Perfume making is an art. Some may have a natural talent for combining different plant scents, while others may need to work at it a bit. Probably the most important thing is to have a nice assortment of Young Living Essential Oils on hand and a desire to learn this age-old art. The benefit of using superior quality essential oils in your perfume mixtures is that they are far more than mere scents, there’s therapy in that aroma!
I’ve tried to keep this simple for a number of reasons, firstly; it’s about having fun, and secondly; it’s about expressing your creativity through making something that is healing to the mind and spirit. A gift for yourself or someone you love. Rather than get bogged down on technique, I want to give you a foundation from which you can blossom and grow.
Things you will need to get started blending scents:
- An assortment of Young Living Essential Oils (see below) Buy YL Oils Here.
- Perfume Bottles
- One small glass jar with lid filled with plain coffee beans (not ground, not flavored!)
- Notebook and pen
Some choices of essential oils for your ‘notes’
It is not necessary to have every oil on this list, though if you do have these and more you will be able to create many more and different perfumes. Thus, this list is only a sampling to get you thinking in the right direction. Pick and choose how ever many as your heart, head and budget can afford. At the very least, you would want one or two essential oil(s) from each note category.
- Ylang Ylang
- Rose (real Rose oil is expensive but worth every drop!)
3 Things to Think About…
- What do you want the perfume to smell like? soft/strong, feminine/manly, spicy/floral
- Think about the scent of each essential oil on its own.
- Start with your “Base” note, then add “Middle”, and lastly “Top” note.
Start Doing It!
Add equal amounts (drops) of each essential oil that you have selected for your top, middle and base notes.
Then add more of some, or add a little of another essential oil, if you would like one part of the scent stronger than another. Go slow and add more by the drop until it reaches a point that you’re saying to yourself, or aloud,”yes, now that’s smelling n-i-c-e!”
- Add 1st – “Base” notes stay longest on skin
- Add 2nd – “Middle” notes influence the smell of the perfume
- Add 3rd – “Top” notes give a perfume its specific scent when just applied
Keep a notebook handy so you can record the number of drops of each essential oil you have used in your formula. There’s nothing worse than creating something that smells amazing and not remembering what went into it!
Tip: Hold your selected opened essential oil bottles together, then inhale to see if the combination you have chosen is close to what you’re desiring.
Additional Tip: Quite often the olfactory palette can become overwhelmed when working with so many scents for an extended period of time. This is where your little glass jar of coffee beans comes in! Unscrew the lid and take a few soft long inhalations. Right away your olfactory palette will be cleared and able to more accurately smell clearly again.
Perfume Base Recipe
Now that you’ve determined which combination and how many drops of each essential oil work nicely for your signature perfume blend you will use this basic perfume recipe to make the actual perfume.
Basic Perfume Recipe
- 1 – two ounce atomizer or perfume bottle
- 1 ounce Distilled Water
- 1 ounce Vodka or Grain Alcohol
- 15-20 drops Young Living Essential Oil
Place water and vodka in atomizer bottle or perfume bottle. Add essential oil. Let your perfume sit for about 10 days to 2 weeks so to give the ingredients time to meld together.
Label or decorate the bottle. Present your homemade gift.
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