Are you looking for a fun and creative DIY project? If so, consider making your own perfume! Store-bought perfumes can often be expensive and sometimes can contain ingredients that cause skin irritation. Making your own perfume is cheap and you can add the scents that you want to smell like. Keep reading to find out how to make your own unique perfume in eight easy steps.
1. Learn How Perfume Works
It’s probably a good idea before making perfume to know how it actually works. We might see perfume as a simple mix of pleasant smells, but it’s so much more! Perfume making is an intricate science. Perfume consists of three important layers, or “notes” as they’re called: top, middle, and base. These are the levels of smell that the certain scents in your perfume will have. The usual formula for perfume is 20% base, 50% middle, and 30% top. The base is what is going to keep you smelling great, so that’s one of the most important notes. The middle is what comes after the top note eventually fades. The top note is the “welcoming” scent. It’s what will invigorate your senses as you apply the perfume.
2. Plan What You Want to Make
Before doing anything plan your DIY adventure out. Think about what you want to smell like. Do you want to smell like a floral garden or a tropical oasis? Do you want to smell strongly of it or do you want to have just a whiff of the smell around? Decide what scent you’d like and how strongly you’d like it to be. Some popular base scents include sandalwood, patchouli, ylang ylang, and vanilla. There are so many different scent note options for you! Keep in mind that whatever you want to smell like for a long amount of time is what you need to put as the base. The middle is what you kind of want to smell like and the top is just the introductory scent to the perfume.
If you’re still a little unsure as to what you want to smell like here are some ideas for essential oil perfume mixes:
Citrusy: Grapefruit, Lime, and Lemon
Romantic: Rose, Jasmine, and Ylang Ylang
Mysterious: Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Patchouli
Floral: Lavender, Plumeria, and Bergamot
There is an infinite amount of combinations you can choose from! Once you decide what mix you want and what your base, middle, and top notes will be, you can collect the needed supplies.
3. Gather The Needed Supplies
Now that you’ve planned what you want to do with your perfume, it’s time to gather the needed supplies to make it happen. The stuff you’re going to need is:
- A carrier oil
- A clean and new container with a lid
- Your essential oils
A carrier oil? What’s that? It’s pretty much just a safer option to help dilute the essential oils so they don’t irritate your skin. It usually takes the place of alcohol which can cause major irritation and is also flammable. This is why an oil-based perfume (like the one you’re making here) is ideal. A good base oil for your perfume is grape seed or almond. These aren’t messy and smell great. Sometimes olive oil is considered by a few people to be good to use as a carrier oil, but it’s not. It’s usually very greasy and spraying a greasy perfume on yourself is probably the last thing you want to do.
A clean and new container pretty much speaks for itself. If you have a container that’s not new, but clean, you can use that but you need to make sure that it’s spotlessly clean. It shouldn’t contain any trace of the previous contents. If it does, those traces could end up mixing in your perfume.
The essentials oils are your most important ingredients. As mentioned in Step 2, use the essential oils that you want as your base, middle, and top notes.
4. Prepare a Space
This very simple step is just you needing to find a clean and clear space to make your perfume on. After you do, you can move on to the next step.
5. Making Your Perfume: The Longer but Stronger Way
Now it’s time to make your perfume! There are a few ways this can be made. Here is the first way you can do this.
Grab your clean container and put a few drops of your essential oils (remember the notes) into it. Don’t overdo the essential oils though. It might be tempting to empty half the bottle into the mixture, but that can end up ruining your perfume. Be sure to just add a few drops of these oils because just five drops of an essential oil can be very strong. After you do this, put the lid on the container and let it sit for about a week. This is just a way for the oils to really mix together and to get to know one another. After a week passes, you can take this container out and then put about 50-80 drops of the carrier oil into it. After this, let the perfume sit for about 30 days. This method involves a lot of patience, but it usually helps the oils to all mix nicely together to become the perfect combination.
6. Making Your Perfume: The Quick Way
This is a much faster way. Just take your clean container and put the 50-80 drops of your carrier oil into it. After you do, drop some essential oils into the carrier oil, put the lid on the container, and then carefully shake the mixture together. Be sure to not overdo this though. This is a quicker method but the oils might not be as “friendly” with each other.
7. Transfer Your Perfume to a Bottle
Now that you’ve made your perfume you need to transfer it to a bottle. It’s often good to store perfume in a dark tinted bottle so light doesn’t affect the perfume itself. If you want to have a spray perfume, make sure the bottle has a spraying function on it.
8. Wear Your Creation
Voila! You now have a new perfume to wear! When someone asks you where you bought your delightful concoction you can proudly say that you made it yourself.