Even if you’re a person who loves to make things yourself there are certain things you just know you’ll have to buy. There’s just no way you can make some things yourself – no matter how talented you might be. One of those things is perfume. Most women believe that perfume has to be purchased; that it can’t just be made by the average person. That’s so untrue. If you can mix and measure you can easily make your own fragrance collection for yourself as well as for gifts to give throughout the year.
You’ll need just a very quick lesson on perfume-making to get started. Perfume is created by combining “notes”. Base notes are the ingredients that stay on your skin the longest. Middle notes stay on your skin for a little less time than the base notes. Lastly, the top notes are ingredients that evaporate rapidly. It’s important to mix base, middle and top notes to create the perfect perfume.
Essential oils will serve as your “notes” as you concoct your new perfume. Some base note essential oils include cedar wood, cinnamon, patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla. Middle notes include clove, geranium, lemongrass, nutmeg, ylang-ylang and neroli. Some top notes are lemon, lime, lavender, bergamot and neroli. Choose an essential oil from each category – or go online to find even more “notes” – to create the cologne you want.
Start by placing several drops of the base note into a shaker cup with a lid. You’ll add a middle note and a top note, keeping track of how many drops you add of each. The best way to do this is to have a piece of paper and pen beside you as you mix the notes. Altogether, you’ll add about 25 drops, dividing them between the three essential oils.
How you combine the three different essential oils will determine the final scent of the cologne. For example, if you place 8 drops of base note, 8 drops of middle note, and 9 drops of top note, you’ll create a completely different scent than if you combine 10 drops of base, 7 of middle and 8 of the top note. As you add the essential oils smell to see if you’re getting close to the scent you want then add more of a particular note to achieve the right aroma.
After the oils have been added to the shaker, drop in a few drops of bridge oil, found at stores that sell perfume-making supplies. Add two and a half ounces of pure-grain alcohol – clear vodka. Shake well for several minutes then allow to sit, covered for 48 hours. If the perfume smell is not quite as strong as you’d like, cover it again, and allow to sit for up to 6 weeks. The aroma will increase as it sits. When it becomes as strong in smell as you want it’s time to finish.
Take off the lid, pour in two tablespoons of spring water, and stir it. Pour the perfume through a coffee filter into a jar or into the individual bottles. Now that the perfume is finished, back to the drawing board; you have a whole collection to create!