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I’ve always loved wearing perfume. Before I had kids, I thought nothing of plunking down $50-$100 on designer fragrances. After kids, obviously, my money went to other things, but my love of fragrance never subsided.
The problem with most fragrances on the market today (aside from the high ticket prices) is that they contain a lot of chemicals. As a matter of fact, any beauty and/or bath product that has the word “fragrance” in its ingredient list most likely contains chemicals. Some fragrances are natural, but most are not.
Why take a chance on putting something harmful on your skin (after all, it only takes 26 seconds for something you put on your skin to be absorbed into your bloodstream – and most chemicals are)? That’s what I kept asking myself. And then I was introduced to the world of essential oils, and I discovered that I absolutely don’t have to.
HOW TO MAKE PERFUME WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
I started making my own perfume using essential oils, and I don’t think I’m ever going to go back to the store-bought kind. I’ve even got my eight-year-old daughter interested in making her own perfume with essential oils, as you can see from this video.
She did a fabulous job with her first perfume-making experiment (and her first ever Youtube video), but she was a little non-specific about the ingredients and amounts she used. So, I’m going to try to fix that.
Perfumes are made up of base, middle, and top notes. The top notes are what you usually smell first, and then the middle and base notes start coming through. The base notes are what you’re going to want to put in first, and then you add the other two.
THE RECIPE FEATURED IN THE VIDEO
I always start with my carrier oil of choice, fractionated coconut oil. I pour three tablespoons into the container I’m going to use to mix it together.
THEN I ADD
- 6 drops of PURE’s Merry & Bright blend (a mixture of sweet orange, cassia, cinnamon, clove, vanilla fruit absolute, may chang, pine, black spruce, fir balsam, and geranium essential oils)
- 4 drops of PURE’s Holly & Pine holiday blend (a combination of Gurjum balsam, Siberian fir, copaiba, orange, pine, cedarwood, clove, bergamot, juniper, bay laurel, vanilla, and labdanum)
- 6 drops of lavender essential oil
- 4 drops of lemon essential oil
- 6 drops of orange essential oil
- 4 drops of peppermint essential oil
You stir it all up, and then either leave it in the container you used to mix it up or put it in some roller bottles to use later (or maybe even share with friends). You’ll want to store it in either a dark place (like your medicine cabinet) or a dark bottle (like the ones I linked to above) because essential oils break down more quickly if they are exposed to light. This particular formula is fairly long-lasting. I put some on in the morning before I went to work (at a daycare, where I wash my hands a lot), and I could still smell it on my skin 6 hours later.
There are some DIY essential oil perfume recipes that use alcohol, but I prefer this one because you can use it right away. You don’t have to wait for the alcohol smell to fade. Plus, unlike alcohol, coconut oil is so good for your skin.
Note: Use any perfume made from essential oils with caution. I had no trouble at all with putting this on my wrists, but when I rubbed some on my neck (which is apparently very sensitive) I broke out in some bright red splotches (that faded after about 30 minutes). Also, avoid contact with clothes as much as possible because some oils can stain.
WHERE TO BUY ESSENTIAL OILS
Melaleuca is a shopping club (kind of like Sam’s Club), so it comes with an annual fee ($20) and a monthly required purchase of 35 points (an average of about $50). Some people don’t like the monthly requirement. I don’t mind it because I just figure it into my monthly grocery budget, and I can always find something I want and need (especially the oils, which are the higher-point items, anyway, I find). It’s totally worth it to me.
Still, if you’re one of those people who don’t want to deal with the monthly purchase requirement but still want to get high-quality essential oils, I recommend Plant Therapy. I shop there for the essential oils I can’t get from Melaleuca (there are some they don’t carry, unfortunately). To learn more about the quality of Plant Therapy’s oils, visit this page.
The thing I love most about making perfume with essential oils is that you can experiment with all kinds of different blends to come up with your own perfect scent. It’s fun (especially if you get your whole family involved, like I do), and it can save you hundreds of dollars and save you from exposure to harmful chemicals. You have nothing to lose, so try making your own perfume today!
Don’t want to make your own perfume? You can buy the perfume shown in the video above by visiting our Etsy store.