When I was a teenager I could never understand why cosmetic companies did not make the smell of some of their products; like nail polish and nail polish remover smell good. When I started making my own soaps and lotions; I tried to improve the smell of nail polish and after many attempts . . . I gave up. Scented nail polish and scented nail polish remover are available now, although I have not tried them. Wouldn't it be great if there were a line of bath and beauty products that were scented to compliment each other and were organic? Perhaps someone is already making them,I don't know. The beauty contest has inspired me to get brave and attempt to alter that nasty smell of my nail polish AGAIN! Loving the floral and fruity scents made it easy to choose the fragrance I wanted to capture.
I searched online to try and find out what ingredients were in the new brands of scented nail polish. I did not find the answer so I did a search on how to make scented nail polish. E-how suggested painting the fingernails and before they dried, spray some cologne over the nails to achieve the scent. I tried that but all it did was make all my fingers smell like the cologne and it was not accomplishing what I wanted, so I began to experiment. In this tutorial I will show how I scented my nail polish, what I used for nail polish when I was a kid, how to make a scented body spray to compliment the nail polish and how to wrap the gift by re-using a box and a Target money card. Let's go shake some trees, Mother's Day is about two weeks from now and this will make a very nice gift set!
Step 1: What You Will Need
What you will need to scent the nail polish:
4 Bottles of partially used nail polish or color your own using eye shadow by following the link at the bottom of this page.
4 bottles of concentrated food flavorings such as lemon, lime, and orange oils, essential oils, synthetic perfumes, real perfumes and colognes work with experimentation. I had the best results with the food flavorings and some essiential oils and the synethic colognes.
Trial size glass bottle with a tight lid. NO plastic
Scrap cotton of flannel cloths to make nail polish wipes.
What you will need to make scented body spray:
1 small glass bottle with tight lid Do not use plastic!
Essential oils that compliments the nail polish you make.
What you will need for the fingernail moisturizer:
Approximately 1 Tablespoon Aloe butter or jojoba butter.
1 Small sterilized lip balm container with lid.
Essential oil that compliments the other products optional.
For the gift-wrap:
1 Clean empty Chinese take out box
Expired Target gift card
scissors to trim the card so it will attach to the box
Step 2: Scented Nail Polish
Because different nail polish contain different chemicals there is no way to give you an exact recipe. With that said, it is a matter of experimenting. When I made mine I noticed that synthetic perfumes and food grade flavoring oils worked the best however, synthetic perfumes contain a lot of chemicals so does nail polish! Essential oils and perfumes worked also but some better than others.
You just add about 10 drops of the oil to the used nail polish ( you need some extra room to add the oil ) and close the lid and shake and shake and shake and shake. I wanted to create a raspberry chocolate scent but could not get the chocolate scent to come through. I tried cocoa powder and imitation cocoa flavoring and neither came through.I also tried infusing lime peels into the polish and it did not work either. The raspberry, orange, and fig worked beautifully! I am going to try the real cocoa oil if I can ever find it here.
You will not be able to notice any scent from the mixture until after you apply the nail polish to your fingernails and it dries. Then you will be able to smell a light pleasant scent.If the mixture is not quite strong enough you can add a few more drops of the oil to the nail polish mixture and shake well.If you add too much oil to the nail polish it could dilute the mixture and the polish not work properly.So add sparingly.
I have used mine for two days and I can still smell it.It A lot more pleasant than the chemical smell of regular dried nail polish.
We only have two stores here and neither of them have a very large cosmetic section.
Step 3: Nail Polish Remover
I also cut out a few small cotton squares instead of using store bought cotton pads.
For those readers who quit wearing nail polish this might interest you. I tried dipping a Q-tip into vinegar and painted my fingernails. While it was still damp; I applied eye shadow using the other end of the Q-tip to my fingernails and after it dried I applied a another light coat of vinegar. Be sure to let the dye soak in (between coats). I would not wear this with clothing that you would not wish to stain because I could not guarantee it would not stain. It is well worth experimenting with in my opinion. After it dried I very lightly wiped the excess color off with a clean Q-tip. It worked nicely to give the fingernail a slight tint darker than sheer. It did not seem to rub off easily after it was on a while, but after 2-3 hand washing's it did fade giving the nails a colored sheer appearance. For what that is worth! I used soap and water when I washed my hands and was not using herbal. I discovered this quite by accident but did not play around with it for a long time. Maybe someone has a suggestion how to set the dye for better results.
Step 4: Scented Body Spray
Step 5: Gift Wrap or Cosmetic Bag
I made a cosmetic bag from some bubble wrap for my new daughter-in-law but I liked it so much that I have decided to make her a different one. It is holding up very well and I just love the thing! I will be making more versions soon I hope! Here is the link if you want to make a quick and easy cosmetic bag! As long as someone does not deliberately pop the bubbles or someone sits on it, it should last a long time :https://www.instructables.com/id/Bubble-Wrap-Cosmetic-Bag-or-Clutch/
Step 6: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts
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