Time To Make Your Own Perfume And Show Your Personality

As we always say, making your own things is amazing. From a cute scrunchie to your own earrings. Ready for another project? There’s a lot that goes into buying the right perfume. But, nothing’s more important than making sure the fragrance you pick out compliments you! If you’ve spent an uncomfortable amount of money trying to find your signature scent only to fail, here’s a practical solution – why not create your own? Believe it or not, making a perfume isn’t too difficult nowadays. You do need to consider a few things – like how perfumers create a scent, the profile of the scent you want to create, etc. 

Perfume bottle with flowers

But, apart from that, DIY perfume making can be as easy as ABC – if you know what you’re doing. That’s where we come in. Our perfumery guide will tell you how to make your signature perfume, how to incorporate only safe ingredients, and how to find the scents you love. 

Choose safe ingredients

Because safety always comes first, we’re kicking off our feature with how you can go about picking safe ingredients to make a unique fragrance

To begin with, any recipe will include ingredients like distilled water, 100-proof alcohol, carrier oil, and essential oils. In other words, there’s nothing in our recipes that can harm you, only natural ingredients in their desired proportions. However, if you’re planning on trying out perfume recipes from other sources or plan on creating a recipe of your own – there are a few precautions you need to know about. 

You need to consider two drawbacks when working with essences derived from plant sources: allergic contact dermatitis and the strength of the fragrance. Unfortunately, strong scents (like those found in natural oils) can be irritating and cause reactions like excessive sneezing, burning sensations, etc. – if not used in the correct ratios or diluted with a carrier oil.

Additionally, some essences can cause headaches and even photosensitivity (like lime oil). Long story short, it’s absolutely crucial to do in-depth research about the ingredients you select and how to use them in perfumes safely to avoid any setbacks. 

Also, once your perfume is ready, try testing it out on a small area of skin to check for allergic reactions. If the raw materials you’ve used don’t react with your skin – everything is good. However, if there is the slightest reaction, we recommend you don’t use the perfume at all. 

Finally, if you know you’re allergic to a specific ingredient – avoid using it in any DIY parfum you make at all costs. 

Bottles of perfume ingredients

What is the composition of a scent?

Next up on the agenda is understanding how perfumes work. That may sound a little iffy – but there’s a science to most things, and fragrances aren’t any different. Contrary to popular belief, this formulation doesn’t involve chucking in a bunch of scents in a bottle and hoping for the best. 

If you want your own scent to compliment you and be long-lasting at the same time, you need to master composition according to perfume notes. Perfume notes are divided into three main categories based on the proportion of the scents and how long they take to fade away. These categories are:

1. Top Notes

The top notes of a perfume are the first notes you pick up as soon as you spritz some out of the perfume bottle. These notes are generally quite light and can take up to 15 to 20 minutes to fade away. More often than not, head notes will make up 30% of your perfume content. Some of the most common choices for this category include rosemary, grapefruit, sweet orange, and peppermint

2. Middle Notes

Middle notes make up more than 50% of your parfum‘s content – making them highly important to your perfume making. Heart notes will appear once the top notes fade out and can last for about 45 minutes. That’s why it’s preferred to use stronger scents for heart notes, and popular choices include chamomile, nutmeg, etc. 

3. Base Notes

The last of your perfume’s notes to appear, base notes tend to last for hours. These tend to mingle with heart notes to create a full-bodied scent and form approximately 20% of your perfume content. Some of the more common base note options include musk, patchouli, and vanilla

Find the perfume oils that you love

While the way you choose to work around the notes of a parfum is up to you, things can get a little challenging when you have to pick out a handful of scents from the countless choices you face. That’s why we’ve come up with an easy-peasy aromatic chart to help make your life easier. Here’s what it is! 

Perfume and materials ingredients on orange background

For a musky profile

If you’re partial to fragrances with a musky edge and want your own to follow suit, here is a combination for you to consider:

  • Vetiver
  • Cedarwood
  • White rose
  • Ambrette

For a floral profile

Lovers of all things blooming and botanic may be interested in experimenting with:

  • Geranium
  • Iris
  • Rose
  • Ylang-ylang

For a citrus profile

If you love smelling fresh and clean citrus notes all day long, here are some viable options for you:

  • Bergamot
  • Lemon
  • Neroli
  • Lemongrass

How to make your own perfume using essential oils

It’s time to get busy, fellow perfumers. Whip out that school chemistry kit and mad scientist glasses. We’re kidding, looking like a mad scientist is entirely optional!

Woman preparing perfume on table

Here’s what you’ll really need to make your own fragrance:

  1. 2 1/2 tbsp distilled or bottled water
  2. 6 tbsp vodka 
  3. 2 tbsp carrier oil of choice (such as almond oil or jojoba oil)
  4. 30 drops of essential oils (of choice) for fragrance notes (9 drops for head notes, 15 drops for heart notes, and 6 for base notes)
  5. Funnel (small)
  6. Coffee filter
  7. Two adequately-sized sterilized glass bottles with air-tight caps

Once you’ve gathered all the supplies for your very own “eau de parfum” – here are the steps you’ll need to follow: 

Step 1

Use the funnel to add the carrier oil and essential oils (as per measurements) into one of the glass bottles. Lastly, add the alcohol.

Step 2

Put on the bottle cap and let the mixture rest for at least two days. Remember, the longer you let the bespoke fragrance rest, the stronger its scent will be. You can even let it rest for up to 5 weeks to check out the potency

Step 3

Once you’re satisfied with the fragrance of the DIY perfume, add in the bottled (or distilled) water and shake well for up to 60 seconds

Step 4

Set the coffee filter on the empty bottle and transfer the fragrance to the new bottle. That’s it; you’re done!

How to make your own perfume using flowers

For the bonus round, we’ve unearthed a recipe to make a perfume using flowers, in case you’re not a big fan of essential oils

Materials for making perfume with flowers

Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  1. Glass bowl with a lid (medium-sized)
  2. Muslin or cheesecloth
  3. Saucepan (small-sized)
  4. Sterilized bottle (glass)
  5. 500ml distilled water
  6. 300 grams flower petals (based on preference)

Step 1

Soak the petals in water for two minutes and gently wash them to remove any dirt. Drain the water from the petals. 

Step 2

Line the bowl with muslin or cheesecloth and fill it two-thirds of the way with water. Add in the flower petals and cover the bowl with the lid. Let the flowers soak overnight. 

Step 3

Remove the flowers out of the water by picking up the cloth and squeeze the pouch over the saucepan to catch all flower-scented water. Set the pan on low heat and allow the water to simmer until you’re left with about a teaspoon of the concentrated liquid. 

Step 4

Allow the liquid to cool and pour it into the bottle. Add cold water until the bottle is almost full. Put the cap on the bottle and let the mixture rest overnight

Perfumes with flowers on a white background

Now that you have a certified voucher (aka our perfume guide) to make your very own high-quality fragrance – don’t miss out on the fun. Gather all the supplies you’ll need, along with the essential oils you prefer (we’re quite partial to sandalwood) and get to work. Before you know it, you’ll have the eau de parfum of your choice and another batch in the making for your loved ones!

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