DIY Perfumes

DIY Perfumes

Authored By Emily
You would sit back and wonder, why the hell would I want to make my perfume, while I can afford to buy one off the internet? Well, there are many reasons DIY perfumes are a thing to consider. One of the reasons this method is highly advice is the cause of all the toxins in manufactured perfumes. Store bought perfumes are the most toxic things you can put on your body, and hair sprays and aerosol are on this list. These fragrances have been known to have side effects on hormones, the respiratory system and even the environment. It may take you a while to pick on these side effects, especially if you stick to them. Another reason would probably be to have your signature scent. There is nothing as bad as sharing a fragrance with someone, and as much as we wish we couldn’t, someone else will buy the same product. But with a DIY product, it’s very rare to have two people making the same exact product. You would probably prefer one ingredient more than the other. In fact, this occurrence is so rare; it will be even impossible for you to make two batches that are eerily the same. Saving the best for last, DIY perfumes have mostly natural ingredients. Remember that allergy you can’t explain, well, these are some of the things you won’t have to worry about when manufacturing your own. You also get to decide on which ingredients go in which quantity. I personally love jasmine and think it would be the distinct ingredient in my recipe. Do I have you convinced? Good. The next obstacle is just how much goes into making your perfume. There are hundreds, thousands, perhaps millions, of ways to do this. However, with narrowed down ingredients, you can have your perfume ready to wear in a matter of hours! There can be as little as three ingredients or as much as 20. The choice is yours. Though, a piece of advice, less is more. In perfume making, there are scales to be observed. These were invented in the 19th century by a Frenchman known as Piesse; top, middle and base notes. This acted as guidelines as to how much each scale needed to be at i.e. base notes comprised of 45-55 percent of the blend; middle made up 40-40 percent and the top note should be 15-25 percent of the blend. These scales are added in a systematic order due to their properties, with the base note going first, followed by the middle and lastly the top note. However, in the mixing process, you might put one before the other, it’s nothing to worry about. Be sure to keep records of your procedures just in case you come up with something amazing. I mean, explain the power puff girls! The notes comprise of various essential oils and are categorized similar properties. Let's break them down;

Base notes

Base notes tend to be the heaviness in perfumes. This essentially is what holds the fragrance down ensuring it lasts as long as possible. This will be the anchor to your perfume, and it will be the note that lasts the longest. When making scents, base notes are advised to be the least pleasant of your other options. This is because you want something that will become pleasing over time as the other notes wear off. Kind of like a long-term investment. In store-bough perfumes, this is what is identified as the musk scent. This note includes the following ingredients; Cassia
  • Cedar wood
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Frankincense
  • Ginger
  • Jasmine
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Rosewood
  • Sandalwood
  • Vanilla
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang

Middle notes

This is the heart and or body of the perfume. This fragrance is a slow fade but won’t outlast the base notes. They form a balancing effect on the perfume between the base and the top notes (to be discussed later). Because of this, it’s not the first fragrance that you will pick out. It may take a couple of seconds (depending on your ingredient choice), for this note to make a distinctive aura. These notes can be categorized as the warmth in a perfume, thus the term ‘heart of the perfume’. This mellow notes can be derived from the following essential oils;
  • Black Pepper
  • Cardamom
  • Chamomile
  • Cypress
  • Fennel
  • Geranium
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Melissa
  • Myrtle
  • Nutmeg
  • Palma Rosa
  • Pine
  • Rosemary

Top notes

Just as the name suggests, or by elimination, you might have gathered this is the first impression fragrance in a perfume. The immediate scent you pick is what makes you go aah! These essential oils have the common property of quick evaporation and therefore give off the first scent. They are also known for anti-viral properties, which is great for the skin and respiratory organs (if chosen well). When picking out top notes, be sure to choose those that are fresh, light and uplifting. In mass produced perfumes, these notes can be tricky as you might think you have the best thing yet, only to realize a few minutes later the error you made. So when making your won you can sample it out to identify the scent you want to introduce you. Top notes consist of the following essential oils;
  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary Sage
  • Coriander
  • Eucalyptus
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme


Now you know what the ingredients are and in what order to make them. But in the long run, there are different methods of application. You can choose to have solid perfumes, semi-solid or sprays. This solely relies on how you wear your fragrance. There are those who prefer it on their clothes and not on them (not the best method depending on fabric) and those who put it on directly on skin and lastly those who put in water and rinse themselves with it (or just before drying themselves off). All these require different products. You can have your perfumes in any of the following formats;
  • Roller balls; this can also be defined as solid. This is an oil-based perfume that is suitable for those who are specific about where they apply it. For example; wrists, behind the ear, behind the knees, on the elbows and even armpits. This is also a great strategy to avoid getting perfume on delicates such as jewels, fabric, and other valuables.
  • Sprays/ spray bottles; this is a great product, especially if you used alcohol or water mixtures. It works best if you start with a more solid base such as coconut oil. This is a great product as when applied will immediately have its effects. It might also last longer as the skin absorbs water directly from the fragrance and when it gets hot, you just might sweat sweet! However, be sure to store this product safely in a tightly sealed bottle due to evaporation of its content. You can have fun with this by using antiques and fancy glass spray bottles to add a personalized touch to it.

Patric is currently working on this recipe:

  • Base: 3 drops rose, 3 drops rosewood, 4 drops vetiver
  • Middle: 10 drops melissa, 10 drops chamomile, 5 drops lavender
  • Top: 10 drops tea tree, 5 drops orange
  • 1/2 cup vodka
That’s all to it folks. So what are you waiting for, you could be the next Dior! Who knows, you might just enjoy the process, as much as the product. Business could be a spray away!

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