH-balance in our skin matter?

The answer would be YES, it does matter. The average pH-balance our skin products should range from 4.5 to 5.5.The safest bath soaps are nearly neutral, with a pH of about 7. Some cheaper bath soaps have traces of alkali and a pH higher than 7. These bath soaps can irritate your skin. Check your bath soap at home with litmus paper to find out. Check your skin pH too. The pH of your bath soap and the pH of your skin should also match. If your skin irritates easily, then most likely you have sensitive skin and thus you have to use milder bath soaps with lower pH. If you use products with pH greater than 7 on your skin, you’re stripping away the "acid mantle", a very thin layer of sweat and sebum that protects your skin from damage and infection and this is necessary to good skin health.

Below are some major brands of bath soap products and their pH.

Soap= pH
Camay= 9.5
Dial= 9.5
Dove= 7.0
Irish Spring= 9.5
Ivory= 9.5
Palmolive= 10.0
Zest= 10.0

Know your Skin Types

Normal Skin

If you have normal skin, this means that your skin has the perfect balance of moisture and oils. You can then be able to use and enjoy all the beauty products without worrying about skin irritations and rashes.

Sensitive Skin

If you are prone to rashes or your skin stings easily when using various bath soap and beauty products, then chances are you have sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, it is better to use natural, organic, or mild soaps and cleansers.

Oily Skin

People who carry this skin type may want to cleanse more often and more vigorously. Having oily skin does not mean that you have to scrub harder or more frequently. You just need to find a formulation that works well for you. People who have oily skin are prone to blackheads, pimples and other embarrassing blemishes. The great advantage of oily skin is that it ages at a slower rate than other skin types. Use a pure soap with no artificial additives. Try an antibacterial cleansing lotion or a lightly medicated soap, and use it in combination with water rich in minerals, not tap water. Do not use cleansers or lotions that contain alcohol. After cleansing, apply a natural oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin supple.

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