I love perfume, I’ve worn it for as long as I can remember. Well, come to find out, like everything else, it’s toxic. Out of all the beauty products we wear on a daily basis, perfume is the most toxic! Artificial fragrances have all kinds of side effects. The big one is hormone disruption! Smelling good on the outside while your hormones are making you a raging you know what on the inside is no longer going to work. Let’s make a DIY perfume!
After having my 2nd baby, my hormones don’t need any help being out of balance! Upon doing research, making perfume is easy. BUT-I will warn you before you read on, it takes 6 weeks to fully mature. You can cheat and use it within 48 hours, but you will not have as good of a fragrance. If you choose to wait the 6 weeks, you CAN NOT open your perfume. The oils work together to form a scent that is at it’s best after 6 weeks. So, why don’t we make real DIY perfume AND I’ll include a recipe for solid perfume that we can use immediately for instant gratification!
2 TBSP. Vodka (the higher quality the less odor) or Witch Hazel (find it HERE)
1 TBSP. Distilled Water
70 drops of Essential oils
- Add Oil
- Add 27 drops of Base Note
- Add 25 drops of Middle Note
- Add 18 drops of Top Note
- Add Vodka
- Shake bottle for 2 minutes
- Let set for 48 hours-6 weeks
- Add water and shake
*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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Mountain Rose Herb essential oils.
“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 just like making a salve. 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!
Solid DIY Perfume
20-25 drops Base Note
20-25 drops Middle Note
10-15 drops Top Note
- Fill a medium pot 1/2 way full with water.
- Place a glass pyrex cup in the water.
- Add oil and beeswax.
- Once beeswax is completely melted, remove from heat and add essential oils.
- Pour into containers.
- Allow to cool completely before use.
This recipe makes 1 ounce. Find a 1 oz. tin HERE.
Don’t forget, this would make a creative gift for friends and family!