Making your own perfume may seem like an intimidating process, but it’s much easier than you might think! In this guide on how to make perfume, you’ll learn what essential oils are best suited to making perfume, how many scents can be combined into one blend, and how to apply your scent to different mediums like lotion or even lip balm.
Whether you want to start making your own perfumes or simply increase your knowledge of the subject, this guide will help you understand the ins and outs of this fascinating practice!
The raw materials used in perfume making are many, but three dominate: fragrance oils, alcohol (typically grain alcohol), and water. Other ingredients include thickening agents such as gum arabic, preservatives to keep your mix from going bad over time and a slew of other chemicals used to color, alter scent or otherwise enhance perfumes.
When choosing your materials for your perfumes, do some research on what is available – there are dozens of different types of fragrances available. Ask around if you can get samples from others – it may not be cost effective to buy huge quantities until you know what scents work best for you. You will also need containers for storing your product – glass bottles are typically preferred by professionals.
These oils are quite potent and made from plants. Common essential oils include jasmine, cedar wood, sandalwood, cinnamon leaf oil, lavender, and rose oil. Since these are derived from actual plant matter, they may have more natural qualities than other oils.
The downside is that they’re also more expensive since you’re paying for real plants rather than synthetic reproductions. Some essential oils can be irritating to your skin so it’s best to patch test them on a small area before getting too carried away with mixing them with other oils or alcohol.
Note that some people find that certain perfumes bother their allergies or asthma so if you have a condition like these it’s best to consult your doctor first before making any perfume concoctions at home.
Base or fixative:
As with all good perfumes, there are two main ingredients—the perfume (or note) and its fixative. The perfume is what gives your perfume its unique scent, whereas a fixative will hold it in place on your skin so that you can enjoy it for hours.
Without a fixative, your body heat will dissolve your perfume quickly. Fixatives help bind scents to our bodies so that we can smell them hours later and don’t have to reapply as often. Some common ingredients used as fixatives include sandalwood oil and vanilla extract.
Natural perfumes, at their core, are composed mainly of two ingredients: oils and alcohol. If you want to make perfume without any alcohol, you can just avoid buying it—easy! But you could also try to adjust your natural oil scents by adding an extra splash of jasmine or sandalwood.
These tend to be rich fragrances that will hold up without any help from a bit of liquor. Or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, mix some tea tree oil with a base scent like almond oil or coconut oil and voila! Natural perfume that smells heavenly but won’t leave your head spinning.