Create your own signature scent fragrance
The perfume is a classic gift, but it’s even better if the perfume you give is a perfume that you created yourself, especially if you pack it in a beautiful bottle. The scent you make yourself is free of synthetic chemicals and is fully customized to your personal taste. Here’s how to make your own scent.
The fragrance consists of a mixture of essential oils in a base oil, with alcohol and water.
- 1/2 ounce jojoba oil or sweet almond oil
- 2-1 / 2 ounces of ethanol (for example, vodka)
- 2 tablespoons of spring water or distilled water (no tap water)
- coffee filter
- dark colored glass bottle
- 25 drops of essential oils (buy them at a health store or online or distill your own)
- 7 drops of base note essential oils
- 7 drops essential oils of medium rating
- 6-7 drops top note essential oils
- a few drops of bridge notes (optional)
The essential oils that you use form the basis of your perfume. These essential oils are called the “notes” of the perfume. The base notes are the longest lasting part of the scent on your skin. Middle notes evaporate a little faster. Top notes are the most volatile and the most scattered first.
The bridge notes have intermediate evaporation rates and are used to bind a fragrance together. Sometimes other substances are added to a scent, such as sea salt (ocean scent), black pepper (spicy), camphor and vetiver.
Since essential oils evaporate at different rates, the way a scent smells changes over time when you wear it. Here are some examples of base, middle, top and common bridge notes.
- base notes: cedar, cinnamon, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, moss, lichen, fern
- middle notes: clove, geranium, lemongrass, neroli, nutmeg, ylang-ylang
- Top notes: bergamot, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, neroli, orchid, rose
- bridge: vanilla, lavender
The order in which you mix your ingredients is important, as it will affect the smell. If you change the procedure, record what you have done in case you want to do it again.
Create your scent:
- Add jojoba oil or sweet almond oil to the bottle.
- Add the essential oils in the following order: the base notes, followed by the middle notes, then finally the top notes. Add a few drops of bridge notes, if desired.
- Add 2-1 / 2 ounces of alcohol.
- Shake the bottle for a few minutes and then let it sit for 48 hours to 6 weeks. The smell will change over time, becoming strongest around 6 weeks.
- When the scent is where you want it, add 2 tablespoons of spring water to the scent. Shake the bottle to mix the scent, then filter it through a coffee filter and pour it into its final bottle. Ideally, it will be a dark bottle with minimal air space, as light and exposure to air degrade many essential oils.
- You can pour a little perfume in a decorative bottle, but in general, store your perfume in an airtight bottle, away from heat and light.
- Label your creation. It is a good idea to record how you made the perfume, in case you want to reproduce it.
It takes experimentation to get the scent you want, but you can start in the right direction, keeping in mind the type of scent associated with essential oils:
- earthy: patchouli, vetiver
- floral: geranium, jasmine, neroli, pink, purple, ylang-ylang
- fruity: bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, lime, tangerine, orange
- herbal: angelica, basil, chamomile, clary sage, lavender, peppermint, rosemary
- sea: sea salt
- spicy: black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, ginger, juniper, nutmeg
- wood: cassia, cedar, cypress, pine, sandalwood
If the scent is too strong, you can dilute it with more water. If you want your scent to keep its smell longer, add a tablespoon of glycerin to the scent mixture.