• DIY Natural Perfume–The Alcohol Based Method

    Posted on June 7, 2011 by in Beauty No-Nos, Cosmetics, DIY, Makeup, Skin

    One of the best reasons to create your own perfume is to have a custom blended fragrance that you adore as well as a toxic free perfume.  I was disappointed to find out that a few of my fragrance oils may likely have a mix of natural and synthetic ingredients.  The best natural fragrance ingredients are essential oils and resins.  The Cosmetic Database rates fragrance as an 8 on a scale of 0-10 for toxicity.  It has been scientifically documented that synthetic fragrance create allergies, immunotoxicity, and neurotoxicity.  It is a major chemical to avoid on my list and also in about every product that is on most cosmetic shelves.  Synthetic fragrance is used to cover the odor of other toxic ingredients not only in cosmetics but also cleaning products and deodorizers.  Check out NoFragrance to read more about fragrance sensitivities.

    My absolute favorite natural perfume is Sensuous Beauty Sweet Woods Botanical Body Mist.  I discovered this brand at Whole Foods, and this fragrance is the perfect combination of woodsy oriental with sweet notes.  I was surprised to see that brandy was one of the ingredients.  I recently found a recipe to create your own fragrance which may be a similar method to how Sensuous Beauty designs their natural perfume mists.

    What you will need:

    Essential oils/resins of your choice

    100% proof vodka or brandy

    Distilled Water

    Dark glass bottle

    You will use 30% essential oils to 70% alcohol and stir slowly. Allow it to sit for 48 hours in a dark glass bottle.  Next you will add about 5% distilled water and again stir slowly allowing to sit for another 48 hours.  Now strain your fragrance through a coffee filter and into a clean dark glass bottle.  Once this process is complete your perfume is ready to go.  Check out other perfume making methods here.  I believe that the alcohol based method is the best.

    To Learn more about which essential oils to blend check out AromaWeb.  They have detailed instructions on which essential oils blend well together and the best top notes to use.

    My favorite essential oil blend is vanilla absolute, ginger, and patchouli.  You can find everything that you need, except the alcohol, to create your own fragrance at Mountain Rose Herbs.  Mountain Rose Herbs also offers their own pure aroma oils and resin blends.

    (Image by D Sharon Pruitt)

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10 Responses so far.

  1. nikki says:

    do you think i could use witch hazel instead of vodka ? because im under the age of 21 , so i cant buy vodka.

  2. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Nikki,
    Instead of using witch hazel, try making a perfume solid instead. You could use a base of beeswax and oil and add the essential oils and resins to that. I will give more of a detailed description in another post. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Peace and Sunshine,
    Dawn Michelle

  3. Jordan says:

    That vanilla, hazel and patchouli sounds SO good. Vanilla has always been my favorite scent to wear.

  4. Dawn Michelle says:

    Mine too! I’m a vanilla lover for life!

  5. Roberta says:

    I absolutely want to try this! Thank you for sharing this simple method! I think I’m going to use a woody scent as a base, like Patchouli, but I’m not sure about what I’m going to use with it, maybe Rose Wood.

  6. Nell says:

    Hello
    Great article! I think that making your own perfume is a great opportunity of putting your signature in the scent you wear. Thank you for sharing your methods, they are well apreciated.

  7. Panos says:

    istead of vodka 100% can’t we use
    ethyl alcohol 95% bought from pharmacy store?

  8. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Panos,
    I suppose you could although I have no idea how it would turn out since I haven’t tried it. I’ve also seen natural fragrances made with brandy. Let me know if you try it and how it turns out. Peace

  9. Dan S. says:

    What is the purpose of adding 5% distilled water?

  10. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Dan, It makes the formulation more gentle on the skin. Enjoy your day!