Smell is the only sense directly connected to the brain; it travels from the nasal passages to the limbic system, triggering emotional and memory centers. There are tons of scientific studies that proved that long time ago and new studies are emerging about its significance. It plays a crucial role throughout our lives, impacting emotions, memories, and aromatic preferences. It starts from the time we're born, as it helps babies bond with their mothers.
Childhood is also the period in which we create the basis for smells we will like and hate, and aromas recalled from childhood and memorized throughout our lives can have an impact on our emotions and aromatic preferences. Smell is strongly linked to memory because of the way the brain processes and stores information, and it is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. Smell is also highly emotive and can convey a vast array of emotions and feelings.
Smell - a highly personal preference
To determine your significant other’s or your loved ones’ aromatic preferences, it's important to recognize that these preferences are highly personal and can be influenced by factors such as aromatic memory, body chemistry, and occasion. One approach is to observe the aromas they already use, such as deodorants, body creams, or room sprays, and pay attention to their reactions to different scents.
Also, open communication is key. You can ask your partner/loved ones directly about their scent preferences and offer a variety of descriptors, such as woody, fruity, spicy, herbal, floral, or sweet, to help them articulate their likes.
Allowing them to sample different scents and paying attention to their responses can also help in understanding their preferences. It's important to respect their individuality and use thoughtful observation and communication to accommodate their aromatic preferences.
The case for a personal perfume for your wellbeing
There are many reasons to choose essential oils for common ailments, such as relieving stress, improving sleep, getting a boost of energy, alleviating back pain, reducing muscle stiffness, combating colds and flu, and so much more. In short, essential oils can address a wide range of issues effectively and naturally, without the side effect of chemicals used in our modern society.
Wearing a home-made roll-on perfume from essential oils is a practical way to benefits from essential oils on a daily basis. Making your perfume perfume is much easier than you think and your body will thank you for it by not bombarding it with all the chemicals and toxins added to the commercial deodorants and perfumes filled with nasty ingredients. To convince yourself why you should ditch the commercial fragrances for good, check out this blog to find out why commercial perfumes are dangerous for mind and body, your hormones, and your overall health.
The 2-minute formula to create a simple perfume
All you need to create your own unique, signature perfume is to mix a few drops of your favorite essential oils with 1-2 teaspoons of carrier oil such as coconut, almond, or jojoba oil, shake the blend well, and store it into a small rollerball for easy application, and voila! Enjoy your own new perfume.
This recipe could be used for any roll-on recipe you need to apply on your skin, such as a roll-on blend for sore muscles, for headaches, for allergies, for repelling mosquitos, etc. etc. Just add a few drops of the oil(s) you need for your specific need and mix it in a roll on bottle with your favorite carrier oil. Shake the mix well and apply to the affected area- is that simple!
You can also create your own perfume by using alcohol, but that irritates the skin, so we believe that using a formula with a carrier oil is best for your skin and your health. The beauty of creating your own perfume with essential oils is that you can make it as light or as strong as you like, just adjust the essential oils drops as desired. Is that simple if you're only using 2-3 different essential oil scents.
The formula to create your own signature perfume
If however you're looking to create a more sophisticated perfume that mimics the fragrances of some famous perfumes you like, you can replicate those fragrances by using only essential oils without adding the nasty chemicals that are added to the commercial perfumes sold in stores.
Although no perfumers will give away the formula of their product, they are prepared to offer a few clues while keeping the exact ratios hidden away in their secret vaults, so you can try at least to recreate it once you have all the essential oils.
For example, if you like Chanel No. 5 perfume, you can replicate it by searching its perfumery notes online. When researching the notes used for this famous perfume, we found the following oils were used in its formulation:
Bergamot, Lemon, Neroli, Jasmine, Rose, Orris Root, Ylang-Ylang, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Vanilla.
Extra tip: if you're a bit more serious about making your own signature perfume, especially a perfume that includes more than 3 different essential oils scents, we highly recommend creating your perfume with the help of a nebulizer, which is the best way to mix the different scents into a homogenous, perfectly blended perfume.
The reason is this powerful nebulizer's unique ability to break down heavy essential oils molecules into nanoparticles, which will give you a perfectly blended perfume scent (unlike when you simply mix the different essential oils by hand in a little jar).
Blending different essential oils with this powerful nebulizer and diffusing a little sample in the air will give you a true sense of how the final perfume will actually smell in one hour versus a few hours later, and it will help you refine further your own perfume until you'll perfect it to the formulation you need.
