Creating Essential Oil Blends

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Something we've talked about here on the blog before is the importance of eliminating artificial fragrances. Let's make our own today--FREE of harmful synthetic fragrances!






~MAKE YOUR OWN 100% NATURAL PERFUME~


Today, we will be creating some beautiful perfumes using essential oils. As you know, I used to make 100% natural perfume blends to sell in my skin care line. These were formulated using essential oils, resins and absolutes and free of synthetic fragrance. Customers had the choice of an oil base or artisan's alcohol (phthalate free and isopropyl alcohol free). I'm sharing some of my most favorite blends so you can make them at home too.









I love perfume oils. These are non greasy, truly natural, and last a long time on the skin. You can use any veggie-based carrier oil in a perfume oil. I prefer jojoba oil, grapeseed or sweet almond oil. Jojoba oil has a very, very long shelf life but can feel a bit too thick if not blended with other carrier oils. All will work well and neither have a base smell of any kind like alcohol can. You can purchase these oils at your local natural foods store or in some large supermarkets. Online suppliers also carry these. My favorite place for this is Mountain Rose Herbs. They also carry a large assortment of essential oils.

I make my perfume oils in cobalt or amber glass dropper bottles. The dark glass will help to preserve the integrity of the essential oils. You can find these bottles at Specialty Bottle.

Today we are using Sweet Almond Oil because that is what was the most handy. 

Here is the general guideline for blending:








Essential OilCarrier Oil
1 dropto1/4 tsp
2-5 dropsto1 tsp
4-10 dropsto2 tsp
6-15 dropsto1 tbs
8-20 dropsto4 tsp
10-25 dropsto5 tsp
12-30 dropsto2 tbsp

       
Add your essential oils to your carrier oil. Do not exceed 20% essential oils in your product. Put the cap on your bottle. Now you can roll/shake gently. Voila! Now you have your own Perfume Oil. 


Alcohol-based perfume

I recommend natural lavender alcohol for herbal scents or Artisan's Alcohol. Incidentally, VODKA is great, too, although you cannot legally sell perfumes made with vodka, so I never did. I use vodka as my base these days since I don't sell the perfumes I makeI typically use a similar amount of essential oils in the alcohol. Please note that your final product may be a bit cloudy. This is OK. If you use Everclear as a base, this works great as well without the cloudy factor. 


MY ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS:


Chic is a sophisticated floral blend; it is timeless and elegant. This is a blend of pure essential oils: rose, jasmine and a slight hint of sandalwood. The emphasis is on the rose in this one, but all notes are evident upon dry down.

Green is an herbal meets citrus blend. I have blended essential oils of bergamot, neroli, lemongrass, lavender and chamomile. It is soothing, while being earthy and uplifting at the same time. It is a beautiful everyday blend.

Cocoa Fleur was a best seller of mine since its debut when I had my business.  This is a sophisticated and elegant gourmand scent. It's a simple blend of rose essential oil and cocoa absolute. Chocolate & rose? Why not? 

Anna's Winter Cocoa was another popular blend.  This is a blend of cocoa absolute, peppermint essential oil, and vanilla absolute.

Decadence is a staple for me. This is a blend of vanilla and chocolate absolutes.

Love chocolate mint? I love the 100% Pure Yummy Ice Cream line for kids in the Mint Chocolate Chip. You can make a great scent to go along with it using nothing more than peppermint essential oil and cocoa absolute. It smells divine!

Dreamland was a comforting blend of mine. The oils in this: Roman chamomile, lavender, and vanilla absolute.

Fall Harvest is super yummy. Using vanilla absolute, nutmeg essential oil, a hint of cinnamon essential oil, and sweet orange essential oil, you will have a bakery-inspired all natural blend.

Other Lovely Blends:


1. Rose, Sweet Orange and Anise
2. Lemon and Lime and Lavender
3. Grapefruit, Bergamot, and Lemon
4. Peppermint, Rosemary, and Thyme
5. Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Lemon


FINAL THOUGHTS

It's been many months since I've eliminated synthetic fragrance from our lives. I've noticed some interesting changes.  When I walk into Macy's past the fragrance counters, I feel ill.  The fakeness of the perfumes literally makes me feel sick.  The scents are so strong and cloying. Once upon a time, this wouldn't have bothered me.  Now the perfumes smell so off-putting to me (even ones I loved) that I know my body is telling me I made a good choice.

My nose picks up on harmful fragrances so easily these days. On the other hand, I appreciate so many more things in nature that Mother Earth provides us with, such as the natural smell of honey or the sweet smell of a ripe peach....freshly cut grass....the rosebushes.  All of these are natural scents that weren't created in a lab somewhere.  I appreciate these scents so much more and no longer desire the synthetic ones. Try it.  Go on an artificial scent fast for one week and see what signals your body sends you.


HAPPY BLENDING!

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