Perfume making is a simple but precise process. Each chosen fragrance note needs time to meld together to make your unique scent. And it takes time for the scent combination to take place. In fact you can expect the timeline to be around a full month to blend properly.
The base note is the one that lasts the longest and is usually something like vanilla, Cedarwood, amber, oak moss, frankincense, patchouli, musk and sandalwood. Start your recipe with this note first. The base notes are the final fragrance notes that appear once the top notes are completely evaporated.
The heart note is the middle note, which is generally floral like blue lotus, jasmine, rose, geranium, lemongrass, lavender, nutmeg and ylang ylang. Add this note to the base note.
The head note is the strong smell that hits you right out of the bottle. It’s often referred to as the opening or top note however they do evaporate quickly. Examples of dead notes include orange, lemon, bergamot, peppermint, verbena, niaouli, cinnamon, ravensara, grapefruit, sage and basil, Over time, you will notice the scent changes, melts even, into the heart and base notes. For your recipe this note will be added last.
Formula for a 5ml bottle of perfume:
2 parts base: 1 part heart: 1 part head: 1-2 parts carrier oil
40 drops base + 20 drops heart + 20 drops head + 20 drops carrier oil = 100 drops total
(Every milliliter of liquid is around 20 drops with a pipette or glass dropper).
Allow a week for the oils to mix properly and store in a cook, dark place. After a week, add in the alcohol and allow this mixture to meld together for a month in a cool dark place. As you become more experimental, add additional notes into your formula like breaking out the heart notes with 10 drops of geranium and 10 drops of rose. Just remember to keep the formula balanced with 2 parts base, 1 part hear, 1 part head and 1 to 2 parts of a carrier oil.
There is an optional way to preserve your fragrance by adding alcohol, but it not necessary unless you have a unique ingredient that requires alcohol in order to bring out specific essences of the scent. For example, the Blue Lotus absolute requires alcohol in order bring out the alkaloids. Alkaloids require alcohol as they are not water soluble but are alcohol soluble. However using alcohol preserves the scent but the scent will last only for a few hours on the skin. By not using the alcohol, the scent can last longer and be more refreshing on the skin.
Perfume Recipe Ingredients:
2 milliliters of your chosen base note
1 milliliter of your chosen heart note
1 milliliters of your chosen head note
2 milliliters of your chosen carrier oil
4 ounces of non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) alcohol (optional) like spiced rum, vodka, etc.
Tools you’ll need:
Make sure you obtain a 7-ounce opaque glass bottle, 4 pipettes or glass droppers for each of the oils as well as a way to label your bottle like a sticker or tag.
Perfume Recipe Process:
Mix all oils together into the opaque glass bottle start with the base note, then the heart note, then head note and finish with carrier oil. Let this mixture stay in the bottle alone for a week to let scents meld. Shake the bottle gently to every day.
Add a sticker to label the perfume and date created.
Add the non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) alcohol and ensure the cap is on tight.
Shake gently place in a cool, dark place for at least three weeks. This is optional but helps the alcohol scent fade and the scents of the oils intensify.
Organic Fragrance Recipes you can try:
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