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« on: June 23, 2011 02:11:49 PM »

Thisbirdsabsurd is my partner in the Make A Friend swap.  This is a three part swap whose first package must focus on the sender vs. the partner.  One of the items I found in my first package was something that she thinks smells good, a vial of satsuma fragrance.  I have never heard of satsuma before but agree with her, it smells fantastic!  I decided when I opened it that I would use it in some way to make her something for package number two.  Since we raise bees, we've got beeswax for crafting.  I decided to make her some solid perfume using the satsuma fragrance.  I searched online for a locket that had some sort of opening in the top so the scent would be able to escape and found this lovely filigree one.  The idea is that body warmth will release the scent and it opens if she wants to apply the scent directly to her skin.  



Here is the locket I selected.  It came in a set, so I have others that I can play with for Christmas gifts.  It will be fun to blend some scents!


There are just three ingredients in the perfume.  Equal amounts of beeswax and a carrier oil.  I used sweet almond oil, which I have on hand for soapmaking.  I used a teaspoon of each for this project.  In retrospect, it was too much (but now I have some satsuma perfume of my own)!  I started with about 25 drops of the fragrance oil, tested it, and ended up adding an additional 20 or so.    


A makeshift double boiler!  An old pan heating water and a small glass jar to melt the ingredients.  This didn't take long at all.  When it was melted and scented, I just poured it into the locket and left it alone to harden.  I checked on it after about an hour and it was solid.  


After that, it required some basic jewelery skills to add a few charms and put it on a chain.  I covered an altoid tin to send it in.  If you make one, please PM me, I wanna see!
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2011 02:33:46 PM »

It's beautiful and oh so personal, it's wonderful
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2011 03:06:35 PM »

this is so very lovely!  i want one badly!
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2011 03:57:25 PM »

This is beautiful, and what a clever idea!
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2011 04:07:37 PM »

Very pretty and a neat idea, thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2011 04:40:28 PM »

I've always wanted to make one, thanks for the tutorial! Where did you get the lockets -- they're lovely! I also adore the bee charm. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2011 05:00:21 PM »

Thanks so much, everyone!  I thought the bee charm was appropriate since the perfume has a beeswax base.  I got the lockets from some shop on etsy.  If you search under 'supplies' for 'filigree silver locket', you'll find a lot of options.
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2011 05:26:27 PM »

That is so wonderful. I may need to make one.
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2011 05:37:36 PM »

I wish my computer had smell-o-vision. I bet it smells as great as it looks!

And thank you for the tutorial. This actually looks like a bath and body craft that I might be able to do Smiley.
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2011 05:41:52 PM »

Easy peasy and oh so satisfying.  Thanks Lime and Kittykill! 
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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2011 06:14:31 PM »

  It is wonderful - and pretty too!  Love the charm and yes - it smells heavenly!  (It's mine.)  Wink  Thank you MissingWillow!
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2011 06:24:44 PM »

You're so welcome!  I love trying new things and this fell right into my lap since you had unknowingly selected the fragrance for it.   Cheesy  I am loving the Make A Friend swap.  If folks haven't ever tried it, keep an eye out for the next round!
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« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2011 08:03:33 PM »


That's so pretty.  My grandmother had a tiny little turtle pin with solid scent in it that I loved.
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« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2011 10:14:22 PM »

Incredible gift. It looks so lovely and elegant. I may have to make this happen for some christmas presents as well!
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« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2011 05:04:17 AM »

I really like that way of wearing perfume, especially for people who are sensitive to the typical ones. do you know if there is any worry of it melting at all if you're out on a hot day in the summer?
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« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2011 06:52:58 AM »

Ooh I LOVE it and it looks like something I could actually do! Tiffi stole my question Smiley Does it do a good job of sharing the scent when you wear it?

I'm a real BPAL addict and I have about three dozen imps (little bitty tester scents) and I'm always trying to think up different things to do with them - this is definitely going to be a MUST to try!
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« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2011 10:01:47 AM »

I really like that way of wearing perfume, especially for people who are sensitive to the typical ones. do you know if there is any worry of it melting at all if you're out on a hot day in the summer?

I don't have first hand knowledge as this is the first one I've ever made.  However, since it's made of 50% beeswax which is extremely solid, I can't imagine there would be a problem.  We'll have to let thisbirdsabsurd tell us for sure.    Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2011 12:04:46 PM »

What a lovely way to combine a few of your skills!  The locket alone is beautiful but the addition of the scent makes it extra special!

Will the wax eventually disappear out of the locket? Does it need to be refreshed at some point?

I guess I was wondering how it keeps it scent and how long...
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« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2011 12:51:02 PM »

Thanks alwaysinmyroom!  The perfume should only disappear out of the locket if it's used up, like for rubbing on the inside of your wrist.  The locket opens so it's possible to use it that way and would be very easy to refill.  I imagine the longevity of the scent has a lot to do with it's starting strength.  I have a bit left over from this project and it still smells lovely.  I need to make one for myself now.   Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2011 02:56:08 PM »

What a great idea, and what a beautiful piece! I had a solid perfume ring when I was a kid (30 years ago Tongue!) which I had totally forgotten about until just now! Thank you for posting!
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« Reply #20 on: June 25, 2011 06:10:31 PM »

How fantastic!! I love beeswax and lockets ^^ This is a wonderful way to blend them!! SO ingenious Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2011 09:28:26 PM »

I saw it in the gallery and thought what a great idea.  Thanks so much for posting a tut - this would make an awesome little gift for people.  Bookmarked for future reference!
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« Reply #22 on: June 29, 2011 03:08:48 PM »

What a great project!!! Love this idea for making a custom scented item for yourself or someone else. Thanks!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #23 on: June 29, 2011 03:32:11 PM »

Thanks so much you guys (and hi sweetyetevil, happy early Halloween)!   Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: July 03, 2011 05:33:13 AM »

A really original and lovely way to wear perfume! I think anyone would love that for a gift.
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Another reason for buying beeswax, I have to order it the next time I see it on the internet Cheesy
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