If you know anything about me it’s that I love DIY projects—absolutely love them. I also love perfume, so what’s better than combining my two loves. If you’re also a fan of DIY projects and perfume then we’ll get along famously.
So, as you’ve probably guessed by now, I’ll be telling you how to make your own perfume.
The process of making your own perfume is actually very easy and you can decide how much you want this project to be DIY.
There are some shortcuts you can take and you don’t have to hand-make everything in this project— basically you can cheat a little bit.
Alright, let’s get to the fundamentals of perfume making.
What you need for making your own best-smelling perfume
Perfume consists of only two major ingredients: essential oils and perfumers alcohol.
Essential oils can be quite expensive if you’re looking for quality products. I recommend starting off with the cheaper products if you’re a novice to perfume making.
You can buy essential oils in any dollar shop; they’re really easy to find, usually next to the incense section and comes in little brown/black bottles in many different fragrances.
Another great thing about essential oils is that they are crazy cheap—$2-3 max. If you want to go all out, you can even make your own essential oils; I’ll tell you how to do so at the end of this article.
The second ingredient is perfumers’ alcohol, which you can get from specialized stores or online.
If you can’t get your hands on it, you can always use drinking alcohol that has a 95% alcohol content.
Naturally, you’re also going to need one of those spray perfume bottles because what is perfume if you don’t spray it in the air and walk through it, right?
Here’s exactly how to do it, step by step
Step 1: Choose some essential oils that you think will go well together. If you’re a beginner at this, start by smelling one of your favorite perfumes and try to break it down into its different smells and then use those fragrances.
Or, even better, because you’re a beginner you could just use this sensuously deep recipe right here:
- 1 drop sweet orange
- 1 drop ylang-ylang
- 1 drop cedar wood or sandalwood
You can find other simple recipes at simplepurebeauty.
Put a drop of each oil onto a piece of tissue and give it a sniff; if you like the smell of it then it’s time for step 2.
Step 2: Grab yourself a 25ml beaker, or anything that can measure 25mls for you and put 30 drops each of each individual fragrance into your measuring tool.
So, for the above recipe, its 90 drops altogether.
Step 3: Add the perfumers’ alcohol to your mixture until the combined mixture is 25ml, pop it into your perfume bottle and voila—you’re finished.
There you go. You are now a perfumer. Congratulations!
Here’s a nice instructional video on perfume making if you’re looking for details on how to come up with your own unique fragrance.
DIY essential oils
No, I haven’t forgotten to tell you how to make essential oils.
Consider yourself warned: Making essential oil is a long, drawn out process that produces minimal amounts of oil.
Step 1: Gather a plant with a fragrance you love, like roses. You’ll need enough of it to fill a large jar.
Step 2: Take the petals of the bulb and put them in the jar. Fill the jar with vodka and give it a good shake for 5 minutes.
Step 3: Leave the jar in a dark corner away from sunlight for a week. Make sure to shake it three times a day.
Step 4: When the rose petals start losing their color, strain the plant material into a container. Use some cheese cloth to squeeze out all the vodka from the petals. Beware: The vodka will smell terrible.
Step 5: Return the vodka to your container (minus the rose petals) and put it back into its hidey-hole for two days. At this point, you will be able to see the vodka and essential oils separating from each other.
Step 6: Put the container in the freezer. The vodka will not freeze but the essential oil will. Drain the vodka again using some cheese cloth. You will find small froze bits in the cheese cloth; collect them and put them in a dark jar. These frozen bits are the essential oils. Like I said before, don’t expect much.
Step 7: Be sure to save the vodka in your stingy state and use it for the next batch of roses. You’re going to need to do this many times.
If you’re a visual learner, here is a nice video of the step by step process:
There you go folks.
You have been imparted with the knowledge to be a great perfumer and now you can even make the essential ingredient yourself. Aren’t you amazing!
Now, as I said before, I am a massive fan of anything DIY, from hardware to lipstick. If you’re interested in finding out how to make something, leave a comment and I’ll write up an article for you.