The Best Woodsy Essential Oil Men’s Cologne Recipe

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Unfortunately, when you search for natural cologne recipes on Google, most of the top-ranked articles in the search results feature recipes that just don’t make much sense.

The Woodsman homemade essential oil cologne recipe: 7 drops vetiver, 14 drops clary sage, 16 drops pine, 3 drops tangerine. Dilute in 1/2 an ounce of Everclear in a 15 mL spray perfume bottle.

Many call for diluting your oils in water, despite the fact that oil and water just don’t mix.

One prominently featured recipe calls only 10 drops of essential oils to be diluted in 8 oz of alcohol. If you follow that recipe, your scent will probably only last a few seconds. It’s just way too weak of a dilution.

I had this same issue when I tried following another top-ranking perfume recipe.

After some experimentation with mixing essential oils, I stumbled upon this clean, crisp, woodsy blend that makes for a perfect natural cologne.

So if you’re set on mixing up a batch of homemade cologne for someone special in your life, follow the instructions below.

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How to Make Perfume Out of Essential Oils

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My first try at making essential oil perfume was kind of a flop. I followed Wellness Mama’s DIY Herbal Perfume recipe for my first foray into the wonderful world of homemade perfumery. I carefully selected a blend of patchouli, ylang ylang, lavender, basil, sweet orange, and lime essential oils. A liquor store visit resulted in my first ever purchase of Everclear, which I lovingly added to my special oil blend.

The problem with Wellness Mama’s perfume recipe is that it doesn’t result in a perfume.

You see, perfumes and perfume-like substances are classified by the concentration of fragrance in the blend. Wellness Mama’s perfume recipe calls for 65 drops of essential oils diluted in a whopping 4 ounces of alcohol. When you do the math, that’s an essential oil concentration of just under 3%.

But perfumes are classified as having between 20-40% of a fragrance concentration.

So that’s the reason my first try at DIY perfume was a flop; I just ended up with a really weak eau de cologne (the weakest type of fragrance you can make).

If you’re looking to make an essential oil room spray, go with the recipe I linked to above. This post will walk you through how to make a perfume at home, step-by-step. Continue reading “How to Make Perfume Out of Essential Oils”

Web Design for Developers: The Ultimate Resource Guide

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Design is often cited by developers as one of the hardest aspects they face in completing a project. When you’re first starting out and picking up freelance projects, your clients might expect you to be a one-stop shop for both their design and development needs. If you have a background or training in design, that’s just fine and dandy.

For the rest of us it can present a whole boatload of problems.

But designing and programming don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and working on both skills at the same time can put you ahead of the game when it comes to finding a job.

This article will provide you with a load of resources you can use to simplify the process of designing your sites and projects. It includes everything from Photoshop tutorials for designing site mockups to courses you can take to deepen your understanding of good design practices.

Now, let’s learn the basics of how to be a good designer so that you can really focus on your code. Continue reading “Web Design for Developers: The Ultimate Resource Guide”

Wikipedia Viewer: Wikipedia API & Cross-Origin Requests (SOLVED)

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A lot of people working on the freeCodeCamp Wikipedia Viewer run into problems making requests to the Wikipedia API. They plug the request URL into the search browser and it pulls up the data just fine.

But as soon as they start making the request inside their JavaScript, all sorts of error messages start popping up in the console and no data seems to be getting through.

According to the cross-site request portion of the API documentation, there are two ways to make a cross-site request to a MediaWiki site: JSONP and CORS.

You can bypass these issues by using JSONP instead, but in this article I’m going to be focusing on making the request work using the CORS method. Continue reading “Wikipedia Viewer: Wikipedia API & Cross-Origin Requests (SOLVED)”

Getting Started Coding: freeCodeCamp vs The Odin Project

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When you’re beginning your web development journey, it can be difficult to figure out which learning resources provide the greatest value. There are so many coding sites for beginners that it’s easy to fall into decision paralysis about which learning path to embark on.

Today I’m going to focus on two of the best free coding resources out there: freeCodeCamp and The Odin Project. Continue reading “Getting Started Coding: freeCodeCamp vs The Odin Project”