More than a pleasant stimulant for the nasal cavities, what permeates from natural perfumes is a superior quality that surpasses the novel romanticism of a more glamorous era. Certainly, scents are the strongest provocateurs of memories. But they can be better used to define your present self. Rather than clinging to pungent residues in search of a past comfort, let your fragrance carry you forward, allowing that scent to herald loud your arrival before you’ve even stepped foot into a room as its lightly wafting bouquet proceeds you.
Natural scents are additionally desirable due to their accessibility, which allows you to concoct a signature fragrance all your own. Doing so enables you to play chemist and provides an excellent opportunity to reuse old spirit and spice bottles, in addition to other glass containers.
Essential to all perfumes are the three main notes, or scents. These are the base notes, middle notes, and top notes. Bridge notes may also be added. While optional, bridge notes, provide a smooth transition between scents. A sort of palette cleanser for the nose. After experimenting with different notes, you’ll learn which can best harmonize into a melodic accord.
Base Notes: cedarwood, cinnamon, sandalwood , vanilla, moss, fern, patchouli
Middle Notes: cloves, nutmeg
Top Notes: jasmine, rose
If desired, vanilla is perhaps the preferable choice of bridge note for autumn scented perfumes.
Base Notes: jasmine absolute
Middle Notes: ylang-ylang, jasmine
Top Notes: rose, orchid, neroli
Lavender and vanilla both make excellent bridge notes for floral perfumes.
Fresh and Fruity Fragrance
Base Notes: vetiver
Middle Notes: lemongrass
Top Notes: bergamot, lemon, lime
While there are few fruity bridge notes, vanilla and lavender will both compliment other fruity scents, and even enhance the fragrance of some. To create a nautical perfume, or simply freshen up existing fragrances, sea salt can be added as well.
To concoct your own perfume, you’ll can adhere to these guidelines:
- 1/2 ounce jojoba oil or sweet almond oil
- 2-1/2 ounces ethanol – vodka, for example
- 2 tablespoons spring water or distilled water*
- 7 drops base note essential oils
- 7 drops middle note essential oils
- 6-7 drops top note essential
- 1-2 drops bridge notes, if desired
*Avoid using tap water.
For supplies you will need a coffee filter and a seal-able glass container. Quality of essential oils may be diminished if overexposed to light and air. Because of this, you should use a dark-tinted container with limited air-space for blending and storing scents. To begin, place the jojoba or almond oil in your glass container. Next, add the essential oils, starting with the base notes, then the middle notes, and finally the top notes. If you decide to use bridge notes, add a drop or two after the other notes.
Once all desired scents have been added, top the mixture off with the 2-1/2 ounces of ethanol. Seal the bottle and shake for two minutes. Place in a cool, dark place for refinement. The longer your perfume is allowed to sit, the stronger it will be. It should begin to peak by 6 weeks, after which you should filter the perfume through the coffee filter into its permanent container.
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