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Make Your Own Perfume with Essential Oils

Lauren Daniels, Everything essential oils

Make Your Own Perfume with Essential Oils

Lauren Daniels, Everything essential oils

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7 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Planning and Selection

    • 3. Supplies

    • 4. Perfume

    • 5. Roll on

    • 6. Body spray

    • 7. Conclusion

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Ever wanted to make your own perfume? This class will teach you how quick and easy it is to make your own perfume with essential oils. All you need are the right ingredients and a simple formula, which we’ll review together. No prior knowledge or experience required. The lessons will cover everything you need to know to complete the class project, which is making your very own perfume!

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Lauren. In this course, I'm gonna show you how to make your own perfume with essential oils. You may be wondering why, why not just go to the department store and buy it or go online and order? It definitely sounds easier, right? Well, I enjoy the fragrances of store bought perfumes and colognes as much as the next person. But what I don't enjoy are all the toxic ingredients and chemicals that are inside of them . Back in the day, I bought my share of perfumes and body sprays, and for the life of May, I could not figure out why they were causing the headaches. Fast forward to today. After a bit of research, I found out that perfumes and colognes are known to contain toxic chemicals that can cause central nervous disorders, kidney damage, respiratory failure, ataxia G I, tract irritation, rashes, hyperpigmentation, skin irritation, violent coughing, dizziness, fatigue. I'll stop the list there, but just know that it does not end there. After learning all that, I was so thankful I was only getting headaches. I also knew I wanted to go a more natural route and find alternatives that were free of toxic chemicals. And then I found essential oils. Essential oils, air so natural and versatile and can be used in so many different ways, one of which is and perfume. After learning how to make my own perfume with essential oils, I don't think I'll ever go back to buying store bought perfumes. You can customize them to your liking. You can adjust their strength, and it's so much more cost effective to just make them at home. All you need are the right ingredients, supplies and a formula which I'll give you. By the end of this course, you will have everything you need to complete the class project, which is making your very own perfume. No prior knowledge is necessary. I'll teach you everything you need to know. So if all this sounds good, let's get started. 2. Planning and Selection: Welcome back. Hopefully, you're excited to learn how to make your own perfume of essential oils. Let's get started with a bit of planning, I've prepared a printable planning sheet for you. Feel free to download it and print it out. Or, if you have Adobe Acrobat, you can also fill it out. Electronic Lee. Go ahead and pause this video here to get your planning. She ready? Always got it. Great. If not, that's OK. You can always just follow along with a pen and paper as well. Step one of the planning sheet is to brainstorm what kind of perfume you want to create. Are you feeling romantic and floral or sensual and spicy, or maybe playful and fun? How about wild and would see looking at our printable worksheet, you'll notice three columns next to Step one that are separated into top, middle and base, and within those categories, you'll see the various essential oils are organized into sub categories, which are Citrus, herbal, floral, woodsy, spicy and earthy. For the most part, all the essential oils that exist in life fall into these categories, and there are even some essential oils that are special enough to fit into multiple categories. Also worth noting here. The essential oils listed here are not all the essential oils that exist. These are just a few to get us started. If you have some at home that aren't listed here, no worries. Please use what you have. Citrus essential oils smell light, fruity and clean. They're naturally uplifting and are almost always classified as top notes. But we'll get into that a little bit later. Some examples of Citrus essential oils or orange, lemon, lime, Bergama and grapefruit herbal essential oils are fresh, sharp, tone, defying and clarifying. They are often middle notes, and we'll talk about those soon. Some examples are rosemary, basil, thyme, marjoram, patchouli and sightless. A subcategory of herbal is minty. Minty. Essential oils are also quite aromatic, uplifting, invigorating and cooling. They're often used as top or middle notes. Some examples are peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen. Another subcategory of herbal is medicinal. Medicinal essential oils usually smell well. You guessed it medicinal. They're also stimulating, invigorating and revitalising. Some examples are eucalyptus, tea, tree, rosemary, marjoram and sage Floral. Essential oils are usually