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Four Things You Need to Know to Make Your Own Essential Oil Perfume

Posted on February 05 2016

While there are many ways to use essential oils, one of the most personal and fun ways you can use them is to make your own, customized perfume! 

Essential oil perfumes, done well, can be gentle and subtle, making for a delightful natural scent that surprises those you love as they come close.  Compared to strong sprays that can cause headaches and nausea for those sensitive to the smell, a couple drops of essential oils on key parts of the body are much softer and only picked up on once you get close. 

The only limit to what scents you can use is your imagination and preferences! 

Four tips to make your natural perfume experience easier and more pleasant –

mix essential oil perfume ahead of time

1) Mix up a small batch of oil ahead of time in a small glass jar.  This will make it easier to get the ratios and scents you like balanced out just right.

always use a carrier oil to apply essential oils to your skin

2) Always use a carrier oil when applying essential oils to your skin.  It doesn’t need to be much, but the carrier oils help disperse the oil, guarding you from negative reactions and spreading the scent.

don't overdo the application of essential oil perfume

3) Don’t overdo it!  You really only need a total of 3 drops of your mix, maybe 4, to apply to your skin.  You may not smell it as strongly, but that’s because your nose gets used to the scent – too much becomes overpowering for others around you.  Reapply a little later in the day, but always start with a little bit - it's easy to add more, but you can't take it off if it's too strong! 

where to apply essential oil perfume

 4) Apply your perfume blends on your wrists, breast bone, and on your neck just behind and under either ear.  These are places where blood vessels are close to the skin, so your body heat will gently diffuse the oils and the scents.  An additional spot to dab a little perfume oil is behind either knee, especially before date night.  ;)

A couple blends that work well as perfumes that you can try for yourself:

1 drop patchouli, 2 drops ylang ylang, 2 drops lavender, 1 drop geranium, mixed with ½ oz of carrier oil – either almond, grapeseed, or fractionated coconut work well.  

This blend is floral and feminine, and while you may scoff at using patchouli for perfume, it provides a solid base and a hint of something more to your perfume mix.  A quality, multi-dimensional perfume scent has many notes to it, and patchouli is one that lends a pleasant depth to your mix. 

how to make perfume using essential oils

Or, you could try this blend: 2 drops sandalwood, 2 drops rose, 1 drop geranium, 2 drops ylang ylang, mixed with ½ oz of your preferred carrier oil. 

This is a sensually feminine blend, perfect for Valentine ’s Day, as the scents are sure to arouse your senses.  Full of floral scents, the exotic nature of ylang ylang and sandalwood combine well for a rich mix you and your partner are sure to enjoy.

Experiment with oils to try what you like, but remember that perfume isn’t just one dimension.  The reason we include sandalwood or patchouli in these two blends is that they provide what’s called a “base note” to the scent.  These scents are subtle but long lasting, and usually are the reason for some perfume scents to seem more complex or rich than a single scent alone. 

essential oil perfume

In addition, there’s usually a middle note, added in slightly smaller quantities than the scents you use as top notes.  The top notes often fade fast, and are the lighter, more floral scents you see in our blends.  The exotic ylang ylang acts an excellent middle note for our feminine perfume mixes, providing a pleasant bridge and mix between the base note and the top notes.

When coming up with your own scents, keep in mind that balance and variety are important aspects to a complex and thrilling scent.  If you’d like to make it a bit easier on yourself, you can try our feminine Arouse blend for a sensuous and complex mix to get ideas.

With Valentine’s day coming up, it’s important to look and smell your best for this romantic day.  What scents make you think of romance and love?  Share your favorites in the comments!

-Jen, your friendly essential oil enthusiast

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