Can’t seem to find a signature scent that could pass your standards? Perhaps you want some special way to send gifts for the holidays. We’re going to explain how to make your own perfume at home so that you can have a unique fragrance and smell differently good from everyone.
How to Make Your Own Perfume at Home
With some store-bought ingredients, oils from your wellness stash, and recyclable materials from your home, you can customize a perfume and save more money.
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1.Learn the Notes
First, you need to understand that perfumes work on three levels of scents known as notes. These notes help you determine the best way to apply perfume and make it last longer.
- Top notes: What you will smell after each spray. Popular top notes include citruses, florals, herbal, and aquatic scents.
- Middle notes: This layer creates a perfume’s core. Floral, fresh, woody, spicy, and oriental are some of the common middle notes.
- Base notes: These strengthen the overall scent by adding depth to lighter notes. Base notes generally include woody, musky, spicy, and oriental scents.
About 90% of women feel confident when wearing a fragrance, so choose the oils depending on the scent you feel most alluring.
2.Gather the Necessary Materials
Creating a perfume at home is among the best easy money-saving tips to help yourself. While you may need to buy some things, some of these materials are available at your home.
- 1/2 ounce carrier oil: Unscented oils to dilute the concentrated ones. You can choose virgin olive, jojoba, or sweet almond oil.
- Essential oils: This depends on the scent you want. Prepare 6-7 drops for the top notes, then 7 drops each for the base and middle notes.
- 2-1/2 ounces alcohol: Can be 40-50% vodka or 80% ethanol alcohol. You can use melted beeswax if you want a solid perfume.
- 2 tablespoons of water: You can also use 5 drops of glycerine for dilution.
- Coffee filter: To separate particles from the solution.
- 2 glass bottles: If you’re not buying a new container, make sure to sterilize recycled glass bottles. It’s ideal to use a dark-colored container to protect the perfume from heat and sunlight.
3.Combine the Fragrance Notes
Now comes the exciting part! This step is all about combining the oils and fixative to create the perfume.
- Pour the carrier oil into the bottle.
- Include essential oils. Slowly add drops of your base notes, then the middle notes and the top notes last into the bottle. The ideal ratio is 20% base notes, 50% middle notes, and 30% top notes.
- Pour your chosen alcohol to help merge the ingredients and diffuse the notes. Shake the bottle vigorously for up to 60 seconds to mix the contents well.
4.Let the Mixture Age
Put the bottle’s cap or lid, then allow the perfume to sit for at least 2 days in a cool dark place. You can also leave it for up to 4 to 6 weeks to ensure the different scent notes mingle and become stronger.
After aging your fragrance for your desired length of time, smell the perfume again since the curing process may change the scent. If that’s the case, add a few more drops of the essential notes that you want to smell the strongest.
5.Evaluate the Scent and Dilute
Once you’re happy with the aging effect, you can now dilute the perfume. Add 2 tablespoons of distilled water or 5 drops of glycerine to preserve the fragrance. If the aroma is too strong, you can add more water to dilute the composition.
6.Transfer and Label Your Perfume
Using a funnel and coffee filter, pour the perfume into another clean glass bottle. Make sure the filter captures all minute particles that came from the aging process. After that, you can give the perfume a fancy name, then label or decorate the bottle.
With some craft and science, you can create a signature scent that would reflect your personality, style, and lifestyle. Don’t be afraid of experimenting with fragrances until you achieve the best DIY perfume.