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tx_flower_child
Dec 6, 2017 12:18 AM CST
Anyone have any experience making sachets? (Not potpourri but could be pretty much the same.) I've got all of the ingredients but am thinking it's mostly trial and error.

So here's what I think the process is. I have lavender essential oil that I'm going to add to orris root powder (a fixative made from irises). Then I'll add that to the dried lavender. Everything will eventually end up in silk sachets.

What I'm wondering about is whether the amount of essential oil to powder and the oil/powder to lavender is basically trial and error? Or if there's any kind of formula or guidelines?

Thanks for any advice.
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greene
Dec 6, 2017 10:31 AM CST
You really do not need the orris root powder for a sachet you make with essential oils. It's an extra added expense.

There is no tried and true formula. Just make sure to mix everything in a non-reactive bowl. You can use the very inexpensive organza bags - fill them with your mixture - then place them into your silk bags. As the fragrance fades, just give the organza bag a good squeeze and the scent will be rejuvenated.
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Bonehead
Dec 6, 2017 10:41 AM CST
I would suggest doing an internet search and look at several sites for specific instructions, then kind of use an average of what they all say. Write down how you make your sachets, how long they keep their scent, ways you might change up the next batch, etc.

There is probably a ratio to be found, or you can use trial and error. I muck around with various face and body oil mixtures and have found I use 20-30 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. I have no idea how that might translate to a dry mixture.
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plantladylin
Dec 6, 2017 11:06 AM CST
Back in the 70's and 80's I used to make little sachets for family and friends. I purchased a variety of dried flowers/botanicals like rose buds and other tiny flowers, lavender, citrus, star anise, cinnamon, etc. from a company in California (which has since gone out of business). I made the cloth pouches using lace and tulle fabric that I'd cut to desired sizes, with the tulle as the inner layer and the lace on the outside. Sew them up, leaving a small opening at the top for spooning in the desired mixture. Once filled. I'd tie them with a pretty ribbon and glue on a small dried bloom. I never used the essential oils for the sachets but when I'd make bowls of potpourri, I'd refresh with oil every once in awhile.
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Bonehead
Dec 6, 2017 11:15 AM CST
A good source for inexpensive dried herbs is your local co-op. They usually carry bulk herbs that cost literally pennies they are so light. I buy a box of waxed paper sandwich size bags for my trips to get herbs, with a sharpee to write directly on the bag what is inside plus the billing code. That way, I can get exactly what I need for a given project, dump together at home, mix and go.

To be eco-friendly, I also save my empty bags to reuse again, as I often use the same herbs for different projects. Some I do grow and dry myself, and those I keep in empty canning jars. Anything left over in the spring, I toss into the chicken coop bedding to bring some good smells to the birds.
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greene
Dec 6, 2017 11:26 AM CST
Bonehead said:A good source for inexpensive dried herbs is your local co-op.


Good information, but unfortunately, not every community has access to a local co-op.

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Bonehead
Dec 6, 2017 11:32 AM CST
Many grocery stores also offer bulk herbs, although not so many of the medicinal or aromatic ones. There are also tea shops that often carry bulk herbs. I would try to find a local source before shopping online. I wonder if co-ops are more prevalent on the west coast? I find them all over, and even some of our drug stores carry bulk herbs. Might be a regional thing.
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tx_flower_child
Dec 6, 2017 2:15 PM CST
Thank you all for your replies.
I'd like to tell you my inspiration for this project.

I have 4 lavender sachets that I bought in the late 1990s. These were (allegedly) made out of fabric from silk Japanese kimonos.
Amazingly, these sachets have retained the lavender scent after all these years! I've never done anything to refresh the lavender. Of course I have rubbed them either because I'm moving things around or (occasionally) for pure pleasure.

As I think I mentioned, I have all of the ingredients. Fabrics, mixes of dried flowers as well as just lavender, orris root powder, and lavender essentional oil.

