I use to spend too much money on a bottle of perfume. Smelling good can be a big part of feeling beautiful. For the longest time, a spray or two of my favorite fragrance was the finishing touch to my beauty routine. But that was all before I discovered essential oils. There is just something about smelling pure plant essence that feels clean. Many perfumes do contain essential oils but they also contain extra chemicals to preserve the aroma, some of which are potentially hazardous.
In 1991 the EPA tested perfumes and found numerous chemicals, usually in some combination, that can damage the respiratory system, kidneys, central nervous system. Moreover there was evidence to show they could irritate the GI system and cause less serious side effects like dizziness and fatigue. Why continue the constant exposure to such harsh chemicals when there is a safer alternative?
Trying Something New
Now I make my own perfume with essential oils. They are so easy to make, they are inexpensive and I take mine wherever I go! There are so many options depending on the scent you’re going for. I start with my basic recipe and switch up the essential oil combinations. The oils are very diluted so, not to worry, they can be applied several times a day as needed.
13ml roll on bottle
10ml carrier oil (I use a combination of vanilla-infused jojoba wax and sweet almond oil)
2-4 drops essential oil
Combine ingredients, shake well, label it and you’re done!
You can use other neutral carriers such as avocado oil or olive oil. I use the jojoba with vanilla because it gives the perfume a sweet smell. You only need a few drops of essential oil for perfume since you are just trying to achieve a good aroma. Experiment and see which ones you like best!
Below are some good combinations for making perfume with essential oils:
Recipe #1 (Great for allergies too!)