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How to make your own perfume: simple guide and expert tips

Make your own perfume

Want to make your own perfume? Learn helpful perfume-making tips that can help you create unforgettable scents.

Making your own perfume can be a rewarding experience, but if you’re a beginner, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to start.

How to make your own perfume

The great news is that perfume creation is an art, so there’s no right or wrong way to create your signature scent. Still, you can avoid a lot of time wasted on trial and error by following the tips below.

Consider How and When You’ll Wear the Scent

When creating your own perfume, one of the first things you need to consider is how you’ll wear the scent.

  • If your plan is to create an everyday perfume, you may want to avoid anything that’s too intense. Instead, aim for lighter, more refreshing scents.
  • For an evening scent, you may be okay with something that’s stronger and draws attention.

Once you understand how you’ll wear your fragrance, you can better narrow down your choices for top, middle and base notes to make your own perfume.

Source Your Ingredients from the Right Vendors

Quality is of the utmost importance when creating your own perfume. Poor quality ingredients can lead to a lackluster scent or worse – one that smells like a bottle of chemicals.

Choose reliable vendors that offer high-quality ingredients. It’s worth the extra cost and effort to find and work with these suppliers.

Make sure that you also have a place to store your ingredients once they arrive. Ideally, your ingredients should be kept chilled to maximize their lifespan.

Educate Yourself on the Process

If you’re new to the world of perfumery, it’s worth the time and effort to educate yourself on the process of how to make your own perfume. First, try attending a perfume creation workshop to get a feel for how perfumes are created. The experience you gain will be invaluable, and you’ll have a chance to learn from people who work in the industry.

Along with attending workshops, consider taking a class on the basics of perfumery. Courses and workshops can provide you with a wealth of information that can take your perfume creation to the next level.

Maintain the Right Balance of Fragrance Notes

Formulating a fragrance is both an art and a science. While you will almost certainly tweak your formula as time goes on, an excellent place to start when you make your own perfume the first times is to use the following rule:

·         25% base notes
·         30% top notes
·         45% middle notes

You may find that you want a slightly higher percentage of base notes or top notes, but these figures are a good starting point. Some experts recommend 55% base notes and 20% middle notes instead. Experiment with different percentages to see which formulation you like best.

Understand Which Fragrance Families Blend Well Together

Blending fragrances is an art that takes quite a bit of practice to master. However, it can be helpful to know which fragrance families naturally work well together to make your experimentation more successful.

  • Oriental and spicy scents work well with florals, citrus and other oriental scents. However, spicy and oriental scents can easily be overpowering, so be careful not to overdo it.
  • Florals work well with virtually anything, including woodsy, fruity, citrus and spicy.
  • Woodsy scents work well with most fragrance families.

Experiment with different scent combinations. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box or break the rules. It’s better to try and fail than to not have tried at all. After all, failed experiments teach us the best lessons. In addition, you may find that some unconventional blends work really well together.

If you are not sure about which scents you want, try sampling some essential oils to get an idea of the range of fragrance notes you could be using.

Take Your Time, and Enjoy the Process

When creating your perfume, take your time. Enjoy the process of learning how scents blend together. Take lots of notes about different formulations and blends for future reference. Don’t rush your decision when choosing ingredients. Experiment and play with different blends. Remember that you can make a variety of perfumes, so just enjoy the process.

The more you immerse yourself in the process and enjoy the journey, the more you’ll learn. Understanding and falling in love with the creation process are what will help you create wonderful, memorable perfumes.

Making your own perfume can be a fun experience. The tips above can help you create a perfume that you love wearing and will catch people’s attention.

What scents do you love? What is your scent profile? Do you have experience creating your own perfumes? Share your thoughts with us.