You Can Make Your Own Perfume. Seriously!
This weekend while strolling in the mall, I came across a section that was full of beautifully wrapped perfume bottles. Zapped at the stunning packaging, I decided to sniff a few bottles and buy the aroma of my life. I zeroed on a mild 50ml aroma. As I turned the bottle and looked at the pricing, all my dreams shattered to the ground. Unbelievable! It was priced Rs.3500 flat. Suddenly I felt my smelling senses getting blocked. I could not breathe! Literally.
While walking home, I came across a bunch of pink roses. I loved their smell and wished I could pour it into a bottle and store it forever. That is when I got an idea! I rushed home to conduct my research on How You Can Make Your Perfume.
Benefits of a good perfume:
- Enhances mood.
- Boosts confidence.
- Boosts health.
- Makes you attractive.
- Triggers memories.
- Combats insomnia.
- Cures a headache.
In this case, isn’t it better to adopt a DIY approach to perfume?
As I delved further, I understood that one fragrance is made up of three scent variants –
30% top notes – The notes you smell first.
50% middle notes – The core of the fragrance.
Plants that can from top notes of your fragrance are black pepper, cardamom, bay, fennel, geranium, chamomile, nutmeg.
20% base notes – The notes that extend the longevity of the middle notes.
Plants that can from top notes of your fragrance are cypress, ginger, pine, sandalwood, vanilla. Read about top 10 most fragrant flowers in India.
You could also combine essential oils with your perfumes and transform them to suit your taste and personality.
- Relaxation – Lavender, Musk, Neroli, Cedarwood
- Refreshing – Citrus Fragrances Like Orange, Lemongrass, Lemon, Lime
- Fresh – Grapefruit, Ginger
- Romantic – Rose, Lime, Lavender
- Sensuous – Sweet Orange, Sandalwood
- Sweet – Lavender, Chamomile, Cardamom, Geranium
- Bright – Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon, Sage
- Wild & Woody – Juniper, Cedarwood, Bergamot
- Rich – Lavender, Clove, Nutmeg
Recipe to create a perfect perfume:
Since it is the first time I was creating a perfume, I decided to take the easiest route and use flower petals and essential oils.
- 2 tbsps carrier oil like sweet almond, coconut, or jojoba
- 6 tbsps 100-proof alcohol
- 2.5 tbsps bottled water
- 30 drops essential oils, i.e. 9 drops top notes, 15 drops middle notes, and six drops base notes
- A coffee filter
- Small funnel
- Two clean dark-glass bottles with airtight lids
- Pour the carrier oil into the bottle of your choice and add base, middle, and top notes. Fill alcohol.
- Secure the lid, and let it sit for 48 hours. The longer you leave it, the stronger it gets.
- Once you’re satisfied, add the bottled water.
- Transfer the perfume to other bottle using a coffee filter.
- Enjoy your new fragrance!
- Since base notes are dominating, so add them one at a time until you strike a perfect balance.
- Use bottles with spray tops to make application easy.
Benefits of making your own perfume:
- Save money.
- Avoid harmful chemicals.
- Customise your fragrance.
- Ideal for sensitive skin.
By making your perfume and adding natural products to personal care, you could shine with a green glow always and forever. Also, do not forget to join us in Earth Day celebrations as we share 30 ideas to create a sustainable environment.