Monday

What can I do with all these Gardenias ?



I did a post on my Gardenia bush a week ago telling of all the buds ready to explode into a full bloom, but this morning I went out and..... Look what is just outside my front door.
The Gardenia bush is bursting with blooms and I just can't stress enough what it
smells like.  The aroma is everywhere. 


Imagine what a Bridal Bouquet would look and smell like. It's such a shame to waist these beautiful blooms and I don't know anyone getting married this week.  How sad to know these blooms will be gone in a matter of days.




Wanting the wonderful smell in my house I cut quite a few gardenias and simply laid them in  bowls of water. Two in the living room and two more in the dining room.





I had to put one in my little bud vase on the kitchen windowsill along with a few roses I clipped from the back yard.
I just love this time of year and I love all the flowers in bloom.





 There are still a few hundred on the bush, just waiting for someone to create
the bouquet of their dreams.  
Or I can make my own Gardenia Perfume. Here are the instructions.

  1. You will need about 4 cups of fresh gardenia petals (you can also use gardenia essential oil, if you don’t have gardenia blossoms) spring water or distilled water, 100 proof vodka (about two ounces), mortar and pestle, cheesecloth, coffee filter, a glass mason jar or any clean, wide mouthed jar with a secure lid and an empty perfume bottle. Make sure you pick gardenia blossoms that have been in bloom for a couple of days, as these are the ones with the strongest scent. Only use fresh gardenia blossoms. The best time to pick these blossoms is early in the morning, when the blossoms are at their freshest. Do not use old or damaged petals.
  2. Chop up the four cups of your gardenia blossoms into small pieces using a knife.
  3. Pound the gardenia blossoms with your mortar and pestle until you reach a pulpy consistency.
  4. Get your empty glass mason jar. Slowly add vodka to the pounded gardenia blossoms, stirring slowly for a couple of minutes.
  5. Get your cheesecloth and use it to cover the mason jar’s opening. Secure the lid of the jar onto the cheesecloth-covered opening. Make sure the lid is closed tightly.
  6. Set aside the mixture for two days. The alcohol in vodka helps extract the essence of the gardenia blossoms.
  7. After two days, stir in the spring water slowly into the mixture.
  8. Again, set aside the mixture for two days.
  9. Open the lid and smell the fragrance. A good perfume should have a balanced scent—the fragrance of gardenia and not the smell of alcohol should greet your nose. The mixture should be made to stand longer if the scent is weak. Add more spring water if the scent is overpowering.
  10. After you get a balanced scent, strain the mixture using the coffee filter.
  11. Carefully put your finished perfume into your perfume bottle. The perfume is now ready for use.
  12. If you don’t have gardenia blossoms, simply use gardenia essential oils. Simply add around ten drops of the essential drops into the vodka. You will still be following the applicable steps you have read above; only this time, you will be replacing the gardenias.
There you have it—easy steps to help you how to make your own gardenia perfume.  You will notice that the ingredients you will be using are found in your own home or can easily be bought online or from specialty stores.  This home-made gardenia perfume is perfect for personal use or as gifts. You can also try the tips found here for making perfumes out of other fragrant flowers like roses.

  I'm going to give this a try. Off to the store I go to get the Vodka.  "Gardenias and Vodka"






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19 comments:

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

What a nice problem to have! I wish I could smell the wonderful flowers through the computer screen!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

The gardenias are gorgeous! I can almost smell them.

Thanks so much for stopping by the Back Porch.

Kate said...

Beautiful and oh, so fragrant!

Linda said...

I have tried several times to grow a gardenia - no luck! It always makes me sad because I LOVE these flowers. Thank you for sharing yours!

cherry said...

"Gardenias and Vodka" there is no way to go wrong with this combination..lol
You have a beautiful blog.. hugs, Cherry

Beth said...

I love the scent of gardenias and have perfume and body lotion - good luck with your experiment!

Robin said...

Your gardenia plant is just maginificent. I just planted one last summer and am enjoying the few blooms I'm getting right now. I hope it looks like yours someday! Thanks for the perfume "recipe".

Robin
Robin Flies South

Susan Zentmyer said...

I'd love to have gardenias like yours! Thanks for sharing!

NC Sue said...

Thank you for visiting Wordless Wednesday at http://acts17verse28.blogspot.com/. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your photo this week! I hope to see you again soon.
Have a great week,
NCSue

NC Sue said...

Thank you for visiting Wordless Wednesday at http://acts17verse28.blogspot.com/. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your photo this week! I hope to see you again soon.
Have a great week,
NCSue

Darla said...

How about a post on tips to growing gardenias successfully?

Beth said...

Your gardenias are just beautiful! I wish we could grow them in our area! How cool that you are making perfume from them too. They do smell divine.

Beth said...

Your gardenias are just beautiful! I wish we could grow them in our area! How cool that you are making perfume from them too. They do smell divine.

NellJean said...

Aren't they delicious? One thing you can do is cut several blooms with a long stem and leaves and put in a bud base or clean pickle jar. When the blossom falls off, just keep the water clean and eventually the cutting will root. If you don't need more gardenias, they make great gifts, a rooted gardenia.

I'm eager to see how your perfume turns out. Mine will not bloom for another couple months. I could perfume the world if this recipe works out.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Oh, Sandy! I can't wait for the Gardenias to bloom to try this...I wonder if it would work with other flowers? I will be featuring this post on my Home and Garden Thursday party tonight - thank you for sharing,
God Bless,
Kathy

Anonymous said...

How many ounces of spring water? Thanks for the wonderful solution to our shared "problem." I hate to relinquish the scent of these wonderful ephemeral blooms.


Peekabeaux said...

Thanks for posting the "recipe" to the perfume. I can't wait to try it out. I have Gardenias in bloom now and just love the smell.

Peekabeaux said...

Thanks for posting the perfume "recipe", I can't wait to try it out. I have Gardenias in bloom now and love the smell.

Fig Leaf Betty said...

I'm not sure I have enough yet so I'm going to try a half recipe! I'll let you know how it goes, thanks for posting this!