Perfume oils derived from infused plants and flowers have been made since ancient times because they provide therapeutic value and pleasure. Instead of searching for the perfect scent (and paying a pretty penny for it) why not be your own perfumer and create a blend as special and unique as you are?
Follow the steps below to make your own aromatherapy perfume.
Step 1: Choose Your Notes
Traditional blending recommends using oils comprised of top, middle and base notes to complement each other. Each essential oil is categorized into one of these notes. Sometimes, however, the definitions can vary depending on seasonal changes, location and harvest.
1. Top Notes: The top note is the first impression that you smell in a perfume, and the most volatile, meaning it evaporates first. Top notes are light and fruity, like Grapefruit, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Bergamot, Peppermint, and Lime.
2. Middle Notes: The middle note gives the perfume its main characteristics. Middle notes soften and balance the blend. Some examples are Chamomile, Ylang-Ylang, Rosemary, Lavender, Rose, and Geranium.
3. Base Notes: The base note is the longest-lasting element. In general, base notes are earthy, woody oils like Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Rosewood, Frankincense, Vanilla, and Ginger.
The best advice is to trust your intuition and nose when creating your blend. If you are not sure what particular oils may go well together, just open a few bottles, hold them close together and circle them under your nose.
Step 2: Blend Your Oils
1. Get a glass bottle, or roll-on applicator and a base carrier oil like Sweet Almond oil, Jojoba oil, or Grapeseed oil.
2. Fill your bottle with base oil first and then add your essential oils. Per 1 oz. of carrier oil, use 6 drops of essential oils. The recommended distribution is 3 drops top note oil, 2 drops middle note oil, and 1 drop base oil.
3. When complete, place your bottle in a cool, shaded place and let it age for two weeks. Make sure to shake it for a few seconds every day to allow the fragrance to mature.
3 drops Lime oil
2 drops Rose oil
1 drop Vetiver oil
3 drops Sweet Orange oil
2 drops Ylang Ylang oil
1 drop Sandalwood oil
For a gentleman, you may like a more woody scent like this one:
2 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Sandalwood
2 drops Patchouli
Note of Safety: When using essential oils please make sure learn about their contraindications and to not apply the oils directly to your skin. Don’t use Aromatherapy when pregnant unless you know which oils are safe for you. When in doubt please contact an Aromatherapist to assist you in choosing the right oils for your needs.