Perfumes have always been part of making ourselves look better. We are particular with how we smell because it reflects our style and personality. And regardless of the aroma, we always want to smell better and longer.
For years, people keep on creating every kind of scent using different ingredients possible. And one of these is the use of essential oils. Essential oils have been useful as a safer way to solve various problems like some health issues, emotional mood swings, and stress. But these have been important components in making perfumes, and it can be done without using expensive equipment.
Generally, essential oil perfumes contain any of these four ingredients:
Almost every essential oil can be used, however, you have to read first the label especially the warnings. You also have to know which essential oil to use and what it does before choosing the fragrance. Also, there are some with toxins present and have little effect. Unless you know how to properly use and manage them, then these oils are not recommended to use. Some of these are sassafras, boldo leaf, mustard, cassia, bitter birch, oregano, savone, savory, sage, and wintergreen.
Filtered or distilled water
This is the simplest ingredient in making perfumes using essential oils. You can use mineral water if distilled is not available. If you want your DIY perfume more upgraded, you can use hydrolates. Hydrolates are the water present from extracted essential oils. This is also safe and in fact good for the skin. Also known as floral water, hydrosol, herbal water, and essential water, some hydrolates that are frequently used are rose water and orange flower water.
The easiest to use is the rubbing alcohol since its smell surely lingers in the body spray. However, aside from it lasts shorter and it still has an alcoholic aroma, using vodka can be another best option. Besides being one of the favorite drinks, the neutral aroma of vodka guarantees that it will not hinder the scents of the essential oils. Moreover, hazel can be another consideration.
Vegetable glycerin/vegetable oil
This component keeps the perfume stick more to the skin and makes the aroma lasts longer. It also benefits the skin because it helps to become moisturized. You can use almonds, apricot nut, olive oil, and jojoba oil. With these, jojoba is the best to use because it not heavy, leaving a greasy feeling while moisturizing the skin and also has a neutral smell.
Still, these things are varied depending on your preference and taste.
For perfumes, these are some of the variations you can choose to:
Alcohol, 10 tbs.
Essential oils, 2 ½ tbs.
Water, 2 ½ tbs.
Glycerin, ½ tbs.
*makes about 1 cup body spray
- Slowly mix the alcohol and essential oil.
- Meanwhile, mix the glycerin and water in a separate container.
- Afterward, combine the two mixtures.
- Remain the fragrance in a fresh and dark place for two weeks. Do not forget to shake it every day at that time.
- Now, your DIY perfume is ready to use!
The sunlight is the number one enemy of essential oils that is why your DIY perfume is recommended to be placed in dark-colored bottles. Sun rays can get the oil of the perfume’s aroma and its properties.
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