For years I have purchased over the counter perfumes, until I learned about the potentially harmful chemicals and toxins that many of them contain. Yet most of today’s most popular fragrances also use a combination of essential oils to get their scent. Being an essential oil user, it occurred to me to create my own fragrance, but the very thought of making a DIY essential oil perfume sounded overwhelmingly difficult. That is, until I finally gave it a try. Creating a DIY fragrance is really quiet fun and more simple to do than most people (such as yours truly) may think.
Over the summer I was using Geranium essential oil quite a bit to support my skin, and was stopped repeatedly and asked about the perfume I was wearing. Then recently a friend told me about an essential oil fragrance she found years ago that she absolutely adored but could not ever find again. That led me to finally experiment with making my own DIY essential oil perfume. I chose to make a solid fragrance rather than a spray, since it is both compact and practical. Making a DIY essential oil perfume or cologne is also a wonderful, creative and personal gift!
How to Make a DIY Essential Oil Perfume
This recipe makes approximately 2 TBSP. of solid perfume, which for me filled up a 1 oz. tin. It would also fill two 15 ml (about .5 oz.) tins.
Ingredients: (affiliate links)
* 1 Tbsp. of organic jojoba oil, almond oil, or coconut oil – This is the jojoba oil I prefer: http://amzn.to/1NicisO
* 1 Tbsp. organic beeswax pastille – Here is the one I use: http://amzn.to/1NibnZh. If you don’t want to use beeswax, you could use shea butter instead.
* Aluminum tins with glass tops – These are the 1 oz. tins I have: http://amzn.to/1Nic58T
* Essential oils of your choice. This is where I get my oils: http://bit.ly/1QSI1rn.
* A notebook or notepad and pen
* A jar or bowl of coffee beans
Choosing your oils:
You can create your signature DIY essential oil fragrance by simply adding a combination of your favorite oils, or by experimenting a little more scientifically. A helpful trick I read is to open each essential oil bottle you are considering as a blend and wave them under your nose to get an idea of how they smell together.
No matter how you do it, have a notebook and pen handy and be sure to write down which oil you use and the number of drops per oil. Even one drop can change the aroma, and losing track will prevent you from being able to replicate your favorite blends. You don’t want to do all that work creating the perfect DIY fragrance and then not be able to replicate it!
Work in a well-ventilated area or perhaps with an outside door letting in the fresh air. (My kitchen has an outside door so I left it open as I made my DIY fragrance blends.) Between each time you smell your blend, take a whiff of the coffee beans. Coffee beans are known to help a scent linger on your nose and taste buds, allowing you to have a fresh perspective for when you are ready to smell your next blend.
For those you want to get a bit more scientific, let’s talk about notes for a moment. Notes are like the building blocks of any perfume or cologne. There are base, middle and top notes. The scent you smell first is the top note. After a bit of time, you will get a secondary scent, which is the middle note. Then a final scent emerges and lingers. That one is known as the base note.
To build a blend, start from the base note and work our way to the top notes, because base notes enhance the middle and top notes. There are differing opinions as to which oils are in which note category, but here is a general idea to get you started:
Some common essential oil base notes include: Cedarwood, Clove, Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood and Vetiver. Patchouli is also common base note, but it on its own it can be a turnoff to many people, so it’s not one that I would personally recommend.
Some common essential oil middle notes include: Angelica, Balsam Fir, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Rose, and Rosemary. My favorite scent of all the essential oils is that of Ocotea. I cannot find much documentation as to which note grouping it falls into, but my best guess is that it is a middle note since it is fairly strong.
Some common essential oil top notes are: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Ginger, Lemon, Lime, Neroli, Orange, Peppermint, Sage, Spearmint, and Tangerine.
As for me, my signature scent is generally not going to be floral in nature. Everyone’s body chemistry and tastes are different, and while florals may be terrific on others, they are not so for me. Bergamot is the perfect middle note for me, because it has a sweet, citrusy scent that is feminine but not overpowering. I like the way it pairs with Clove and Sandalwood as a base note.
Here are my personal favorite combinations for my DIY fragrance:
7 drops Clove
8 drops Bergamot
3 drops Ocotea
2 drop Orange
7 drops Clove
8 drops Bergamot
3 drops Stress Away
2 drops Tangerine
7 drops Sandalwood
7 drops Bergamot
2 drops Geranium
3 drops Stress Away
1 drop Lemon
* Measure out your oil and wax and place in the top of a double boiler. I used sweet almond oil this time, but have also used both coconut oil and jojoba oil in the past. Coconut oil is solid at cooler room temperatures, so the end product will also be a bit more solid in the end. If that concerns you, you can use slightly less wax to compensate.
* Warm your ingredients over medium heat until the wax melts.
* Remove from the heat and mix your wax into the oil thoroughly.
* Choose your essential oils and mix into your oil and wax mixture. Make sure to write down what you are using!
* Pour your perfume into small containers. It will set as it cools off.
* After creating your blend, allow it to sit for a day or two before deciding if it needs any changes. The constituents (natural chemicals) contained within the oils will get cozy with each other and the aroma can change, usually rounding out a bit.
Don’t be afraid to mix it up based on your own favorites! Blend a floral with a spicier scent, or a citrus scent with a woodsy one. Here are some other fun combinations to try:
Now go blend some oils to make your own DIY essential oil perfume. Then please come back and let me know which combinations are your favorites!
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