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    Making and mixing your own fragrances can be fun, and not only is it individualized but it could also save you some money. Fragrances can be made from fresh plant parts (such as leaves, flowers, bark or peels) or essential oils. Dried herbs with strong scents (such as peppermint) can be used, but they may not make as strong a fragrance as using fresh plants. For the strongest scents, the use of essential oils are usually recommended. You can always use plant material initially to get a good fragrance base and then add essential oils to enhance the fragrance. Do not be afraid to experiment with your fragrances and options, adjusting ingredients and amounts to suit your own nose.

    If you are using fresh plants to make a fragrance, do not wash before adding to a base of oil or alcohol. If you are using essential oils, be sure to calculate essential oil concentration when deciding on the amount of base oil or alcohol to use as diluent (See calculation information below).


    Essential oils are usually used as a preferred method of blending a fragrances for personal use. However, the use of synthetic material would be acceptable in certain cases, since some pure floral absolutes, like Rose and Jasmine can cost thousands of dollars per ounce. You can also make up mock fragrances, such as Carnation by using equal amounts of Black Pepper and Ylang-Ylang with a touch of Geranium.

    The ideas below are a simple guide for you to get started, but it must be kept in mind that it is easier to add more essential oils to a blend to make the fragrance stronger, than it is to dilute the blend in order to tone the fragrance down. For this reason it is better add too little of an essential oil to start off with and then top it off later if you are looking for a stronger fragrance.
    One cardinal rule you should always follow, is to write down the recipe, as you are mixing it, as it often happens that a person would prepare a wonderful fragrance, only to find that they cannot remember the quantities or the oils used in the mixture. Note any additions, deletions, or changes as you go along in your recipe.

    When mixing your fragrance you should use glass containers, as some plastic containers and instruments do tend to retain fragrance particles. For mixing the blend never use a metal object, but rather use a glass rod.

    After you have used your mixing equipment, wash very well with a strong soapy solution, dry, wipe down with alcohol to remove all fragrance traces, wash again, rinse in clean water and dry for next use.

    For storing your mixed fragrances buy blue or amber glass bottles, and if they have cork stoppers you would need to seal the cork stopper with paraffin wax to prevent oxidation, and if they are equipped with screw tops make sure that the tops have liners.

    Essential oils are either added to alcohol or an oil base when making fragrances at home. The alcohol to use is ethanol, but for the sake of ease vodka can be used. It is best to buy a high quality 100% proof vodka (which is 50% ethanol / 50% water) since it has virtually no smell.

    The oil base that can be used is Jojoba Oil - which is really a liquid wax. Jojoba has excellent keeping properties and does not have a very heavy odor of its own.

    To prevent any allergic reaction, remember to do a skin patch test if you have never used a particular oil.


    The Skin Patch Test: If you are a person that has a problem with a sensitive skin or allergies to certain plants and other substances, it is strongly advised that you perform a skin patch test before using any essential oils for the first time. You do not want to put on a new essential oil or blend and find yourself breaking out in an itchy red rash or skin reaction over your body where you had applied the oil. This would be totally miserable and depending on the intensity of the reaction, life threatening. It is always best to try it on a very small patch of skin to see how you react to the oil ingredients before you apply it to your entire body.

    All you need to do is to mix 1 drop of the oil you wish to test, with a teaspoon (5 ml) of carrier oil - such as sweet almond oil or grape seed oil. It has been suggested that each individual oil should be tested by itself to see if you react to that specific oil. This way, you will know which oil is a problem for you and your skin and make a substitution that you do not have a sensitivity to and will still work in your recipe blend.

    Apply a small amount of this mixed oil to the inside of your wrist or elbow and leave uncovered for 24 hours. This area must not be washed for this period of time.

    If no sign of itching, redness or swelling occurs after the 24 hour period, it should be safe for you to use the oil.

    If you have never used any form of carrier oil on your skin, it would be advisable to first do a skin patch test using only the carrier oil.

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    When blending your perfume or eau de toilette or cologne start with the base (alcohol / vodka or oil base depending on what you are making) and add the oils drop by drop.

    The classification of perfume, eau de toilette and eau de cologne is based on the strength of the fragrance it contains and the percentages of essences used.
    • For a perfume you will use around 15% concentration of essential oil.
    • A lighter eau de toilette you will use about 4 to 8% concentration of essential oil.
    • A lighter eau de cologne 1 to 5% concentration of essential oil.

    If you want to work out your percentages, you can work on the premise that 1 ml is 20 drops. To work out your percentages convert the total of the oil used as well as the base - be that the alcohol / vodka or Jojoba oil - to drops.

    If your total essential oil drops are, let's say 58 drops, and your base oil / alcohol amount is 240 ml (240 x 20 = 4,800 drops). Divide the essential oil amount of drops by the amount of drops in the base oil/alcohol. Using the above example you will get a result of 0.012 = 1.2% concentrate of oil in the mixture.

