Making your own perfume with essential oils is a fun, easy, and affordable way to get the result you desire. Not only will you know exactly what is in it, but you will also save money. Most importantly, you can control the strength and aroma, reaching a middle ground if that’s what you wish to achieve.
A Brief History
The practice of making your own fragrances dates back to ancient times. The first notes recorded of these aromatic compounds was by the ancient Egyptians, who used them in religious ceremonies and for embalming. Essential oils were also popular in ancient Greece and Rome, where they were added to water in baths, applied during massages, and spritzed as perfumes.
The popularity of essential oils began to decline in the West during the Middle Ages, but they experienced a revival in the Renaissance. Essential oils were guided to the forefront once again and used for their medicinal and aromatic properties. In the 19th century, essential oils became popular among the Victorians, who used them for a variety of purposes, including skincare, and relaxation.
Today, essential oils are used for a wide range of purposes, from aromatherapy to natural cleaning products. And while the popularity of these potent compounds has waxed and waned over the centuries, their ability to improve our health and wellbeing remains constant.
There are a few things you will need for making, and it will also depend on whether you choose to use alcohol or a carrier oil. Let’s look at these methods as a guide.
This method produces a more concentrated aroma that lasts longer on the skin. This is what you will need:
- an essential oil or blend of essential oils
- carrier oil
- glass or plastic spray bottle container
- distilled water
The first step is to choose your essential oils. You can mix and match a few drops of different oils to create your desired aroma or use a pre-made blend. If you are choosing individual oils, be sure to consider the scents that complement each other. As a guide, if you want a middle of the road, light floral result, choose oils like rose, lavender, and jasmine. If you want a woodsy aroma, try oils like cedarwood and sandalwood.
The next step is to choose a carrier oil. This is the oil that will dilute the essential oils and make them wearable. Carrier oils can be vegetable oils like jojoba oil or sweet almond oil. Oils like jojoba oil and sweet almond oil are odorless, so they will not change the result. This may seem like an odd addition to fragrance notes, but jojoba oil and sweet almond oil actually help the essential oils to last longer on the skin.
Alternatively, they can be scented oils like lavender oil or rose oil. These oils will add their own aroma to the blend, so keep that in mind when choosing.
Next, it’s time to mix them together. Combine 2 tablespoons of oil with 20-30 drops of essential oil(s). Shake well in your container to combine.
The most popular method is to mix the oils with alcohol. This creates light, refreshing fragrance notes that can be spritzed on the skin.
You will need:
- Alcohol (vodka works well)
- Drops of essential oils of your choice
- A dark glass bottle container
- Small spray nozzle (optional)
Simply combine the essential oils and alcohol in the glass bottle using the funnel. Start with a ratio of 1 part oil to 3 parts alcohol and adjust to your liking. If you are using a spray nozzle, attach it before adding the oils and alcohol.
Shake well and allow the mixture to sit for at least 24 hours so that the oils can mix with the alcohol. The longer it sits, the stronger the aroma will be. When it's ready, give it a final shake and enjoy!
To use either of these recipes, simply spritz it on your skin as desired and be sure to avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. It will last for several hours before needing to be reapplied but may need to be reapplied sooner if you’re in the water.
For a striking effect, apply it to your pulse points. These areas of your body emit more heat, which helps to spread the scent. Common pulse points include:
- the wrists
- behind the ears
- crooks of elbows and knees
You can also apply it to your hair; just be sure not to use too much, as it can be difficult to remove the strong aroma from hair. Experiment with different application techniques until you find what works best for you.
Have fun mixing and matching different essential oils to create unique recipes that reflect your personality. And don't be afraid to experiment with different application techniques to find what works best for you.