|Jeffrey, my other obsession of the hour|
(Mom, if you're reading my blog today, please know that I am totally inventing this infatuation with partially nude muscle boys for the sake of entertaining my readers. Rest assured that my priorities are still pleasing you and finding inventive ways to use up leftover beans.)
Well, shall we get back to more blog-related topics? (Although, with the direction my writing has been taking lately, I shall soon have to replace the final word in my blog title with some other noun.)
You will remember that over the weekend I posted about my struggles in finding the perfect way to scent my teaching space. Many of you graciously wrote in to suggest products and ideas, and I'm hoping to eventually try out all of them. Here's a little report on the two ideas I've implemented so far.
1. Fresh flowers. There seems to be a lot of disagreement over whether the most fragrant varieties are pleasing or overpowering, so I decided not to use fresh flowers in my teaching space proper. I did purchase a pot of planted hyacinth bulbs for our entryway, though, at the very reasonable cost of $8. (It's perplexing to me that cut blooms cost more than the whole plant.) Yesterday, the buds were still so tightly furled that I didn't know what color flowers I'd bought, but already today, they're beginning to open up into magenta-ish splendor:
They are also beginning to release their very recognizable scent, which I personally find intoxicating. (But not as intoxicating as Jeffrey (see above). Just entertaining the readers, Mom!) If I see any of my students looking askance at these blooms, I'll just whisk them quickly into my teaching room, where hopefully they'll appreciate more the second scenting method I'm evaluating this week.
2. When my reader Sarah wrote in with a link to her instructions for making an inexpensive version of a wand diffuser, I got excited. (Not as excited as when I look at Jeffrey (see above), but pretty darn excited.) It tickles me to replicate a costly product with stuff I find around the house. The only component I lacked was bamboo skewers, which I was able to pick up for $3 from a hardware store the dogs and I passed on our afternoon walk. (Sarah had mentioned in her blog a cost of 47 cents, but this is NYC, folks. We pay a surcharge on everything for perks like easy access to world-class entertainment and pleather-clad dancers.)
I cut off the pointy ends of the skewers according to Sarah's instructions, popped them in a beautiful glass vase we'd picked up a few years back at Goodwill (before they went all let's-charge-people-a-lot-more-than-we-used-to), and added a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Essential peppermint oil? Essential oil of peppermint? Anyway, here's what it looks like:
Could you buy a diffuser that beautiful?
In a matter of minutes, this little beauty was spewing out peppermint smell like nobody's business. The student I asked told me she thought it smelled just as much as my regular electric diffuser. It certainly is prettier than that contraption. And the sound of oils evaporating is much quieter than the motor of the contraption. So, overall, I am pleased with my results.
Here are some drawbacks:
- You have to fill it with quite a lot of drops of essential oil. I can see the thriftiness of this method literally evaporating into thin air over time.
- You can't turn it on and off. Even when I'm not in my teaching space — such as right now — it is wafting costly oils into the air like nobody's business.
- You can't change the fragrance at whim. Luckily, I am pretty partial to a mix of peppermint and lavender, which I find smells fresh, clean, and invigorating.
I'll give my homomade (a typo I decided to let ride) diffuser at least a week's go before I make my final decision whether to replace my electric diffuser with this silent version.
Next up for trial: a Lampe Berger. Until a reader suggested them, I'd never heard of these pretty little burners in which you apparently ignite a mixture of alcohol and fragrance for 2 minutes before blowing it out to deodorize and scent your space, but I am intrigued by the arty look of the Lampes as well as their inherent explosive danger and high cost. (Just kidding, Mom, I live a very sensible and prudent lifestyle.)
Stay tuned for more updates on my springtime scent-o-rama....