You guys, I have a treat for you today. My sweet friend, Rebecca MacIntosh is going to share how to make your own perfume with essential oils.
I met Rebecca a few years ago shortly after Dean and I started going to our church. She and I didn’t get to spend a lot of time together before she and her hubby and two kids packed up and moved to California (and now they're in British Columbia). BUT we did connect long enough to really chat about a lot of life things.
I adore her for her beauty and creativity.
Our own family has been on a journey off and on over the years to get healthier. This fall – after more than a season of little activity and much junk food – we are refocusing on getting healthy again. One of the ways we aim to do this is to lower our unnecessary chemical exposure.
Rebecca’s Make Your Own Perfume “recipe” is just one fun way to do that!
How to Make Your Own Perfume with Essential Oils
I am a fan of perfume… I started wearing it as a teenager, but stopped a few years ago.
As I began studying nutrition and natural health for my family I found more and more information regarding chemicals in body products.
For reasons of patenting, companies are not required to list the ingredients under the label “fragrance”. Many chemicals have side effects that cause simple issues like headaches to larger issues of hormonal imbalance.
But scent is important. When you get a breeze carrying the fall leaves, or inhale the wind off the ocean while your feet are in the sand… All these things are held captive in your memory. I missed having the fragrance of my wedding perfume when I was feeling nostalgic. Or pulling out an old, well empty bottle of CK One to flash back to Highschool.
As I started to incorporate essential oils into my practice I found myself pleasantly surprised. Long gone are the days when to think on essential oils, an image of clouds of incense flood your mind. With the availability of high quality, high efficiency oils, each person can choose not only what appeals to them by the guidance of their nose, but also oils that are beneficial to their health!
I now have perfume on hand, to smell lovely for a romantic evening, or citrusy for a summer day, or uplifting for a rainy morning.
Creating your own perfume is truly simple.
- One roller bottle (you can order them from Amazon)
- A carrier oil (almond or fractionated coconut oil work well)
- One-two base note oils
- One-three middle note oils
- One-three top note oils
A base note oil is richer in fragrance and will hold to the skin longer. This would include oils like Frankincense, Myrhh, etc.
A middle note would be noticeable immediately on the skin. This would include oils like Peppermint, or Geranium, etc.
A top note would be most subtle on the skin, and while they add a lovely touch, the fragrance lifts fastest. This would include oils like Wild Orange, or Grapefruit, etc.
(All information on which oils are base, middle and top can be found in most all literature for essential oils.)
To make my perfume I used:
20 drops Frankincense
5 drops Ylang Ylang
10 drops Lavender
20 drops Peppermint
15 drops Wild orange
20 drops Grapefruit
180 drops of carrier oil
All ingredients were put directly into the roller glass in that order using a miniature dropper (easily found at a pharmacy).
Once made, shake it and leave it for two days for the scents to blend.
I am back to enjoying having my own signature scent, and compliments are made on it all the time. There IS a way to use perfume, while improving your health, without any negative side effects.
*I used DoTerra Essential Oils for this perfume. Do not feel limited to one Essential Oils company and there are a few great ones out there!
Thank you so much Rebecca for sharing!
I think this would be a great project to do with my girls.
What do you guys think? Will you be making your own perfume with essential oils?
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