The Gardenias Are Out! And a Few Perfume Recipes Too

I’m so happy its getting warmer and the heady, intoxicating scent of gardenias is everywhere. So fragile, so pretty and oh what a scent! And the good news is you can buy gardenia absolute – it’s more expensive like the other floral extractions of rose, jasmine and neroli – but worth every scent (get it? cent/scent). What can you do with gardenia absolute?



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the beautiful gardenia

the beautiful gardenia


Because this floral scent is so special and so unique, you don’t need to mix it up too much. You could treat it in the way you use jasmine oil, as it has an exotic white floral scent indicative of summer evenings somewhere delightful.

Here a a couple of recipes you try with this precious oil, and my general rules for making an anointing perfume:


Pure Pulse Point Perfume

In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!


The classic Duralex glass dish is handy to make oil blends and quick perfumes in

The classic Duralex glass dish is handy to make oil blends and quick perfumes in


“An Evening by the River”

gardenia absolute             1 drop

cedarwood Atlas               1 drop

palmarosa                         1 drop


” Being”

gardenia absolute             2 drops

bergamot                         1 drop




“La Verite”

gardenia absolute             1 drop

jasmine absolute               1 drop

orange                               1 drop




gardenia absolute             1 drop

lime                                  1 drop

ginger                               1 drop

mixed into some coconut oil


“Femme Fatale”

gardenia absolute             2 drops

sandalwood Mysore         1 drop

Billie Holliday with gardenias in her hair

Billie Holliday with gardenias in her hair


“Holiday: Madonna vs Billie”

gardenia absolute            1 drop

peru balsam                     1 drop

patchouli                         1 drop


Have you ever used gardenia absolute? I’d love to hear from you!

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

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2 thoughts on “The Gardenias Are Out! And a Few Perfume Recipes Too

  1. I love gardenias!!!
    And I’m totally going to try “Being”. Bergamot and gardenia are two of my favorite fragrances!
    I love that you offer your perfume recipes in tiny amounts, that I can make in a little glass bowl. I have dozens of bottles of cologne that my husband has bought me, that are almost full, b/c I just don’t wear it much. I enjoy smelling fragrances, not being smelled. O.o (I’m the weird one, I guess, right?)

    • Hi Gardenia Girl thanks for commenting. I don’t like conventional perfume either and haven’t worn it for over 20 years! It’s just not as lovely as the real thing. I absolutely love gardenia too!

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