Simple Perfume Recipes Using Essential Oils
Before we get started, make sure you have everything you need. Hereâ€™s your checklist.
â€¢ Distilled water
â€¢ Essential oils
â€¢ Plastic sheeting
â€¢ Large measuring cup with spout for pouring
â€¢ Dark glass bottle with lid
â€¢ Vodka or Perfumerâ€™s Alcohol
Youâ€™re probably still wondering about the Vodka, right? Using Vodka in your perfume will actually serve a couple of purposes. Vodka enhances the aroma of perfumes. It also preserves the scent without making it overpowering. You only need a small amount so donâ€™t rush out and buy a fifth!
The plastic sheeting is used to protect your table or countertop as the essential oils and alcohol can damage them if spilled. This is also the reason youâ€™re using a measuring cup with a spout. Itâ€™s much easier to pour without worrying about spilling it. Itâ€™s better to be safe than sorry.
When making homemade perfumes as previously discussed, there are four main ingredients which you will need, and these are:
1. Essential Oils
Many of these items can be either obtained from a store that specializes in such ingredients, or over the internet.
You will also need a large saucepan, large bowl (for mixing all the ingredients together), spoon and some measuring cups or jugs to make perfume at home.
Provided below, are a few easy recipes that you should be able to produce at home without too much effort.
1. Basic Recipe
This first recipe uses flowers right in your backyard. All you need for this recipe is some water and chopped flower blossoms (use Lilac or Lavender essential oil if blossoms are unavailable).
If you like a floral scent, youâ€™ll love this simple perfume recipe. To start out, youâ€™ll need one to two cups of fresh flowers, petals or chopped blossoms (Roses, Lilacs, Carnations, etc.) and two cups of water. Get a medium size bowl and put cheesecloth on top, making sure it hangs over the side of the bowl.
Place one cup of your flower blossoms in the cheesecloth and cover them completely with water. The mixture needs to sit covered overnight. The next day lift the cheesecloth up and squeeze the cheesecloth over the saucepan so youâ€™ll get the scented liquid. Simmer this liquid until only about a teaspoon remains. Let it cool and pour it into a small dark bottle. Spray in the air as a freshener or use on the skin.
2. Basic Recipe #2
Place 25 drops of your favorite essential oils into your measuring cup. You may choose one or more fragrances to give you a compelling and deep fragrance but be sure to use fragrances that will go well with each other.
Add five drops of glycerin to the essential oils. Glycerin is used as a fixative because it will help your perfume keep its aroma much longer. Mix the glycerin and add 3 tablespoons of Vodka and 2 cups of distilled water. Stir the mixture with a spoon so that itâ€™s blended well. Now is when you want to check out the aroma to determine if itâ€™s strong enough for you. If not, add a drop or two until you have the exact strength you want. The longer you let your perfume sit, the stronger it will be as well, like fine wine! Your ratio should be 70 percent alcohol, 20 percent essential oils and 10 percent water.
Once you have the strength the way you like it and itâ€™s mixed well, pour your perfume into the dark glass bottles, making sure the lids are tight. Store it a cool dry location, letting it sit one full day before using.
For this blend, you will need one cup of distilled water, five teaspoons of Vodka, and five drops each of the following essential oils: St. Johnâ€™s Wort, Cypress and Rosemary. They should then be mixed together and stored overnight.
After a period of 12 hours or more, the solution produced can be put into a dark spray bottle to be used. Using a dark colored bottle will help the solution to remain fresh, which will be felt by the person using it when they apply it to their skin.
4. Whispering Rain
This recipe breathes a light scent reminiscent of a lingering shower. Again, you will need one cup of distilled water, five teaspoons of Vodka, five drops of each: Sandalwood, Bergamot and Cassia essential oils (which can also be purchased as fragrance oils).
These ingredients should be stirred together and then stored overnight in a covered container. Then, the next day, it can be transferred to a dark colored bottle. This perfume must be kept in a cool place so that it does not dry up.
The three perfumes above normally last for about a month before they lose their scent. The next recipe should produce something a bit better.
5. English Country Garden
For this recipe, you will need five drops each of the following essential oils: Valerian, Chamomile, and Lavender. Add five teaspoons of Vodka and one cup of distilled water. All these ingredients should be put into a jar and then shaken. It should then be put in a cool place and left for a week. After this time, you can then transfer the mixture into small perfume bottles.
It is important to remember that these types of perfume recipes only have a shelf life of a month; therefore you will need to make new batches every few weeks.
To bring a touch of the orient into your home, try mixing up this next recipe. Add four drops of Sandalwood, four drops of Musk, three drops of Frankincense essential oil and two drops of Jojoba oil into a small dark bottle with a tight fitting lid. Make sure you shake well after adding each essential oil is added to the bottle. Do not add everything to the bottle at one time and then shake it up. Store your blend in a dark place for at least 12 hours before using. The longer you let it sit, the stronger and longer lasting the scent will become.
This last recipe will make a delightful body splash with a citrus aroma.
7. Citrus Twist
Youâ€™ll need two cups of distilled water, three tablespoons 100-proof Vodka, five drops of Lemon Verbena essential oil, ten drops of both Mandarin and Orange essential oils and one tablespoon each of finely chopped orange and lemon peel.
Add the orange and lemon peels to the Vodka and store in a covered jar for one week. When the week is over, pour the liquid through a strainer. Drop the essential oils in one at a time to the liquid, followed by the distilled water. Make sure you shake thoroughly after each addition before adding the next one. Cover again and let sit for two weeks, making sure to shake the mixture at least once each day. Once itâ€™s done, store the dark glass bottle in a cool dark place.
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