Perfume and cologne these days can get a little expensive. For a bottle of a popular perfume by Calvin Klein or Christian Dior, you can expect to pay anywhere from $50-$100. Although you can go online and usually get your perfume at a much better price. This price is pretty high for a perfume or cologne that is not even unique! For a little less money and some ingredients, you can make your own customized perfume or cologne fragrance and monitor what goes into it as well. Although I would not recommend this for everybody. There are a lot of great designer fragrances out there. However, if you are the kind of person who likes to be a little creative and have a little time on your hands, then you might want to try to make your own perfume! Its pretty cool to make a unique scent and name it after yourself!
The basic formula for perfume is 15% to 30% essential oil, 70% to 80% of pure grain alcohol, such as vodka, and 5% of distilled or bottled spring water. Essential oil can be replaced with fragrance oil for a cheaper quality and price perfume. Essential oil can easily be found in a craft store or health food store. Store your perfume in a small glass or plastic container. You can buy a container with a sprayer at almost any local craft store. You might also be able to find vintage perfume bottles at thrift stores or flea markets.
You will have to play around with the oils to create the perfect perfume for you. To start, I suggest mixing ¼ cup of straight vodka with 5 drops of an essential fragrance or oil of your choice. Depending on how strong you want the perfume, you can let the mixture stand for as little as 48 hours all the way to a month. Remember, in creating your own signature perfume, this process cannot be rushed or your discount perfume might not turn out the way you want. The longer it stands, the stronger it will be. After your perfume has sat for your preferred time, add 2 tablespoons of the diluted water. If the perfume fragrance is too strong for you, you can add a little more water to get your desired fragrance strength. To make your perfume last longer, add a tablespoon of glycerin to your perfume mixture. Glycerin is a neutral, colorless, thick liquid. It can be found anywhere soap making supplies are found. When added to water and alcohol, glycerin remains liquid and helps the other ingredients dissolve faster and better.
Understand there are 3 different notes in scented oil when you are ready to start mixing and combining fragrance and essential oil for a perfume that is completely unique to anything you have ever make my scent sentosa smelled. The first is base notes, which will stay longest on your skin. Base notes include oils such as sandalwood, vanilla, and cinnamon. The second of the notes are middle notes, which add to the scent for a while, but not as long as the base notes. These oils include lemongrass, geranium, neroli, and ylang-ylang. At the end are the top notes which basically top off the new perfume or cologne fragrance you just made. The top notes do not last as long as the other two notes, but add to the perfume or cologne significantly. The top notes include oils such as rose, lavender, jasmine, bergamot, and orchard. Whenever you are making a perfume or cologne of more than one scent, be sure to start with the bass notes first and go up the ladder from there with middle notes and finish with top notes.
There are unique perfumes that can alter your mood or state of mind. Jasmine and lavender can calm the anxious and aide in sleeping, orange and ylang ylang can ease anger, and sandalwood and grapefruit can fight fear. Need a boost of confidence? Try cypress or rosemary. Frankincense, rose, and bergamot can help relieve depression and grief. To increase memory powers, try peppermint and black pepper. You may want to keep this in mind when you are creating your concoction.