Alegna Soap Perfumes Lilac Tincture update

Lilac Tincture update

By Angela Carillo on Tuesday, May, 19th, 2015 in Perfumes.

Lilac Tincture Update

Lilac tincture update

I have to say I’m disappointed with my lilac tincture. The alcohol is brown and it smells like, (should I say this?), rotting compost. The lilacs in my yard only last a week before they start dying so I was only able to change the flowers a few times.

Have you ever had a tincturing failure? Do you think I should throw in the towel or should I strain out the flowers and give it a try?


Yours in Gratitude,



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12 responses to “Lilac Tincture update”

  1. Michelle says:

    Oh now how discouraging. Sure I’d try it out you have nothing to lose. Do you know what I do with a Vanilla tincture? I bought it by mistake and am wondering if I can soap with it or use it in any of my skincare products.

  2. Cindy Jones says:

    Too bad, I was pulling for you. I love the smell of lilacs. Why is it so elusive???

  3. Rebecca says:

    Always use dried flowers for tinctures or you will get this “rot”. Pick you flowers, dry them and then make the tincture.

  4. So sad to hear this! Hopefully the lilacs will be able to work out at some point next year πŸ™‚ I agree with Rebecca about the dried flowers!

    • I think you and Rebecca are tight about the dried material Alice. I’ve made tinctures from freeze dried fruit with success. I wish there was a way to keep the aroma of lilacs around all year.

  5. Roslyne says:

    Angela, I applaud you for even trying this. I don’t have an answer to your question, But if I know you, you’ll figure it out and find a way to make it successful!

  6. Trisha says:

    I was sure hoping it would work. That’s my favorite scent. Thanks for your experiment. We learned something! I didn’t realize you should use dried flowers. I have had dried chapparal soaking in Olive oil for weeks. And it hasn’t rotted. Maybe I better go check it again. Haha!

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