soft, sweet and powdery. They could be nurturing, calming and passing. It they're usually middle notes. Some examples are geranium, rose, lavender. You're lying. Galang, jasmine and camel would see essential oils come from trees and are grounding, centering. Strengthening and soothing would see essential oils are often based on its. Some examples are arborvitae, cedarwood, sandalwood, Siberian for Cyprus and COPABA. A subcategory of wood. Z is resonance. Resinous. Essential oils are from resins of wooden trees, so they support healing. They are rich, deep, agent and special. Some examples are frankincense. Emer spicy. Essential oils are warm smelling and tend tohave richer, earthy and woodsy notes with a sweet, vanilla like tone, they have restorative qualities as well. Some examples are cinnamon cash, a close cardamom, black pepper, lemongrass, oregano, thyme and cumin. Earthy, essential oils are derived from roots and rhizomes and are reminiscent of freshly dug roots , earth and soil loss and damp leaves. They are comforting, grounding and stabilizing. They're often bass notes. Some examples are vetiver, ginger clary, sage, patchouli, anmer. Hopefully, after hearing a bit more on the categories for the essential oils, you have a better idea of the kind of perfume you would like to create, basically, in order to create a balanced fragrance profile, you should choose one or more essential oils for each of the top middle and basements. Now let's talk a bit about why each of the notes come together similar to any musical composition. In order to make a perfume work everything from the first impact to the subtle undertones and background melodies, each note plays an important role. Each essential oil is unique and evaporates at a different rate. Top notes usually evaporate the quickest medium notes stay around for a bit longer and bass notes linger the longest. So when you put it all together, the top note is the first sent you smell but then quickly disappears and makes way for the longer lasting middle. Note. Once the top and middle notes are gone, the basement lingers, sometimes for hours after you've applied your perfume. Perfumes are dynamic and react differently on different people. What can smell one way on you can sell very different on your friends. If you are looking to create a balanced perfume, it is recommended. You follow this basic formula. With that being said, go ahead and choose at least one essential oil for your top middle and basements keep in mind. Choosing more than one essential oil for each note will complicate the math a bit, but we'll walk through everything together. If you are filling out the pdf electronically, you can go ahead and add check marks next to each essential oil within each droplet. Or, if you are working from a printed worksheet, you can simply draw your check marks in. And if you were just following along, you can go ahead and drop down the names of your chosen essential oils. Keep in mind there are no wrong answers here. We can always go back and make changes later for my perfume. I have chosen a combination of Clary Sage for my top vote, lavender from my middle note and cinnamon for my bass. Note. In addition to having the flexibility to customizer fragrances when you make them at home with essential oils, you also get the added health benefits unique to the essential oils you choose. My first choice, very sage, is not only the top essential oil for hormones specifically for women, it could help with cramps, heavy menstrual cycles, hot flashes and hormonal imbalances. It can also increase circulation, support the digestive system reduce cholesterol improved I health, believe insomnia and fight leukemia. It has anti convulsive, anti depressant, anti fungal, anti septic, anti spasmodic, astringent and anti inflammatory properties. It's also a nerve tonic and a sedative with soothing and warming components. My middle note. Lavender is one of the most widely used essential oils in the world today, and for good reason. Lavender is such a powerful and versatile essential oil with so many benefits and properties, it is a powerful antioxidant, anti microbial and sedative that has calming an anti depressive properties. It can help reduce anxiety and emotional stress. It can protect against diabetes symptoms. It can improve brain function. It can help to heal burns and wounds, improve sleep, restore skin complexion, introduce acne relief pain and alleviate headaches. This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are new to essential oils, lavender is a great place to start, and finally, my basement cinnamon possesses antioxidant anti inflammatory, anti microbial, anti diabetic and anti cancer properties. It can also protect against heart disease, high cholesterol and neurological health disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease . Cinnamon essential oil can decrease inflammation, reduce blood sugar, decrease bad cholesterol fight infections, stimulate the immune system, stimulate the libido and fight parasites. It also has a high antioxidant content. So this perfume will leave us not only smelling good, but the added health benefits can hurt. Alrighty. So we've covered how to complete step one and step two in this lesson. Next lesson. We're going to review all the supplies you'll need in addition to all the essential oils you've chosen. After that, we'll pick up right where we left off to complete steps. Three and four. Sound good. See you in the next lesson. 