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How to make perfume with essential oils

make perfume with essential oils

Soaps, deodorants, bath additives, detergents – you can make all these products yourself and thus tailor them to your personal needs. In addition to the self-selected active ingredients, an individual fragrance with essential oils is also possible. Our guide will explain how to make perfume with essential oils.

Make perfume with essential oils: the basics

Make perfume with essential oils

A mixture of different natural fragrances is fuller and longer-lasting than a single essential oil. You will learn how to create a harmonious fragrance mixture yourself in this article.

Fragrance groups

If you find it difficult to choose among the variety of essential oils, you can of course fall back on tried-and-tested recipes for natural fragrance blends. Synthetic fragrances used, for example, for conventional perfumes, are less recommended as they may contain substances that are harmful to health.

If you prefer a very individual touch, you can start your own creation made from essential oils – after all, what you like is allowed! For this, use the knowledge of the perfumers and combine different, light and heavier scents: The light and fleeting top note is quickly perceptible and forms the first impression of the fragrance, but also quickly evaporates again.

Many conifer and citrus fragrances as well as eucalyptus, peppermint, campher, ginger and rosemary are assigned to this group. They can be dosed relatively generously. The floral-soft heart note evaporates less quickly and forms the character of the fragrance. In this group you will find rose, lavender, jasmine, chamomile, tea tree and cypress. They usually make up the largest proportion of perfume in terms of quantity.

The rather heavy, long-lasting base note is determined by woods, resins and roots, for example Patschuli, sandalwood, cedar, vanilla, rosewood, vetiver, myrrh and incense. They smell intense and dominant, which is why they are dosed relatively sparingly. 

Mixing and judging fragrances

Start your first fragrance blend with just one fragrance from each of the three areas. Use essential oils that you already know individually to better imagine their effect and the combination with other fragrances. It is also recommended to mix only a small amount at first – a total of 20 to 30 drops are enough to test the fragrance for various purposes.

Make perfume with essential oils: step-by-step

You need: an essential oil of the top note an essential oil of the heart note an essential oil of the base note a small, dark glass vial if necessary, a small pipette or eyedropper

Here’s how to do it:

  • Add a few drops of the essential oil of the base note to the glass glass bottle.
  • Then add the heart note and check the fragrance.
  • Finally, add the top note and check the fragrance again.
  • Mix a total of about 20 drops together.
  • Close and shake the vial.
  • Open the vials and let the fragrance mixture work.
  • For this purpose, sniff the perfume again and again at intervals in order to perceive all the fragrance components.
  • You can also put a drop on a piece of absorbent paper so that the fragrance can spread optimally.
  • If you don’t like the mixture yet and for example the base note is too intense, you can add a few drops of the heart and head note.

As the different fragrance components reveal at different speed, the fragrance changes over time from a light first impression to a rather heavy, long-lasting fragrance. It is therefore advisable to let the impression of a self-created fragrance work over several hours before you make a final judgment.

Tip: Note how many drops of which oil you used. It’s otherwise hard to re-create the scent.

Depending on the application, you can mix the fragrance with skin-care oils or alcohol to better dose it or make it more skin-friendly. In the production of bath bombs or detergents, however, you can add the pure fragrance mixture drop by drop.

Note: Use essential oils with caution and only as indicated, because they are highly concentrated active and fragrance scented. When applied to the skin, redness, itching or burning sometimes occur. In rare cases, such as oral intake, essential oils are also triggers for asthma or epilepsy attacks.

When using essential oils with children, special care should be taken as they are much more sensitive than adults. Pay attention to quality when buying essential oils. Only natural products should be used. The production of natural oils is very complex and requires large quantities of natural raw materials. For this reason, there are many cheap alternatives in the trade, but they are often synthetically produced and can be of concern to health. 

Find more DIY products with essential oils in our Health and Beauty section.

Author: Genevieve Dumas is a food, fashion and beauty stylist from New York, who has worked for a range of major magazines.

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