Essential Oil Perfume

Using Essential Oils as perfume or cologne smells amazing, & creating your own blend is a ton of fun. Using Essential Oil as a perfume is a great alliterative to the harmful chemicals that are often found in synthetic perfumes.

How to Use Essential Oils to Make Perfume

A Brief History of Perfume

Wearing perfume was first popularised in Hungary.  The perfume was extracted from plant oils, & combined with alcohol before being applied to the skin.

In the 19th century, synthetic versions of plant oils became popular.  The creation of synthetic, chemical alternatives to Essential Oils was much more cost effective making perfume more affordable.  To keep costs down, there was a shift away from using Essential Oils to create perfumes with many manufacturers choose synthetic materials instead.

With recent research into synthetic materials, it has become apparent that the chemicals in synthetic perfumes are absorbed into our blood stream & act as pollutants to our bodies.  Additionally, a growing number of individuals are developing allergies to perfumes & synthetic scents.  In many schools & offices, staff are not allowed to wear perfumes & colognes.

In light of the evidence supporting the negative effects of synthetic fragrances, the personal fragrance industry has gone full circle, & Essential Oils are once again becoming the norm for perfumes & colognes.  Today, as much as 98% of all Essential Oils are produced for the perfume industry.

Perfumes that Contain Essential Oils

A number of very expensive perfumes on the market contain Essential Oils & can be re-created at home, for a much lower price.  A great example of this is Joy Perfume by Jean Patou.  This perfume contains Jasmine Absolute, & Rose Otto Essential Oils.  

Another popular perfume that is made up of Essential Oils & alcohol is Chanel No 5 which is a blend of Bergamot, Lemon, Jasmine Absolute, Rose Otto, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Neroli, & Vanilla Essential Oils.  

When it comes to men's fragrances, Giorgio Armani makes a cologne almost completely made from Essential Oils.  The list of ingredients includes Orange, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Vanilla, & Olibanum Essential Oils.  

Trying to recreate these popular scents with Essential Oils can be a lot of fun, & it's a great way to make your own custom scent that is uniquely you.  

Making Your Own Essential Oil Blend

The first part of creating your own signature scent involves knowing your own natural fragrance & body odour.  Each of us has a unique body chemistry & this will effect how your finished product smells on you.  As you work with Essential Oils, you will find that how your blend smells in the bottle may differ from how it smells once it is applied to your skin. 

Because choosing your oils based on your body's chemistry can be confusing the beginner should start their perfume creation with an oil based on the emotional effect that is desired.  Choosing your scent in this way is as simple as smelling the oils you are considering as our bodies  tend to be naturally drawn to scents with the therapeutic properties we need.

Scent crosses the blood-brain barrier which is why Essential Oils have an affect on our bodies & moods.  Particular scents have different emotional attachments to them.  This is why smelling gingerbread might make you think of Christmas, or chlorine might bring back images of playing in a swimming pool as a child.

Some common scents that invoke an emotional response include: Lavender, or Ylang Ylang for a calming & relaxing scent.  Grapefruit, Orange, or any other Citrus Essential Oils can be uplifting & invigorating.  Ginger, Cinnamon, or Rose Otto create a sensual & romantic feeling.  Some earthier, grounding scents include Vetiver, Patchouli, & Lemongrass Essential Oils.  For a more woody scent try Sandalwood, Cedarwood, or Cypress.

Essential Oil Perfume Recipes

One of the great things about making your own perfume with Essential Oils in that they are completely customisable.  Below are a few recipes that I really enjoy.  These recipes are a good starting point for creating your own scent.  When blending these oils, always start with the lowest number of drops, & add additional drops to your liking.  

Sandalwood & Vanilla Perfume Essential Oil Recipe:

  • 25-35 drops - Sandalwood Essential Oil
  • 25-35 drops - Vanilla Essential Oil
  • 20-25 drops - Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • 15-20 drops - Bergamot Essential Oil

Woodland Perfume Essential Oil Recipe:

  • 4 drops - Spruce Essential Oil
  • 2 drops - Fir Needle Essential Oil
  • 2 drops - Vetiver Essential Oil
  • 1 drop Bergamot Essential Oil

Rejuvenating Perfume Essential Oil Recipe:

  • 10-15 drops - Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 10-15 drops - Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 5 drops - Lemmon Essential Oil
  • 5 drops - Sage Essential Oil
  • 5 drops - Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Forest Perfume Essential Oil Recipe:

  • 30-40 drops - Sweet Orange Essential Oil
  • 10-20 drops - Cedarwood Essential Oil
  • 5-10 drops - Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 5 drops - Rosemary Essential Oil

These are just a few awesome blends that work really well together to create a tantalising scent, & invoke an emotional response.  There are countless other blends to create, & the more you work with Essential Oils, the more confident you will become when creating your unique signature scent. Get out there & get creating!

If you have a blend you'd like to share with The Essential Life community, please share in the comments.

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