To make your very own simple perfume at home isn’t difficult, in fact you may already have some of the ingredients available right now.
Commercial perfume such as Dior or Ralph Lauren is primarily made from a special perfumers base- which put simply, is very strong, very pure, and very high proof denatured alcohol.Of course there are many other chemical additives and extenders, which Make your perfume sentosa, vary from perfume to perfume, but carry out the purpose of both preserving and *fixing* the scent.
A note: Before you reach for the gin, I’ve tried making perfume from shop bought bottles of vodka, gin etc. in the past, and although I met with some level of success, the proof of the alcohol really wasn’t strong enough to be effectively miscible with the fragrance oils. So for now, we’ll talk about making an oil based perfume, as the ingredients are readily to hand in local health shops and maybe even your own fridge right now!
Oil based perfume is the most ancient form of scent, being the perfume of choice for the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians- in fact the oldest perfume yet discovered was discovered in Cyprus in 2003 and dates back more than 4000 years. These precious ancient perfumes would most definitely have been oil based! (And very aptly were discovered on the island reputed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite- but this is a story for another day…)
Before you begin your blend, you’ll need to get hold of the following components:
A non-pungent base oil- (Olive oil won’t do unless you want to smell like salad dressing!) Grape Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil are both usually readily available in health shops, and inexpensive. Watch out for Jojoba Oil, which although lovely will solidify if it gets cool which can be a bit disconcerting if you wanted a liquid rather than a solid perfume.
Essential Oils- good quality essential oils can be very expensive as they are pure distilled plant essences- especially Rose Maroc, Sandalwood, Violet leaf, and Oakmoss- and some are fairly obscure and would need to be sourced online- however it is always possible to find some nice smelling more common ones in your local shops. Relatively inexpensive oils which smell pleasant include: Neroli, Sweet Orange, Ginger, Vanilla, Grapefruit, Lemon, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Francincense, Cedarwood, Jasmine, Chamomile, mint, and lavender.
A beautiful bottle to put your fragrance in! Do remember, oil based perfumes aren’t really suitable for atomisers as the oil is too dense to spray and will only clog it all up.
Three quarter fill your bottle with your base oil.
Add drops of your essential oils to your base oil, shaking the bottle after every fresh application- it’s best to be cautious with your oils as they are very strong, and even one drop too much can have a devastating effect on the final scent. Smell your concoction as you go along until you discover your perfect blend!