We all love our signature scent, but synthetic perfumes are usually loaded with angry chemicals such as phthalates that can irritate and damage the skin. Basically, if you can’t pronounce it, it shouldn’t be on your skin! The good news is you can mimic your favourite scent very easily using all natural essential oils which are known for their ability to affect the limbic system which is connected to your emotions. To learn some easy blends you can make at home, check out my DIY instructions below.
Before you start
It’s good to know the historical and traditional properties of essential oils that you want to use as they are thought to influence our emotions and even impact on certain areas of our health. Expanding your knowledge base about essential oils will mean that you will be better able to tailor each blend you make to your own personal preferences. Personalised scents? You won’t get that from the big synthetic perfume companies!
What’s more, essential oils last for longer than synthetic perfumes without going off or changing their scent. They are best used at your pressure points – the neck, the wrist, and behind the ear. You should never apply essential oils directly onto the skin without diluting them a little with water and carrier oil first. My favourite carrier oil to use is Absolute Aromas Coconut carrier oil although Absolute Aromas do a range of gorgeous carrier oils including apricot kernel, jojoba and grapeseed.
Use a dark coloured bottle or container to hold your perfume in, as this will help to preserve your fragrance by keeping the light out. Give the perfume a little bit of time to combine and blend together before using it. This will let the scent become more fragrant and allow it to reach its final scent.
A perfume made from essential oils is composed of base, middle and top notes. The top notes are those oils that you’ll smell first and are also the quickest to dissolve on the skin such as citrus oils, herbs and the tips of trees. They make up around 30% of your overall blend. Mid-notes include flower oils like neroli and rose make up around 50% of your overall blend. And base oils are those earthy scents such as roots, barks, and resin oils, these are the oils that last the longest when applied to the skin and make up around 20% of the overall blend.
When it comes to choosing an essential oil be sure to opt for a brand that is completely natural and free from added scents. My favourite brand is Absolute Aromas who source their oils from controlled sustainable sources that have little or no negative effect on the environment.
Examples of base oils include:
Examples of mid notes include:
- Ylang Ylang
- Lime Juniper
Examples of top notes include:
- Wild Orange
- Thyme Mint
What you need
- Carrier oil
- Essential oils
- A dark coloured bottle to hold your perfume
3 simple steps to create your own perfume!
1) Combine 5 tablespoons of water with 3 tablespoons of carrier oil
2) Add in your essential oils – approximately 5-10 drops of your base note, 10-20 drops of your mid note and around 4-8 drops of your top note
(mostly this comes down to how potent you like your perfume to be so feel free to experiment)
3) Leave to sit for a little bit to blend together and then use at your leisure
That’s it! Sounds easy right?
The great thing about making your own perfume from essential oils is that you can completely use your creativity and have fun exploring different blends and different scents. Below I’ve listed a few combinations you can try if you aren’t sure where to start.
Florals for anxiety
Carrier: CoconutBase: PatchouliMid: Geranium
Top: Ylang Ylang
Woodland herbs for stress-busting
Citrus blend for energy