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.
Essential oils/resins of your choice
100% proof vodka or brandy
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.
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