How To Make Your Own Perfume

Michele Zipp
Beauty & Style
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green guidehow to make your own perfumePerfume. Sniff sniff. Love it. I've always wanted to make my own. I've dabbled in mixing essential oils and used to love to wear a baby powder scented oil with patchouli. But I haven't made a solid perfume...until now.

Perfumer Mandy Aftel says what we all know is true, but don't often think about -- scents affect your mood. Lavender calms, lemon is uplifting, and sandalwood is sensual. I could use some of that -- all of that!

Aftel shares in her book, Scents & Sensibilities: Creating Solid Perfumes for Well-Being, how to make your signature scent and I've got a recipe.

You will need:

  • A container like an empty lip balm/cosmetic jar or tin similar to an Altoids box cleaned out to pour in scent
  • Essential oils (2 or 3 to form top, middle, and base notes of scent)
  • 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grated beeswax

Most of these items can be found at local health food stores or shops like Whole Foods.

Scents & Sensibilities

Photo from Amazon

Choose your signature scent when purchasing essential oils. Lemon, tea tree, and sandalwood go well together. I also like lavender and patchouli and a mix of cedarwood with orange. Test out some oils together to see what you like best.

How to make solid perfume:

  • Combine 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil with a mixture of 20 drops of your essential oils. If you are making it with three oils, you can use 6 drops of one, 6 drops of another, and then 8 drops of the last. Or do more of the note you want to smell more. Aftel offers examples in her book.
  • Melt 1/2 teaspoon of grated beeswax over heat using a double broiler, hot plate, or do it like I did -- in a pot over the stove, low heat, stirring and monitoring carefully. .
  • Mix all ingredients together and pour into container. Perfume sets into a solid in about 15 minutes.
  • Scoop out with finger and wear on pulse points.

It's all natural, lasts longer than most perfumes, and is a scent all your own.

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