Instead of wearing a fragrance that everyone else wears you can make your own unique blend. Your own aromatic creations also makes a thoughtful gift.
Step 1: What you need:
*You can also make your own perfume oil Be a Romantic Scientist: Distill your own perfume oil.
**Fragrance oils are synthetic and are less expensive than essential oils.
***Quite a few perfumes use food flavours in them, so extracts are an easy way of incorporating them into your own creations.
Step 2: Preparing bottles
Step 3: Add the alcohol
Step 4: A note about scents
In perfumes the fragrance can be divided into three different notes depending on when they arise.
Top note: The initial scent when you put the perfume on, then disappears, they include; lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, bergamot, spearmint, peppermint and others.
Middle note: This scent appears just after the top note disappears. Scents like; coriander, palmarosa, marjoram, basil, rosemary, rose geranium, pettitgrain, lavender and others.
Base note: This appears after the middle note and is the base of the perfume, they include; patchouli, vetiver, frankincense, cedarwood, sandalwood and others.
When you are mixing your perfume start by adding your base notes, then middle then your top notes.
Scents can be divided into different families such as floral, oriental, woody and fresh (such as citrus, etc) See wheel below. This is lovely but why do we need to know this? When you are mixing your perfume,adding scents from neighboring families creates harmony in you perfume.
Brand name perfume/cologne
There is a website which identifies the different components of brand name fragrances, so if you would like make an imitation of your favorite perfume/cologne check it out; basenotes Fragrance directory
Obsession Fragrance Notes
Aromatherapy involves using scents to affect mood and well being, if you would like to consider this when blending your fragrance, check out Aromatherapy for Emotional Well-Being
Guys, don't feel left out, try scents from the woody or fresh families to make a nice manly cologne.
Step 5: Add you scents
Add approximately 25 drops of essential/fragrance oil.
Take one scent ;
Take the next scent and repeat as above until you have added the approximate number of drops. Feel free to add more or less to create the desired fragrance.
If you are just starting out and don't know which scents to try. You can divided the alcohol into smaller volumes and try different combination, experiment, be creative, have fun with it.
Step 6: Let it age
Aging your fragrance allows the scents to mingle, and also become stronger. Once you have aged your fragrance for the desired length of time, smell it again, the mingling may have changed the overall scent, so feel free to add a few more drops of scent to tweak it (don't forget you will need to age it again, if more scent was added).
Step 7: Add water and glycerine
Step 8: Finishing up
Add a label, decorate it, give it a fancy name and be happy that you saved a lot of money!