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The Art and Science of Perfume Making

09 Nov

Why spend a fortune on perfume or cologne when you can make your own for cheap. Brand name perfume/cologne can cost from $50-100, why spend that much when you can create your own fragrance with cheap vodka and essential oils. Instead of wearing a fragrance that everyone else wears you can make your own unique blend. Your own aromatic creations also makes a thoughtful gift. 

What you need

Ingredients:

     Vodka (the higher percentage alcohol the better) or Everclear if you can get it

    Essential oils*, fragrance oils**, infused oils, even flavour*** extracts (make sure it’s pure) such as vanilla extract

    distilled or spring water

    glycerine (this can be found in pharmacies)

Other stuff

   pretty glass bottles to put the finished product in, preferably coloured glass, reuse bottles (if you like use Bobo bottle, just make it airtight when you cork).

    glass jar for mixing fragrance

    measuring cup/spoons

    a dropper if you have one

    funnel

    aluminum foil or wrapping paper if you are using clear glass bottles

    a pencil and paper for jotting down your recipe

    a discerning nose is helpful

*You can also make your own perfume oil Be a Romantic Scientist: Distill your own perfume oil.

**Fragrance oils are synthetic and are less expensive than essential oils.

***Quite a few perfumes use food flavours in them, so extracts are an easy way of incorporating them into your own creations (remember those pineapple flavors mummy used to put in zobo drink).

    What Was Your Worst Holiday Gift?

    Holiday Gifts

    You Tell Us: What Was Your Worst Holiday Gift? It was probably a poor smelling perfume + a friend’s goodwill (that made it acceptable).

 Directions

Perfume is simple to make, the trick is to put the essential oils together creating a smell you like. Perfume is made up of base notes (the smell stays the longest on your skin), middle notes (smell stays second longest), and top notes (smell of oil evaporates first). Because the oils all evaporate at different rates the perfume may smell different as time goes on. Below are listed easily found essential divided into base, middle and top notes.

• Base notes-cedar wood cinnamon patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla

• Middle notes-clove, geranium, lemongrass, bottle nutmeg, neroli, ylang-ylang

• Top notes-bergamot, lavender lemon lime neroli

• Bridge-vanilla, lavender (add a few drops to join base, middle and top notes together).

To make your perfume, mix at least 25 drops total of essential oils divided evenly between base, middle and top notes. Start with the base notes, then middle, then top, smelling as you go. Add a few drops of the bridge oil. Add 2 1/2 ounces of alcohol (get a parent to help you with this), shake for a few minutes, then let it sit for 48 hours (or up to 6 weeks-the longer it sits, the stronger the smell). Add 2 tablespoons spring water, stir, then pour through a coffee filter and put it in a bottle.

You could commercialise this idea, I wouldn’t sue you and you’ll be willing to give me 10% of your profits sometime later.

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