Make Your Own Perfume

3:45 PM Posted by Jo Pedranti



I found these beautiful perfume bottles at World Market.

You can easily make your own perfume at home as long as you have essential oils and some carrier oils. It is very easy to make a pleasant blend that you can carry with you in a roll on bottle all through the day. The uniqueness of using pure essential oils as a perfume is that you get the benefit from their healing properties as well. For example, if you feel like you always are tired in the afternoon you can make a more stimulant blend, and if you need to calm down you can make a relaxing blend. During flu season you can add more antiseptic oils to the blend.

 In order to make a successful blend it is worth considering facts such as the ratio of top note, middle note and base note. It is also important to consider the different fragrance families and their characteristics, and what  aroma intensity the oil has.


 Each essential oil is classified as a top, middle, or base note. To make it even more confusing each oil also contains a top, middle, and base note which refers to its varying aroma as it evaporates. Most of the essential oils contains all three notes while others are primarily just one. When you blend the oils you want to make sure it holds it's fragrance as long as possible so it is important not to blend only top notes. You need to have oils with  fixative qualities that will lengthen the lasting quality  of the aroma.

Here is a quick blending guide line:
Top notes: 3 drops
Middle notes: 2 drops
Base notes: 1 drop

The top notes are the most pungent and volatile. They act quickly and disappear quickly, and their first impression only lasts for about 30 minutes. They stimulate and uplift.

The middle notes are more stable. Their scent unfolds anywhere from one hour to three hours after application. They soothe and balance the body, and they round out a blend with softer tones.

Base notes are the least volatile and may be used as fixatives in a blend, holding in the fragrance longer than a blend without a base note. They are heavier and thicker than other oils, and are generally relaxing. Base notes are deep, warm, sensuous, and often sweet-smelling.

Here are some examples of oils and their properties:

TOP NOTES
Citrus
Bergamot
Grapefruit
Lemon
Mandarin

Green
Tea Tree
Peppermint*
Eucalyptus*

Spice
Tea Tree
Peppermint*
Eucalyptus*

* Top to Middle

MIDDLE NOTES
Green
Pine
Rosemary
Sweet Thyme
Clary Sage
Marjoram

Floral
Rose**
Geranium
Chamomile
Lavender
Neroli**
Spice
Clove
Cinnamon**
* * Middle to Base or Base to Middle

BASE NOTES
Resin/Wood
Frankincense
Myrrh
Sandalwood
Floral
Ylang Ylang **
Jasmine**
Earth
Patchouli



 some of my favorite perfume blends.



Before you leave:


I recommend that you always perform a skin patch test when you try a new oil.


Check out my safety page to make sure you are aware of any contrindications before you use essential oils. Some oils are not suitable when suffering from certain conditions. AlsoRead this Before You Start Using Essential oils. Some oils should not be applied prior to sun exposure so make sure you check this list before spending time in the sun.

Not sure how to apply the oils? Visit these pages to learn how to apply the oils:
If you're new to essential oils you might want to check out my Getting Started Guide. 
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Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. She also runs Naturally Sports & Wellness together with her husband.  
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2 comments:

  1. Fruitful Vine2 said...

    This is very informative. I never knew that about essential oils. Interesting. I'm glad you posted this.

  2. Mommy Is Green said...

    I am definitely going to try to make my own perfume now. Thank you for the information on how to do this!