Perfume is one of the many products us girls use to feel pretty and smell great. But did you know that some store-bought perfumes can actually be harmful to your body? Which is why we’ve got the perfect DIY perfume recipe that will have you saving money, nourish your body and smell fantastic!
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But what’s so bad about store-bought perfume? Store-bought perfumes can be filled with harmful toxins that alter your body’s chemistry and healthy balance. Perfumes are filled with toxic ingredients like endocrine disruptors and phthalates, diethyl phthalate, ketone, “obesogens” and many more harmful chemicals. If you don’t know what these chemicals are, just know that they can cause you to itch, give you rashes, disrupt your hormones, cause weight gain and even cancer!
And while perfume smells super pretty, it really takes away from your natural scent. Every single person has their own pheromones that make them smell special and unique. Using a perfume to enhance your own scent instead of masking it will make you utterly irresistible!
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DIY Perfume Recipe
Like creating anything new, it takes a little practice. I’ve include my favorite recipe below, but the key is finding the oils and ratios that work for you. I recommend adding a few drops at a time of each one and keeping a journal of how many drops of each are added. Once you find your favorite blend and write it down, it is easy to duplicate.
This concoction requires oils at certain levels (some are potent and intense while others are a lot more subdued).
- Vanilla (1 tsp of vanilla extract)
- Cedarwood (3 drops)
- Vetiver (4 drops)
- Ylang Ylang (3 drops)
- Sandalwood (4 drops)
- Frankincense (8 drops)
- Rose (6 drops)
- Lavender (10 drops)
- Blue Chamomile (3 drops)
- Geranium (8 drops)
- Bergamot ( 5 drops)
- Wild Orange (3 drops)
- Neroli (5 drops)
Collecting a bunch of oils can be expensive, so try to study up on the scents before buying them. Go to an all-natural beauty store or herbal store to see if you can get a whiff of the scents before you purchase them.
While we recommend putting the perfume in a pretty bottle, you don’t need to spend a ton of money on it. You can recycle an old perfume bottle (after it’s been thoroughly cleaned) or purchase a cheap mason jar at the dollar store. If you insist on a vintage-looking perfume bottle, hit up your local thrift shop.
Just a note: You can, technically, use the perfume right away. But we really recommend letting the flavors meld for at least a month before using.
Herbal Perfume Ingredients
- Approximately 12-20 drops total of one of these base essential oils
- 1 tsp of natural vanilla extract
- 25-30 drops of middle tone oils (try sticking to one or two of these oils)
- 12-15 drops of top note oils (try sticking to one of two of these oils)
- 4 ounces of alcohol to preserve and meld scents, like non-GMO spiced rum (MUST get your parents permission first)
What to do:
- Mix all of the oils together in an opaque bottle to get a scent you like. Let this mixture stay in the bottle alone for a few days to let scents come together.
- Add the alcohol and cap tightly after a few days.
- Shake and put in a cool, dark place for at least a month. Of course, you could use this sooner but the scent of alcohol and oil might be too strong. A month will allow the alcohol scent to fade and while the scents of the oils intensify.