|Rebecca taught us how perfumes were made.|
|We listened very attentively.|
|Most participants did not dress in Regency attire for the workshop, but I rarely miss an excuse to do so!|
Rebecca passed around each vial of essential oils and we all smelled them and made note of our favorites:
|My favorites were Jasmine and Rose.|
We filled our bottles halfway with distilled water:
Then added an equal amount of perfumer's grade alcohol - which has no scent.
Then we each got two drops of fragrance. We could choose either two drops of one essential oil or one drop each of two different oils.
I was intrigued by the way the different oils behaved. One sank to the bottom (I think it was the Rose) and the other (Jasmine) broke apart into smaller drops balls that floated on top.
We had to let the mixed perfumes sit for two weeks in order for the alcohol to break down the oil droplets so they could permeate the solution. Rebecca showed us how to seal the corks with hot wax:
And we each made labels for our unique scents:
I named mine Feliicity.
The whole class posed with our perfumes for the traditional group shot:
I had made a very quick new (fake) fur muff the night before, and as it was a rather chilly day I also added a lovely wool shawl (thrift store find) to my ensemble.
We had some silly fun:
And made friends with a horse!
We would have liked a ride in the carriage, but you have to buy tickets in advance as they book up quickly. We contented ourselves with posing next to it: