Create Your Own Signature Scent | Jill Tetherow | Skillshare
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7 Lessons (34m) View My Notes
    • 1. Introduction

      2:23
    • 2. Background and Importance

      5:26
    • 3. Supplies and Preparation

      4:57
    • 4. Creating the Perfect Blend

      8:31
    • 5. Testing and Tweaking

      6:31
    • 6. Step By Step Demonstration

      3:04
    • 7. Closing and Final Project Challenge

      2:39

About This Class

In this class, students will learn how to quickly and easily create a signature scent that is safe, non-toxic, and personalized to their exact taste and needs.

We will be using an oil roller and essential oils to create the perfect blend just for them! 

There is no need to buy expensive or fancy equipment, and with a few simple ingredients and a roller bottle, the sky is the limit! 

This course requires no prior knowledge or specialized skill set. Just an open mind and a creative spirit!

At the end of this short course, each student will be encouraged to create their own scent, and will leave the course with the confidence to create a variety of scents tailored to fit their personality and mood.

Transcripts

1. Introduction: Hi, everyone. Welcome to this D I Y create your own signature scent course. In this class, you will learn how to craft your own special sent using an oil roller and your favorite essential oils. Your finished product will be a safe and chemical free sent that is specifically tailored exactly for you. The approach is really simple. We will be using essential oils together with a carrier oil to make a blend that suits your purposes and tastes. If you've never used essential oils or done anything like this before, don't worry. It's incredibly easy, and using your creativity to create your own scent is very fun and extremely rewarding. When you get up and running, you can even create different sense to suit your different moods or even for different times of the day. For example, you might want something uplifting and stimulating for when you first wake up in the morning and something a little bit more calm and gentle for when you get ready for bed. You can also use the labels that are therapeutic to help you deal with something like a headache or even stress. The great part about this is that you can both smell great and read the human benefits at the same time. At first it might be a little intimidating, but the important thing is to just dig in and try. When you're armed with the knowledge that you need, it is safe, easy and really quick. That's truly one of the best parts about living a healthy and natural lifestyle. It's accessible to absolutely everyone. You don't need any special talents or skills. All you need is a little bit of courage and a little bit of willingness to give it a try. My name is Joe, and my own background isn't history, child youth and family studies and women's herbal education. A few years ago, I experienced a life changing health crisis, and after that point I decided to blend my interest in life experiences. Together, I started the becoming effect as a way to empower women to achieve whole body wellness naturally, peacefully and safely. A big part of that is learning to care for ourselves in a more natural and gentle way by using products that nourish our bodies and enhance our natural beauty. The goal of this class is to give you everything that you need to be successful in easy step by step processes. By the end, you should feel confident and capable of producing your very own signature scent and end up with a product that I am Go you'll be proud of. 2. Background and Importance: Welcome to the first session of the D. I. Y. Sent roller. Create your own signature scent in three easy steps. Course I wouldn't be a respectable history buff if I didn't throw in a little bit of the back story here. As we take a peek into the past, we can easily see that since time began, women have taken great care in preparing their bodies for special occasions. Our ancestors recognized the amazing powers of herbs, oils and spices, and they harness them to work in their favor. They used them for healing and no rasheen for cleaning and cleansing and even to cover up odors. Beauty rituals are certainly not new, but they have changed considerably in modern years. Instead of generations of women passing down. The art of creating and using personal care products to their daughters and granddaughters were now surrounded by flashy commercials and advertisements revealing the latest lotions and shampoos and perfumes and creams, which are all, of course, mass produced in factories instead of lovingly created in our homes. So why is looking at this really important? As great as these miracle products may seem, they're not all that they're cracked up to be. Most are laced with money, dangerous chemicals and ingredients that can be really harmful to our health. At first glance, this might not seem like a big issue, after all, everybody's using them, and if you're anything like I was, you assumed that if it's on the shelves, it's probably safe. But the truth is, it could be a lot more dangerous than we really realize. This skin is our largest organ, and what we put on it does end up in our bodies. Many of the ingredients in commonly used personal care products contain hormone altering chemicals, and some of them have even been linked to cancer, genetic mutations, endocrine disorders, reproductive harm and even birth defects. The fact is, the FDA does not approve cosmetics. It's the responsibility of cosmetic manufacturers to ensure before marketing their products , that the products are safe when used as directed in their label or under customary conditions of use. And you