Coconut fragrance may be any oil, perfume, or cologne that smells like coconut. This scent is usually added to products in the form of coconut essential oil or artificial fragrance oil. Most coconut oils, such as those used for cooking or in hydrating toiletry products, do not have much of a scent. These scentless, semi-solid oils are harvested from coconuts themselves, while coconut fragrance is usually harvested from the plant's flowers. This fragrance can be combined with many other scents and substances to create coconut-scented soaps, shampoos, lotions, and more.
Those who have access to coconut flowers can create their own coconut fragrance oil at home. This may be done in one of two ways. The first involves placing the fresh blossoms between paper cards covered in vegetable shortening and leaving them there for 24 hours before replacing the flowers with fresh ones. This process should typically be repeated up to four times. The shortening should absorb the flowers’ scents, creating a solid perfume. The maker may then dissolve the shortening in rubbing alcohol and pour it in to perfume pots.
The second method for obtaining coconut fragrance involves creating one’s own essential oil. This involves placing the flowers in a steam distillation unit. As the flowers are warmed, their oils will evaporate into the steam and rise to the top of the distillation unit. The steam then travels into the tubes at the top of the unit and cools, creating condensation. This condensation, which is carrying the coconut blossom oil, will slide through the tubes at the top of the unit and drip slowly into a container meant for collecting essential oils.
Many commercial companies also sell coconut essential oil and solid fragrance perfumes, though they may be slightly more expensive than homemade versions. Both homemade and commercial coconut fragrance may be added to homemade toiletry items. People wishing to make homemade coconut shampoo should typically melt equal parts castile soap and unscented coconut oil together, adding up to 20 drops of coconut fragrance oil. The unscented coconut oil usually hydrates the hair and helps intensify the scent of the coconut fragrance.
Both men and women can enjoy coconut fragrance in their soaps and lotions just by adding a few drops of the essential oil to these products. The scent is generally fresh, exotic, and relaxing. It also mixes well with jasmine, rose, citrus, and pineapple essential oils. Some people even like to mix it with chocolate or mint fragrances to make deliciously-scented bath products.