Fragrance. Just a simple little word that is on so many bottles that we use everyday. Can you believe that it’s actually covering up thousands of chemicals that are harmful to our bodies?! The fragrance industry lobbied to keep their secret formulas secret. Since it was considered part of their trade, the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, which requires cosmetic companies to disclose their ingredients, doesn’t apply to fragrance.
I know. So….
Why should I avoid it? Environmental Working Group (EWG) researchers found more than 75 percent of products listing the ingredient “fragrance” contained phthalates (THAL-ates) which have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, reduce sperm counts, and cause reproductive malformation, and have been linked to liver and breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Additionally, studies by Dr. Philip J. Landrigan of the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center, link fetal exposure with autism, ADHD, and neurological disorders. // You can read the rest of this article here.
😳 Yep. But don’t worry! With essential oils by your side, you can make everything smell amazing naturally! Not only will it smell fantastic, but essential oils do great things for your body. Double win. 🎉
You may have heard of top notes, middle notes, and base notes to describe different fragrances and here is what each means:
Top notes (20-40% of blend): First impression of a perfume, evaporate quickest
Middle notes (40-80%): The heart of the perfume, appearing after the top notes evaporate, warm and balancing
Base notes (10-25%): Appear after the others evaporate- grounding, deep, and rich
To create your perfect perfume you can follow the guidelines for the amount of each note. A 5ml roller bottle is perfect when you are experimenting with blends and you can use anywhere from 10-30 drops of essential oil per bottle depending on how strong you want the perfume to be. If you stick to the middle, and do 20 drops, you would do approximately 5 drops of top note oils, 12 drops of middle note oils, and 3 drops of base note oils. Keep in mind that this is only a guideline and you are able to create anything you want! The beauty of DIYing your own perfume? You can’t really mess it up.
Along with notes, there are a few fragrance categories that oils fall into. They will be listed at the end of this post, along with which note they are, so have this reference handy when making your blend!
To get an idea of how certain oils smell together, place them in a group on the table with their lids off and smell. It give you an idea of how they will blend before putting them in your bottle!
Make sure you write down all of the blends you make! It will be hard to remember, and you will definitely find one you love and will need to be able to recreate the magic!
What you need:
5ml rollers bottle
Carrier oil of choice (fractionated coconut oil is my personal fave)
Mix 10-30 drops of your favorite essential oils into the roller bottle, following the guidelines above (or be a rebel and do your own thing) then fill with carrier oil of choice. Use our handy roller tool to pop the roller piece on and roll all day.
Want to make your perfume even more magical? Add a gemstone roller for extra good vibes.
-Fragrance categories and notes for some popular essential oils-
Florals blend well with spicy, citrus and woodsy oils.
Minty oils blend well with citrus, woodsy, herby, and earthy oils.
Herby oils blend well with minty, citrus, woodsy, and earthy oils.
Earthy oils blend well with floral, woodsy, and citrus oils.
Spicy oils blend well with florals and citrus oils.
Woodsy oils generally blend well with everything.
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Photos courtesy of the lovely Beth from True Love Studio