Gardenia extract is so simple to make and the scent of the extract is beautiful, just like the gardenia flower. I use fresh gardenia flowers from my gardenia bush and infuse them into alcohol. I use the gardenia extract in my formulations for natural perfume, moisturizer, toner, lotion and hair scent.

Gardenia jasminoides has been used traditionally in Chinese medicine and taken internally. For skin care there isn’t a lot of traditional use or scientific study on it. One study showed that it is antioxidant and can possible be a skin lightener due to the antityrosinase activity to limit the production of melanin. Skin care products are also starting to use gardenia stem cells for the production of collagen. Gardenia extract helps to clarify and soothe the skin and scalp.

This gardenia extract is infused into alcohol. Alcohol is not drying to the skin when used properly in formulations. It helps to deliver the ingredients into the skin. Learn more about alcohol in skin and hair care products here.

How To Make Gardenia Extract
3-4 fresh gardenia flowers
6 ounces high proof alcohol (grain, sugar or grape) or vodka (look for 50% alcohol)

1. Remove petals from gardenia flower and tear into small pieces into the jar.

2. Cover petals with alcohol and cap and label. The flower pedals will turn brown.

3. Place in a dark area for 8-10 weeks. Check the scent in 6-8 weeks. If you like it strain the flowers out of the alcohol or let set it longer before straining.

4. Use the gardenia extract in formulations for natural perfume, moisturizer, lotion, toner and hair scent.

5. Shelf life is about 24 months.


To learn more about extracts, check out my eBook on making 47 Herbal Extracts here.


joan morais Joan Morais is a natural cosmetic formulator, instructor, author and the owner of Joan Morais Naturals. Joan assists product makers on how to make high quality, stable and effective natural body, hair and skin care products for personal use and a product making business.