couldn't see I've attached a link here. If you're interested in learning more, I really would recommend going to that site and checking out what the FDA does have to say . So. The bottom line is that some companies choose to use ingredients that have been proven safe and effective. But other companies disregard safety factors in favor of using dangerous ingredients that are, among other things, carcinogens and developmental toxins. To pissant of further perspective, the United States FDA has only banned or restricted 11 chemicals from being included in cosmetics, compared to the 1328 which have been banned in the European Union. And you can see it again attached a little link that I would really recommend checking out . According to the campaign for Safe Cosmetics, synthetic fragrances often include allergens and neurotoxins and synthetic musk. One in 50 people may suffer immune system damage caused by synthetic fragrances. And since that, synthetic fragrances are considered to be among the top five known allergens and they can cause or trigger asthma attacks. So since our skin absorbs whatever we put in it, it is especially important that we pay attention to what goes in and on our bodies and the bodies of those that we love. To be fair, our lives are much different now than they were for our foremothers. Many of us just don't have a lot of extra time or energy at the end of our long days to create all of our own beauty products. And let's face it, going to the this door to buy what we need is much easier, and sometimes it's even cheaper. Organic and natural products can be hard to find, and they can be expensive when you do find them. So that's a big reason why I'm so passionate about teaching these classes, because I want to show you how quick and easy it really can be to create these products at home. With just a few staple ingredients, you can create all sorts of things, from sent sticks to deodorant, toothpaste lotion, SAB's and the list really goes on and on. Once you build up a small pantry full of of these useful items, you'll see that you can clean with it. You can use it on your body. You could make it into all sorts of products, and it's it's really, really cool. And it's not as expensive or time consuming as you may think. And the best part is that you don't need any super special talents knowing what to buy and where to buy. It is one of the hardest parts, and once you have the tools and ingredients, the sky really is the limit. If you can cook, you can do this. And furthermore, if you have a daughter and niece or friend or if you're a mentor to any young girl, this is a really amazing opportunity for you to spend time together. Investing that time in them and helping them to love and care for their bodies in this really safe and nurturing way is a beautiful gift that you can give to yourself and passed down for generations to come. So now that the scene is set and we've taken a little bit of a look at the history now, you're ready to take the first step toe owning your own beauty by creating your very own signature scents. 3. Supplies and Preparation: We're all familiar with the traditional perfumes and body sprays that comment, a spray bottle and all those air. Also super simple and fun to make in this class, we're going to make our sent in an oil roller bottle. I wanted to start here because it's so straightforward and easy. And the number of combinations you can create once you've got this down is nearly limitless . Which makes it super fun to experiment with. You only need three things for this project you need. They're reputed grade essential oils of your choice. You need a 10 milliliters, a roller bottle and a carrier oil of choice. So starting with choosing your essential oil, there are many different companies that sell these. And no matter which company you choose, it's important to select a company that produces a good quality product. The cheapest usually isn't the best, but keep in mind that you will only be using a few drops of each oil, making the bottles that you purchased last and really long time. When you consider how much a single bottle of perfume costs and when it's gone, it's gone. The cost of buying these supplies and having enough to refill them many times, and you can even give some away as gifts, not to mention the vast benefits to your health. When you take all of that into account, you're coming out way ahead, both health wise and financially. That being said, you can purchase essential oils from health food stores. Many times people in your communities are selling them or if you're like me and there's not very many options in your area, I live in a in a rule area that's fairly remote. There are also many options online from reputable companies. The Herbal Academy has a great article that you confined here. I've attached the the link up on this screen, and they list out very clearly what to look for when you're getting ready to purchase. So it's a really great guide to look at when you get a chance. So here's a little tip. Your essential oil label should always say 100% pure and not blend or with hope A or almond , as that means that they're probably already diluted. And they're not a pure, essential oil. A few of my favorite companies are mountain rose herbs, plant therapy and or a catch up. The next step is to select your carrier oil. My favorites for this purpose are fractionated coconut oil, which is a light and easily absorbed oil that tends to be more resistant to rancid ity than many of the other carrier oils. And it doesn't have an odor. It's really important to keep in mind that this is not the same kind of coconut oil that you find in a grocery store that you cook with. Eso don't get them confused. Fractionated Coconut