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How Do You Make Perfume

Tanya Sharma
Blend your favorite scents at home!

If you're a do-it-yourself connoisseur or you've ever wondered how do you make perfume in the comfort of your own home, you might be interested in learning more about the fine art of fragrance creation. It's surprisingly easy, even for beginners, and getting started may just inspire a new hobby!

How Do You Make Perfume at Home

Whether or not you fancy yourself an inventor, you can easily make your own fragrances. The ingredients are almost always extremely easy to track down, which is usually the topmost concern for individuals who fear they may need a laundry list full of items for their first perfume. The truth is that it can be done with as little as two ingredients! Of course, the more complex your scent, the more you'll need to put into it.

Beginning Fragrances

You've long wondered how do you make perfume; now you'll want to make the first attempt as simple and painless as possible! Start with this easy recipe. You'll need two cups of water and one cup of chopped flower blossoms of your choice. The best flower to select is one that is highly fragrant; lavender, honeysuckle and rose will all provide a strong aroma.

Begin by placing a piece of cheesecloth in a bowl, ensuring that the edges hang over the sides of the bowl. Fill the bowl with the flower blossoms you selected and pour water over them until they are entirely covered. Cover the bowl and allow it to sit overnight. On the next day, hold the edges of the cheesecloth and lift it out of the bowl. Squeeze the water, now heavily scented, into a pot. Place it on the stove and simmer until a teaspoon or so is left. Allow it to cool before transferring it to a decorative fragrance bottle. The shelf life of this simple fragrance is roughly one month.

Other Scents

Once you've mastered that simple recipe, you may feel more confident trying some more complex blends. These ideas make beautiful gifts for friends who seemingly have it all - just package the perfumes in elegant bottles and add a decorate ribbon for a perfect finishing touch.

Basic Blends for Her

Fragrances are really just a blend of notes evenly distributed. The base, or initial, notes, may include cinnamon, patchouli, sandalwood, ylang ylang and vanilla, to name a few. Middle notes may include clove, lemongrass, nutmeg and neroli, while the top notes include lavender, lemon and lime, among others. Note that these are basic choices for each note group, but your mileage may vary depending on the type of scent you favor.

Blend at least 25 drops of oil from each note group, starting from the base and working your way to the top notes. Add a few drops of standalone "bridge" oil, such as vanilla or lavender, to bring your collaboration together. Add at least two to three and a half ounces of alcohol, shake and allow it to rest for a couple of weeks. Finally, add two tablespoons of distilled water to the mix, shake and pour through a coffee filter.

For Him

Why not surprise the man in your life with a bottle of handmade cologne? This refreshing scent is destined to be an instant favorite. You'll need three and a half ounces of high-proof vodka, five drops of bay laurel, three of vetiver, three of ginger, two of neroli, fifteen of patchouli and a couple of drops of mandarin. Pour the vodka into a perfume bottle, add the oils and shake well. Allow the scent to rest for a few days, taking care to shake daily. Follow the same filtering directions above when the allotted time has passed.

Some Final Tips

Maintain your fragrance's shelf life by adding a few drops of vitamin E oil to the blend. It acts as a preservative and keeps your scent fresh. It is crucial to close all bottles tightly to keep the scent fresh, too!

If your fragrance is alcohol-based, allow it to settle for two weeks before using it. Shake it daily to blend the oils in the fragrance, and repackage the scent in a new bottle after the two week period elapses. Of course, if alcohol is too strong for your skin, don't hesitate to substitute water in its place. A half alcohol/half water blend will usually suffice.

As always, conduct a patch test on the skin in order to rule out any potentially irritating ingredients. Give it 24 hours for your skin to react to the scent. If you experience any redness, itchiness or other type of allergic reaction, discontinue use immediately.

Finally, don't be frustrated if things don't immediately work out as planned. Experiment with various essential oils and quantities until you discover a combination that works for you. Don't forget to write your recipe down, including the amounts of each ingredient used. Add a decorative recipe card to the bottle if you're giving the scent as a gift; it's a unique touch that will not go unappreciated!

How Do You Make Perfume