Monday, May 03, 2010

Lilac Sugar-Scrub

 
Spring is abundant in blossoms, but some seem to come and go quickly!  Lilacs bloom in early spring, but the life-span of their blossoms is short.  Finding way to preserve their delightful fragrance is a challenge, at best.  Last week I decided to try to make lilac sugar for an oil and sugar scrub (otherwise known as a manicure in a bottle!).  Fresh blossoms cut from their stems were added to an equal amount of plain, white sugar.  These ingredients were placed in a gallon-size zip-lock bag and sealed overnight.  Then the contents of the bag were placed on a rimmed cookie sheet and spread out to dry.  Lilac blossoms contain a fair amount of moisture, so it took several days for the sugar to dry completely.  Today the sugar was sifted through a colander and then a sieve.  The sugar now has the gentle fragrance of lilacs.  Next, it will be blended with an equal amount of almond oil and placed in a jar for future use.  It will be used sparingly --- so that the sweet fragrance of lilacs can be enjoyed for weeks and months to come.  Fragrant.  Beautiful.  Lilacs.    

7 comments:

  1. Lilacs are most lovely and last for far too short a time. Your sugar-scrub sounds like a wonderful idea!

    Maybe you could do this with Lily-of-the-Valley... mine are fading already!

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  2. Your so smart, love it xoxox Clarice

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  3. Love the idea and it sounds wonderful. My lilacs don't have much fragrance. I am not sure why, maybe because it is such an old tree. Enjoy your lilac scrub!

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  4. Oh I do love lilacs! What a pretty collage...

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  5. What a wonderful idea. I always enjoy seeing Lilacs from others since they don't grow here. Such a beautiful flower!

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  6. I so wish that lilacs grew in California...
    I am thinking of trying this with roses and possibly orange blossoms!

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  7. I think this would work well with roses and orange blossoms, Kelley.

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