oil is liquid at room temperature, and the grocery store kind will harden when it gets cold. So you definitely don't want your oil to harden inside of your roller bottle s. So keep that in mind when you are selecting your fractionated coconut oil. Another great option is grapeseed oil. This is a really light, easily absorbed oil. It's super versatile. It's nurturing for many different skin types. Hobo oil is no rasheen, and it penetrates really deeply into the skin. It's kind of a yellow color, and then they're sweet almond oil, which is a really rich, nurturing oil. It's great if you've got dry, chapped skin on and it will come in a very pale yellow color. Your last step is to purchase your roller bottles, and I've included a little picture here. Many times. Thes will come in bulk in a in a box, somewhat like that. So that's just a little example. If you've never seen one before, that's what they look like. And these can be found in many different places. There on Amazon Rocky Mountain oils. I think you could get them at Wal Mart. I've even seen some on at sea, so a quick Google search will bring up a lot of options for you. It is usually cheaper, as I mentioned before, to buy these in bulk. And it may seem like overkill to a beginner that once you get started, I predict that you will have no trouble using them between creating different sense for yourself and making them as gifts for your friends or your family. You will put them Teoh to good use, and even in bulk, they're very, very affordable. So that's it. That's really all you need. And as I mentioned above, these supplies are going to last you a long time. So for just a little bit of an investment up front, you can produce a lot of product. Lee bottles are refillable and the essential oils and carrier oils they will go a long, long way. So comparing that to even just one bottle of expensive perfume or a few bottles of the body sprays that you can buy you once again, you really are coming out ahead investment wise, and these are good quality products that are going to make your body happy as well. 4. Creating the Perfect Blend: The whole point of this class is to keep things as straightforward and simple as possible. So I'm going to keep this science to a minimum here. But it is important to understand the very basics of perfumery to make sure that you get started out on the right foot. So the first step is going to be to select a balance of oils that draw from three different categories. Top, middle and bass notes. These categories are determined by how fast and oil evaporates on your skin. Top notes are sometimes called head notes, and they evaporate the quickest. This is the scent that makes the very first impression when you smell it, middle notes. Sometimes they're called heart notes, and they tend to last a few hours there, often the focal point of the scent. Their job is to complement or harmonize with the others and your base notes. Sometimes air called bottom notes, and they evaporate the slowest. They form the persistent scent that lingers for hours and sometimes free, even for days. And there the foundation that your scent will be built on, and they tend to be a deeper and more robust sent than the others. It's important to remember that sometimes in oil is going to fall into more than one category, and that's OK. This isn't a hard, fast rule. It's more like a guideline for achieving the most balanced sent that you can get. But the important thing is that you end up with a fragrance that uplifts you and makes you feel great. So let's get started by selecting your essential oils. The oils that you select really depends on your goal, so you need to start by asking yourself this question. How do you want to feel? Maybe it's bold or confident, calm, sleepy, uplifted, masculine, feminine and pretty. When you identify how you want to feel, it will help you select the oils that will get you to that goal. Once you get the hang of it, you'll probably want to make several for your different moods and for your different situations. If you want something to help you wake up in the morning, that you can have a roller for that or to help you get ready for bed. Or maybe you need to study and you need something that makes you feel sharp and focused. So definitely ask yourself that just even if you have to close your eyes, close your eyes for a minute and really visualize what kind of a cent you want and how you want that sent to make you feel. And if this is a little bit new to you, sometimes it's helpful to spend a little time just smelling different oils. If you don't have access or the ability to do that, you could just think about different scents and smells that you enjoy the most that you really like or that make you feel similar to the way that you want this to make you feel. For example, are you drawn to flowery scents or something that's more musky? Some people really like fruity scents. Eso That's something that could kind of help you get started as you're thinking about about building your scent and how you want that sense to make you feel in what you want. The end result to be. Once you've identified this, you can start narrowing down your options. I like to keep my blends to between 3 to 5 oils. You could do a fume or or a few less, but this is a good place to start. So in front of you you should see a chart, and I know it's a little busy and maybe a little messy looking. So don't try not to be intimidated that we'll go through it piece by piece on F. You'll notice over to the left of this chart I've written top, middle and base, and underneath that I've listed oils that fall into those categories, and this is not an all inclusive list. But this is just kind of a place to get us started and give you a little