How To Make Scented Dusting Powder

Scented dusting powder is usually an expensive upsell from high end fragrance houses and not available at all from cheaper brands.

Fragrance layering is a great way to help your perfume retain it’s strength throughout the day.

Making your own dusting powder is easy and quick.

After your shower dust on the powder lightly before you dress. It is great to use on areas those chaffy zones and on a hot day will help absorb perspiration.

Ideally make this for your favourite perfume.

I have a few that I love but in summer and winter I tend to pick different perfumes to match the season. A light floral in the warmer months and a heavier fragrance for the cooler months. So I have made a couple of these.

How to make perfumed dusting powder


1 glass jar with a tight fitting lid

1 cotton wool ball

Your favourite perfume

Corn flour

1 powder puff


Make sure your container is clean and completely dry.

Take off the lid and hold the cotton ball over the opening. Spray the cotton ball 3 or 4 times with your perfume.

Place the cotton ball at the bottom of your container and fill it until it is about 3/4 full with corn flour.

Place the lid on securely and give the jar a good shake.

Leave the container sealed for at least 24 hours and give it a shake occasionally to allow the perfume to permeate right through the corn flour.

When you are ready to use it, simply remove the lid, place the powder puff over the opening and holding it securely in place, tip the jar upside down to coat the puff.

Give it a gentle tap to remove the excess and fluff on where ever you like.


Corn flour contains no nasties so it is safe to use all over your body and it has a lovely silky feel.

If you like to use lot’s of different perfumes, you can make a whole collection of mini dusting powders by keeping empty shaker spice jars, giving them a good soak, drying them off and then filling them up as above. Add some pretty adhesive labels so you know which is which.

Add a little bi-carb soda to the mix for a little extra deodorant assistance.

Have you ever fragranced in layers?

P.S. Hottest day in Brisbane this summer today and the aircon has decided it does not want to play, will be slapping on bucket loads of this tonight!

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Just For You June – Day 14 – Find A New Signature Scent!

JUST FOR YOU JUNE – Creating the habit of having a little ‘me’ time and reaping the rewards!

Perfume is such a personal thing, what you love, others may detest, but if you get compliments for your fragrance, then you know you have found the perfect one.

Every year over 1000 new frangrances are developed and released on to the market, unfortunately this can mean that your favourite can become extinct.

a scent bottle

If you have been wearing the same perfume for years, why not discover a new one. Spending an hour or two ‘playing’ in the cosmetics section of a large department store is fun, and right now, the mid year sales are in full swing, so you can probably nab yourself a bargain.

A few golden rules for finding a new fragrance:-

* Don’t wear perfume when you are going to sample other scents as they will intermingle and you won’t get a true test.

* Test new fragrances on the cardboard strips before applying to yourself.

* Little dishes of coffee beans will often be seen around perfume stands, have a good sniff of the beans to help clear scents from your nose.

* Allow a perfume to sit on your skin for at least 10 minutes to see how your body reacts to it, it can often smell quite different to how it was on the cardboard strip.

* Don’t be afraid to ask for other opinions (except the sales girl as she will ALWAYS say it smells wonderful)!

* Don’t be a brand snob, there are some wonderful scents available from affordable brands.

Enjoy loosing yourself in the world of fragrance and find your new knock out scent!

PERFUMISTA, that is so me!

Perfumista – ‘to build a wardrobe of fragrance’, that is so me!

I absolutely adore fine fragrance, and my dressing table is living proof of this love. So far my collection is at 23, and I was so delighted to add a new one, with Issey Mijake’s “A Scent, Florale” taking pride of place for this spring, with it’s beautiful florals of Jasmine, Hyacinth and French Verbena just to name a few, its is so fresh and beautiful.

I have a few favourites that I can’t live without including Angel (Thierry Mugler), Chanel No. 5 (Chanel) and Absolutely Irresistable (Givenchy). I have shed tears and spent many hours on ebay searching for refills of my now deleated addiction – Tuscany Per Donna. How could they do that to me?????

No matter which perfumes are on your favourites list, a really fun way to spend an hour or two is too head down to your closest department store and start sampling the huge array of delights on offer. Don’t apply them too your skin, use the little paper strips they have and when you find one that seems devine, then try it on your inner wrist and see if it still smells that good on your after a few minutes. Little dishes of coffee beans are usually scattered around the department, make sure you put them too good use as this helps to clear the frangrances from the nasal passage. This is one outing you really should indulge in on your own, as fragrance is such a personal thing, what you might love, your friends might not and you could miss out on getting the one you really adore.

With Chrismas just around the corner, if you go and do your ‘homework’ now, when you get asked “what would you like for Christmas”, you will be able to tell them exactly what you would like to add to your collection.

When using perfume, don’t drown yourself in it, more than likely some people you encounter during they day, might not want to be knocked over by it. Three sprays, one on your neck, one on your wrist and one in your hair will do just nicely, this way people admire not get drowned in your perfume. Please don’t ‘rub’ the fragrance in as you can actually bruise it and change it’s scent, just apply and leave it alone.

To make sure your fine fragrance lasts as long as possible without breaking down, do not store it in the bathroom, as the heat and light speed up deterioration. If you want your beautiful collection on display, it is best to keep them in the original boxes that they came in. If you live in a really hot climate, you really should keep them in the fridge for maximum life, just like you treat a good bottle of wine, perfume needs the same loving care, to keep them at their best.

Sometimes bottle size and price can be a little confusing. Perfume is sold in three different strengths and the price is greatly affected, as the concentration of actual perfume to alcohol differs. Eau de toilette has the lowest actual perfume concentration (around 10%)  so is therefore the cheapest option, Eau de parfum is next (around 20%) and the purest form is Parfum (up to 50%) actual fragrance, so these little bottles pack the biggest punch and have a price tag to match.

Make a date with yourself now to go and discover a beautiful new perfume that is perfect for you, and when you find one you love a little on-line shopping could save you some big dollars, I use for all those purchases, as they offer great prices and great delivery service.

So what is your favourite fragrance and how long have you been wearing it, maybe it is time for a change???