Making your own long-lasting perfume is an art. The basic ingredients are always the same and preparation is easy, as long as you know how to combine the essential oils to reach your preferred scent.
As a rule of thumb, mainly for beginners, start with two or three essential oils. Once you have mastered this art, and feel more confident, you can juggle more essential oils of different categories to give depth to your eau de toilette.
A “well-structured” perfume has deep notes (also referred to as bottom or base notes), complemented by middle (or heart) notes, and top notes.
Vanilla, musk, patchouli, and frankincense are examples of essential oils that can provide a solid base for your perfume. Deep notes should make up about 50 percent of your blend. Those aromas will linger for the whole day. Middle notes will actually bond the deep notes and top notes together. They will transport you through the perfume journey. A good proportion for heart notes is 30 percent.
You can throw into your blend some magnolia, gardenia, rose, jasmine, rosemary, or ylang-ylang for a full-bodied scent. Finish with 20 percent of top notes. Those are the notes that will overwhelm your senses at first and then fade to bring in the deeper notes. Think of lighter fragrances for your top notes, floral or citrus, fresh and light, such as tangerine, lime, bergamot, cherry, apple, peach, and so forth.
You could start with a sampler kit and play with its essential oils until you are ready to invest in a bigger collection.
Try a blend of geranium, gardenia, jasmine, and rose essential oils for a spring flowery scent. Alternatively, try a blend of lemon, lemon balm, citronella, bergamot, and orange blossom essential oils for a citrusy, uplifting fragrance. If you like deeper notes, then cedarwood, sandalwood, and patchouli essential oils might be your choice. For a warm, yummy scent, incorporate vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove essential oils.
Because essential oils are extremely concentrated (100 percent pure), make sure you work in a properly ventilated area. Do not inhale undiluted essential oils, and always read about the benefits and hazards of your essential oils before you start manipulating them. It is not advisable to put essential oils directly on the skin unless they are first diluted with a carrier oil to avoid sensitization.
Once you have created one or more scents that satisfy your senses, you will need to dilute them into an actual perfume. Because rubbing alcohol evaporates, it is a great carrier for a scent. Blend it with water for a more fragrant result.
Vodka is also a good substitute for rubbing alcohol; even the cheapest vodka is food grade, which makes it superior to commercial rubbing alcohol and less polluted with unwanted chemicals. You can also make an alcohol-free perfume, using instead an ingredient such as propanediol or Cyclomethicone, or simply a carrier oil of your choice, such as jojoba, for a natural oil perfume.
Your Own Oil Perfume
Once you have created a scent that speaks to your senses, transforming it into a perfume is a breeze. Oil perfumes are easy to make and can be more concentrated than volatile fragrances.
Perfumed balms are easy to make and store well. Three main ingredients are needed: a solid base such as beeswax or shea butter; a liquid oil that will soften the solid phase, such as almond oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil; and a scent made by mixing a few of your favorite essential oils.
Custom Eau de Toilette
It is very easy to make your own eau de toilette at a fraction of the cost and with fully known ingredients and all-natural fragrances.
Fresh Scent Body Spray
The perspiration caused by summer heat can be embarrassing, and a handy body spray can be a great relief. This recipe combines the fresh, clean smell of citrusy ingredients with the astringent effects of witch hazel and the antiseptic properties of green tea. Rubbing alcohol or vodka will help reduce the bacterial load on the skin surface and counteract body odor.
Note: You can substitute lavender essential oil for the citrusy essential oils in this recipe for a more gender-neutral scent.
Body odor develops as the body releases accumulated toxins through sweat and sebum secretions. Since the skin folds are poorly ventilated, skin flora (bacteria normally present on the skin surface) tends to proliferate within those folds, where moisture and sweat are optimal. Baking soda is a strong odor-neutralizing agent. It has multiple domestic uses such as eliminating odors, as a laundry detergent ingredient, and, of course, in baking. It also has cosmetic applications, including deodorants for odor control. The addition of two antiseptic essential oils will allow for the disinfecting effect of rubbing alcohol and limit bacterial proliferation. This synergistic effect is maximized by the addition of an astringent agent that will reduce the size of skin pores and limit the secretion of sebum. The addition of reducing the size of skin pores and limiting the secretion of sebum. The addition of glycerin will counteract the drying effect of the rubbing alcohol.