Elevate the Scentses - Essential Oils & Perfumes

October 12, 2017

Throughout history, perfumery has been used for and associated with many things. Essential oils have been a part of perfumery since early 2000 BC, when they were used by the ancient Egyptians. They used them as a status symbol for superiority, used by aristocrats, politicians, athletes, and royalty.

 

Oils were also specifically sought after for their health benefits. These powerful aromatic fragrances played a major part in ritual, beauty, and commerce, just as they do today. Here is a simple guide to creating and customizing your own toxin-free essential oil fragrance.

 

Note: This information is based on the use of raw (neat) undiluted essential oils. If you have an interest in creating your own fragrances or would like information on getting Pure and Therapeutic Grade Essential oils at wholesale prices please contact us using the contact me form on the Home page or email us @ info@essentiallyhome.net

 

Fragrance Notes
Essential oils can be separated into three categories or notes: base, middle, and top. It is important to remember that when you are blending, top notes are the first thing you smell and last a relatively short amount of time.

 

Top notes make up between 5–20 percent of the perfume blend.

 

Middle notes are the next group of oils you will smell. Once the top note wears off, middle notes start to become more prominent; this can happen anywhere from 20–60 minutes after application. These are known as the body, bouquet, or heart of the fragrance and make up between 50–80 percent of the perfume blend. After an hour or two, you will begin to smell the base notes.

 

Base notes are the oils that last the longest and are usually floral or woody scents. Base notes, like top notes, make up between 5–20 percent of the perfume.

 

When creating your own natural perfume fragrance, adding alcohol or carrier oils such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, can help tone down overpowering oils and even prolong the life of your custom fragrance.

 

TOP
Basil, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Grapefruitt, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Wild Orange, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Spearmint, Tangerine, Melaleuca, Wintergreen

 

MIDDLE
Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cilantro, Cypress, Douglas Fir, Sweet Fennel, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Marjoram, Melissa, Oregano, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Spikenard, Thyme, Siberian Fir

 

BASE
Arborvitae, Blue Tansy, Cassia, Cedarwood, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Copaiba, Frankincense, Ginger, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang


Common Aromatic Scent Profiles
Floral: Geranium, Lavender, and Ylang Ylang

Oriental: Ginger, Patchouli, and Frankincense

Woody: Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Vetiver

Fresh: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Wild Orange

 

Blending How To
When you are ready to create your own essential oil perfume blend remember, the middle is the heart but the base ties it all together. So, choose your favorites from the base and middle oils first, and then “top” it off.

 

For example, let’s say you want a blend that is both woody and masculine but is versatile enough to be light and feminine. You would want to choose oils from the base and middle note sections that have deep, rich aromas but are still fresh and clean like Cedarwood, Sandalwood, and Juniper Berry.

 

Next you will want to choose one or more oils from the top note section that are consistent with the theme but also give the blend that extra kick, like Siberian Fir and Grapefruit.

 

Now, you want to blend them. Add 4 drops Cedarwood, 5 drops Sandalwood, 4 drops Juniper Berry, 5 drops Grapefruit, and 2 drops Siberian Fir to your bottle (we liked the 10 mL amber bottle for this blend).

 

Once you have the oils in the bottle, cap and shake to combine. Make sure the blend is what you were going for, then top off with Fractionated Coconut Oil.

 

Storage Tip:
To be sure that your unique essential oil perfume lasts, store in a cool dry place in a dark glass container.

 

Recommended DIY Fragrances
For Him—The Nomad

 

Top
4 drops Spearmint
4 drops Lime
4 drops Grapefruit
4 drops Eucalyptus

 

 

Middle
5 drops Black Pepper
5 drops Cypress

 

Base
4 drops Patchouli

 

Carrier
Top off with Fractionated Coconut Oil (or carrier oil of choice).

 

Optional
Substitute Peppermint for Spearmint for a spicier fragrance.

 

For Her—The Traveler

 

Top
3 drops Wild Orange
5 drops Lime

 

Middle
3 drops Juniper Berry
3 drops Cinnamon Bark

 

Base
4 drops Frankincense

 

Carrier
Top off with Fractionated Coconut Oil (or carrier oil of choice).

 

Enjoy!

 

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