Go Natural- Create your Own Perfumes

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Natural floral essences are in great demand but due to their exorbitant prices, the perfumery industry tends to use synthetic essences to make perfumes economical. According to research, only a niche segment of the industry uses authentic essences for perfumes; the rest are selling perfumes derived from synthetics. These synthetics not only cause respiratory issues and nausea, but using them can also cause other serious problems like skin allergies and chronic cancer, in the long run.

To avoid such a situation, it is a good idea to create your own perfume. It may sound like a tricky option, but it is actually not, and may turn out to be quite fun too. For starters, you need to have a basic understanding of how a perfume works and you can try to do an efficient ‘D-I-Y’ for your favorite perfume. This will protect you from the hazardous effects of synthetic chemicals.

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A perfume primarily consists of 3 layers- top, middle and base. These notes unfold gradually. Generally, the the top notes have a 30% share while middle and base notes stand at 50% and 20% respectively. But, these are just guidelines and you are free to create your own product.

It is important to have some knowledge about different fragrance families to derive an appropriate, exclusive perfume. The Following is a broad classification of the various fragrance families’ basis on their predominant characteristics:

• Floral: Rose, Jasmine or violets are some of the fragrance that can be classified under floral essence. These fragrances are feminine and pretty and can be wonderfully combined with floral green, floral oriental or may be floral water.
• Oriental: To be reminiscent of sweet resins and savory spices, oriental fragrances are best to go with. The sensuous spicy notes of caraway, clove or cinnamon intermingled with the sweet notes of vanilla or amber gives a mind-blowing effect. Floral accords are perfect to go with oriental essences.
• Gourmand: With their ‘dessert-like’ qualities, notes like tonka beans and vanilla are covered under this category. Mesmerizing notes like chocolate, cinnamon or honey vanilla make your scent appropriate for cooler seasons.
• Fruity: Bergamot, Pink grapefruit, or lemon are some of the citrus notes that adds a captivating freshness to any fragrance. Add some pleasing notes of peach, berry, apple or mango with some floral blends to derive an exhilarating fragrance.
To avoid any harmful chemicals in your perfume, ensure that the essential oils you are using are completely natural with no harmful chemicals.

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The basic materials that you will require to create your own natural, synthetic-free perfumes are:
• A dark colored perfume sprayer
• Coffee filter
• 25 drops of essential oil
• 2.5 ounces of ethanol/vodka
• 6 drops of essential oil forming the top notes like Lemon, Rose, Lime, Lavender, Orchid, Jasmine or Neroli, whichever you prefer
• 5 drops of essential oil forming the base notes like Cedar wood, Vanilla, Moss, Cinnamon, Fern or Patchouli, as per your choice
• 7 drops of essential oil forming the middle notes like Geranium, Neroli, Clove, Nutmeg, Lemongrass and Ylang-ylang, as per your choice
• 2 drops of bridge notes (Optional)
• Half ounce of jojoba oil or sweet almond oil
• 2 tablespoon of distilled water or spring water (Avoid tap water)
You can also use some bridge notes that can strengthen the fragrance, like lavender or vanilla. Please note that using the bridge notes are optional but recommended.

Steps to create your perfume are as follows:

• Add the jojoba oil or sweet almond oil to the perfume sprayer. It is to be followed by the base notes, then middle notes and finally the top notes of essential oils. If you are adding bridge notes as well, it is the right time to add bridge notes essential oil drops. This order needs to be followed diligently to get the right kind of perfume.
• Once all the essential oils are added, it is time to add the alcohol, which varies from 2 to 3 ounces in quantity. Close the bottle using the perfume cap and shake it well so that all the ingredients are mixed well together. To fix the right aroma, you need to let this mixture sit for up to 6 weeks.
• After leaving the mixture for a considerable time, you need to add the distilled or spring water and give your perfumer sprayer a good shake so that it can get mixed properly.
• Add 2 to 3 ounces of the alcohol again and shake the solution until it is mixed well. Keep giving it a few shakes after every few minutes.
• To remove any residue in the perfume, use a coffee filter. Pour the clear liquid back into the perfume sprayer.
• Once filtered, the mixture requires another shake for few minutes.
• Try and store it in a dark colored perfume sprayer and keep it away from light and heat.
Evoke an eternal sense of richness and purity with these recipes crafted by you that will make you feel extra-special with their sensual fragrances. These handmade perfumes make excellent personalized gifts too, and are sure to be cherished.

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