Making your own signature perfume for that special someone in your life really isn’t that difficult to do. A woman gets excited when she knows that her fragrance is unique to her and that no one else will have that perfume and, more importantly, she will be able to buy it. Getting the ingredients right and making a sample of your blend formula so that you have a one-of-a-kind fragrance that is just for you is the first step to eliminating it.
Using the right essential oils is of the utmost importance. But before you jump into creating your perfect scent, you need to understand that there are 3 layers of what are called “notes,” one of which is a binder to help fuse your oils together to create the right fragrance for you. The perfumes are mixed in three parts that include a base note that produces the strongest and longest-lasting fragrance, and also a top note that is the lightest and least durable note and will dissipate first. You don’t have to worry about how many essential oils you use because you can use as few or as many as you want, but you do need to use the three separate fragrance layers with a binder. This is the most accepted structure when making any form of perfume.
There are many more that you can add to this list, but here is a small list of essential oils that make up your binders.
top = lavender, lemon, lime, pink
Half = Neroli and yang-ylang, clove, geranium, lemongrass
Based = vanilla, cedar, patchouli, cinnamon, and sandalwood
Binders = vanilla and lavender
Your base note oil should be 8 drops, then you should follow up with 8 drops of your middle note, and then you have your last 8 drops of your top note in a pure grain alcohol that is measured at two and a half ounces. Most people use vodka as pure grain alcohol because it has no alcohol odor and is premixed or diluted with distilled water.
Now that you have your fragrance mix, it’s time to add your binder. If your pick doesn’t already have your binder oils, add a few drops of your binder oil and let the mixture sit for no less than 24 hours. The longer you let your formula sit, the stronger its fragrance will be. This is the time when you continually check to see how your blend changes in scents so that when you have the right fragrance you can move on to the next step.
Adding a couple of tablespoons of distilled water to the perfume at this point will prevent the fragrance from changing. Please mix well. Then add a few drops of glycerin, another fixative to help stabilize your perfume, as it will also help your fragrance last longer.
At this point in your chemistry project, before your mix settles, go over a head and pour it into a bottle using a coffee filter as a strainer to extract any particulate matter that is left from the oils, as well as the extraction process.
So as you can see, it’s really not that hard to make your own fragrance and drag the man you want to catch out the door when you leave the room.