How To Make Perfume Oils

How To Make Perfume Oils

In this video, Sally from Plush Folly is going to teach you how to make your own perfume oil. You are not only going to learn the basics but also how to blend different smells in to your own fragrance of love.

Today, I'm going to show you how to make perfume oil. This is an oil you can use by rubbing on to your wrists or around your neck. I have made a selection of some of my favorite smells, and I'm going to build a perfume based on the florals. Let's just have a look and see what we have here. I have a selection of fruity type smells, I have a selection of floral smells, I have some green and fresh smells, some woody smells, some spicy smells and some sweet smells. A good perfume may have a selection of many different smells to give it structure and an interesting blend. I am going to start with smells I like best. So these are going to be the floral ones. Let us go for Jasmine, first of all. On my little cotton wool pad here, I am going to build up a sample of a smell and if I like it, I will then convert that into a little perfume oil, if I don't like it I can reject it and start again. So, I think I'm going to select Jasmine, Gardenia, and I will go with the Lily of the Valley. So I start of by putting just one drop of each on to my cotton wool pad. Now, some of these come out very fast and some of these come out quite slowly. There is my gardenia fragrance oil, now, my Jasmine slap bang on top of the gardenia. Lovely! So, what I have here now is a combination of equal amounts of Jasmine and Gardenia, and already it smells good but we are going to a few more smells in it - Lily of the Valley. One drop of the lily of the valley coming up. Wave that around. Wow! That is very floral, actually almost a little too floral. So, I think now is a good time to start adding one of the other smells just to break through the richness of the florals. I'll give it some fruit; I've chosen Mango, Pomegranate and Strawberry. Pomegranate is nice, it is quite fresh, this is a top note, so when you smell the perfume, Pomegranate is going to be the first impression that we get. Whenever you smell, you smell in layers. Pomegranate is rushing up in to my nose going, “Here I am!” and then immediately afterwards come the richer florals. Actually, that's the Pomegranate alone that has improved that enormously. I am still going to add a little bit more to it, though. I think I would not add anything green and fresh or anything woody. But I'm going to focus on this area now. We got some spicy smells like Clove or Aniseed, and we've got some nice sweet smells like Vanilla, Chocolate, Amber and Tonka bean! I'm going to go for Tonka bean, which is almost a cross between a chocolate and a vanilla. Lovely, it's not too chocolaty and it's not too vanilla but it is sweet. And Tonka Bean is a base note, and by base note, we mean that this smell is going to hang around for a long time. It is not going to evaporate off too quickly, and that gives depth and structure to my perfume. So , my nose is having a real adventure at the moment - pomegranate, that's some flowers, and then the lovely, lovely Tonka bean just to round it off. I actually think that's a very nice smell, it is a little heavy, I wouldn't wear it as a day time spray, but I think, as a body oil - perfect! Right, let us work on that formula then. We had equal amounts of The Lily of the Valley, Gardenia, Pomegranate, Jasmine, and Tonka Bean. Now, I need to mix that into my little beaker. I'm going to make my perfume oil in this little 10ml bottle, and it has a roll on so it is easy to apply. Now, I need to make myself 2 ml of my perfume blend. 2 ml is roughly sixty drops and we know we had equal parts of these five different smells. So, the mathematician in me tells me I need twelve drops of each to be able to get sixty drops in my beaker, so bear with me while I do some counting. Some come out fast, some come out slow. So, my sixty drops of my perfume in my beaker, so it's just a larger proportion in my beaker than it was on my cotton wool pad. Just need to pop that into my roll on bottle. Well, there is something missing as you can see, I need a little bit of oil to go in there, and the oil I have chosen to dilute my perfume blend is Jojoba oil. So if I just top the bottle up, here now, a perfumed bottle, which I am going to roll on so I am going to place the roller in there. Put the lid on. Give it a little bit of a shake to make sure that it is all mixed together. Try it on my skin. Lovely! And that is how you make perfume oil.