Industry has its merits, none of them being, however, an allowance for one’s individual expression of the scents we wear ( I know — you ‘re asking “How’d Blu manage to tie the Industrial Revolution to perfume?” Well, read on to see… )
Hundreds of years ago the perfumes we used were naturally derived from essential oils, extracted from the numerous flora, fauna and the elements all around us. Today the perfume industry relies mostly on synthetics to mimic scents that are then literally massed produced in a one-scent-fits-all doctrine that has you smelling like someone else’s idea of what smelling good smells like. Kinda creepy when you think about it too long.
I’m not a perfume junkie or anything like that ( I usually tap my sister Janet’s massive collection when I’m in need of a little scent-sation) but when I am in the mood for something special, it gets exasperating searching for a perfume that smells exactly the way I imagine, let alone one that everyone else and their grandma’s aren’t wearing. I dislike when strangers come up to me and ask if I’m wearing “such and such” by “so and so”. Gosh, can’t a woman have a little mystery about her?
In my research, I’ve come up with some essential facts and procedures for creating DIY perfect fragrances! It’s easy and kind of exciting actually. Like conducting mad alchemy on your “My First Chemistry Kit”.
To start off with, you’ll need 3 essential oils to form the body of your signature scent. These oils are referred to as “notes” and are paramount to a successful fragrance. They’re called the top note, middle note and the base note.
Top note (evaporates first): You will be aware of the top note scent immediately when inhaling an oil blend. Your initial impression of a perfume is formed by the top notes.
The middle note (smell stays second longest): Supports the top note and provides the body of the fragrance which smooths out the edges of the blend.
The base note (active; stays the longest in a perfume): The last scent to be smelled, providing depth and longevity to the blend.
A Guide To Essential Oil Scents:
Floral: Jasmine, rose, ylang ylang, geranium, neroli,
Woody: Petitgrain, cypress, pine, sandalwood, juniper, rosewood
Fruity: Grapefruit, orange, bergamot, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, lemongrass, tangerine
Earthy: Vetiver, musk, patchouli, cedarwood, clary sage, frankincense, myhrr, patchouli, spikenard
Herbal: Rosemary, lavender, chamomile angelica, basil, chamomile, peppermint, rosemary, cypress, marjoram, myrtle,
Spicy: Black pepper, glove, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, nutmeg, musk.
Sugary: Amber, vanilla, sweet basil, anise star, benzoin, tagetes
You will also need a carrier oil, used essentially to adhere the combined essential oil fragrances to your skin. These oils should be of the non vaporizing variety. Carrier oils to try: palm kernel oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, castor oil, rosehip seed oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil or organic peanut oil (hey, go crazy.)
What You’ll Need:
Your 3 essential oils;
10 drops base note oil
5 drops middle note oil
5 drops top note oil
80 drops carrier oil
4 pipettes or glass droppers; 1 for each EO and 1 for the carrier
5ml dark-colored glass bottle, with caps or cork stoppers — dark, to block UV rays so your perfume stays stable longer.
1. Drop your base, middle, then top essential oils into the bottle, in that order. Shake well for around thirty seconds.
2. Mix in 80 drops carrier oil. Shake well for around thirty seconds.
Cap bottle and let mixture sit for 48 hours or longer in a cool, dry dark space before using (like aged wine, the longer your perfume sits, the better. Patience!).
And voila! Your signature essence, in a bottle! And now you can create personalized gifts for birthdays, holidays and that sexy, special someone. Design handmade labels and decorate bottles for one-of-a-kind presents.
1. Before creating a batch, try doing 3-way patch tests first by applying drops of each of the oils on separate test strips and sample different combinations. This will help you to concoct formulas that really ring your bells!
2. Every milliliter of liquid is roughly 20 drops with a pipette or glass dropper. We’re using a 5ml bottle, so: 5ml X 20drops = 100 drops total. You can vary the ratio of drops to suit your taste (or rather ‘smell’) using this formula.
3. Also, if you can afford it, try to stick to essential oil distillers or companies that distill therapeutic grade essential oils. They’re more costly, but will ensure a purer, more natural product.