DIY Perfume: Creating Citrus Symphony with Ethyl Alcohol

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We're taking a detour down the sunlit paths of sweet citrus orchards. We'll be crafting an effervescent, revitalizing perfume aptly named "Citrus Symphony". This uplifting fragrance, brimming with the scents of sweet orange, bergamot, and lemon, is the perfect pick-me-up for everyday wear.

Before we dive in, let's lay out the basics. The perfume we'll be creating today will be composed of roughly 30% aromatic compounds (essential oils), with the remainder being a blend of water and 100% ethyl alcohol from We will carefully balance these components to maximize the longevity and intensity of our desired scent.

Materials Needed:

  1. 100% ethyl alcohol from
  2. Distilled Water
  3. Sweet Orange Essential Oil
  4. Bergamot Essential Oil
  5. Lemon Essential Oil
  6. Glass dropper
  7. Perfume bottle

The Citrus Symphony Recipe:

  1. Sweet Orange Essential Oil: Orange is the base note in this scent, grounding the other flavors. Use 8 drops.
  2. Bergamot Essential Oil: Bergamot is our middle note, providing a gentle spicy-citrus balance. Use 6 drops.
  3. Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon serves as our top note, offering a zesty punch that complements the other citrus elements. Use 4 drops.

For a perfume of 30ml total volume, this would mean that approximately 9ml will be our aromatic compounds (essential oils). We've chosen a balance of 8 drops of sweet orange, 6 drops of bergamot, and 4 drops of lemon, totaling to 18 drops which is around 0.9ml.

Now, the remaining 20.1ml will be a combination of water and ethyl alcohol. The alcohol serves as a carrier for our essential oils, aiding in the dispersion of the scent, while water will dilute our mixture just enough to ensure it's not overpowering.

  1. 100% Ethyl Alcohol from Use 16ml.
  2. Distilled Water: Use 4.1ml.

Steps to Create Your Perfume:

  1. Using a glass dropper, carefully measure out and combine your essential oils in a perfume bottle.
  2. Next, add the ethyl alcohol, ensuring it mixes thoroughly with your oils.
  3. Finally, add the distilled water to your mixture.
  4. Close your perfume bottle and shake gently to combine all the elements.
  5. Allow your perfume to rest for at least 48 hours. This maturation process allows the aroma to fully develop, leading to a more nuanced scent profile.

And voila! You've created your own "Citrus Symphony". Remember, part of the beauty of homemade perfume is the ability to tweak and customize. Feel free to adjust the essential oils ratio to better suit your preference. Enjoy your bright, citrusy fragrance that's not only effective and convenient but also aligns with values of health and wellness.

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