Unleashing the Florals: A Beginner’s Guide to Homemade Perfume Crafting

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In this blog post, we'll journey into the world of homemade perfume making with a focus on crafting a fragrance that is predominantly floral. Not only is creating your own perfume a fantastic way to express your individuality, but it also allows you to maintain control over the ingredients you're using, ensuring they align with your personal health and wellbeing priorities.

Perfume making can be understood through the concept of 'notes.' These are the different layers of scents that make up a perfume. The top notes are the first scents you smell, followed by the middle or heart notes, and finally, the base notes which are the lasting fragrances. For a well-rounded perfume, it's crucial to balance these notes effectively.

For a predominantly floral scent, you might opt for essential oils like rose, lavender, or ylang-ylang for your heart notes. The top notes can be something citrusy like bergamot or grapefruit to add a fresh brightness, while the base notes could include scents like vanilla or sandalwood to provide depth and longevity.

Here's a beginner-friendly recipe to try:


  • 10 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil (Top note)
  • 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (Heart note)
  • 10 drops of Vanilla Essential Oil (Base note)
  • 2 tablespoons of Jojoba Oil (Carrier oil)
  • A dark glass dropper bottle for storage


  1. Begin by adding your essential oils to the dropper bottle, starting with the base note (vanilla), then the heart note (lavender), and finally the top note (grapefruit).
  2. Once you've added the essential oils, fill the remainder of the bottle with your carrier oil (jojoba oil).
  3. Secure the lid and shake the bottle gently to blend the oils.
  4. Allow the perfume to rest for at least 48 hours. This 'resting phase' is crucial as it gives the scents time to blend together.

For usage, apply your homemade perfume sparingly to pulse points. These are areas like the inside of your wrists, base of your throat, behind your ear lobes, and behind your knees. The warmth of these areas will help disseminate the fragrance throughout your body.

Storage-wise, keep your homemade perfume in a cool, dark place. Heat and light can cause the essential oils to break down and degrade, diminishing the quality of the scent over time. A dresser drawer or a cupboard can be a good storage spot.

Finally, homemade perfumes can make lovely gifts. Consider purchasing small, dark glass bottles and creating personalized labels for a unique touch.

Creating your own perfume can be an enriching experience, providing an opportunity to explore different scents and find what resonates with you. Remember, patience is key. Enjoy the process and let your creativity shine through.

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