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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Using Essential Oils to Create a Natural Perfume

The following article briefly explains the basics of blending essential oils to create your own natural perfume. Ananda tries to supply essential oils with exceptional aromas - we think you'll be able to make some beautiful scents with them! The intention is to find a combination of bass, middle and top notes you really enjoy, and can create a harmonious blend with. The oils can be likened to the colors on an artist's palate: mix them carefully to create your own work of art!

Beginning Perfumery - Using Essential Oils to Create Your Own Fragrance:

Perfume ?notes? ? the parts that make up the beautiful aroma ? could be described as layers of scent, or the character of the fragrance. Learning "how to make perfume" takes a bit of experimenting with the fragrant oils get the right combination.

  1. Starting with base notes

    The most sustainable part of the perfume, base notes are the richer, longer lasting scent sources. These bottom notes are the core of the perfume and are usually the heavier types of oils.
  2. Base note oils

    For a solid foundation, oils used as base notes need to be intense, concentrated sources. Woody fragrances such as cedarwood and sandalwood are often the starter for perfumes, or the resins ? myrrh and frankincense.
  3. Center stage

    Next in the art of how to make perfume comes middle notes. These give the finished product its stability, and work with the notes on either side to provide a balanced aroma.
  4. The heart of the matter

    Middle notes ? sometimes referred to as heart notes ? can be blended from oils in the softer category. Rose, chamomile and geranium are typical examples of middle notes.
  5. Top of the shop

    The lightest, most delicate scents in perfume are the top notes. These are less durable than the other two categories, with the fragrance evaporating in a much shorter time.
  6. The essence of top notes

    Giving the initial aroma, top note sources tend to be obtained from the citrus or floral types. Lemon and lime might be the choice, or perhaps bergamot or peppermint.
  7. Joining the medley

    To bind everything together, the ingredients in the notes get a helping hand from bridge notes. Lavender oil is a good choice, and vanilla proves very popular too.
  8. Cross breeds

    Sometimes the oils can vary between the note categories, since it can be difficult to classify each source. Orange blossom, for instance, fits in to top and middle note sections, while cinnamon could count as either middle or bottom notes.
  9. Beautiful blends

    Blending together all of these oils to get a beautiful finished fragrance takes a bit of know how. To make perfume notes compliment each other, the oils need to be carefully balanced to avoid either an overpowering aroma, or a quickly evaporating smell. (Ed. Note: Try blending very small amounts to start, counting drops of each oil and taking notes. Let the blend sit for awhile - some may take up to 24 hours to really 'come together' nicely - before altering the recipe.
  10. Natural notes

    Essential oils are the product of extracted natural sources, such as plants, flowers, trees, fruit and animals. (Ed. Note: Ananda's oils are all from natural sources).
  11. Tip 11 ? Synthetic notes.
    Fragrance oils contain chemically re-created aromas, and can be good substitutes for natural oils that are no longer available. Musk is one of these, as it?s an animal-based product no longer considered acceptable for cosmetic production. Finding resources for how to make perfume with synthetic oils however, can lead to inferior oil products that have little resemblance to the original! (Ed. Note: Sorry, you won't find any synthetic oils at Ananda!)

For more tips, articles and resources on how to make perfume, visit:

*The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

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