Nothing makes you feel quite so ready to take on the world like a pair of heels and a squirt of incredible smelling perfume! And, nothing is quite as inviting as a great smelling room! These days perfumes are getting a bad rep as a result of all the chemicals that go into making them. Thankfully nature has provided us with a huge array of scents and natural base options. The method for making natural fragrances is the same for our body and home. Your home can smell as incredible as a beautiful perfume with the same natural benefits. Perfumes sound complicated to make but natural perfume is so easy its a perfect craft activity for kids and a great DIY gift for friends and family.
Why We Choose Natural Perfumes
The benefits of natural beauty products are becoming more and more talked about. Our skin and respiratory system absorbs toxins and nutrients much the same way as our digestive system. It is important we treat what goes on our bodies with as much care as what we put in our bodies. Synthetic fragrances in perfumes are often made from highly chemically derived processes. In large or frequent doses some can be toxic. The base used for perfumes can also be quite drying to sensitive skin. With natural perfumes you eliminate most of these concerns, even more so if you make it yourself.
If you think you feel like a million dollars wearing a nice perfume, just wait until someone compliments you on the perfume you made yourself!
How To Make Natural Perfumes And Fragrances
Natural perfumes are made up of 2 elements: an odourless base that can distribute the fragrances and natural essential oils which make up your fragrances. Here’s how …
You can use 2 types of base: oil or alcohol. Oil doesn’t dry out your skin and it serves as a moisturizer at the same time. Alcohol is very easy to work with, distributes the scent into the air as it evaporates, won’t mark your clothes, but can be drying to sensitive skin. It depends on how frequently you wear your perfume, where you like to apply it and how sensitive your skin is as to which base is best for you. Whether you use an alcohol or oil base the methodology is the same.
Carrier oil or odourless clear alcohol.
- Carrier oils that work best are jojoba oil, coconut oil or argan oil.
- Alcohols that work well are rubbing alcohol or vodka.
A combination of 3 essential oils.
- Your essential oil choices should consist of a top note, middle note and base note within a chosen scent category: floral, woody, spicey, fruity, exotic etc.
- For a comprehensive guide on creating the perfect fragrance combination we use these principles of natural perfumes and fragrance blending with essential oils.
- Essential oils are not to be messed with. Some are safer and more readily usable than others. We prefer to stick to this very comprehensive list of milder essential oils safe for infants. All essential oils are safe in their proper recommended application, it just requires some additional research.
For alcohol based perfume:
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup alcochol
- 15 – 20 drops of your blend of essential oils
- Add all ingredients into a jar and mix gently. Pour mixture into a perfume bottle or a small jar with spray attachment and leave to stand for 12 hours before use.
For oil based perfume:
- 20ml of your carrier oil
- 30 drops of your blend of essential oils
- Add all ingredients into a jar and mix gently. Pour mixture into a perfume bottle or a small jar with spray attachment and leave to stand for 24 hours before use.
It’s important to note that your alcohol based perfume will evaporate and therefore not last as long as your oil based perfume.
Making Scented Room Freshners For Your Home
If you are looking to make scented jars and room freshners for around the house the alcohol based perfume is perfect! The evaporation of the alcohol facilitates the distribution of the fragrance into the air, whereas the oil base would not.