Fragrance can make a powerful and lasting impression; so much so, that just thinking of the perfume is to smell it and to relive the memories it conjures up. Rising costs mean that, for many people, having a decent signature scent is out of the question – but it doesn’t have to be, because you can make one of your very own. Plus, there are some great benefits to them.
Benefits of Home-Made Perfume
As you probably are aware, a single scent might bring several different people to mind. If you are someone who wants to express their uniqueness, that is not going to cut it – but a DIY perfume will, because it is utterly unique.
What’s more, you may not be aware that many conventional brands, including those of top fashion labels, pose serious health risks. They are cocktails of synthetic fragrances, phthalates, petrochemicals, and other cancer-causing substances. Many conventional perfumes also have been shown to trigger and to exacerbate respiratory problems as well as headaches and migraines. Some even have interfered with hormone cycles.
Home-made perfumes use natural ingredients such as essential and other plant oils and occasionally beeswax or even alcohol such as vodka or food-grade ethanol. The good news is that you do not need to wait until you win a jackpot when playing casino games in Singapore to begin, because you can start small.
What You Need
You can make an affordable start at blending your own perfumes with a surprisingly small amount of ingredients and equipment. You need:
- Essential oils (see below)
- Carrier oil (see below)
- A larger glass bottle for blending
- A glass dropper
- A glass rod
- Glass roller (roll-on) bottles
A Note On Oils
Essential oils are distilled from plants, and are highly concentrated, so you need use only a few drops at a time. Some, such as jasmine and rose, can be prohibitively expensive, but you can find good-quality blends at a fraction of the price.
Top notes are the first to be smelled and are the first to fade: bergamot, jasmine, lavender, lemon, neroli, orange, orchid, rose
Heart or middle notes are noticed after the top notes, and last much longer: clove, coriander, geranium, jasmine, lemongrass, nutmeg, ylang-ylang
Base notes combine with middle notes to create the perfume’s real effect, and they will stay on the skin the longest: cedarwood, frankincense, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver
What To Do
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different blends mixed in varying proportions. It can be easier to apply essential oils to pieces of card as an initial tester before making a whole bottle of something you may not like.
When you have settled on a blend, mix 3-5 drops of the base note essential oils, a similar amount of the middle note oils, and a few drops of the top note oils in a glass bottle. Seal it, and then leave it for a few days. When ready, add carrier oil so that the perfume will fill a 10ml roller bottle. Leave it to mature for a month before you start using it.