Oh-So-You Perfume

 

This article from Young Living doesn’t so much recommend blends for making perfumes, but does talk about blending base notes, middle notes, and top notes to get your own, customized blend. And it does list some of the oils in each group.

My recommendation is to pick the oils you think you’ll like, then put the lids together and smell those. The lids don’t smell as strongly as the bottles and give a better idea of how the blend will smell. I’ve also mixed a couple of drops of each in a small bowl and let it stand for a while until I get the fragrance I like. That way I’m not using a lot of oil without really knowing the end result!

Scents carry with them a wave of memories and associations. Maybe a classic department store perfume reminds you of your grandmother or the squeaky clean scent of bar soap reminds you of your mother. Our essential oil perfume opens up options for personal scents you’ll be remembered for, without scary ingredients. Plus, this DIY perfume is easy enough to make, tweak, and remake for years to come.

First, let’s dive into a couple essentials that you should know, like the “notes” of the essential oil blends that make up your perfume. Typically, you’ll smell the quick-evaporating top notes first, followed a moment later by the middle notes—the heart of the perfume. Finally, you’ll catch the base notes, which complement the top and middle notes.

When selecting botanicals for your perfume, start with the base note, soften with a middle note, and finish with a top note that makes a positive first impression.

For a list of oils in each of the groups, and a basic recipe for blending, see the Young Living blog.

Image from the same Young Living article.

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