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  1. I would like to minimize throwing plastics away, so can I sanitize bottles I already have and reuse? Is it simply a matter of hot soapy water and then rinsing with some alcohol for good measure, then refilling with my base lotion + FO blend? I don't see how you could thoroughly scrub out a pump tube but maybe pumping some alcohol through it is good enough? And with shower gel, does the fact that you only ever run soap / shower gel through it anyway keep it clean enough to just refill and keep going?
  2. I added some lime margarita FO to some cornstarch a while back and have been using that. I plopped a few drops onto maybe half a cup of cornstarch in a small jar, shook that up, and it's great. I suppose if you're selling you'd want a more specific recipe but for my personal use this is fine. I logged on right now to go in the craft forum and ask for suggestions for a powder box for that mixture so I'll ask here, since you brought it up. So what can you all think of for that? No glass, something cute that would look good on the bathroom vanity, maybe there's something I can DIY? You guys are always super creative so any ideas?
  3. It's been a couple weeks now and I'm very happy to report that "off" note is gone. (side comment: WSP L de Lolita Lempicka is a great vanilla sandalwood) I have a blackberry vanilla musk that has a play-doh note already in the bottle so I'm going to try it like this and see if that also is something that mellows out. If it does I would enjoy that for perfume the rest of this Summer.
  4. How is your perfume making going? When you've made a spray with alcohol, does it take a while for it to "settle" or for the ingredients to meld into their final result or something? I feel like I might be getting an "off" note from the Everclear I mentioned above, but I figured this would be an even better option than perfumer's alcohol since it won't have that extra ingredient making it undrinkable. So my next thought was maybe this will age a little and be better. I seem to be having better luck with rollerballs and they smell great from the beginning, though I have not made a rollerball of the same FO that I made into sprays. I've used 20% FO in the total solution in each application.
  5. There's a couple of coffees on sale at WSP this week: https://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/special-sales/deep-discounts/sale.aspx?FBK=&FBD=270&Sort=0 None of the lattes and cafes, just straight coffee (well, not quite; more like black coffee with cream & sugar). Anybody have these?
  6. Sweet Holiday Blend Coffee from Lone Star. https://www.lonestarcandlesupply.com/sweet-holiday-blend-coffee.html Black Vetiver Cafe (Jo Malone dupe), but we will have to let someone recommend one that is currently sold as the one I got in the past was discontinued. Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte (like B&BW). I just ordered a small bottle from WSP to try, but I would love to hear from the rest of you how that is from other vendors (like Just Scent) as they are possibly going to be less expensive. Though WSP has these 25% sales every now and then that help, but things being what they are now who knows when that's going to happen again.
  7. I read of a designer perfume with rooibos tea, orange, and cinnamon. Does that not sound lovely?
  8. I mentioned grass specifically in another post recently but can we discuss green FOs in general? Anything that smells like grass and other plants, herbal, a jungle, your yard at night, clover in March, pines and firs and birch and whatever is fresh and plant-like or some kind of a green note to you. Here's one that's not necessarily plant-like: I have Green Amber from Nature's Garden. I love it, but it's not really a nature type of scent. Their description is "amber woods, oakmoss, vetiver, and galbanum, surrounded with citrus top notes of bergamot and violet petals, and base notes of vanilla and sheer musk". I really enjoy it, but it is also perfumey. It's softly green but not really something you use to feel like bringing the great outdoors to inside.
  9. Bumping to see if we have new input. I'm on this lemon tea kick now because I'm trying to recreate a discontinued favorite perfume oil that was lemon tea & vanilla.
  10. A few more are on my radar now. Anybody tried these: Cinnamon Irish Cream (this could be an "Autumn vanilla" I was after in another post) A Thousand Wishes Type Barefoot in the Grass (the description doesn't sound very grassy, though) Believe In Magic (buttered sugary vanilla) Bewitched (pear, nuts, woods, musk; doesn't sound bewitching; does sound early-Autumn) Bluebell  (Jo Malone dupe) Bye-Bye Summer Chicks Dig It (candy) Cider Lane (cider, caramel, cinnamon; yes, I'm dreaming of Fall already) Country Boy (I never knew country boys smelled like orange zest & Kaffir lime but OK) Beautiful Day Elsa's Frozen Magic Exhale (clean and spa-like) Gentlemen Only Glass Slipper (their names are screwy but the scent descriptions sound great; this one seems a bit Italian to me; lemon, orange, lime, sugared mint, verbena, orange blossom, Italian Cedarwood and light musk) Gypsy Soul Hocus Pocus (spiced vanilla with butter and sugar) In the Stars Karma Magnolia Mid-Summer Nights Moonflower Morocco Orchid & Pink Amber Namaste Oud & Bergamot Practical Magic Puttin' on the Ritz Rock 'n Rose Rose Quartz Rush of Rose Sauvage Secret Wonderland Just a few...
  11. WSP's is on sale right now: https://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/products/mahogany-teakwood-fragrance-oil.aspx
  12. Paraffin. It's recycled dinosaurs that wouldn't be used for anything else anyway.
  13. That does help, thank you. And I did stumble on In the Stars at Just Scent: https://www.justscent.com/in-the-stars-fragrance-oil-type.html And they have Nutmeg Spice and Pumpkin Marshmallow Latte I was wanting too. Woohoo!
  14. I have been looking around for In the Stars and Into the Night, but I think those two are too new, too niche and not popular enough to turn up in FOs (at least not yet). But in looking for these I found White Citrus at Candlemaker's Store which is a discontinued fave of mine, and they have a ton of other B&BW scents. And I have got to order Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte for next Fall because that is one of my OMG-buy-too-much-there-so-might-as-well-make-products scents. So all this got me to wondering about general comments from you guys on the various suppliers B&BW offerings. What do you think?
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