Natural Extracts

What can I say? My housewarming party was a blast! Everyone got along just perfectly (you never know that, especially when you’re mixing generations like I did) and everyone loved the food. Although I still have enough steaks and sausages to feed a whole army, which can be quite useful for upcoming barbecue events. It’s nice to know you have a freezer compartment brim with potential meals – students don’t experience that very often.

It’s like knowing you have some bottles of wine at home. You could drink something if you want to, even if you don’t do it. But you could! So the party was great, I got loads of salt (a symbol so that you never run out of money) and bread (so that you never run out of food) and so seem to be very well-prepared for the future!

Let’s get to this little project, which is fairly easy and so useful: I am always interested in trying to save money, especially when I see designer pieces and create my own and cheaper version of them. The same goes with basically everything, and I have noticed that extracts used for candles or wellness products are super expensive. So why not make my own natural version?

You need:

  • Small glass bottles
  • Vodka
  • Labels
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • Mint leaves
  • Vanilla bean

extracts-1Prepare the citrus fruits by peeling off bits of their zest with a potato peeler. I didn’t have any fresh orange at hand, so I bought already prepared orange zest. Pick the mint leaves, open the vanilla bean and cut the opened bean into pieces.

extracts-2Fill the jars with the prepared ingredients and fill everything up with vodka. Label the glass bottles.

Wait a few weeks, and the extracts will look like this.

That’s all there is to do. It’s simple, isn’t it? And I know that the extracts don’t smell as strongly as artificial ones, but well, they do smell like natural fruit/herbs/spices and that is the most important part. I will definitely try this again, maybe with coffee beans and lavender this time. Hope you are inspired!


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    4th May 2016 at 5:32 pm

    These are so cute! Glad your house-warming party was a success! I always get nervous mixing ages, and even just mixing different friend groups ya know? It’s so refreshing when everyone vibes really well 🙂

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

    • Michelle
      6th May 2016 at 7:18 pm

      That’s exactly what I thought! Glad you like these 🙂

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    5th May 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Omg I adore your blog! The lighting in these photos is among the best I’ve ever seen, and they are all so cute!

    • Michelle
      6th May 2016 at 7:17 pm

      You are too kind, thank you! I feel so flattered 🙂

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    Annie Abbey
    9th May 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Love this post! I am eagerly awaiting purchasing a home so I can have a proper housewarming! Also these natural extracts sound amazing! Love the little jars you got for them too!
    xx Annie

    • Michelle
      9th May 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Yeah they’re super cute, right?? Glad you like the extracts!

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    30th May 2016 at 5:18 am

    What are you using your natural extracts for?

    • Michelle
      30th May 2016 at 9:59 pm

      You can use them for all kinds of things, scenting tea lights is probably the easiest possibility. Or using it for making bath salts, or making room scents!

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