Since Valentine’s Day this week, I wanted to share the way that I make my own perfumes.
Over a year ago, I ditched all the chemical-laden “stuff” and started to make my own scents.
Now, I love coming up with all different blends that smell great AND when I run out all I do is grab the ingredients in my house and make some more. No need for department store counters here. Everything is natural and plant-based.
Why do I do this?
Because perfumes are loaded with toxins that can wreak havoc on your body. Here is a post on just some of them, but you will notice that fragrance is at the top of the list. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that, while many popular perfumes, colognes and body sprays contain trace amounts of natural essences, they also contain a dozen or more potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals, some of which are derived from petroleum. To protect trade secrets, makers can withhold fragrance ingredients, so consumers can’t rely on labels to know what hazards may lurk inside that new bottle of perfume.
Heck no. I. Just. Can’t
To make it worse, fragrances contain parabens, phthalates, and synthetic musks that may cause hormone disruption, reproductive problems, or possibly cancer.
Case closed. I will be making my own.
The thing is, it’s so simple. I bought a few vintage perfume bottles, added a few drops of essential oils and filled the rest up with fractionated coconut oil. Done.
I did some research on base notes, middle notes and top notes in scents, but honestly you don’t have to go as far as I did, it can be as simple as you like certain aromas so you put them together.
But, for the sake of my research here is what that means. Typically, you’ll smell the quick-evaporating top notes first, followed a moment later by the middle notes—the heart of the perfume. Finally, you’ll catch the base notes, which complement the top and middle notes. When selecting botanicals for your perfume, start with the base note, soften with a middle note, and finish with a top note.
I have three blends I have put together that I love. Pick one that you like and see how amazing it is to use essential oils as perfume. Plus, an extra bonus is that they can improve your mood and are good for you, without the scary ingredients.
Here are the blends:
Note: These are roundabout recipes. Sometimes I add more of which ever smell I am really liking. It isn’t a science, add more if you would like it stronger and less if you would like it lighter. Also, note that I am using vintage perfume bottles so they are larger than rollers. If you would like to use a roller for these recipes, cut them in half.
Serene (This scent is floral with a hint of woodsy)
40 drops of Lavender
24 drops of Valor
20 drops of Stress Away
10 drops of Patchouli
10 drops of Vetiver
Fill the rest with carrier oil. I usually use fractionated coconut oil.
Happiness (This is a sweet scent)
25 drops of Ylang Ylang
25 drops of Orange
Fill the rest with carrier oil. Sometimes I do 30 or 35 drops each, just depends what I feel like.
Joyful (Best way to describe this scent is romantic)
20 drops of White Angelica
25 drops of Bergamont
15 drops of Orange
10 drops of Joy
Fill the rest with carrier oil.
All three blends, made with love.
To make extra pretty, I ordered some natural dried flowers to infuse the perfume. This is a great hack if you don’t have flowers or don’t have the time to let them dry out. The process: I put the dried flowers in first, then oils, then carrier oil.
Now you have beautiful scents that will put all those conventional fragrances to shame. Remember you got the real thing going on—the conventional perfumes are using a bunch of chemicals to smell like the real thing. So, you’re the real deal—and everyone knows ain’t nothing like the real thing.
[Note: It is super simple to make this and you can buy organic fractionated coconut oil from Amazon, but be careful what type of essential oils you put inside. When you buy oils at the big-name stores, you are not getting pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. You are getting oils that have synthetics in them. Be safe and only use the best essential oils on your skin. Friends don’t let friends buy oils at the grocery store.]
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