To make home-made perfume, one must first obtain the necessary supplies. Selecting a clean, dry, empty bottle with a lid is required. Glass or plastic bottles work well for this; they can be of the spray-on, roll-on, or traditional dab-on variety. Both bright and colored glass or plastic vials or bottles are perfectly acceptable to store home-made perfume in.
Colored glass or plastic are far preferential to plastic or clear glass because the colored glass will extend the life of the perfume by exposing the perfume to less light than a clear bottle will. Plastic and clear glass is good to use when there are no other bottles at hand. When using clear glass or plastic, the perfume will deteriorate in two weeks, which means that it will lose its scent.
Other supplies include distilled water, ethyl alcohol, and whatever essential oils that the perfume creator wishes to include in their perfume. If the creator wants to use a carrier oil instead of distilled water, they should purchase a scentless oil, such as almond or coconut. Almond and coconut oils are also good for the skin, for they are moisturizing and hypoallergenic.
Choosing the Oils
Essential oils are what will supply the scent of the perfume. While this is mainly up to personal taste and determined b whether or not the individual has allergies to certain plants, there also other factors to take into consideration. Essential oils are somewhat volatile, meaning that they react differently to different oils.
Therefore it is a good idea to make sure that the oils mix thoroughly and produce a pleasing scent before committing to combining them. An example of this is: Lavender, eucalyptus, and bergamot combine to create a sweet scent. Lavender, lemon, and rose all smell pleasant on their own, but when combined, the scent they produce is not ideal.
When an individual comes up with a scent that they like, but believe that it is not quite strong enough for their liking, the number of essential oils used can be adjusted for personal taste. Additional oil can be used to add another layer or dimension to the scent in question. Again, making sure that the oils complement each other is essential, and if too much oil is used, the scent will become overpowering and unpleasant.
Creating the Perfume
Perfume creation is easy. The first step is to fill the bottle partially with distilled water or carrier oil. Once the container is just over half full, the alcohol should be added next, followed by the essential oils. There is no set order in which the oils should be added.
Next, the bottle must be capped and shaken until the contents are thoroughly blended. Once the contents are combined, the bottle should be placed in a cool, dry place for forty-eight hours. After forty-eight hours have passed, the perfume can be tested and worn in the same way that commercial perfume is used.
A Final Note about Homemade Perfume
It is easy and inexpensive to create perfumes from an individual’s home. There are no specific and expensive tools to purchase. All it takes is patience and a desire to experiment with different scents. Home-made perfumes can be customized to fit an individual’s taste quite quickly, and they make a wonderful gift for someone to receive.
Once a person has become competent when creating their perfumes, there is no limit to the different components that can be added. Perfumery is a trade that is quite fun to engage in, even if for nothing more than saving money by not purchasing commercial perfumes. A perfume made by yourself becomes a perfect gift to your valentine.