You can avoid toxic chemicals from commercial perfumes by making your own natural fragrances. Isn’t it exciting to take the role of a perfumery like the ancient Egyptians who considered it both art and science? I know some of you might think, “homemade stuff won’t be as appealing and exquisite as the expensive luxurious stuff”. But as a quick history note, after perfume reached France in the 18th century the famous “eau de Cologne” was created. It was a blend of rosemary, neroli, bergamot and lemon. These were all natural ingredients! Natural ingredients were standard in perfume up until the 1920’s.
Herbs and Plants have been used in perfumes for thousands of years. The most commonly used natural ingredients include:
- Flowers such as roses, gardenia, jasmine, plumeria.
- Fruits: To create a refreshing smell fruits like lemons and oranges are used.
- Leaves: Lavender, violets, and rosemary.
- Seeds: They are used to give a distinct aroma to the perfume such as tonka beans, cardamom seeds, coriander seeds, cocoa, nutmeg, maca and carrot seeds.
- Woods: Pine, rosewood, agarwood, sandalwood, and juniper.
- Essential Oils: Rosemary oil, peppermint oil and spearmint oil.
- Bark: The bark of some trees are used to add richness such as Cinnamon
How to Make Your Own Natural Perfume
You will need:
- A 2 oz. spray glass bottle
- Carrier oils. Instead of using alcohol, you canmake an oil based perfume with carriers such as almond oil or jojoba oil. These oils will substitute alcohol in your perfume.
- Your favorite essential oil. You can use vanilla or lavender. There is a lot to choose from!
Perfume is usually made up of base notes (active the longest in a perfume), such as cedarwood or sandalwood.
Middle notes (smell stays second longest) such as nutmeg, basil, lavender, rose germanium, jasmine, coriander.
Top notes ( evaporates first) such as mint, peppermint, lemon, lime, orange, bergamot.
1. Equally divide 25 drops of base, middle and top notes essential oils. Mix well.
2. Mix in 1 teaspoon (you can make your own proportions) of Carrier Oil. Shake well for around thirty seconds.
The longer your perfume sits, the better. This will help the smell to mature and get stronger.
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