Romance is in the air

It is February 1 and the month of hearts and love begins.  What better way to add a little whiff of romance to your home by creating a  room mist to give that touch of freshness and romance to your space.  Here is a recipe for a lovely blend:

Romantic Blend Room Mist

63  ml   deodorized ethyl alcohol or perfume grade alcohol (95%)

30 ml distilled water (Absolute or Wilkins brand will do)

1.5 ml  Ylang Ylang essential oil

1.5 ml Rose essential oil

4 ml  Lavender essential oil

One  100 ml size   spritzer bottle

1.  Prepare the spritzer bottle by making sure it is clean.

2.  Place a little of the water or of the alcohol in the bottle.

3.  Add essential oils.  Stir the oil and water or alcohol mixture.

4.  Add the rest of the water and alcohol to the compound.  Close the bottle with its cover.

5.  Shake very well.  Now it is ready to use!

6.  Keep in a cool place.

You may want to know where to get the ingredients.  Here in Metro Manila, you can buy perfume grade alcohol or deodorized ethyl alcohol and essential oils from the following:

Sogomi Enterprises (Diliman, Quezon City)

Chemworld Fragrance Factory (Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. corner Makati Ave., Makati City)

Fragrant World (Calantas St., San Antonio Village, Makati City)

Islas Aromatics (Libis, Quezon City)

Please check their websites for the pricelist.

For  bottle spritzers, you may want to get in touch with:

Bestpak Philippines (P. Florentino Street near Araneta Avenue, Quezon City)

Grasse Fragrance (Makati City)

Fragrant World (Makati City)

Chemworld Fragrance Factory (Makati City)

Islas Aromatics (Libis, Quezon City)




Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!  It is the first day of the Chinese new year and Binondo, supposedly the oldest Chinatown in the world, is once again alive.  Binondo was originally an island, known as the Isla de Binundok or Minondoc, after its hilly terrain.  The name has since been transformed to Binondo, and so has the island community been expanded to the outer fringe near the bay.  What once was Baybay, literally meaning beach, became the old barrio of Binondo, known as San Nicolas.  It is now a separate district from Binondo.

The Governor General Luis Perez de Dasmarinas purchased Binondo from a Spanish couple  Luis and Sebastiana del Valle in 1594 and offered it to the Chinese who had themselves baptized into the Catholic faith.  Baptism into the Catholic faith gave the Chinese the privilege to leave the Chinese ghetto or Parian and stay in Binondo, where they could freely mingle with the native populace and marry  native women.  This appropriated island became the site of the first settlement of Catholic Chinese who married native women and were able to engage freely in enterprise.  Binondo became the cradle of the first generation of Chinese mestizos or hybrids who had native women as their mothers and Chinese as their fathers.  To supervise them were the religious from the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans.  The settlement began to have a church which later was dedicated to San Gabriel the archangel but which later was dedicated to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary.  Thus, the main road of the town came to be known as Calle Rosario, now Quintin Paredes Street, after the Virgin.

Map of Manila

Map of Manila

Puente de Binondo with Panciteria Macanista

My Sweet Vanilla Soap

My Sweet Vanilla Soap

Here is how my soaps came out.

Here is how my soaps came out.

I bought glycerin soap base and thought of making soaps to share for Valentine’s Day!

The following is the recipe for My Sweet Vanilla Soap:

500 g clear glycerin soap base

1/4 tsp muscovado sugar or brown sugar

1/4 tsp of shea butter

1/4 tsp Vitamin E oil

1/4 tsp of sweet almond oil

2 tsp of vanilla scent or vanilla oil (you may add just 1 tsp depending on how strong you want the scent)

1.  Cut the glycerin base in chunks.

2.  Melt in a double boiler.

3.  When all of glycerin is almost melted, stir in sugar for a nice brown color.

4.  Add in shea butter and sweet almond oil.  Stir well.

5.  Add in vanilla oil or vanilla scent.

8.  Pour in heart-shaped molds and spray rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles on top.

9.  Let cool for a few hours.

10.  Unmold and enjoy!

11.  If you want to store them, use cling wrap paper and keep in cool dry place.