example. And you'll probably also note, as I mentioned before, there's going to be a little bit across over some to top and middle and bass notes. Well, kind of cross lines and you'll have one oil that will be in all the categories or two of the categories, and that's okay. This is just kind of ah away to get us thinking about getting a balance sent by having some representation from each of those areas, you can find these lists. If you did wanna moral inclusive list, you can find these lists on many website have them. There's aromatherapy and herbal books. They will all have nice lists doing a quick Google search. You'll be able to find a lot of information out there. As always, just be sure to make sure that the websites that you're using or credible I love blog's. But definitely check the credentials of the blogger or writer before just automatically trusting their information. So, um, once you know you've got a good resource to look at, you confined more inclusive lists of each one of thes types of notes. So, um, I've written down here. You can also see my red circles of some sense that I that I like and so I have circled lavender cama meal lavender. Once again, it's gonna cross over from top to middle, so it's kind of a dual purpose oil and then frankincense for bass. Note. So that's something that kind of gets me started when I'm starting to build my sons. And then you'll also see that on the next column, I have a categories list, and this just circles right back to your goal. Do you want a floral scent or an earthy scent or a spicy scent, and so on and so on? So I, as you can see have decided that I want a floral scent. So lavender and jasmine are floral, um, sons. So I've circled them because that is my goal for this specific sent that I am creating now . The next column. I have healing properties. So if one of your goals is healing properties, you can put some thought in here, too, and this is optional. But if you're wanting something to, for example, he's a headache or help you deal with stress, you can take that into account here if you choose what I would recommend in this case, is doing some quality research on the properties of each individual Essential oil You. When you have a list of oils that have the properties that you're looking for in a blend, you can then evaluate them to see if they have the other aspects that you like is well. So, for example, healing properties. You could see that lavender has a really stress reducing. Call me and feel to it. It has a calming effect, and I love the smell, so it's a natural choice for my blend. It's important to remember when you're picking out a cent for therapeutic or health purposes. You'll just want to make sure to select your oils really carefully and make sure that they're not going to interfere with any medications you may be taking. And, as always, just keep your safety in mind. Most essential oil suppliers that she will buy from will have the safety information on their product descriptions, so it could be a good place to look, as can other reputable websites and books that are dedicated to essential oil safety. So back to my goal for this example, which is to create a floral scent that has a calming effect. So I just went through and circled some of the oils that I see repeated in each of my desired categories. So lavenders, a top note and a middle note and cama meal over here as a middle notice. Well, frankincense is a bass note. You can look over and see Oh, gosh shrinking, since also have healing properties. So it's a great choice, and cam a meal and lavender, same story. They they fulfill all of these specifications for me building my scent. So if you had a different purpose in mind than you would just go through with a difference , um, different healing properties of If you have a different goal, other than reducing stress and easy and anxiety, then you could list whatever your healing property you wanted, um, and then see what you could get to match up in each category and how maney caught oils you haven't common, and then you can use that to build your scent. So this is just one way that you can do it, and you can also build a scent just based off the things that you really think smell good. So, for example, if you love the sense vanilla, orange and lavender, and you just think all of those smell really great and they make you happy when you smell them, you can also experiment with how you like them together. Maybe they'll create a blood that is perfectly you. Or maybe you'll want it, smell it and be like, You know, we don't really like them together. Let's tweak this a little, and that's really part of the fun. You can make it a little more technical like I did here on the screen with making sure each category is fulfilled, or you can truly just play around with oils and sense that you enjoy and that you think are going to make you smell great and feel great to. 5. Testing and Tweaking: So now it's time to talk a ratios and anyone who knows me, it all those that math makes me absolutely crazy. So we're going to do the minimum amount of math possible. It's also important to keep in mind that there really is not a right and a wrong way to do this. So don't let the math intimidate you. In fact, almost every website or book that you read is going to say something a little different and recommend something just a little bit different. But if you're like me, you need a place to start. And sometimes it's easy. Teoh easier to start when we do have some numbers so that we can make sure we're getting everything balanced and getting a the best sent that we possibly can be. So, for a 10 millimeter bottle, I like to follow the 30 50 20 rule, 30% of your top note oil, 50% of your middle note oil and 20% of