Perfumes are amazing, as they can evoke emotions or trigger an attraction between two people. However, many people are sensitive to fragrances and do not use any kind of scented sprays or lotions. Sensitivities are actually caused by the synthetic chemicals used in perfumes, which companies are not required to disclose to consumers. If you’ve tried perfumes before and experienced headaches or skin reactions, try using a perfume made from essential oils.
Making perfumes with essential oils is simple and fun, once you know the basics. When you make your own it is not only better for you because you are using more natural ingredients, but you can adjust the scent until it is exactly what you are looking for in a fragrance.
Perfumes consist of a combination of top notes (the first to smell and evaporate), middle notes (the main body of the perfume), and a base note (which is the depth and staying power of the blend). Understanding which oils fit into which category is an important first step in perfume making.
- Some examples of top oils are: bergamot, cinnamon, eucalyptus, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, peppermint, spearmint, tangerine
- Some examples of middle oils are: cardamon, chamomile, cypress, geranium, juniper berry, lavender, melissa, rosemary, ylang ylang
- Some examples of base oils are: cassia, cedarwood, clary sage, clove, ginger, frankincense, sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver
For all perfumes, the basic directions are the same. Once you start making perfumes, you can adjust the amount or kind of oils present.
- In a 10 mL roller bottle, mix 6-10 drops of essential oils. For beginners, using 3 drops of top notes, 2 drops of middle notes and 1 drop of base notes is a good place to start.
- Fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, or 70% alcohol vodka.
- Attach cap and shake well.
- Let mixture sit for 2-3 days before use, as this allows the oils to fully blend.
- Apply to wrists and neck.
Here are some suggested recipes to try:
- For a soft, powdery and floral scent, mix 4 drops bergamot, 3 drops ylang ylang, and 2 drops patchouli
- For a musky unisex scent, mix 3 drops lime, 2 drops fennel, and 2 drops patchouli
- For a soft citrusy scent, mix 4 drops bergamot, 4 drops sandalwood, and 2 drops frankincense
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*These claims have not be evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have serious health concerns, consult a doctor- and bring your oils with you! You never know which doctors will be willing to help you take a more natural approach to health care!