3. Supplies: Hey there. Last lesson. We started planning the fragrance for our perfume. This lesson will review all the supplies we will need to put everything together. Whether you decide to make a perfume of roll on perfume or a perfume body spray, you'll need a glass container toe. Hold your fragrance. You definitely needed to be glass, and you definitely needed to be dark class or UV protective glass. We really need glass here because our essential oils air so potent that putting them into a plastic bottle could degrade or break down the plastic and caused the plastic toe leach into the essential oils, which we do not want. Also, essential oils are affected by UV rays, so to preserve all the effective properties of the essential oils we use dark or UV protective glass. Next ingredient, you'll need at least 90% isopropyl alcohol. This will serve as the main carrier and will allow the essential oils to mix appropriately . I've also seen vodka or witch hazel used here and said as well. Next, you'll need vegetable, glycerin, vegetable listener and helps to moisturize the skin. Since alcohol is very drying and also helps to keep the scent on the skin for longer. Next ingredient is distilled water. You can buy it bottled at the store, or you can make your own by boiling tap water and allowing it to cool. If you decide to skip the alcohol and make an oil based roll on perfume, you'll need a carrier oil. I am using fractionated coconut oil here, but you can use hobo oil, argan oil or any other neutral smelling carrier oil. You will also need measuring spoons and a mini funnel for easy pouring. All these links in the community section on where to purchase all the items in case you need to grab anything. Next lesson will be putting together our perfume spray. See you then. 4. Perfume: Welcome back last lesson. We reviewed all the supplies you will need to make our perfume products. Let's pick up where we left off and listen to and resume with Step three. But first, let's quickly review what we've done already. We started the process by brainstorming, which attributes we were going for with our perfume. We reviewed the main categories that all essential oils fall into knowing that some me straddled the lines a bit. Next, we selected at least one essential oil for each of the notes that make up a well balanced fragrance for demonstration purposes. And because it smells yummy, I've selected Clary Sage for my top note lavender for my middle note and cinnamon for my bass notes. All right, now that we're all caught up, let's get on with Step three. We need to balance our fragrance before we go crazy with compiling all the ingredients we need to find a ratio of these three essential oils that works well. We're going to start with 10 drops in total and use the formula of 1 to 2 drops of the top note 2 to 8 drops of the middle note and 1 to 4 drops of the bass. Note the's air ranges listed here, but ultimately you want your combination toe. Add up to 10 drops total. For example, I could do one drop of clary sage, eight drops of lavender and one drop of cinnamon or three drops of clary sage, five drops of lavender and two drops of cinnamon, or one drop of clary sage, five drops of lavender and four drops of cinnamon. Since I like round even numbers, I'm going to do that first option I mentioned of 18 and one. I'm gonna add them directly into my perfume bottle. Add my cap and shake, shake, shake to combine. We want to give the essential oils a chance to fully incorporate and melt together. Ideally, you'd want to give it at least 24 hours to work its magic. And if you remember to every couple of hours, you can give it a bit of a shake to encourage the blending process. Now, once you're 24 hours or up, unscrew the cap and take a whiff. Say you're not too crazy about your blood. Feel free to adjust is necessary. Adding drops in multiples of 10 makes the math. Easy. Just be sure to keep track of your additional drops on your planning worksheet. But if you're happy with your blends, hurrah on to step four. We go. Okay, here's where our math skills will come in handy. Let's take our balanced fragrance ratios and make some perfume. I'm using a two ounce perfume bottle here. So in order to make this perfume at 25% concentration, which is as high as we can safely go only a total of 250 drops of essential oils. Since we've already added 10 drops will only need 240 drops now. So that translates into 24 more drops of sage, 192 more drops of lavender and 24 more drops of cinnamon. Now that we have our official totals, let's add ah, half teaspoon of distilled water, followed by 1/4 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin and then depending on how much room we have left in the bottle, 5 to 8 teaspoons of the reciprocal alcohol screw on the top and give it a shake again. We want to give this at least 24 hours to fully incorporate, ideally giving it 