Now I have a 'partner in crime' who is ready to get started. She opened one of my sachets to copy the basic size/pattern and discovered that the fill was straight lavender, not a mixture of dried flowers. Of course there's no way to know if any fixative had been used.

Although my older brother always tells me that Google is my friend, so far it's failing me. There's a lot of info and videos about making sachets but none discuss 'formulas' regarding oils or fixatives. So I guess it does boil down to trial and error.

Here's a picture of 2 of the sachets that I've had since the 90s.

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plantladylin
Dec 6, 2017 4:38 PM CST
Keep us posted on how it goes!
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tx_flower_child
Dec 6, 2017 10:31 PM CST
I will. I'm a little nervous because my friend doesn't fully understand that you have to let everything percolate for awhile. So I'll let her have the 1st batch. 😈

The fabrics that I've been gathering for a few years are all from clothes I've scored at the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul. My dollar limit per blouse or shirt is $2 although I rarely even spend that much. Laura has a lot of scarves, including some that belonged to her mother. Unfortunately her mom's scarves have become to thin and fragile to cut up and sew. We're sad because they are so incredibly beautiful.

BTW β€” love your new avatar, Lin.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 7, 2017 9:02 AM CST
Thanks, my current avatar photo is from a few years ago, We haven't had any fall or winter weather here yet but it looks like a cold front is on it's way. Here in central Florida, we're currently having daytime temps of low 80's and nights in the mid 60's but Sunday morning is predicted to be 38ΒΊ!

Confused I don't understand percolation for sachets, is that because you are using some sort of powders or oils? Don't be nervous about trying your hand at making them. For the first try, you could use a scrap of any old fabric and if you don't like how that first one turns out, just take it apart and tweak the method. Smiling Using scarf material sounds like a wonderful idea, you might be able to find some inexpensive but nice scarves at thrift stores that you could cut up and use for your project.
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tx_flower_child
Dec 7, 2017 1:22 PM CST
Ha! One of the thrift stores always has a bin of scarves for $1 each. They also have a couple racks of clothes for $1 each. I just run my hand along them feeling fabrics. Twice I've come home with long sleeved t-shirts for myself that are great to wear around the house. I think a lot of the thrift stores here get overstock from the upscale stores in town.

I've spent hours reading articles on the internet which is, as we know, the source of all truth in the universe. All of them say that when using essential oils the mix should be set aside -- here's where it varies -- for 4-6 weeks to 2 days. Stash the mix in a paper bag. Or plastic ziplock. Or this or that. I think this is directed towards people like me that are hoping to have something keep for years as opposed to putting out a potpourri for
a holiday. I don't know. I'm just winging it. And I'm in no hurry. But I think my friend is thinking of holiday gifts. Her husband is going to drop off some of the samples she's made so I can test them out. (We have very high standards of course.)

Another variation is on the 'mix the essential oil and the fixative' theme. Mix first, pour on top of flowers. Don't mix first. Wait x amount of time, etc. It gets kinda funny after awhile. And then there's 3T to 1 cup or 1tsp to a 1 quart.

In the end I probably won't remember what formula I've used. I posted this question hoping to find a definitive answer. Guess there isn't one.
But always love any advice.
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tx_flower_child
Dec 24, 2017 7:42 AM CST
As promised, I'm back to show y'all a sample of our finished product. My friend and I had a mini assembly line. I'd fill the pouches and she would tie them. (Knots and bows are not one of my strong points.) For those of you who have seen it, we felt like Lucy and Ethyl in the episode where they're working in a chocolate factory.

So here's a picture of some of the finished goods. I think we both ended up with about 24 each.


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Let's hope they keep the scent for a long time!

BTW, I did use some orris root powder that I got from Etsy for $3. I bought lavender on Amazon fot $12 a pound. Already had the lavender essential oil and the various fabrics. My friend has an 'in' at the Trade Mart here and picked up some pretty 'cord' to make the bows. I just played with the mix of oil, lavender and the fixative so can't report on a formula. So fingers crossed that these will last a longbtime.

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