How to make your own perfume

by admin on March 22, 2012

Here is one of the many ways to make your own perfume, it’s a method I have used and am happy to share.

You can use essential oils or fragrance oils, although I think that anyone who is new to this should start with fragrance oils, the main reason being the cost difference between them.
Essential oils are natural products derived from flowers or plants, therefore it is not always possible to find the scent you want. Fragrance oils are usually synthetic blends diluted with an oil carrier.

If you decide to use essential oils, do not apply the fragrance before going into the sun light. This may cause decoloration of the skin that is very difficult or impossible to remove.

In order to make a long lasting perfume you will need base notes, middle notes and top notes. More about what are base, middle and top notes in later posts.

After you have found the right scent for you, you can go to the next step.

Depending on how much you want your perfume to last you can dilute the oil mix with different percentages of alcohol: 70% alcohol and 30% oils being the strongest recommended.
For example, I used 192 fragrance oils drops all toghether diluted into 17.5 ml of ethanol, meaning 70 % alcohol and 30 % fragrance oils. This may seam much, but the result you get is fabulous.

In my perfume recipe I used 10 different scents, but you can use more or less, depending on the combination that’s right for you.
During my process I used:
Perfume maker’s alcohol (Ethanol), a dark glass bottle, the chosen fragrance oils, pipettes and again, patience.

  • Top notes: Blackcurrant(20 drops), cucumber(20 drops) and bitter orange(20 drops).
  • Middle notes:lily of the valley(20 drops), jasmine(20 drops), rose(20 drops) and ylang-ylang(20 drops)
  • Base notes:benzoin(19 drops), amber(19 drops) and patchouli(19 drops).

Put the ethanol in the bottle, add the fragrance oils according to the mix you tested, starting with the base notes and ending with the top ones. Shake it for a few minutes then store it in a dark place. Continue shaking it twice a day every day , and leave it set from 48 hours up to 6 weeks. The longer it sets, the stronger and the longer the smell will stay on your skin.

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Teresa Allen April 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I would like to make my own fragrance because I want something of my own and I do not like to be everyone else. I want something that I can let the world experince and enjoy and as well as something that I can profit from too.

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