We are officially in perfume territory, and it smells AMAZING! Let's just take a moment to talk about perfumes, shall we? Conventional, artificial perfume is full of toxic ick. There's a long list of nasties in over the counter perfumes, but the one that freaks me out the most is hormone disruptors. No thank you! So I've been working on making my own perfume - playing parfumier and getting to figure out my favorite scents using pure essential oils. It's really fun - getting reacquainted with my particular brand of nose and the alchemy and combining scents. Give it a try!
Homemade Perfume How-To
- 3 tsp Almond Oil (you can also use Jojoba)
- 2 tbsp cheap vodka
- 1 tbsp water, distilled
- Essential oils (see below)
Start with your base oil. Then add essential oils in the following order:
- 16 drops base note
- 16 drops middle note
- 18 drops top note
Then add in your vodka, cover, and shake the bottle for 2 minutes. Let the bottle sit for at 2-5 days. Then add in your water, shake vigorously, and run through a coffee filter to transfer to your perfume bottle (I like these roll-on tubes).
If you are reading about these essential oil notes and are like "whuuu?", here's the deal. In 19th century France, a man by the name of Piesse took essential oils and classified their scents according to musical scales so the oils would harmonize together based on their evaporation points and aromatic weight. Below is a brief overview thanks to Jenni Raincloud.
Top notes tend to evaporate very fast and have light, uplifting aromas. They give the first impression of a perfume but usually don't last long.
- Clary Sage
- Tea Tree
Middle notes are the balancing oils for the perfume. They are the body of the scent, typically warm and soft.
- Black Pepper
- Palma Rosa
The base notes are heavy, and will slow down the evaporation of the top notes. They are the anchors for the perfume, with a lingering aroma.
- Ylang Ylang
So now the fun begins! Take your oils and start playing with the scents. My first go at this yielded a really soapy scent, so don't be frustrated if you don't get the perfect aroma for your sweet nose the first time. This really is fun, and know that the scent blends and matures the more you let it sit. My current favorite combination is lemon, lavender, and ylang ylang for citrus-floral goodness.
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