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Make your own perfume using essential oils, with these 3 ultra-simple recipes!

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Are you sick and tired of investing astronomical sums of money every few months in a designer perfume whose fragrance disappears after a few hours? Don’t bother looking for the perfect brand, it doesn’t exist! That said, you can definitely create your own, with just a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. A gorgeous present to give to someone… or to give to yourself!

Choose the scents to form the base for your perfume

Even if the recipe is very simple, you should know a few of the basic properties of certain essential oils, to choose the best base for your perfume. You should follow a precise order to make sure your perfume is well balanced:

  • The base oil: grape seed oil or sweet almond oil, rose essential oil or sweet orange essential oil…
  • Heart notes (the ones that last) : ginger or lime essential oil…
  • Head notes (the ones you smell first): vetiver or cedar essential oil...
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Choose a receptacle

It is essential that you use a container made of dark coloured glass: this will help protect the perfume from light. You can use an old bottle from cough syrup (they are often tinted) or one from an essential oil that you have used up.

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Choose an alcohol to conserve your perfume (optional)

Alcohol, used in all perfumes, preserves the perfume for longer. That said, it is not absolutely necessary to include it.

You can use any type of alcohol: some people go for vodka, because it has no smell, but rum can also do the trick, and add sweetness to the scent.

The quantity of alcohol depends on the size of your bottle: if you have used around 60 drops of essential oil, use between 90 and 120 mls of alcohol. If you have used around 20 or 30 drops, add 30 to 60 mls of alcohol.

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The recipes

Enough theory, now for the practical!

1/ For a fresh, dynamic scent

  • Put 17 drops of grapefruit essential oil into your bottle or flask.
  • Add 14 drops of ginger essential oil.
  • Add 10 drops of vetiver essential oil.
  • Add a little alcohol if you would like to conserve your perfume.
  • Shake the flask well.
  • Leave it to stand (ideally for a month, but if you have no patience, you can use it the following week!)

2/ For a flowery, romantic scent

  • Put 25 drops of rose essential oil into your bottle or flask.
  • Add 10 drops of lime essential oil.
  • Add 10 drops of vetiver essential oil.
  • Add a little alcohol if you would like to conserve your perfume.
  • Shake the flask well.
  • Leave it to stand (ideally for a month, but if you have no patience, you can use it the following week!)

3/ For a sensual scent

  • Put 20 drops of sweet orange essential oil into your bottle or flask.
  • Add 15 drops of ylang ylang essential oil.
  • Add 10 drops of cedarwood essential oil.
  • Add a little alcohol if you would like to conserve your perfume.
  • Shake the flask well.
  • Leave it to stand (ideally for a month, but if you have no patience, you can use it the following week!)

Application

Dab a little perfume onto your wrist, behind your ears or onto your elbows, tipping the bottle gently onto your skin or into the palm of your hands. A spray isn’t really ideal for applying this kind of perfume, as it is more syrupy than what you will buy in shops.

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