Did you know you could make your own non toxic and healthy perfume using your Young Living essential oils?
Oh perfume, you’re so fun. Remember when you used to walk through Macy’s and spray the perfume on the little pieces of cardboard, smelling them all, enjoying their bottles? I used to love perfume. The ornate bottles. Using every last drop. I am SO happy I discovered how to create a perfume that is not only nontoxic but therapeutic!
You can actually benefit from wearing a gorgeous signature blend, instead of being harmed from lab-created scents. You can authentically wear the scent of real flowers, and enjoy the high vibes and abundance that nature provides. Subtle bio-energy flows through all living things and can be measured in hertz. And pure plant extracts from essential oils from rose can measure as much as 5x higher than her sister plants, like basil and peppermint. But, either way, when we use real plant extracts, we benefit from their gifts! My new hobby is formulating perfume from my essential oils. 100 % nontoxic, gorgeous scents from the gifts of nature. I have some beautiful vintage-inspired bottles and love a simple spray bottle like pictured to carry in my purse and car.
Why we avoid artificial fragrance?
I know, I know. You don’t want to give up your perfume and don’t want to hear it. I was SO there. And since removing the artificial fragrance from my life, I promise you will be disgusted by heavy fake fragrance soon. When I walk into an office and all I can smell is perfume, all I want to do is run away.
Phthalates in artificial fragrance have been shown to disrupt the delicate endocrine system, reduce sperm count, cause reproductive malformation, and have been linked to cancer. Additionally, studies by the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center, link fetal exposure with autism, ADHD, and neurological disorders. Source. When I read about these dangers of fragrance I could never bring myself to buy another product that had fragrance again.
And it’s not just perfume,
Once I learned that just about everything I was purchasing from the store had artificial fragrance added to it, I started doing more research. It turns out the majority of personal care and cleaning products contain toxins you want to avoid too. These ingredients are absorbed into the bloodstream directly through the skin. Everyone needs to do their best to avoid it. Read here how we cut ourselves off from these products with ease! There are so many beautiful ways to start removing toxins from your home and life.
Why do we make our own perfume?
- The olfactory experience of an essential oil is unique to every individual, and therefore, the tools and knowledge to create your own perfume is a wonderful way to get creative. You also have the power to create a powerful, positive emotional response and memories around these scents. The molecules in our perfume get registered in our brain by our limbic system. This system is responsible for regulating our emotions and memories.
- Aside from their beautiful scents, essential oils are well known for their ability to provide some therapeutic benefits. Lavender is known to be calming, and promote relaxation. Whereas peppermint can help us focus, frankincense can be grounding, and grapefruit can be uplifting. We can create our perfumes around these properties as well.
- When we make our own perfume with essential oils, we not only experience full control over the scent, but we can also improve our health and wellbeing. You will literally roll aches, stress, and tension away, all while getting all of the benefits of aromatherapy – from your perfume!
before you start:
In addition to your essential oils, you need a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils and make them safe to go directly onto the skin. Essential oils are potent, so we protect our skin by using a barrier. Some easily accessible and popular carrier oils are fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, calendula oil, or even just olive oil.
If you have a spray bottle and plan to spritz on your essential oils, than you need some alcohol like vodka or witch hazel to help carry the scent molecules.
Gather necessary tools. You will need:
- A variety of essential oils from each note
- A small funnel
- Your roller or bottle
- A carrier oil of choice to dilute the perfume blend if you plan to topically roll on your perfume, or alcohol or witch hazel if you plan to spray your perfume.
The note theory:
Today, the perfume and essential oil industry commonly place essential oils into three categories, called notes, each of which portray a specific purpose and rate of evaporation. The notes are based on the evaporation process and contemplated use of the perfume. The presence of one note may impact the perception of another. This makes perfume making a personal and often rewarding experience.
the top note (or head note)
The top note consists of an essential oil that has a low molecular weight, and therefore evaporates quickly. Top notes assist in evolving the blend as the constituents settle, and enhancing the other notes.
Popular examples: Basil, Bergamot, Black spruce, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Grapefruit, Kunzea, Lemon, Lemon myrtle, Lemongrass, Lime, Orange, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pine, Sage, Spearmint, Tangerine, Wintergreen.
the middle note (or heart note)
Middle notes act as a bridge, carrying the lighter and heavier oils, creating a balance in the perfume.
Popular examples: Black pepper, Blue tansy, Cypress, Cardamom, Carrot seed, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Cypress, Davana, Elemi, Geranium, Ginger, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Melissa, Myrrh, Neroli, Nutmeg, Oregano, Palo Santo, Rose, Rosemary, Star Anise, Tea Tree, Thyme, Ylang ylang.
the base note
The most popular ratio is 3:5:2 (3 top note, 5 middle notes, 2 base note)
Say you want your roller perfume to contain 20 drops of essential oil. You would add 6 drops of your top note, 10 drops of your middle note, and 4 drops of your base note.
Your perfume will evolve after a day or two as the constituents settle, so before feeling tempted to add more drops, let it settle and evolve for 2-5 days before making adjustments.
The base note oils have the highest molecular weight, binding the blend together.
Popular examples: Cedarwood, Copiaba, Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Valarian, Vetiver
THE BEST BLENDS
Here are my favorite perfume blends using the note theory I’ve made from my Young Living essential oils. I make these in a medium sized vintage spray bottle.
Midsummers night dream
Creme de la creme
Woodland forest friends
Isn’t it amazing we have been putting toxic man-made fragrance on us when we had this simple option all along! I love knowing my perfume is actually benefiting me thanks to its pure plant properties.
I know if you make one of these perfumes you will fall in love with the scent and the process just like I did. I linked some pretty perfume bottles for you to make the experience even more fun! These make PERFECT gifts. Add a little info on the essential oils used to describe their benefits to your loved ones.
If you make one of these blends, please tag me on instagram at #frolicandfare so I can share your beautiful creations!
Peace, love + essential oils!