Who has never found the perfect perfume? After exhausting your olfactory senses sniffing small strips of cardboard, your nose is so overwhelmed that you have no idea if this expensive perfume is for you.
We all like certain flavors more than others, fresh, woody, sweet, mineral, heady, light or musky… It’s hard to know which one stands out, the one that seems to have the right note. Not to mention the price to pay. How is it possible that this little bottle could be worth €100 with all this?
Making your own perfume is not, at first glance, something you would have thought of, admit it, until you came across this article. You will find that it is not as difficult as it sounds. And the idea of having a perfume that you have created yourself, at a reasonable price is always welcome.
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The power and dangers of perfume
Scent is a powerful thing that can evoke strong positive and negative memories and emotions, and even change our level of attraction to the people around us. Research has shown that our sense of smell is so powerful, that we are 100 times more likely to remember something we smell than something we see, hear or touch. It is therefore not surprising that the perfume industry is so flourishing.
All the more reason to take a personal approach to perfume, by making it ourselves.
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Anatomy of a perfume: The 3 fundamental elements of a perfume.
Understanding how fragrances work together is the first step in crafting your perfect perfume. A perfume is made up of three types of scents in different proportions: top notes (30%), heart notes (50%) and base notes (20%).
Top notes are what you smell first, and they fade faster. The heart notes come next and are considered the heart of your perfume. Base notes are those that help the middle notes last longer; they accentuate and prolong the longevity of the heart notes.
- Popular top notes: basil, bergamot, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, lime (lime), mint, neroli, rosemary, sweet orange.
- Popular heart notes: black pepper, cardamom, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, pine, jasmine, bay leaf, fennel, geranium, juniper, nutmeg, yarrow, rose, rosewood, ylang ylang.
- Popular base notes: cedar, cypress, ginger, patchouli, pine, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver.
Olfactory inspirations: Combinations of essential oils to create a perfume…
If you need a little inspiration to get startedhere are some possible essential oil combinations to try, depending on your mood, personality, and personal preference.
- Fresh & Lively – grapefruit, ginger, vetiver
- Romantic & Wise – rose, lime, vetiver
- Sensual & Deep – sweet orange, ylang-ylang, sandalwood
- Sweet and summery – lavender, chamomile, cardamom, cedarwood, geranium
- Bright & Refreshing – peppermint, rosemary, lemon, sage, juniper
- Wild & Woody – spruce, juniper, cedar, vetiver, bergamot
- Rich and spicy – lavender, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, ylang-ylang.
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The perfect perfume recipe
The hardest part of creating your own perfume is choosing the fragrances you like best.. In fact, making perfume is simple. Although you can use original ingredients like flower petalsthem essential oils are the easiest route if you are making perfume for the first time.
- 2 tbsp. tablespoons vegetable oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, coconut or grapeseed)
- 6 tablespoons 100 degree alcohol
- 2.5 tbsp. bottled water
- 30 drops of essential oils (9 drops of top notes, 15 drops of middle notes, 6 drops of base notes)
- coffee filter
- small funnel
- 2 clean dark glass bottles with airtight lids
- Pour the vegetable oil into one of the bottles. Add your base (base note), then the middle notes, then the top notes. Add alcohol.
- Close the lid and let the perfume sit for 48 hours. The longer you leave it on, the more powerful it will be. (You can leave it for up to 6 weeks.)
- Once you are satisfied with the smell, add the bottled water and shake vigorously for 1 minute. Use the coffee filter and funnel to transfer your scent to the other bottle.
- Enjoy your new scent! Easy right?
If one of your scents is stronger than the others, add the others first, then add your strongest scent, one drop at a time, until you are happy with the balance, making sure that the other flavors have not been crushed.
Find bottles that have spray caps, or the right size neck to fit a spray cap, for easy application when you’re done creating your perfume.
Trust your nose!
Making your own perfume is a great way to save money, avoid potentially harmful chemicals, and have a scent that suits you.. If you’re not sure where to start when choosing your scents, many essential oil brands offer starter kits, so you can get your hands on a wide selection and figure out what you like. Everyone is different, so follow your nose!
DID YOU KNOW ?
The term ”designates this part of our face located above our lips and which contains the organ of olfaction. The “nose” is also a key figure in the perfume industry. It takes 3 years of study and 7 years of training, i.e. 10 years of training to become a nose. At the start of his career he is able to discern 350 different smells and, at the end of his career, more than 3,000. They are a hundred in the world.
NOSE TIP: Here is a surprising method used by noses when they have smelled a number of fragrances to the point of not being able to discern the new smells to be tested; the trick they use is to feel under the arm to “recalibrate” the olfactory system ; indeed, our smell is the one we know best, it allows us to start from scratch and appreciate the new scents at their true values! Think about it!
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