Making your own perfume doesn’t have to be just because you have that “crafty” desire within; making your very own perfume is beneficial in several other ways too. For instance, did you know that any perfume that you buy in the store only costs about 10 percent of what you pay to make? It’s true! The mark up lies on the packaging, the advertising, the taxes and, of course, the profit.
Consider just how many toxic chemicals are also in a lot of perfumes these days. Though you may smell good, you may suffer from horrible skin irritations or be struck with cancer at the young age of 55 as a result.
Think about it: you can buy your very own essential oils that you love and adore from a natural health store and make your very own perfume. You don’t need to boast some high end, carcinogen-laden scent to stand out from the crowd any more; you can wear “eau de you” the next time you go out.
So how do you make your own perfume? First you have to choose an essential oil or a particular essential oil combination that you find pleasing. This may involve rose scents, lavender, or jasmine, or any other mixture of other essential oils that are out there.
You can purchase these essential oils in “drams” (consider these to be “sampled sized” tubes of essential oils) up to specified gallons. For home purposes, it’s a good idea to stick to sample sizes or slightly larger, especially if this is your first home brewed perfume.
The scent of the perfume is a result of the ration of essential oil to both water and alcohol. For the sake of offering up some quick knowledge, what would be considered to be a “strong” perfume would consist of 15 to 30 percent essential oil and 70 to 85 percent alcohol. You can further diffuse the scent by adding more water and alcohol and lessening the amount of essential oil. Try to use only bottled, distilled, or spring water when you make your very own perfumes.
What should you use as the alcohol, you ask? 100 proof vodka is the best choice, though you can also use Brandy. The downside to Brandy is the fact that it has its own very distinct scent which can interfere with your perfume creation.
If you want to add a bit of color to your homemade perfume, you can add a couple drops of natural vegetable food dye to the mix. It is also essential that you clean and sterilize some bottles for you to store your scent or scents in. It is best to choose containers and bottles that are NOT clear, as clear bottles allow the sun’s ray’s easy entry in, and the sun’s UV rays are very damaging to homemade perfumes.
The final step is to actually write down the perfected formulation of your personalized perfume! Be sure to make note of exactly everything you do, including where you store the perfume, so you can truly perfect your scent.