Making your own homemade perfume is all about having fun and putting your own creative signature into your work. Don’t expect it to smell like “CK’s Obsession” or “Lancome’s Miracle” or “Channel No 5”. The fragrance that you get from a homemade perfume is much more earthy and natural to your senses. Like all homemade projects, you should carry with you a daring mindset where trial and error is the key. Compared to other homemade beauty products, making perfume has a simple process that only requires a few ingredients and steps for a finished product to be produced. Water, alcohol and essential oils are the three most common ingredients in making home made perfumes.
Once you’ve learnt how to make homemade perfume, you’ve got a really handy tool under your belt that helps you to save money, create special gifts, make you smell attractive, enhance your mood and possible help you make money. Who knows, when you’ve cracked the right formula, you can possibly try to market your very own perfume brand.
CREATE A PERFUME SCENT THAT BELONGS TO YOU.
Find out which fragrance family, or category of aroma suits you best by testing different oils. Floral fragrance tends to be popular among women, but Oriental, fruity, spicy, green and citrus are other aromatic options. Fresh scent often appeal to energetic, youthful temperament. A woodsy or citrusy aroma also retains its scent for hours without becoming too powerful, and make them suitable for men to use as a cologne. Here you will find several homemade perfume guidelines and recipes that you can enjoy over and over again.
The 2 Minute Perfume Recipe
This is the simplest of all the perfumes to make. You simply grab a mixing bowl, chop up some of your favorite scented flowers (Lavender is a great choice for its strong fragrance) and throw it in the bowl. Add some distilled water and stir for 30secs then cover the bowl and leave over night. The next morning, take out the flowers and drain the fragranced water into a cooking bowl and simmer. Put the warm water into a bottle (preferably a dark coloured bottle) and let it cool. Simply & Easy!
If you think the 2 minute perfume recipe is too simple and want to challenge yourself for something more creative. Then you may like to experiment with essential oils and ethyl alcohol. Before going ahead with using these ingredients, make sure you understand the potency and/or health risks associated with some oils.
Perfume Using Essential Oils
For the alcohol component, use only vodka or ethyl achohol.
For essential oils, try to find one which is organic derived.
For the water, use only distilled water (don’t use tap water).
Grab a mixing bowl and The oils are stirred slowly into the alcohol, one drop at a time. Stir slowly but long enough for the oils to be completely dispersed. Wait for it to stand and after the perfume has matured, filter it through to remove any sediment and bottle it into a dark glass bottle. Note: Remember that a single drop of an essential oil can change the smell of the perfume completely. It’s like a science lab…. SO FUN
Nature’s perfume Recipe:
2 cups distilled water
3 tablespoons vodka or ethyl alcohol (which you can find at just about any pharmacy). Do not use rubbing alcohol as it will ruin the scent.
5 drops everlasting essential/fragrance oil
10 drops peony essential/fragrance oil
10 drops sandalwood essential/fragrance oil Benefits:
Vodka as a carrier oil: High quality 80- or 100-proof vodka is virtually odorless, making it a good choice for an essential-oil carrier in natural perfume. Don’t substitute other types of alcohol, such as rubbing alcohol, which has a powerful odor and quickly evaporates as well.
For freshness: Oils from the skins of a variety of citrus fruits provide the perfumes fruity, fresh note. Lemon, grapefruit, bergamot and bitter orange oils are used as light scent oils. They give a refreshing top note and also provide the perfume with its delicate, invigorating scent.
For warmth and spice: The addition of lemongrass, cypress, neroli and verbena oils gives the perfume a mild spicy, slightly woodsy scent.
For fullness and harmony: Benzoin and cedarwood oils give the perfume a lasting fullness. They bind the mixture of essential oils together and harmonize well with the fresh citrus oils.
Citrus oil for refreshment: Gently uplifting and soothing citrus oils, such as neroli and bergamot, provide a fruity, floral freshness to a perfume’s fragrance. Jasmine oil for intense richness: Used to make fine perfumes, jasmine flowers are picked before dawn to prevent any of the soft and sensuous oil from evaporating.
Geranium oil for harmony and balance: This delicate, rosy fragrance is very effective in treating stress, fatigue and anxiety, and it is an inexpensive alternative to genuine rose oil. Ylang-ylang oil for relaxation: Possibly the most erotic aroma on earth, this sweet, tropical scent is a reported aphrodisiac. It calms the senses and relaxes the muscles. Patchouli oil for prolonging a fragrance: This warm, earthy fragrance acts as a fixative, slowing evaporation and prolonging the scent.
Making the Most Out of Your Homemade Perfume
Apply to pulse points as these areas are higher in temperature and can help the dispersing of the scent. Neck, elbow, knee, wrist etc
Don’t over spray, apply liberally so that the scent is not overwhelming.
Apply liberally so that the initial ‘lift’ of your fragrance is a little more intense than you want it to be.
For an even distribution and to increase the shelf life of your perfume, use a spray bottle. If you use your hands to apply, the dead skin cells and germs can cause contamination in the perfume.
How Do You Know When You’ve Hit the Jackpot.
Well it depends who you want to hit the jackpot with? Is it your crush, your boss, your boyfriend your husband, your friends, or the mass market. Scent is very personal and subjective so as long as the perfume helps you personally to attract the desired effect from yourself and the people around you, then I believe it is a smashing success. In terms of hitting the mass market, it is never about the scent, it is much more about the branding of the product. People when purchasing the perfume is more attracted to the brand than the scent. But that’s another topic all together and a journey that’s not for the faint-hearted.
Have fun with playing around with the different combination of scents, but I stress again to be extra careful when experimenting with certain essential oils. Ask your local aroma therapist or pharmacist if you are not sure of the effects.
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