So, in the past few days being stuck inside due to the cold and rain, I got to work on some perfume after finding a guide online. Since it didn’t turn out to be a disaster, I thought I would should you lovely ladies how I did it. Perfumery is an amazing art form that, with practice, you will get better at. This was the first time I have ever tried doing it and I found it very enjoyable.
The main contents of a fragrance are a base oil, alcohol, distilled water and your chosen essential oils. The quantity of each ingredient can be adjusted as you become more aware of how you like to build your fragrance. Experimenting is always important!
What you’ll need:
- 25 drops Essential oil mix
- 15ml Jojoba oil
- Dark glass vial/bottle (I just used an empty E.O. bottle)
- 60ml Vodka (the highest proof you can find within your means)
- 2Tbs Distilled water
1. Firstly, begin by mixing your essential oil mix. For the quantity we’re making today, you’ll want to add about 7 drops of each note (base, middle, top) with 3-4 drops of bridge notes (like vanilla) (so approximately 25 drops in total). Add your base notes first, then middle, top and finally your bridge notes.
Below are some of the more popular essential oils that are easy to come across:
Base Notes: Balsam, Bay, Benzoin, Beeswax, Cassia, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Moss, Myrrh, Neroli, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Rose, Tonkabean, Vanilla
Middle Notes: Anise, Basil, Bay, Caraway, Cardamom, Carnation, Carrot, Chamomile, Clove, Coriander, Cumin, Cypress, Fennel, Geranium, Ginger, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemongrass, Mandarin, Marjoram, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Orchid, Oregano, Oriental rose, Pepper (black), Peppermint, Pine, Pine needle, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Tea tree, Tobacco leaf, Thyme, Violet flower, Yarrow, Ylang-ylang
Top Notes: Anise, Basil, Bergamot, Cardamom, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Coriander, Cumin, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Orange, Lime, Lotus (Blue), Mandarin, Marigold, Orange, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Sage, Spearmint, Tangerine
I’d advise to start simple first. My starting mixture was a base of vanilla and sandalwood, a middle of mandarin and top notes of bergamot and I let it sit for 48 hours. It turned out OK but I definitely need to have more of a play around.
2. Into a dark glass vial, add your essential oil mix to 15ml of jojoba oil and shake. Let this mixture sit from 48 hours to 6 weeks, depending on how the scent develops. If you don’t like something about the mix, adjust the mixture slightly.
3. Once your scent is to your liking, add to 60ml of your vodka plus 2Tbs of distilled water. Shake.
4. Filter your mixture through a coffee filter and put it back into it’s dark bottle to avoid sun exposure. Store this in a cool, dark place to increase it’s shelf life.
And that’s all there is to it. It’s a pretty simple process but it’s playing with the science and timing of the whole thing that ends up getting tedious.
Let us know your favorite perfume concoctions!