Crafting Fragrances With Essential Oils And Carrier Oils

Make Your Own Fragrances With Essential Oils And Vodka

Perfume can be crafted at home. Yours may not smell exactly like the exotic whiffs from expensive brands, but theres satisfaction in doing it yourself and saving some cash. Its not difficult to concoct your own perfume. For some, the process is downright addictive.

The primary ingredients in fragrances are the essential oils; a carrier oil such as almond oil or jojoba; distilled water, and vodka, as a preservative.

Perfume craftings guiding principle: Choose at least three essential oils: a top note, middle note and base note to create a full-bodied, longer-lasting scent. Its not unlike writing music, according to Faith Rodgers, general manager of Rebeccas Herbal Apothecary & Supply in Boulder, Colo. When you formulate with the different notes, it really makes a more well-rounded perfume, says Rodgers.

The strong but fleeting top note provides first impressions, the base note anchors the scent and the middle note gives it heft; Griffin calls it the heart of the perfume. For example, Rodgers says, for a top note, look at grapefruit, tangerine, orange and bergamot her citrus favourites. (Bergamot flavours Earl Grey tea.) She recommends rose, lavender, camomile and geranium as attractive middle notes, and sandalwood, cedarwood, patchouli and the strong, earthy vetiver for base notes.

Youll need a clean glass bottle for mixing, preferably dark (or store it in a dark place while the perfume settles), and a small glass bottle for storing, preferably dark to prolong the life of the perfume, but clear glass works too.

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