Make your own perfume…I do!

How to make perfume

I love perfume. I’ve been using it since my teen years and never get tired of the way the sweet scent makes me feel when it hits my nose. This isn’t surprising since smell is one of our strongest senses.

The fragrance industry is big business (estimated between $30-45 million), which is no surprise, but I was extremely surprised to smell wonderful scents with ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce and that were somewhat ambiguous. Additionally, any product that has “fragrance” as an ingredient is a red flag. Can you tell me what that is?

Honestly, neither can I thanks to a loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973 which allows companies to simply list “fragrance” on labels and not the synthetic ingredients used to derive these luxurious scents. I do know that these fragrances are typically synthetic and made from petrochemicals, and some are even considered hazardous waste, according to the EPA. Ugh! This is to the detriment of our health as these chemicals can cause allergic reactions, birth defects, cancer, and more.

Because I’m conscious of what I put in, and on, my body I am no longer comfortable buying perfumes that simply say “fragrance,” so I decided to make my own. Check out four of my favorite perfume blends.

Rose petals in my homemade perfume
       Dried Rose petals in my blend!

A flowery-musk blend

  • 11 drops of Patchouli
  • 10 drops of Lavender
  • 6 drops of Orange (Sweet or Blood)
  • Optional: Add dried Lavender bulbs

An aromatic blend

  • 6 drops of Vanilla
  • 10 drops of Rose
  • 10 drops of Orange (Sweet or Blood)
  • Optional: Add dried Rose petals

A fresh citrus blend

  • 13 drops of Lavender
  • 6 drops of Lemon (or Lemongrass)
  • 6 drops of Orange (Sweet or Blood)
  • Optional: Add dried Lavender bulbs

A sweet and spicy blend

  • 13 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 13 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
  • 13 drops of Cinnamon
  • Optional: Add dried Lavender bulbs

In all of these recipes, I used a 10mL glass bottle. After adding your desired Essential Oils, top the rest of the bottle off with Jojoba Oil–the carrier oil. Enjoy!

2 Comments on Make your own perfume…I do!

  1. I’m looking forward to making these fragrances!! I just finished making 3 different soaps, honey oatmeal, rosemary citrus,& coconut lime massage bars. I’m excited to try something new.

    Sincerely, Tammy K. Watson

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