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Perfume is often seen as a last-minute gift that requires little thought. But what if you made your own, unique scents?

Step 1: Materials needed

You will need a vessel to heat water in, a source of heat, gauze or muslin, thread, a delivery tube, a receiving vessel and ice.

You will also need a pretty bottle to store your scent.

For this example, we used a conical flask, a fabric bag of sprigs of lavender plus shredded, a plastic delivery tube and a test-tube in a beaker of cold water. The oil was stored in a film cannister. You may use whatever equipment you can find, at whatever scale you need to produce your scent.

If you are blending oils, you will need a dropper pipette for each raw oil you use.

<p>Estimate 0.5-1% of this ester. So you can get in 250 ml near 0.323 to 0.646 g of methyl butyrate. </p>
<p>Here I am distilling a compound at an estimated 0.5% methyl butyrate which smells like pineapples from Great Value Pineapple Naturally Flavoured Drink Mix. Here I can get 0.323 g of methyl butyrate. This compound boils near 100 degrees C.</p>
<p>However when boiling at 150 degrees C and the high volatility of Furan-2-ylmethanethiol which smells like roasted coffee. Its high volatility and vapor pressure makes it highly probable (odor) in distilling solution of concentrated coffee.</p>
<p>Apparently there are 1000 of organic voilitle compounds including Pyrazine, and other chemicals. The odor is a mistry to me. </p>
<p>You know I have made natural and artifical orange solution from Orange Tang 69 g in 500 ml water and got a 1-2% solution of artificial orange odor liquid. It took 15 hours to get 200 ml but it smell refreshenely like oranges.</p>
<p>Cool!</p>
<p>More pics on the energy drink (MOKA) and 13 g of Pineapple sage. Unfortunately the pineapple sage chemicals that give the odor are patented and I cannot get any info online about them. A nice pineapple sage coffee smell should occur.</p>
<p>I have been doing more research and most likely sol at 95 degrees of Octyl acetate ( a natural chemical) that smells like orange is probably added to Orange Tang. However I am not sure. It boils at 200 and the glass is at 350 degrees C so half of that is 175 degrees C. Vapors of it are possible. Especially if the humidity is 80% compared to 20%.</p><p>0.06/100+ 0.06 *100 = 0.06% of this ester.</p>
<p>Here again I am trying to extract a Java Energy drink MOKA COFFEE through distillation. It been outside for 6 months before distilling.</p>
<p>The sugar in the solution is an issue.. but can be easily cleaned with water and solvents (acetone).</p>
<p>Here is an actual distiller if you can afford it that works a little better than this. This is a good distiller for normal use if you want to keep it simple.</p>
<p>Oh, that works well, but they usually run at a couple of hundred pounds/dollars (unless you make a lucky ebay find).</p><p>I was keeping it simple for pocket-money scale distilling.</p>
This makes no sense and the pictures are not helpful :(
<p>Which bit in particular is causing an issue?</p>
This looks great. Do you think it would work on catnip?
<p>I think it would, yes.</p>
Thanks
does anyone know if the oil and water will separate after awhile allowing you to draw off just the pure oil? or could you simmer the extract to leave only the oil behind? (I would really like to try adding to candles, but I also heed the water content warning)
I think the product of this particular method probably more accurately hydosols (like rose water) vice essential oil. The typical yield is less then 0.5% (some cases much less), so really get very little without larger batches. <br> <br>Pretty good explanation here; <br> <br>http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Essential-Oils
OUrs didn't separate into layers, despite standing for nearly 24 hours. Maybe a centrifuge? Or maybe the layer of oil was just too thin to spot in the curve of the meniscus? Maybe you get separable layers in larger volumes?
I think the oil layer was probably very thin. In the sites I have visited about making perfume, they often state that it takes several pounds of leaves or petals to produce even one mL of essential oil. Thankfully, it only takes a few drops to make more than 100mL of perfume. But good instructable!
It doesn't take much to scent the lab, either. I generally arrive to a lab smalling faitly of sulphur and snails. The morning after I took the photos for the Instructable, my lab still smelled like a fresh pillow.
could this work with coffee beans?
I don't know, but I'd try with grounds rather than whole beans if I were you.
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