How to Make Perfume

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Introduction: How to Make Perfume

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Why spend a fortune on perfume or cologne when you can make your own for cheap. Brand name perfume/cologne can cost from $50-100, why spend that much when you can create your own fragrance with vodka and essential oils.

Instead of wearing a fragrance that everyone else wears you can make your own unique blend. Your own aromatic creations also makes a thoughtful gift.

Step 1: What You Need:

Ingredients:

  • Vodka (the higher percentage alcohol the better) or Everclear if you can get it
  • Essential oils*, fragrance oils**, infused oils, even flavour*** extracts (make sure it's pure) such as vanilla extract
  • distilled or spring water
  • glycerine (this can be found in pharmacies)

Other stuff

  • pretty glass bottles to put the finished product in, preferably coloured glass, reuse bottles or find them at the dollar store.
  • glass jar for mixing fragrance in
  • measuring cup/spoons
  • a dropper if you have one
  • funnel
  • aluminum foil or wrapping paper if you are using clear glass bottles
  • a pencil and paper for jotting down your recipe
  • a discerning nose is helpful

*You can also make your own perfume oil Be a Romantic Scientist: Distill your own perfume oil.

**Fragrance oils are synthetic and are less expensive than essential oils.

***Quite a few perfumes use food flavours in them, so extracts are an easy way of incorporating them into your own creations.

Step 2: Preparing Bottles

Sterilize the bottles and jars in the dish washer, especially if you are reusing bottles. They need to be clean and sterile.

Step 3: Add the Alcohol

Measure 1/4 cup of vodka/Everclear and pour into jar.

Step 4: A Note About Scents

I've included a few words about scents, if you want to launch right into concocting your perfume skip ahead to the next step.

Notes:
In perfumes the fragrance can be divided into three different notes depending on when they arise.

Top note: The initial scent when you put the perfume on, then disappears, they include; lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, bergamot, spearmint, peppermint and others.

Middle note: This scent appears just after the top note disappears. Scents like; coriander, palmarosa, marjoram, basil, rosemary, rose geranium, pettitgrain, lavender and others.

Base note: This appears after the middle note and is the base of the perfume, they include; patchouli, vetiver, frankincense, cedarwood, sandalwood and others.

When you are mixing your perfume start by adding your base notes, then middle then your top notes.

Families:
Scents can be divided into different families such as floral, oriental, woody and fresh (such as citrus, etc) See wheel below. This is lovely but why do we need to know this? When you are mixing your perfume,adding scents from neighboring families creates harmony in you perfume.

Brand name perfume/cologne
There is a website which identifies the different components of brand name fragrances, so if you would like make an imitation of your favorite perfume/cologne check it out; basenotes Fragrance directory

For example:
Obsession Fragrance Notes

Top Notes
  • Mandarin, Bergamot, Jasmine, Rose, Orange Blossoms.
Middle Notes
  • Coriander, Tagete, Armoise.
Base Notes
  • Amber, Oakmoss.
Some of these scents may be a bit hard to find. (?armoise)

Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy involves using scents to affect mood and well being, if you would like to consider this when blending your fragrance, check out Aromatherapy for Emotional Well-Being

Men's Cologne
Guys, don't feel left out, try scents from the woody or fresh families to make a nice manly cologne.

Step 5: Add You Scents

This is where the magic begins...

Add approximately 25 drops of essential/fragrance oil.

Take one scent ;
  • add a few drops
  • swirl
  • smell
  • add more or continue on
  • write down the oil and number of drops
Take the next scent and repeat as above until you have added the approximate number of drops. Feel free to add more or less to create the desired fragrance.

If you are just starting out and don't know which scents to try. You can divided the alcohol into smaller volumes and try different combination, experiment, be creative, have fun with it.

Step 6: Let It Age

Once you are happy with the fragrance that you've created it is time to let it age. Place it in a cool dark location for a minimum of 48 hours, up to a month.

Aging your fragrance allows the scents to mingle, and also become stronger. Once you have aged your fragrance for the desired length of time, smell it again, the mingling may have changed the overall scent, so feel free to add a few more drops of scent to tweak it (don't forget you will need to age it again, if more scent was added).

Step 7: Add Water and Glycerine

Now that the fragrance is ready, it needs to be diluted.