your base. I usually do around 20 drops total of oil for a ruler bottle of that size, so it's going to look something like this. Six stroke drops of your top note. 10 drops of your middle note and four drops of your bass note again, it doesn't have to be exact. As you start to blend, you may find that you want a little more of one or a little less of another to achieve your end result. Some oils, like peppermint, for example, are really powerful and a little bit is going to go a long way. So don't feel like you have to stick to a certain number just because it says so on your computer screen or on a piece of paper. Remember, this is your scent, and it's important that you love it. So take this is something to build off of. But tweak it is. You need Teoh, and you can also smart start really small with your ratios if you're just in a testing phase and then add to it if you like that ratio. So instead of doing 6 10 4 you could do 352 and then, if you're like oh, I like that together, then you could always double it. Just a way to conserve a little bit more of your oil. If you're in the testing phase, so a little helpful hint is, it's a good idea to start your blend by mixing only the oils first. So, in other words, don't add your carrier oil until you're sure that you like the blood that you created. That way, if you don't end up liking it, you haven't wasted anything but just a few drops of the essential oils. And you haven't used any carrier oil that you're going to end up not not using. If it's a scent that you don't really love, there are different methods that you can use to come up with your scent. And as you get more comfortable, you could move on to more intermediate or advanced techniques. And that's just something to look forward to as you progress. But for now, this gives you a really good place to start, as you kind of start to dig in and play around a little bit to find the scent that you like the best. Another helpful hint is to take notes. Keep a notebook that lists each oil that you used with the number of drops for each oil. It's really easy to get carried away with creating and then forget to write it down and let me tell you from personal experience, it is incredibly frustrating. Toe work really hard coming up with a scent, and you end up loving it, and then you realize that you can't remember how many drops of each you've put in it. I've done this and it's horrible. And then you have to try to spend time guessing and trying to recreate what you originally created because you can't remember your formula. So make sure that you take detailed notes as you're experimenting, so you could go back and tweak it if you need Teoh or if you already love it so you can create it again. So once you have built up your, um, Belcher, cut your formula, so to speak. You have the oils that you want and you're going to try out how many drops of each that you like. You can take a break, you've earned it, and you should let your blends rest for at least 24 to 48 hours. And 48 hours is best, and this will help develop the aroma and allow the oils and opportunity to round out a little bit. They may change just a smidge during this time, and you'll want to make sure that you're still happy with their effect once they've had time to kind of set in blend and mesh. So if you if you don't like it, take a careful note of what you don't care for. If there's a particular sent that's just a little bit too overpowering, you can cut back a little bit on that. Or, if you want a little bit more of a certain sense, you could add more the next time. But once you're satisfied and you really you love it, it smells great together. It makes you feel wonderful. Then you're ready to move on to the next step, and at that point you're ready. Teoh, add your essential oils to your roller bottle, and then, once you get those in your role a bottle, you add your carrier oil and you just snap the ball into place. Give it a gentle shake and you're ready to use it, and I do have ah demonstration coming up next. I definitely learn better by seen. So I do done been straight that piece of it so you can actually see me do that. And so you know what to do once you already have done that, that mixing and blending and you have the sense that you like the last step. Name your blends and labeled them clearly. Many packages of roller bottles that you will order have cute little labels that are included, and you could just right right on those. Put it on a roller bottle, But if not, you can create your own. Or you can even order little labels separately if your ruler bottle pack doesn't come with them. But if you don't have, if it's a tiny label cause they are kind of tiny little bottles. So if you don't have enough room to specify exactly what your blend is, you can label it with a number that corresponds to a number in your notebook. So you're like, Oh, this is my my first sentiment in your notebook. You could see what all of the ingredients are in your first sent so you could do it that way. If you would like Teoh and I like to name my sense based off of why I created them or who I created them for. For example, one of my favorite sense I named Jen because I created it for my sister. And so it's just it's kind of fun. You can name it after a person or for a person you can name it, whatever you want to. It's your creation, and I think that that's one of the most fun parts about. It is labeling and putting that on there. And it's something that you have created and it's yours. And I love that part. So I encourage you to really get into it. Having creative when coming up for a name with your for your creation, it just makes it that much more special. 