7. Let set for 48 hours-6 weeks
*Always add your base note first, then middle note, and last top note. If you don’t, the fragrance will actually be different. Always take notes and write down exactly what you do in case you come up with something that you love and will need to make more of!*
A little background about Essential Oils and Perfume making-
The Frenchman, Piesse classified the scents of essential oils in the 19th century according to musical scales, and this is where the top, middle and base notes came from.
Typically top notes make up 15 – 25% of the blend. Middle notes make up 30 – 40% of the blend. Base notes make up 45 – 55% of the blend. How poetic, huh? Your perfume is like a musical chord! All the oils should “harmonize” together. I love that!
Top notes tend to evaporate very fast and normally have anti-viral properties.
They tend to be light, fresh and uplifting. Top notes give the first impression of a perfume but usually don’t last long.
Here are a list of essential oils considered to be Top Notes
- Clary Sage
- Tea Tree
Middle notes typically have a balancing effect on the perfume. They are the body of the scent.
The smells of middle notes are not always immediately evident and may take a couple of minutes to come into their own right. They are normally warm and soft fragrances.
The following essential oils are considered middle notes:
- Black Pepper
- Palma Rosa
The base notes tend to be heavy. They will evolve over time and will slow down the evaporation of the top notes. They are rich and relaxing and anchor the perfume while their scent lingers.
The following essential oils are considered base notes:
- Ylang Ylang
How interesting was that?! Get creative and mix oils that make sense to your senses! You are going to have to takes some risks here because we can’t know for sure how it will blend and mature over those 6 weeks.
Be sure to use quality essential oils that are PURE and undiluted. This is imperative to a quality, long lasting perfume. I suggest Spark Naturals. If Spark doesn’t have the oils you are looking for, Mountain Rose Herb essential oils is the next best thing.
“A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. ”
― Christian Dior
As promised, there is a simple recipe for solid perfume. It’s a salve of sorts. I made mine because it will be great to take on vacations or keep in my purse. No worries of spills and when I need a boost of scent or a mini aromatherapy session it’s right there!
Melt beeswax and oil in a double boiler. Once beeswax is completely melted, remove from heat and add essential oils. Pour into containers. This recipe makes 1 ounce.
Don’t forget, this would make a creative gift for friends and family!