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DIY Poopourri – make your own perfumed eau de “toilet”

Poopourri is clever product that has been successful due to its concept and zany marketing. How it works: before you release your burdens into the porcelain god, you spray Poopourri into the bowl, being sure to coat the surface. The oily surface wraps around your baggage as it plops down, and the surface film reunites again to block your waste below, all the while releasing a refreshing bouquet of delightful smells upward toward your nose and the general vicinity. It’s like you were never there! This saves embarrassment if there are people who want to use the room after you have completed your business. If you haven’t yet seen any of the company’s videos, prepare to be entertained:

The ingredients in Poopouri do not include harsh chemicals and are therefore both safe to breathe and flush. The concoction consists of essential oils and natural compounds. Well, then, you should be able to make your own, if that is true. And in fact it is true, and you can do it much more cheaply.

Recipe:

Find a container for your DYI blend, preferably a dark glass container to prevent light from getting at the delicate perfumes. Find out how much it contains (leaving space at the top) and divide that amount by at least 8.

  • 4 parts distilled water – boiling and cooling tap water is fine
  • 2 parts rubbing alcohol (or 2x that amount of vodka)
  • 1 part carrier oil (like avocado oil which has a light scent)
  • 1 part vegetable glycerin (No glycerine? Add another part carrier oil OR try (scent-free) dish washing liquid or liquid hand soap- both acts as a surfactant.)
  • about 20 drops of your blend of essential oils for each ounce of your mixture.
  • (optional) food colouring (however much you want so as to be able to see it – you may want to know if you have the basin covered enough)

The recipe above can be tweaked. I’ve read different versions online, but they all have the same basic ingredients.

A surfactant, by the way (like soap or detergent), is a substance that emulsifies fats and oils, as well as absorbs odors such as sulphur. It keeps the bottle where the product is housed from clogging and the toilet bowl from getting an oily ring-around-the-bowl. It also keeps the plumbing pipes clean.

To use your own DIY poopourri, simply shake and spray (about 4 times, depending on size and power of your spray nozzle) into the bowl – forming a nice, even, greasy coating – before you go.

Now here’s the fun part for perfumistas: Try it with perfume instead of (or in addition to) essential oils! It’s one of many ways to make use of old or unwanted perfume. Using perfume is neither as potent or deodorizing (unless you use a lot), nor is it likely as safe for your sewage system as most essential oils, but it does work. How much you will need depends on the strength of the concentration. Oil-based perfumes are ideal. If you’re using an alcohol-based perfume, you’ll probably need less rubbing alcohol/vodka.

If you are on the go, you can decant your pooourri into small spray bottles, or small glass dropper bottles (recycle those bottles of e-liquid vapers use, recycle eyedropper bottles, or recycle skincare serum bottles). Spray bottle do disperse the product a lot better, but droppers can work as well.

How to make your own solid perfume

Especially when I travel internationally, perfume can be a pain. There are strict liquid restrictions for carry on baggage, and more importantly, I worry that some of my bottling choices may not be the best. I have had a few glass atomizers break in the past, and some of my cheaper plastic ones aren’t exactly 100% leak-proof. It’s not like I am satisfied with bringing just one scent with me on a one-month vacation, either! (Yes, in my line of work I do get relatively long chunks of time off, and for that I am grateful.)

One option I sometimes use, especially when I have a particularly strong perfume or if I think I might need some moisturizer as well (don’t we all on long flights!), is to use solid perfume. In a previous post I wrote about some brands that sell them; but I sometimes create my own solid perfume. It’s incredibly easy, and here’s how:

DYI Solid Perfume Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp beeswax (in the commonly sold tiny ball format – you can alternatively use soy, carnauba or candililla wax if you’d prefer to be bee-friendly)
  • 1 tbsp oil of choice (jojoba oil, coconut butter, and shea butter are my favs – or you can mix!)
  • 2~2 1/2 tsp (about 12 ml tops) of your perfume

This recipe makes a bit, so if you want to reduce the amount, cut to this:

  • 1/4 teaspoon wax
  • 1/4 teaspoon oil/butter
  • 1 ml (about 20 drops) of perfume

Directions:

1) In a double broiler (or just a deep pan with a glass bowl if you use caution), heat the wax until it has fully liquefied. Stir in the oil or butter until melted.

