Floral, earthy or musky, every woman likes to have a signature fragrance and create a style statement that truly defines her personality. Be it a date night, a workday at the office, or just to gift someone, fragrances help bestow the wearer with a certain aura and yields one a unique sensorial experience. But sometimes to find that perfect trademark scent, you literally have to be on a quest. And let’s face it ladies, even if you find that perfect aroma, the price of it can literally drive a hole through your pockets. Well, not anymore!
If you are a creative and a DIY kind of gal, getting the right kind of product that’s cost effective but still invigorating, chemical-free and easy to make might make you jump with joy.
But before you start creating your own homemade fragrance, let’s find out the basics of perfume notes.
What Are Perfume Notes, You Ask?
Perfume notes are descriptors of scents that can be perceived upon the application of a perfume. It denotes groups of scents which can be anticipated with respect to the time after the application of a fragrance.
They are categorised into the following classes:
Top Notes: Denoted as head notes, they usually represent the first impression of your fragrance. These include the lightest of fragrances that fade away quickly. Some of the most common ones include citrus, lavender, herbs, and light fruits like berries.
Middle Notes: Deemed as the ‘heart of the perfume’, they are perceived once the top notes evaporate. They usually last much longer and have a firm influence on the base notes that follow afterwards. Common middle notes include cinnamon, jasmine, rose, geranium, lemongrass etc.
Base Notes: These are the notes that are anticipated towards the end, when the top notes completely blanch away. These notes are quite rich and usually blend with the heart notes to create the actual fragrance that linger for hours. To name a few base notes, we have musk, vanilla, patchouli, cedarwood etc.
So, now when you have a crystal-clear idea on the notes in perfumery, pull back your sleeves and dive into making that ultimate, unique sensorial fragrance that defines your individuality.
The Blooming Lavender Fragrance
1 cup dried lavender flowers
2 vanilla beans
2 tbsp vegetable glycerin
20 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops vanilla extract
10 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
1 perfume bottle or roller ball bottles (like this)
Cut open the vanilla beans.
Put the dry lavender flowers and vanilla beans in a glass jar.
Drench it with alcohol, put on a lid and set it aside for 7-8 days.
On completion, strain the liquid and discard the flower and beans.
Add glycerin, lavender and ylang-ylang essential oil and vanilla extract to the filtrate and stir.
Keep the perfume untouched for a month.
Strain the perfume and transfer it to a spray bottle.
If you need a perfume that can literally help you wake up for the day, make you feel fresh, and smell divine, just spray a few drops and you are ready to slay. The invigorating aroma of lavender and ylang-ylang is sure to mark an impression on others. Also Read: Lavender Essential Oil: 5 Astonishing Benefits Of This Herbal Tincture
The Blushed Rose Aroma
1 cup fresh rose petals
½ cup 100 proof vodka
2 ½ cups of distilled water
5 drops of rose essential oil
3 drops of geranium essential oil
Put the fresh rose petals in a large-mouthed glass jar.
Pour vodka in it, cover the mouth with a lid and let it sit for a day in a cool, dark place.
Next day, smash the petals with a spoon, and one by one add water and the essential oils to it.
Cover the jar and leave it to sit for 5-7 days, ensure you stir it once a day.
After a week, strain the mixture to remove the petals.
Pour the liquid in spray or roll-on bottles and its ready to use.
Just sprinkle a few drops if you want to emanate the heavenly incense of roses just like the magnificent Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. The exhilarating smell of roses are sure to attract anyone and it lasts much longer. Also Read: 3 Amazing Ways The Goodness Of Rose Makes Your Skin Glow
The Berrilicious Fruity Roll-On
5 drops juniper berry essential oil
3 drops sweet orange essential oil
3 drops neroli essential oil
2 drops cedarwood essential oil
1 tsp liquid carrier oil grapeseed oil
Put all the essential oils in a mixing jar and stir.
Add grapeseed oil to it.
Keep stirring to mix everything.
Transfer the mixture into a roll-on bottle.
Use it by rolling onto your wrists and behind your ears.