So you have a collection of Essential Oils from making your nail serum or your whipped body butter, and you think to yourself, instead of paying $90 for a small bottle of perfume, why don’t I just make my own??
You’re so clever.
But before you’re knee deep in your oil collection with a headache the size of a small town, let’s just go over a few of the basics.
There’s a bit of an art to this perfumery. First and foremost, you’re going to want to educate yourself on the scent notes.
Base notes are the scents that are going to linger the longest. These scents are typically rich and deep and consist of heavy molecules that evaporate slowly. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of the perfume.
Also known as heart notes, these scents soften the intensity of the base notes and emerge in the middle of the perfume’s evaporation process.
Top notes, or head notes are the immediate scent that you smell with that first spritz. They’re the strongest scents but also the lightest molecules and evaporate the quickest. These notes are what you’ll base your first impression on.
This explains why you might like the smell of a perfume at first, but change your mind after you’ve made the non-refundable purchase. That’s how they getcha.
So you can see why, if you want a quality perfume, you’ll want scents from each of these categories.
Ok, movin’ on:
The 20:50:30 Rule
Now that you know what the levels of scents are, you can implement them by using a simple ratio. Twenty percent top, fifty percent middle, and thirty percent base notes.
Of course, it’s your perfume so if you feel you need to alter this slightly, you’re the boss. But use this as a guideline.
So you might be wondering how you are supposed to know what scents are top, middle and base notes. Well, you could google it. Or you could check out Aroma Web, this came in pretty handy when I was choosing my oils.
One last tid bit: Your perfume will take about 6 weeks until it gets to it’s permanent scent. You can wait the 6 weeks before you use it, or you can be super impatient like me and use it the day you make it.
Make Your Own Perfume
So now you know the basics, you have two options. 1. Spend an hour or so trying different oils together to get your one-of-a-kind blend (it takes longer than you’d think) or 2. Use someone else’s recipe and be done in under 5 minutes.
If you want to skip the part where your nose has an overdose then I have a lovely springtime blend you can try below.
You Will Need:
6 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
8 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops Lime Essential Oil
2 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
2 Tbsp Jojoba Oil
A small mixing container (avoid plastic)
Perfume Bottle or Roll-On Bottle
Syringe or Funnel (optional but comes in handy)
1. Pour the jojoba oil into your mixing container
2. Add the essential oils in the order of base, middle, top
3. Stir to combine then use a syringe or funnel to pour into your perfume bottle or roll-on bottle
Well, what do you think? It’s citrusy and yet floral, with a bit of an earthy smell.
And that’s how I came up with the name, isn’t that how you would describe spring? LOL
I made a few bottles of this because I’m already planning Mother’s day gifts. It won’t quite be six weeks old by then, but pretty darn close!
I would love to hear what you think of this Springtime Perfume blend!