When you're in the process of experimenting with and blending different oil scents, only use 1-2 drops or the minimum of drops for each oil, and make sure you use a notebook at all times to write down the exact quantities for each oil, so you won't forget the ratio- this is important. It may take a bit of time until you find the perfect scent you like, but it will be so satisfying to create a perfume that nobody can copy, that could be only yours.
Once you find out the perfect scent for you, then you can multiply the quantity of essential oils to make a whole bottle/batch of your new perfume.
Find out more why you may want a nebulizer if you're serious about making your own perfumes and also if you're serious about your health.
If you want to create a more sophisticated -your own signature perfume, here are some recommendations.
When making a perfume, first establish your base notes, then middle note or notes, then the top notes. Often the same essential oils can be used as a middle or top note.
The examples below are not to say these oils are for women and the others are for men, we just listed the notes as categorized by perfume industry, but you can choose any oil you love among the hundreds of essential oils available today!
Popular feminine notes include the following essential oils:
Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver
BASE OR MIDDLE NOTES
Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver
Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Lemongrass, Rose, Thyme, Neroli, Violet Flower,
MIDDLE OR TOP NOTES
Bay, Clary SAge, Mimosa, Neroli, Thyme
Angelica, Anise, Basil, Bergamot, Cardamom, Chamomile Roman, Juniper berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Neroli, Pettigraine.
Popular masculine notes include the following essential oils:
NOTE: When making colognes for men follow the same procedure as for making perfume, although the concentration of oil essences will be far less.
Bay, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Moss, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Vetiver
BASE TO MIDDLE NOTES
Bay, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver
Angelica, Artemisia, Basil, Cardamom, Clary Sage, Clove, Geranium, Ginger, Gingergrass, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Rose, Sage, Neroli, Nutmeg, Oregano, Pettigraine, Thyme, Ylang
MIDDLE TO TOP NOTES
Angelica, Basil, Bay, Clary Sage, Lavender, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme
Anise, Artemisia, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Juniper, Lemon, Lemongrass, Neroli, Orange, Pettigraine, Sage.
Top notes are the most volatile, which means they evaporate most quickly and are, therefore, the ones you smell first of all. They gradually evaporate and leave the middle notes which eventually fade and reveal the base notes.
You could think of the whole process as a love affair: the top notes represent the excitement of love at first sight, the middle notes (or the "heart notes" as they're known in the perfume trade) grow on the heart, and the basic notes make it a long-lasting affair.
Use several essences, or just one, from each list to formulate your own unique perfume!
And if you want to be unique, you should definitely sample some other essential oils that are not so popular. We promise you there are some wonderful essential oils that most people never heard of, and which have an exquisite aroma. The beauty of essential oils is that every plant that is converted into an essential oil has some health benefits in addition to the beautiful natural scent that you can only get from them and that in itself is a win-win!
Having said that, most genuine essential oils aromas are very mild in their nature since they are directly extracted from plants, trees, roots, and flowers, so any of these can be used by both men and women as their scents are not pungent but rather mild, yet lasting longer than the artificial fragrances. This just shows how versatile the essential oils can be.
How to find out what scents you like
If you're not sure what essential oil scents you'd like for your own perfume creation and you feel overwhelmed, we recommend trying oil samples before committing to a whole bottle of essential oil. Our USDA Certified Organic Essential Oil Samplers come in 3 different packages, and they're the perfect introduction to aromatherapy for anyone interested in learning or expanding their knowledge about essential oils and holistic health.
Our samplers are the cheapest and smartest way to sample new oils BEFORE committing to a whole new bottle, especially high-quality essentials oils, which aren't cheap. Each of our 3 oil sampler packs includes 21 1-ml vials with different oils, for a total of 63 different oils scents to choose from. To find out which essential oils are in each sampler pack check the links below.
Whether you want to create a personalized perfume for a holiday, Valentine's, or a birthday gift, you can use this knowledge to your advantage to make your own perfumes and (also candles) for your friends and loved ones by combining your own selection of essential oils that match their personality, give it a special name, and voila! You have created a meaningful and UNIQUE gift that is personalized and will leave your friends and loved ones smelling amazing and feeling special!
The choice of making your own perfume as simply as just mixing 2-3 different scents or a sophisticated perfume blending 5-10 different scents that mimics the luxury perfumes is entirely yours, and with the vast range of essential oils any aromatic scent is truly possible. Your imagination is the only limit!
As always, make sure you are using USDA organic oils for topical use, otherwise, you risk spraying your skin with chemicals from non-organic essential oils that are extracted from conventional farms which use heavy pesticides and artificial fertilizers on their soil and crops.
Above all, get creative, have fun and enjoy the challenges and the sheer pleasure of making your own perfumes!
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