My first try at making essential oil perfume was kind of a flop. I followed Wellness Mama’s DIY Herbal Perfume recipe for my first foray into the wonderful world of homemade perfumery. I carefully selected a blend of patchouli, ylang ylang, lavender, basil, sweet orange, and lime essential oils. A liquor store visit resulted in my first ever purchase of Everclear, which I lovingly added to my special oil blend.
The problem with Wellness Mama’s perfume recipe is that it doesn’t result in a perfume.
You see, perfumes and perfume-like substances are classified by the concentration of fragrance in the blend. Wellness Mama’s perfume recipe calls for 65 drops of essential oils diluted in a whopping 4 ounces of alcohol. When you do the math, that’s an essential oil concentration of just under 3%.
But perfumes are classified as having between 20-40% of a fragrance concentration.
So that’s the reason my first try at DIY perfume was a flop; I just ended up with a really weak eau de cologne (the weakest type of fragrance you can make).
If you’re looking to make an essential oil room spray, go with the recipe I linked to above. This post will walk you through how to make a perfume at home, step-by-step. [Read more…] about How to Make Perfume Out of Essential Oils