Your DIY Guide to Making Perfume Out of Essential Oils
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Essential oils have been at the forefront of aromatherapy for decades—the physical and mental benefits have been the focus of many a study over the years. So the fact that these oils are as good to your nose as they are to your holistic wellness is nothing short of an aromatic bonus.
It can be easy to think of essential oils as substances that are confined to a diffuser or rubbed on your temples every now and then, but the possibilities are much farther-reaching than that. They can be used in sugar scrubs, as household cleaning agents, or—and this is where the drumroll comes in—they can keep you smelling fresh and vibrant as a homemade perfume. And surprisingly, making your own essential oil-based perfume is a lot simpler than you may think. So why not give it a go?
Why Natural is Best
Let’s take a moment to examine why essential oils are relied upon by so many people. Pleasant scents aside, they are widely known to act as natural aids for things such as:
- Stress relief
- Raising energy levels
- Soothing skin irritations
- Boosting immune system
- Sleep aid
- Relieving inflammation
What’s more, essential oils are safe. Commercially manufactured perfumes often contain abrasive chemicals that can irritate skin and aggravate allergies, while organic perfumes derived from essential oils only contain pure, natural ingredients. And the cherry on top? You’re not breaking the bank to smell amazing.
How To Make Your Perfume
Now it’s time for the fun part: making your essential oil-based perfume. You can mix essential oils that result in floral, earthy, spicy, fruity, herbal, citrus, or fresh scents, depending on your own personal tastes. It’s never a bad idea to mix and match oils to suit your preferences, and it’s incredibly satisfying when you create that perfect fragrance.
As you get started, it’s crucial to keep the three main components of your perfume in mind:
Base note: Consisting of what’s commonly known as one or more “carrier oils,” the base note is the most subtle layer of your perfume. Often mild oils such as jojoba, grapeseed, vanilla, olive, cedarwood, or sweet almond work the best for this phase.
Middle tone: What’s often considered the heart of the fragrance, the middle tone typically accounts for the bulk of the perfume, in both scent and physical makeup. It also lasts the longest out of the three compositions.
Top note: This is the smell that hits you when you first open a bottle of any perfume. It’s also the shortest-lived—the top note will fade quickly but, if blended well, gives into the middle tone nice and subtly.
Mixing it up:
- Mix your base, middle and top notes together, adding each in one by one. Use an opaque or dark bottle to better preserve your perfume over time. You might have to experiment a bit with your oils to get a scent that you like.
- Once your oils are mixed, you can add alcohol (or, if you prefer, Vitamin E) as a natural preservative to help your fragrance last longer. Now here’s the fun part: you can use alcohol ranging from vodka (which doesn’t add much to the scent) to spiced rum (if you want to give it a little bit of an extra kick) to rubbing alcohol. Sky’s the limit.
- Leave the fluid in the bottle up to a few days to let the mixture settle, then take it out and shake it thoroughly.
- Store your perfume in a cool, dry, dark place for several weeks (better yet, up to a month). This helps the alcohol smell fade away and brings out the essential oil scents in full.
- Dab or roll some of your fragrance onto your skin and enjoy smelling lovely!
Regardless of whether or not essential oils serve as bodily/mental health aids or remedies, one thing is hard to dispute: they sure smell good. Making your own perfume from safe, plant-based oils has no real downside—it’s just one more way to benefit natural, healthy resources in your daily life.