  • Add 2 tablespoons of distilled/spring water. If you are making a perfume spray, add more water.
  • Add approximately 5 drops of glycerine, this helps preserve the fragrance.

Step 8: Finishing Up

Pour the perfume into your bottle, use a funnel if you need to. If you are using clear bottles, you will need to cover them with aluminum foil or wrapping paper (your fragrance needs to be protected from the light or it will go off).
Add a label, decorate it, give it a fancy name and be happy that you saved a lot of money!

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344 Comments

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Chajoks
Chajoks

Question 14 days ago on Introduction

I live in my home country Nigeria, can you give me a link where to buy the basic tools and the raw materials for production

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abehery00
abehery00

Question 2 months ago on Step 7

Hi, what percentage would Glycerine make up of a fragrance spray? We currently mix Perfumers Alcohol (70%) with our synthetic pure oil mixtures (30%). How much should glyercine make up if we start to add it and which should be reduced in it's place, alcohol or perfume oil? Thanks, Adam.

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jaberi.uni
jaberi.uni

Answer 6 weeks ago

2% OF DPG
I think DPG is more efficient than glycerin

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jaberi.uni
jaberi.uni

6 weeks ago

I have bought fine fragrance and mix it with ethanol 96% and DPG.
40% oil fragrance
69% ethanol
1% DPG
but it hasn't any "silage". so i need to add some "fixative". could you please suggest me?
thank you guys...

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trinikrystle
trinikrystle

3 months ago

Like. Most persons here I am struggling. I use ethanol and fragernace oils only. The scent carries well, and it blends wells.

I'm trying to get a better way. Suggestions?

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residualchoice
residualchoice

1 year ago

I know which ingredients to put in my perfume. How do I know how much drops of what?

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MisterJayJay
MisterJayJay

Reply 8 months ago

I don't go by drops. I use very specific measurements in mL. This is much easier and way more accurate.

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trinikrystle
trinikrystle

Reply 3 months ago

You seem to be a wealth of information. Help me. I use ethanol and fragernace oil.

Is there another way.

The scent carries well, no separation etc.

I would like to use water instead of alcohol and or the right fixative to allow the scent to stick around longer.

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Rachel Tang
Rachel Tang

Question 4 months ago on Introduction

Anyone knows how to mix absolute rose otto ton perfume alcohol?

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Sumdaz
Sumdaz

Question 6 months ago

Hey guys! I want to start producing my own brand oil based and alcohol based perfumes, how do I go about it..? Again, where can source for the raw materials..? Do I need some machineries like perfume mixing machine, filling machine etc, for a start..?

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SahbandiM
SahbandiM

Question 1 year ago on Step 3

can we use white rum like barcadi

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MisterJayJay
MisterJayJay

Answer 8 months ago

Use perfumers alcohol. It's nearly 100% pure. Any other alternative is not pure enough to create a high quality fragrance.

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yassi.memar93
yassi.memar93

Question 8 months ago

I made my oil perfume, but when I mixed it with alcohol, they did not mixed.oil is under alcohol.how can I mix them?

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MisterJayJay
MisterJayJay

Answer 8 months ago

Use perfumers alcohol. It's nearly 100% pure. Also avoid water as this prevents proper mixture and causes cloudiness and oil pockets. Use DPG instead.

Additionally, alcohol should make up at least 75% to 80% of the entire mixture. Any less and you won't have a proper vehicle to carry the fragrance.

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Sapnaaa123
Sapnaaa123

1 year ago on Step 4

Hii my oils float on other liquid .. I have to stir it when using , how can make them mix

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MisterJayJay
MisterJayJay

Reply 8 months ago

The problem is water. Not sure why people suggest water. Oil and water don't mix. Use DPG to dilute the mixture instead of water (roughly 2 mL for a 100 mL mixture).

Water causes cloudiness and oil separation, especially in the early stages. DPG is the better option. Can be found on most fragrance supplier websites. This should allow your fragrance to be crystal clear.

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yassi.memar93
yassi.memar93

Reply 8 months ago

i have the same problem

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Im no body
Im no body

Reply 10 months ago

Do not use vodka but use alcohol that contains 94.5% of alcohol would work.