DIY’ing your own perfume is easy and very rewarding. With a few simple supplies, some patients and a little creativity, you can easily make your very own signature scent.
What you will need:
Alcohol: You can find perfumer’s alcohol from many online retailers or, simply use Vodka. Because Vodka has a neutral smell, it makes the perfect base for your DIY fragrance.
Essential Oils: Select a few different scents that you love. Be sure to read any warning labels prior to using.
Filtered or distilled water: To prevent bacteria growth that can potentially spoil your perfume, use filtered or distilled water rather than tap water.
Carrier oil: Carrier oil will give your perfume weight to prevent fast evaporation when sprayed on your skin. Use grape seed, jojoba or almond oil. Olive or vegetable oil can also be used but keep in mind that both tend to have a fruity scent that may not blend well with the essential oils you have selected.
Glass bottle: Select a dark glass bottle to store your final product to prevent u.v. light from affecting your scent.
Basic DIY Perfume Recipe
10 tbsp. of alcohol
2 ½ tbsp. essential oils
½ tbsp. carrier oil
2 ½ tbsp. filtered or distilled water
Now, for the fun part, creating your scent. Before you put on your perfumer’s cap, here are a few things to note.
Perfumes typically have three layers of scent. The top note, what you smell when you take that first sniff. While, this is gives you your first impression of the perfume, it’s also the first scent to fade. The middle note is the more neutral scent of a perfume, and typically fades after a few hours and finally, the base note, or the anchor. This is the scent that lingers the longest.
When you start mixing your scents a good rule of thumb is to remember the following breakdown.
Top note: 30%
Middle Note: 50%
Base Note: 20%
Creating your signature scent
When you are selecting the essential oils you would like to use, think about what you like. What are you typically attracted to when perfume shopping? If you tend to gravitate towards a heavier rose scented perfume, than you might not be happy with something that falls into the citrus category. Here are a few examples of common combinations.
- Orange, jasmine and sandalwood
- Lime, rose and vetiver
- Sweet marjoram, lavender and ylang ylang
Try combining a few drops of different oils onto a cotton ball and see how the scents blend together. Play around to see what scent works best as the top, middle and base note. Once you have found your ideal combination, it’s time to turn it into perfume.
Putting it all together
Start by combining your selected essential oils with the alcohol in a dark glass bottle. Shake well to combine. Slowly add your carrier oil and this time, shake the combination for a good two minutes to ensure that it’s well blended. Place the bottle in a cool dark place for 3 days to 2 weeks, remembering to give the bottle a little shake every day.
The longer your perfume sits the better it will age. Think of it like a fine wine. Check your perfume frequently for spoilage. DIY perfumes can spoil much quicker than a commercial made products. If you notice any cloudiness or mold, toss and start again.
When your perfume is ready. Transfer the mixture into another clean dark glass bottle. Using a funnel and coffee filter is optional, but can they help to strain out any sediment that might cause your mixture to become cloudy over time. Top-off the mixture with the distilled or filtered water. If you would like a more airy body spray type scent, simply add more water to the mixture. Be sure to give it one more quick shake to combine.
Voilà! You’re very own signature scent created at home, by you! Dab or spray it on your pulse points (inside wrist, behind your knee and below your ears). You might notice that you use a little more of your homemade perfume than a commercially made scent. You might also notice the amount of compliments you will get every time you wear it too.