Make Natural Perfume using Essential Oils
The beginning of the 1900s saw the development of industrially produced synthetic components for perfumes and today nearly all perfumes on the market will contain a percentage of synthetically produced fragrances. However, an increase in the demand for natural products has also increased the demand for naturally produced fragrances and, in particular, Natural Perfume.
An Enjoyable Hobby
Making your own Natural Perfume with Essential Oils is exciting and is made possible through Nature’s fantastic, rich, variety of fragrances. Not only that, it is also fun. You can create a Natural Perfume which is entirely yours. It can consist mainly of your favorite Essential Oil or of Oils chosen to produce a particular effect, e.g. relaxation, stimulation, or feelings of happiness, courage, creativity or eroticism. Perfume is nearly always made up of a mixture of top, middle and base ‘Notes’. When creating a Natural Perfume one should therefore always use a selection of Essential Oils from all three categories.
Components of Perfume
Every perfume consists of 3 scent levels, or “notes” which support each other and create the overall scent. Essential oils, classified as either top, middle or base notes, give each perfume its own special character. Here are a few of the basic terms:
Top note: This is the scent you notice first, but it doesn’t last long because it evaporates quickest. Top notes are a small portion of the final blend and include fresh, light citrus scents using such oils as bergamot, neroli, lemon, lime, rosemary, orange or mint.
Middle note: This links the base and top scents and determines the fragrance family. Middle notes include flowery essential oils, such as jasmine, rose germanium and ylang-ylang.
Base note or fixative: This scent lasts the longest, adds fullness and carries the other scents. Derived from balsams, roots, resins and wood, bases include such oils as sandalwood, vetiver and patchouli and tend to be dark, heavy and sweet.
What is Floriental Perfume?
The name says it all: The florientals are a sophisticated fusion of floral and oriental notes and so many fragrances now fall into this category that it’s a real family in its own right. Florientals blend flowers – including gardenia, jasmine, freesia, orange flower – with spices, warm woods and resins. The result? Fragrances that are sensual and often sweetly seductive, but generally airier and lighter than true orientals.
Make Your Own Perfume
2 tbsp. jojoba oil
3 drops bergamot oil
2 drops neroli oil
8 drops jasmine oil
12 drops geranium oil
8 drops ylang-ylang oil
4 drops patchouli oil
Pour the jojoba oil into a dark glass bottle with a glass rod applicator.
Add the essential oils drop by drop, and shake thoroughly. You can vary the proportions of the essential oils in accordance to personal preference, but note the geranium oil is what gives this blend its floral flavor. Be careful-too much patchouli oil will easily overwhelm the scent; too much bergamot oil will often irritate skin that’s sensitive.
Caution: Bergamot essential oil should not be used by pregnant women or epileptics.
The skin must be clean and dry when using perfume, so the scent doesn’t mix with other odors. Such areas as the neck, sternum, elbow and inside of the knee or wrist are the best places to apply perfume; the increased body temperature at these pulse points improves a scent’s development and longevity.
Maintaining Pure Scent
Spray bottles, which will not come into contact with the skin, are the best choice for applying perfume. Direct skin contact may cause dead skin cells to slough off and be deposited in the bottle, which can can have effect on the perfume’s scent over the long term.
Ingredient for this Recipe and their Benefits:
Jojoba Oil Organic (Peru) for a perfume base: This medium weight, golden oil is a liquid plant wax. Produced from cold-pressed jojoba seeds, it makes an excellent carrier for natural perfumes since it has a very long shelf life, is easily absorbed by the skin and is non-greasy
Bergamot Oil (Italy) for freshness: Oils from the skins of a variety of citrus fruits provide the perfumes fruity, fresh note. Bergamot is used as a light scent oils. It has a refreshing top note and also provides the perfume with its delicate, invigorating scent.
Geranium Essential Oil (Reunion Island) for harmony and balance: This delicate, rosy fragrance is very effective in treating stress, fatigue and anxiety, and it is an inexpensive alternative to genuine rose oil.
Furthermore feel free to experiment with this Floriental perfume recipe. In addition there are many combinations of Top, Middle and Base Notes that can make this perfume entirely your own.
I recommend Starwest Botanicals for your “Floriental” perfume ingredients.
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