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Make Your Own Signature Scent Perfume

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We recently ran a poll here on PI asking you gals whether you like perfume, what kind you like to wear and how often you spritz it on. We were happy to find out that tons of you LOVE perfume, and like it so much that you have several different brands that you change up. Another neat tidbit: Most of you said you enjoy girly, feminine smells. All of this got us thinking about how cool it would be to learn how to make your own perfume, allowing you to choose a signature scent that would be all your own! We hunted down our favorite DIY tutorials and are excited to share our findings with you.

Who’s ready to smell divine…and totally unique?!


STUFF TO KNOW

Perfume fragrance has a “top note,” “middle note” and “base note.” It’s recommended that you use one of each of the notes in your perfume, but you don’t have to. It’s your signature scent…you can do whatever you like!

  • Top Note: Your first impression and the scent that will fade the fastest.
  • Middle Note: The heart of the perfume. It will fade after a couple of hours.
  • Base Note: This will be the anchor of your perfume and will be the note that lasts the longest. Usually a base note isn’t the most pleasant of the three initially, but it will become more pleasing over time.

SIGNATURE SCENT IDEAS

  • Orange, Jasmine, Vanilla
  • Lime, Rose, Vetiver
  • Orange, Lavender, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang
  • Grapefruit, Rosemary, Vanilla
  • Bergamot, Rose, Patchouli
  • Bergamot, Rose, Jasmine, Sandalwood
  • Lemongrass, Lime, Lavender, Vetiver
  • Orange, Peppermint, Cedarwood
  • Sweet Marjoram, Lavender, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang

DIY GUIDE

Place a small amount of your oils into a clean jar in this ratio:

Base: 20%
Middle: 50%
Top: 30%

Shake the container lightly to let the scents blend, then let it sit. Sniff and adjust until you find your signature scent! The scent will seem strong, but it will be fainter when it’s diluted with the rest of the ingredients. Focus only on the actual combination of scents.

Ingredients:

  • Clean bottle for mixing (recommended to be dark; if you don’t have a dark bottle, store it in a dark place while it settles)
  • Bottle for storing. A dark bottle (either spray or dropper) is recommended, but definitely not necessary.
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil
  • 4 tablespoons vodka (note: most perfumes contain alcohol; talk to your parents and get their permission/supervision before starting this DIY!)
  • 30-40 drops of essential oil in the ratio of your blend (if you stick with the ratio, it will be 6-8 drops of base, 15-20 drops of middle and 9-12 drops of top, depending on the strength you want)
  • 2 tablespoons distilled water (do NOT use faucet water!)
  • Funnel
  • Coffee filter

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Make sure your bottle for mixing is nice and clean! Place the essential oils in the ratio that you have chosen, making a total of 30-40 drops of all essential oils together. If you stick with the blending ratio mentioned above, it will be 6-8 drops of base, 15-20 drops of middle and 9-12 drops of top, depending on the strength you want.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the distilled water to the bottle. Shake it…a lot. You really want to mix it up!
  3. Now store it in a cool, dark place for 48 hours to six weeks.
  4. After you’ve waited patiently, add the distilled water to the mix and shake it some more!
  5. Put the coffee filter into the funnel and transfer the perfume from the blending/storage bottle to the perfume bottle. This is a slow process.
  6. It is now ready to use! Note: It will last longer if you apply it to your clothes as opposed to your skin.

Source: Overthrow Martha

Want to learn how to make a roll-on perfume? Head here!

Girls, would you consider making your own perfume? What other beauty DIYs have you tried? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

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5 Comments

  1. Tessa_A

    Posted by Tessa_A on July 31, 2014 at 17:33

    Ooh, I want to try the Orange, Peppermint, Cedar wood one.

  2. SparklePrincess

    Posted by SparklePrincess on July 3, 2014 at 19:32

    I’m going to try and make my own perfume someday! Sounds like a lot of fun and I’m all about the yummy and smelling good scents. 🙂

  3. Marcy

    Posted by Marcy on May 18, 2014 at 19:42

    About the vodka, if you just need a little bit for perfume, some liquor stores sell 500ml bottles of vodka for cheep so you can have your parents get you just a little for making perfume. Also, I have no idea, but I’m wondering, PI Team, would some other alcohol like rubbing alcohol work, too, or does it have to be vodka?

  4. Jester

    Posted by Jester on May 18, 2014 at 19:11

    Is there a way to use rubbing alcohol instead of vodka? Cause if I be needing the strong stuff IDK if I’ll be able to make this xD Rubbing I can do. Vodka? Not so much….

  5. xxRachelxx

    Posted by xxRachelxx on May 16, 2014 at 21:26

    I love this! All though I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it because I need vodka. I’m only 14 so my parents wouldn’t buy it for me, in fact I wouldn’t even wanna buy it for me. Maybe I can find another DIY for this that doesn’t need it.