    _______ = 0.012 X 100 = 1.2-percent Essential Oil Concentration

    58 (divided by) 4,800 (equals) 0.012 (multiplied by) 100 (equals) 1.2 percent

    You can adjust the strength (concentration) of the fragrance by adjusting the base amount you use with your essential oils.

    Some of the recipes state that you should mix the blend, then bottle and cap it, and leave for "x" amount of days. This is to give the fragrance time to settle and to achieve a more rounded fragrance.



  • Herbal Eau De Cologne Recipe



    1/2 Cup Lavender Flowers
    1/4 Cup Rosemary Leaves
    1 Lemon Peel
    1 Orange Peel
    1/2 Cup Orange Mint Leaves
    1/2 Cup Lemon Balm
    2 Cups Rose Water
    2 Cups Ethyl Alcohol / Ethanol or 100 Proof Vodka (50-percent Ethanol / 50-percent Water)

    Place all ingredients in a large glass jar with tight fitting cover. Steep for 8 to 10 days. Strain and pour into a sterilized bottle.

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    16 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
    15 drops Petitgrain Essential Oil
    2 drops
    Orange Essential Oil
    15 drops
    Lemon Essential Oil
    5 drops
    Lavender Essential Oil
    5 drops
    Neroli Essential Oil
    10 ml
    Orange Flower Water / Hydrosol
    230 ml Alcohol / Vodka (1.2-percent Concentration)

    Place the alcohol/vodka base into your glass mixing container, add the oils in the order listed and mix well. Bottle, cap and leave the mixture for 4 days and then add the orange flower water and re-cap. Leave the mixture for at least two weeks, giving the bottle a gentle shake every day.

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    4 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
    10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
    6 drops Tangerine Essential Oil
    8 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
    5 drops Neroli Essential Oil
    1 drop Myrrh Essential Oil
    35 ml Alcohol / Vodka or Jojoba Oil (Eau De Cologne - 4.8% Concentration) Or
    11 ml Alcohol / Vodka or Jojoba Oil (Perfume - 15.4% Concentration)

    Place the base into your mixing container and add the ingredients in the order listed and mix. Bottle and use.

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    5 drops Coriander Essential Oil
    6 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
    4 drops Neroli Essential Oil
    1 drops Jasmine Essential Oil
    3 drops Rose Essential Oil
    20 ml Jojoba Base Oil (Eau De Cologne - 4.75 Concentration) Or
    10 ml Jojoba Base Oil (Perfume - 9.5% Concentration)

    Place oil base in mixing container, add oils in the order listed and mix. Bottle, cap and leave one week before using.

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    10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
    20 drops Coriander Essential Oil
    22 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
    23 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
    5 drop Frankincense Essential Oil
    100 ml Alcohol / Vodka (4% Concentration)

    Place the alcohol / vodka mixture into your mixing bowl, add the oils in the order given and mix well.

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  • The above is a small contribution to fragrance mixing and is really basic. Your personal taste will determine what you like, and it may be a good idea to look at our pages on floral notes and blending for more information when blending your own fragrance. See these links for more fragrance recipes and blends.

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    Orange mint (Mentha Citrata; Bergamot Mint) has green, branching stems tinged with red that reach 2 feet high. Leaves are round to oval, smooth and dark green with a red edge. White and pink flowers in short spikes bloom from mid to late summer. Very fragrant, citrus-like scent. High in Vitamin A and C, fresh leaves are used in salads, desserts, and garnishes. Great for making mint sauce for lamb or fish. Try making orange mint jelly and orange mint vinegar. Adds refreshing taste to cold drinks, too. Orange Mint is quite easy to grow. It will readily make itself at home in full sun to partial shade in moist soil. Most gardeners do not have any trouble growing it. They have trouble containing it. One should frequently harvest or cut back their mint to keep it looking its best. Remove old woody plants to allow newer, younger plants to fill in. At the end of the growing season cut plants back to ground level. All of the plants in the Mentha family are best used fresh, but they can be dried or frozen. Mint is very hardy and can be harvested as soon as new growth appears in the spring. Young new growth is the most fragrant and flavorful, but all leaves are edible. Hang small bunches upside down in a dry, dark, warm area to dry. Leaves can be dried on paper or on screens. Store dried leaves in an air tight container. This unusual essential oil is actually an orange-scented mint. Itıs soft with floral notes and touches of citrus. Nice in an aroma lamp, not energizing and stimulating like the other mint oils but gently de-stressing. Similar to Bergamot this oil will brighten your mood and lift your spirits. It's high in linalol and linalyl acetate (like Lavender) and is much safer on the skin than other mint oils. Used in proper dilutions, it is neither irritating, sensitizing, nor photosensitizing, much safer to use than either Bergamot or Peppermint alone. One of the best uses for this oil is for deodorizing musty closets, cellars, etc. That damp, musty odor most basements get can be safely eliminated with this eo. Great for beach houses, cabins etc. Use in a diffuser or a terra cotta diffuser. Blends well with: All of the Citrus, Juniper, Lavender, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Vetiver.


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