There are many benefits to using perfume oils instead of your traditional fragrance. They are more affordable, longer-lasting, and gentler to the skin, just to name a few. Did you know that you can even make your very own custom perfume oil? No? Well, we’re here to show you how in just a few easy steps!
Step 1: Know What You’re Working with
It’s crucial to know the ingredients you are working with along with how they may react on your skin. Some essential oils can be irritating to your skin or even cause photosensitivity (citrus-based oils are typically not recommended to put directly on the skin unless diluted properly), so knowing how the oils behave will go a long way.
Step 2: Know Your Scent Composition
Even though creating your own perfume oils isn’t nuclear physics, it is important to understand what makes a scent. There are base notes, heart notes, and head/ top notes.
- Base notes are those that will last the longest on your skin and provide the perfect foundation for the shorter-living notes.
- Heart notes are ones that make us fall in love with a certain perfume. They develop and linger for up to 45 minutes before waning.
- The top notes are those we detect in the first instance of putting on a fragrance. These notes are short-lived and will only last for 10 to 15 minutes.
Knowing this basic information will help you figure out which notes you want to include in your DIY fragrance oil and how.
Step 3: Pick Your Oils
It’s completely up to you how you choose to blend together the scents, but there are certain guidelines you’ll want to follow if you aim to create a truly wonderful little gem.
- When choosing your top notes, go for the fresh, citrusy scents (lemon, bergamot) that are more ‘’in your face’’ but dissipate soon, so they’re not overpowering.
- Heart notes are typically made out of floral (jasmine, rose, iris, ylang-ylang) or herbal notes (chamomile, lavender) since they will provide the ‘’it’’ factor.
- For the base notes, choose woodsy, smoky scents (sandalwood, cedarwood) or musky notes (cedarwood, vetiver) that will be able to carry the whole composition.
Step 4: Follow the Recipe
You will need exactly 80 drops of some type of carrier oil, 10 drops of essential oil base notes, and 5 drops of heart and 5 drops of top notes, respectively.
Add the ingredients in the order they are listed and shake the bottle vigorously to help the oils blend. Ensure that your fragrant creation is stored in a dark, cool place to keep its potency.
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