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Topic: Great Gift for $4.50 each! Make your own reed diffusers!!!  (Read 6626 times)
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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2005 09:13:01 AM »

I've been doing a bit of research on these diffusers because I think I'm going to use them as Christmas gifts for everybody and found some information regarding the DPG.  I read on some soap boards that the DPG doesn't work as well as IPM does. 

Here's a website that also mentions it - http://www.lotioncrafter.com/store/Reed-Diffuser-Kit-pr-16219.html 
This is what they say about IPM vs DPG -
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Our new and improved kit is now shipping with IPM as the Fragrance Cutting Oil. Why? Plain and simply, it works better! IPM improves the spreading co-efficient of your fragrance -- the scent wicks up the reeds efficiently, without the flipping necessary with DPG. Unlike DPG, IPM will not clog the reeds, so your scent throw remains stronger week in and week out.

So far I'm thinking I will buy the IPM, reeds and bottles from thesage.com.  I'm still figuring out what scents to use. 

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« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2005 06:49:02 AM »

http://www.sciplus.com has a random assortment of glass containers as well. Let us know how it goes, I plan to make some too!
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« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2005 07:32:40 AM »

<giggle>  Thanks for the pictures - I was imagining some monstrosity made with 15 clarinet reeds... It wasn't a pretty sight!
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« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2005 02:20:28 PM »

Even though I'm not musical, I wondered about the reeds too.  Thanks for the photo.  I had wondered how they were sealed for transport, the second photo helped with that. 

In the first photo it looked like wooden beads glued to the tops of the jars. 
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« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2005 02:54:05 PM »

this is fantastic information - i've been eyeing those alora reed diffusers (they sell for $70+ can you believe it !?!) i'll definitely make my own now for 15 people for practically the same price as one of theirs.  thanks!
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« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2005 12:31:53 PM »

You can also probably find neat bottles and things in the glassware at a thrift store.
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« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2005 12:48:37 PM »

How would you transport them? I am assuming you use some cap for the bottle and just include the reeds sperately? I have never dabbled in perfume/lotion/soap making so this is all very interesting.
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« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2005 01:18:49 PM »

Yah, when you buy them in stores the bottle is corked/sealed with wax/has a cap or whatever and the reeds are seperate. You put in the reeds when you put it out. The cheapest I've seen are in Target but even those are around $20 and only come in 1 or 2 scents.
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« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2005 11:51:06 PM »

I ordered my supplies last weekend and they all arrived.  I just need to buy the scents I'm going to use now.  Here's what I ended up buying...

Bottles - http://www.specialtybottle.com/
I bought the clear 8oz boston rounds for .73 cents each (http://www.specialtybottle.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=54)
I was thinking of getting the shrink bands for sealing but decided not to.  Hopefully I won't regret that decision...

Reeds - http://www.thesage.com/
180 12 inch reeds for $21.60 (http://www.thesage.com/catalog/Accessories.html)

Isopropyl Myristate (IPM) - http://www.thesage.com/catalog/Additives.html
16 oz for $6

I'm thinking I'll do one kind-of warm/kitchen/spice/autumn scent and another clean/fresh sort of scent.  I'll probably will buy them from preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'www.saveonscents.com') but I wanted to go sniff candles at the store first to get some ideas.

Next up - labels or tags for these.
Whoohoo!  I feel like I'm ahead on gifts for once!
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« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2005 07:53:42 AM »

wow you have sure done your homework on these! what nice gifts to give. Would you show a picture or two of your finished products? I'd love to see them.
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