How To Make Natural Perfume

Using essential oils to create original fragrance blends for homemade cosmetics, air fresheners, or perfumes is fun and easy. And, by making your own formulas you can avoid the harmful chemical compounds, such as phthalates, commonly used in commercial perfumes and beauty – care products. {Recent research has linked phthalates to serious health conditions.

Choose one essential oil to serve as the backbone of the fragrance, and then add small amounts of other oils, sniffing to judge the effect after each addition. You could use a fixative, such as glycerin, to help slow the evaporation rate of the essential oils. But, before you add a fixative to any fragrance, test it on a small area of your skin, as it could cause an allergic reaction. Pay attention to the intensity of each oil, and use extremely strong – smelling oils sparingly so their presence does not overwhelm the others. A good rule of thumb is to use only one drop of very strong – smelling oil, such as jasmine, patchouli, rosemary, or ylang-ylang – for every 5 to 10 drops of milder – smelling oil, such as citrus or lavender.

Make small batches of fragrance until the process becomes comfortable. Take notes so that you can duplicate your favorites later.

To make a perfume, add about 12 drops of a blend to 1 ounce of a carrier oil. {Jojoba oil makes a good perfume base.}

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