Essential oils have been used for perfumery throughout history by the ancient Egyptians. Throughout history they have played a major part in beauty and rituals as well as being sought after and used for their extensive health benefits.
Making your own essential oil perfumes (or pure-fumes as I like to call them) is not only fun but it is so much better for your health than perfumes that are full of toxins, chemicals and fragrances. It is actually scary how many chemicals we put on our skin (our largest organ) without even realising it!
I have dabbled in making my own blends using oils that I like and that I think work well together – often it is a blend I try in the diffuser that I like and then I make it up as a blend, other times I just have a ‘try it and see’ approach. Most of the time they have been pretty good.
There is some tricks to making your own pure-fume blends that I have learnt more about. You see, oils can be separated into three categories ore notes – base, middle and top.
Here is some information about these categories from the doTERRA blog:
It is important to remember that when you are blending, top notes are the first thing you smell and last a relatively short amount of time.
Top notes make up between 5–20 percent of the perfume blend.
Middle notes are the next group of oils you will smell. Once the top note wears off, middle notes start to become more prominent; this can happen anywhere from 20–60 minutes after application. These are known as the body, bouquet, or heart of the fragrance and make up between 50–80 percent of the perfume blend.
After an hour or two, you will begin to smell the base notes. Base notes are the oils that last the longest and are usually floral or woody scents. Base notes, like top notes, make up between 5–20 percent of the perfume.
When creating your own natural perfume fragrance, adding alcohol or carrier oils such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, can help tone down overpowering oils and even prolong the life of your custom fragrance.
Below is a table that you can save for future reference on the different notes to help you in making your own pure-fume blends.
How to blend your pure-fume
It is said that the middle notes are the heart of your pure-fume and the base ties it all together so choose oils from these categories first and then choose the oils to top it off! Add 20 - 30 drops of the oils from each of the categories and once you are happy with the scent top the roller bottle up with fractionated coconut oil. For best storage use a fark glass container or roller bottle and store in a cool dry place.
Use the handy guide below to measure out your drops of each oil from each category.
You can use the oil characteristics and notes for your diffuser blends too. Keeping the list of each of the top, middle and base notes handy is a great tool for blending oils for lots of different purposes.
Here are some of my fav pure-fume blends for you to try:
- Clary Sage, Lavender and Patchouli
- Grapefruit, Geranium, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli
- Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Sandalwood
- Bergamot, Juniper Berry, Frankincense, Sandalwood
- Citrus Bliss, Lavender, Frankincense
Have a play with your oils and see what you come up with. And if you haven’t yet started with oils and want to get your own oils, follow the instructions below:
To purchase doTERRA essential oils go to: http://mydoterra.com/sarahpoppy
1. Select join and save
2. Choose wholesale customer (if you plan to be a customer only - you can upgrade later but we can chat about that) or wellness advocate if you want to build a business with doTERRA or refer your family and friends and earn some money back for doing so.
3. Fill in your details
4. Choose whichever starter kit you feel drawn to (my pick is the Home Essentials Kit + Fractionated Coconut oil as it has everything you need to get started, otherwise select the Introductory Enrolment Packet and add the individual oils you would like to start with)
For more info on how to purchase click here: http://bit.ly/1pnyOwc