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Now you can perform an experiment at home with Adrienne Attoms™, Project Mc2's resident culinary chemist (yes, it's a thing!). Make your own perfume just using household ingredients like rose petals, vanilla and rosewater. Picking Up S.T.E.A.M. As you break up the rose petals, you release essential oils containing natural fragrance. Those oils are the essence of a plant's scent, and that's what makes it "essential!" When you mix the crushed rose petals and rosewater together, you infuse and enhance the rosewater with the characteristics of the flower, giving your perfume an extra rosy scent. And that's pretty essential for a beautifully fragrant perfume!