Have you wanted to use essential oils to make your own perfume? I hope so because this post is for you. Making your own perfume is fun and inexpensive. If you already own essential oils, then it’s just a matter of playing, dabbling, and finding what smells good to your nose.
Before we start, let me clarify that we will be talking purely about fragrance. Essential oils have therapeutic benefits and you may find that your own signature scent does, indeed, “help” you. It might boost your mood or calm you. But that’s not the intent of this post. We are simply talking totally about smelling great. And we will be creating a perfume oil. Perfume oils are diluted in a carrier oil. They are a bit more subtle than straight essential oils or a spray. But the benefit is that the scent really does last, often for 8 hours or more.
Perfume making is an art. And a science. But we are going to keep it simple. When making perfume, you will be selecting “notes” or the essential oils that are make up your scent.
- Top notes. The top notes are the most volatile and fade quickly. Notice what happens when you apply lavender…the scent lingers for about an hour and then it’s gone. Lavender is a top note. Most citrus and florals are also top notes.
- Middle notes. These notes last a bit.
- Base notes (or bottom notes). These are the smells that linger for quite a while. They are grounding and often come from trees. Have you ever applied frankincense or vetiver and noticed that the smell sticks with you? It’s because these essential oil are base notes.
When you combine top, middle, and/or base notes, you create a unique scent that changes throughout the day. The base note causes the top notes to linger. And the tops notes mellow the base note. It can be magical.
There are no rules. There is no perfume police. YOU are the expert. I’m going go give you a few guidelines and then you can start playing. There is some subjectivity in whether an essential oil is a top, middle, or base note. That’s o.k. If you want a spicy scent, add ginger, black pepper or cinnamon. Looking for a floral smell? Add ylang ylang or geranium. Musky? Try frankincense or vetiver as a base. A safety note: I would add only 2 drops of cassia and cinnamon per 10 ml bottle. Those are intense, spicy, oils and they can be hot on the skin. Keep these to 2 drops max. Other than that, break all the rules!
When mixing, add your base notes first, followed by a medium note (if using), and a top. Many experts say that it’s best to let your new creation sit for 6-8 weeks to meld together. If you are a patient soul, that’s great. If not, go ahead and top off your mixture with your carrier oils of choice. I like fractionated coconut oil and almond oil. Both are very light.
Quick Tip: Be sure and write down your “recipe.” You will want to know how to replicate it in the future.
Want to know my very favorite perfume? doTerra Elevation + Patchouli = Pure Awesomeness. I’m not a patchouli fan. Seriously. It’s an overwhelming oil and I find the smell repulsive. But these 2 combined are simply magical. Try it. You just might be amazed. I’ll let you borrow MY signature scent.
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Be sure and tell me what combos that you use in YOUR perfume. I’m curious!
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