6. Step By Step Demonstration: Hi, everyone. I am going to do a quick demonstration here of how Teoh make your scent stick. I know. I always learn. Ah, lot better when I see somebody else do it. So I can just kind of Ah, I learned by doing and by seeing the best So I wanted to do just a real quick demonstration here. Now, I have already tested my recipe, So I've been through the work of finding what I want. This sense sticks purpose to be. I've already blended the oils and let them set, and I know that I like this combination together, so that part of it has already done. So now we're at the part where we just need to assemble our fit roller. So I'm just gonna go ahead and put it on the drops. They've got four essential oils here, and I'm just going Teoh, put in the drops that I want. So there's the first in this seconds. Some things some of them come out a little faster than others, depending on the brand and a bottle. So that's something to definitely watch, especially while you're doing your experiments. Just kind of know in your head which ones come out a little faster so you don't end up getting way too many drops that more than you plan. So that's something to definitely keep in minds. You know, I have my last the last oil right here. I just need to drops of this one a little bit. Goes a long ways. This is just It smells very, very nice. So now that I have all of my oil skin my ruler, I'm just going to fill it to the top of my carrier oil. They do make little funnels. They're really quite nice. They just fit right into these. And they have the big funnel top if you're not comfortable with pouring. But some of most of these have a pretty good spout, so you can kind of really get it right in there. Make sure you don't get it quite a little too full. You want to stop before you get to the point, and then I've got my little ball here. You probably found the beginning of the video when I popped it out. So this is a refill. I've already created this in a couple of different times, so I'm just refilling my bottle, which is another really nice thing about these purchasing once, But you couldn't use them over and over again. So you just have to pop your your little roller ball back on your bottle, push it down and it Sure, it's nice and tight. Then you want to put the lid on this. Just threw that on and just give it a couple of gentle shakes just to make sure everything is nice and mixed up in there. And, um, like I said before, this is a refill. So I've already labeled it. But if I hadn't been, this would be the time when I would create my name and put it on the label and claim it is my own. So that's it. It's so easy. It's so simple. And, um, I hope that that this has helped you this demonstration, and if you have any questions, definitely shoot them my way. And good luck to you as you create your very own signature scents. 7. Closing and Final Project Challenge: everyone. Now it's your time to shine. You took this class for a reason, and the longer you delay, the less likely it is that it's ever going to get done. This has happened to me so many times. Life gets busy, things get in the way and suddenly things that I've always wanted to do get pushed to the back burner. But I do not want this to happen to you. I think that you're really going to enjoy this signature scent that you that you have created, and I want you to complete it. So I've attached a shopping list and a checklist for you. Once you've ordered your items and have everything all in line, check it off your list and then you're ready to go. So I added a few links for supplies. Note that these are not affiliate links. They're just suggestions. Of course, you have the right to choose whatever products you want, but I know how intimidating it is to have all of these options and you don't really know where to start. So I have made a couple of suggestions just based on my experiences with certain companies in certain products. But again. Whatever works for you is totally great. So feel free to go back and reference the videos is needed, But you help summarize everything and to give you something that you can print out and take with you to the kitchen or wherever you are when you're creating your own blend. I have created a step by step guide that will lead you through. The process is really quickly and really easily kind of like a recipe that you follow when you're baking a cake or something like that. So it's all going to be right there in front of you. So and once again, there's a checklist. So once you get something done, check it off the list and you're good to go. Please post a picture of your creation. I want to see. I want to see everything would see the creativity. If you want to take a picture of the process, that's great, too. But most of all, I want to see that finished product, that wonderful little oil roller that has your label on it that you've named yourself and what you, uh, what? You're proud of what you create it. So please post a picture and show show us show the whole class because we want to see your work if you want to share your recipe, I always love Teoh. See what other blends people who came up with things that they love. But this is your special scent, so don't feel pressured to do that. If you want to keep your scent just to yourself. I totally understand. That's a little bit the point of the classes to have this be something that's its signature you. So if you want to share your recipe, great. But if not, I don't feel pressured again. I want to thank you for taking this class. I had so much fun teaching it, and I hope you had fun doing it in learning. And I hope that your proudly wearing your sense around your house and around your town in your community and just feeling great and loving life while you're doing it. Thanks again and have a wonderful day