Make An Infused Oil: Place the Chrysanthemum flowers* in a mason jar (size of jar will depend upon how many flowers you have), and pour olive oil to the top of the jar. Put on lid and screw cap and let sit 6 weeks.
*Do note that flowers should be dry when collected, and when it hasn't rained for at least 2 days. Only use flowers that are free of pesticides and herbicides (NOT from a flower shop).
Make The Perfume Oil: Strain out oil using a sieve (line it with an unbleached coffee filter first) and pour the oil into sterilized amber jars. Now pour this oil into glass roll on bottles and add 8-12 drops Ylang-ylang essential oil per bottle.
An alternative way to strain out the oil is to place a small clean funnel in a glass roll-on bottle. Line a sieve with a coffee filter and hold in place over the funnel. Pour the oil into the sieve. The oil will drip down into the bottle. Repeat process with other bottles. To each bottle, add in 8-12 drops Ylang-ylang essential oil.
To Use: Roll oil over pulse points such as wrists, elbows, knees and on the neck for a delicate scent.
Yes, this is an exclusive recipe! Have you ever seen Chrysanthemum oil? I was hard-pressed to find any information, and the research I dug up was that Chrysanthemum oil (in reference to Tansy, chrysanthemum vulgare) is used as an insecticide. Not fetching, of course, yet the background behind this recipe lies in 'mum herself. That is, I got the idea to make 'mum oil from 'mum herself! Yes, that's what happens when you start working with plants. They are living beings, pregnant with presence, and will share their secrets with you, if you listen :)
I did indeed think she would make a lovely perfume when I gave a good sniff, and the resulting infused oil is quite delicate in scent. 'Mum oil reminded me of Marigold oil, which is also anti-bacterial. I decided to complement the scent with ylang-ylang, and the two marry perfectly :)
When it comes to 'mums, there is quite the variety, and some are more fragrant than others. Choose one that is fragrant and appeals to you.
Feel free to use less drops of ylang-ylang, or more, as you prefer. You can also experiment and try using other essential oils. Another alternative is to turn this perfume oil into a solid perfume by adding by adding in beeswax or candelilla wax (see HERE about making a salve).
As always, Enjoy :)