Note: By using an oil that stays solid at room temperature, your perfume base might turn out harder in consistency and obviously stay solid longer in the heat, but note that the more solid cacao, coconut and shea butters do carry their own particular scent. Some oils are stronger than others as well, such as argon oil, which carries a lovely nutty fragrance, but might interfere with your results. I don’t really want anything to interfere with my perfume, so I often use sweet almond oil, which is a more neutral, all-purpose carrier, or jojoba oil as it’s so moisturizing. However, using an “oiler” oil means that in intense heat my solid perfume may turn out to be more of a goopy paste. A higher ratio of wax is the key here.

Adding a drop of vitamin E oil will act as a preservative. I go through perfume before it could ever have a chance of going rancid, however.

2) Once the base has melted, remove from heat and add the perfume. Alternatively, you could nuke the oil and wax – but not to complete meltdown – in a glass jar in the microwave if you have one, and simply stir in remaining solids.

Note: You really don’t want to heavily cook the oil, as this may burn it and alter the consistency and scent – just heat enough to melt half or more of it. The rest can be stirred in.

3) At this point it’s time to add in you smelly stuff.

Note: If your oil/wax mixture is too hot when you add the scent, you’ll potentially burn off some of the scent’s top notes, which, depending on the fragrance, may be the most beautiful part of the perfume (Perfumes are said to have base, middle (heart), and top notes, with the base notes lasting the longest and becoming prominent near the end of the life of a fragrance, and the top notes appearing early, usually lasting a short time.).

It’s possible for you to just spray your perfume willy-nilly right into the melted wax and oil mixture, but if you want to be exact, I think 1 teaspoon would require 60 drops or so. Of course that depends on the size of your drops. In any case, I tend to measure out some perfume separately to add to the mix and then stir.

4) Pour the mixture into pill cases (or whatever container takes your fancy) and wait for them to set, which can take about two hours at room temperature, depending on amount of surface area in the mixture exposed to air and how deep your pot is. Sure, chuck it in the fridge if you don’t want to wait that long.

If you want cheap storage tins and the like, and don’t mind buying in bulk, I recommend Chinese retailer Aliexpress. You could feasibly pour your warm perfume into lip balm stick cases, too. I think such containers take up less packing space and are less fussy (no fingertips required to apply), but if your solid perfume does get a bit too warm, you might have to deal with seepage. Etsy is awesome for cases as well, and many of the individuals who sell their stuff on the platform usually offer way faster shipping that when you buy via Chinese wholesalers. For affordable, all-natural DYI products such as oils and butters, iHerb is my top pick.

Note that solid perfume definitely tends to be neither strong nor long-lasting, which is why I’d recommend adding a powerful scent to your wax and oil mixture. You could always choose to apply the crap out of it, however, and do so frequently. Also, note again that just because it’s solid does not mean it won’t melt. Have you ever left a lipstick on a car dashboard in the sun? Enough said. For that reason, think carefully about the cases or tins you use.

Make your own perfumed body powder

Whether you delicately powder yourself after a relaxing bubble-bath, practically apply it after a shower so you can slip into your skinny jeans, or use it to soothe a friction rash, body powder has been part of daily life since infancy for many of us. If your a fume head like yours truly, you likely will want to find any excuse to bring fragrance into your routine, and powder is no exception.

These luxury powders often come with luxury prices, however. If you are low on dough, or simply don’t want to spend it this way, have no fear. There is really no need to go out of your way to buy any accompanying powder that your favourite perfume line proffers. It’s possible that the perfume you love doesn’t make a scented powder anyway. By using this simple process, you can turn your regular baby powder into perfume heaven:

  1. Get a small empty plastic or glass container/ jar with a lid. I just use a jar for making jam.
  2. Get a cotton ball or two and spray them with your favorite perfume. About 30 sprays. You can also put drops of essential oils like rose or lavender on the cotton balls instead.
  3. Place the cotton ball(s) in the bottom of the container.
  4. Fill the container about half full with baby powder (obviously unscented is ideal) and close the lid.
  5. Shake the container vigorously.
  6. Let the infused powder stand for 10 to 14 days so the scent oils can permeate the powder.
  7. If desired, transfer the whole caboodle into a “fancier” container (dollar store?) and get a soft powder puff from your local beauty or drugstore to apply. ENJOY!

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