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The Grapefruit Debacle

So, I like to experiment with stuff, or “mess around”, as my five year old says. I like to try different flavor combinations in the kitchen, (have you tried goat cheese stuffed dates, wrapped in bacon? No? Please do so immediately!), and different scent combinations in the lab. I will be sharing my results with you guys to do with what you will…maybe ya’ll like to mess around too…

The Grapefruit Debacle

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So, when I was a little girl, my Mama used to make the most delightful, (and also unhealthy and kinda weird) breakfast ever…broiled grapefruit. She would slice the grapefruit in half and sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar on top, and then she would stick a maraschino cherry in the little hole in the center and pop it under the broiler for a few minutes. The sugar and cinnamon would caramelize into an almost crème brule-like crust, and the aroma…oh, you guys, it was heavenly…like Cinnabon mixed with a citrus grove. Anytime I get a whiff of something similar, I am transported back to Mamas kitchen, I can hear her humming, smell the rosewater she wore as perfume…nostalgia, ya’ll, nostalgia…so anyway, I started thinking, could I mix up some essential oils and recreate this iconic scent from my childhood? OMG, my mind was racing! I could make room spray! Perfume! Homemade carpet fresh! Everyone will be in a good mood all the time, (and hungry)! YAY!

So I gathered my supplies: grapefruit essential oil, cinnamon essential oil, one drop of clove oil, and one each of jasmine and vanilla to mimic the sweetness of the sugar and the cherry…sounds good right? I mixed everything together and left it in a glass bowl overnight to let the scents mingle. I got up the next morning and was so excited to smell my creation. I raced down the stairs to the lab and opened the door…and smelled the most god-awful, gag-inducing terrible smell of all time. I was confused. Did something spill in here? Did one of the dogs get in and have an accident? Nope. My experiment went horribly wrong, you guys…it turns out that what seemed like a delightful combo in the kitchen was not such a great combo for a scent. Jasmine and cinnamon together? Barf. Grapefruit and clove? Nope. Sigh…I try these things, beauties, so you won’t have to!

Next up…can a ginger-infused oil be used as a base to make the sexiest perfume ever? Check back to find out!

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