Sweet Scent-sations! How to Make Your Own Perfume
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by Sarah Anderson
What does 100 proof vodka, vanilla extract and unscented oil have in common? They all serve as the base for all-natural, homemade fragrances. The DIY world has taken off and fragrances will not be left behind. If you are allergic to traditional perfumes, seeking a lighter daily scent, ditching potentially harmful chemicals or yearning to create a fragrance that is as unique as you are, here is how you can create your own personalized perfume at home.
Gather Your Bases
In most recipes, 100 proof vodka is paired with either vanilla extract or a light unscented oil like jojoba or sesame. Some recipes use just vodka as the base; some use just jojoba. Other recipes use jojoba as the base and recommend topping off the mixture with a splash of vodka. Experiment with various mixtures and find what works best for you.
Choose essential oils for a top note, middle note and base note. A top note is the first scent that will be noticed and also the quickest to evaporate. The middle note will fade after a couple of hours and serves as the “heart” of the fragrance. The base note is the anchor of the perfume and will linger the longest.
Here are some examples of top, middle and base notes:
Top Notes: Citronella, eucalyptus, grapefruit, lavender, lemongrass, orange, peppermint, spearmint
Middle Notes: Bay, carrot seed, chamomile, clary sage, fennel, fir needle, geranium, jasmine, linden blossom, nutmeg, pine, rose, rosemary, rosewood, tea tree, thyme, ylang-ylang
Base Notes: Angelica root, balsam, cedarwood, frankincense, ginger, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla
Essential Oil Blend
Make the essential oil blend. A good rule of thumb is 20 percent top note, 50 percent middle note and 20 percent base note. Then, add about a tablespoon of the base of your choice and pour into a dark glass spray bottle.
Place in the Dark
Leave in a dark space for 48 hours to 6 weeks. The longer the fragrance sits in the dark, the better it will be.
Have fun and enjoy your scent! Get creative with your blends and never stop experimenting.
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