I love it when my gardenia plants start blooming every day. The first thing in the morning I am out in my garden looking for new blooms to tincture. The lovely, floral, creamy fragrance is like none other.
I use organic grape alcohol from wine grapes to tincture them in. Using a clean glass jar I fill the jar with the alcohol. It smells fruity and not strong like the grain alcohol. I then pick my gardenia blossoms and let them sit on a paper towel to dry. I then remove the petals one at a time and put them into the alcohol. I do not want any of the grren leaves to go in the jar. After many days of changing out the petals I get a pleasant gardenia smelling alcohol. I use this gardenia alcohol in my Madame Pompadour eau de parfum and parfum. It is also used in my Custom Couture Perfumes I create for people. They love the "100% natural" gardenia in the fragrance. Synthetic gardenia is a very different chemical smell.