1 to 2 weeks to reach its final sense. If you remember to give it a shake every now and then to help it along, be sure to store this bottle out of direct sunlight and give it a shake before using. And that's it. Your very own perfume is good to go. 5. Roll on: Hi there. Last lesson. We prepared our very own perfume spray. This lesson we're going to prepare an oil based roll on our spray was very herbal, floral and spicy. This time around. Let's make something a bit more woodsy and masculine in nature. Let's use Bergama for the top note camomile for the middle note and cedarwood for the bass . Note. I've chosen all new essential oils here, so let's review a bit about these new oils. My top note. Bergama is known to build confidence and enhance your mood and is one of the best essential oils for depression since it helps to alleviate stress and anxiety. Bergama Essential oil is anti bacterial, anti infectious, anti inflammatory and anti spasmodic. It's also uplifting, improves digestion and keeps your system working properly. It helps to lower blood pressure, prevent and fight infections, alleviate pain, boost skin health, relieve fever, boost Orel health fight respiratory conditions, reduced cholesterol and can be used as a natural deodorant. Pretty cool, huh? The middle of camomile is actually short for Roman camomile and is the same plant used to commonly prepare camomile tea. Camomile essential oil has been used for relief of depressive and anxiety symptoms all over the world. It also has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, which make it very effective in fighting seasonal allergies and relieves discomfort from food allergies. It also is a valuable remedy against PMS symptoms and can also help clear up acne from hormone fluctuations. Roman camomile reduces symptoms of insomnia is a natural remedy against Exuma wounds, ulcers, gout, skin irritations, bruises, burns, kink or sores as well as other skin conditions like to cracked nipples, Chickenpox Year and I infections, poison ivy and diaper rash. It supports digestive health, promotes heart health, is effective against arthritic pain, is gentle enough for use with Children and helps with 80 d 80 HD and things like colic and upset stomachs. Roman Camomile also has anti cancer properties against skin, prostate, breast and ovarian cancers. And finally, the bass note. Cedarwood has anti inflammatory, anti spasmodic, anti fungal tonic, astringent, diabetic sedative and insecticidal properties. Cedarwood essential oil is effective against hair loss. Infections stress and can even naturally repel moths and pests from your home and also discourages the growth of mildew. Theater would can improve skin conditions like eczema and acne, promote hair growth suit dry scalp provide arthritis relief has natural antiseptic properties can be used as a natural deodorizer and natural sedative, a natural diuretic and a bug repellent. It can also help focus and 80 HD provide cough early stress relief and also helps to fight fungal infections. Okay, on to Step three, let's start with a balance of three drops Bergama, two drops camomile and five drops cedarwood. I'm going to give this blunt 24 hours to set, and we'll be back then, to see if any further adjustments are needed. All right, it's been 24 hours. Let's take a whiff. I like it. Let's get our planning worksheet and finish our perfume rollem for this role on We want to make our formulation a bit different than our spray, since we are using oil instead of alcohol. But if you want to make an oil based roll on, you could simply half the recipe from the perfume spray. Since our roll on bottles are one ounce instead of two outs, we're gonna make this version a bit milder for everyday use, so we're gonna use a 3% concentration. Since we're happy with the oil blend already, all we have to do is add in the other ingredients. So let's unscrew the cap and add half a teaspoon of vegetable with sarin, which is going to enhance the staying power of our scent and then just fill the rest of our roller bottle up with the carrier oil, which is the fractionated coconut oil. Make sure to leave enough space to put our roller roll back on scrum with and we're done. 6. Body spray: Welcome back In our last and final demo, we're going to create a perfume body spray. Our perfume was more herbal and spicy, and our Roland was more masculine and would see. So I think I want something a bit more floral and earthy for this one. Looking at our planning worksheet, I think I want to go with grapefruit for my top note uranium for my middle note and frankincense for my bass. Note. Let's learn a bit about these new essential oils. First up grapefruit Essential oil is known to help with weight loss and can also help beat inflammation, weight gain, sugar cravings and hangover symptoms. It is also a natural stress fighter antioxidant food and is also anti carcinogenic. Grapefruit essential oil is also great. A disinfecting surfaces, cleansing the body, reducing depression, stimulating the immune system, decreasing fluid retention, fighting throat and respiratory infections, fatigue, muscle aches and is also a natural remedy for arthritis. It can also help the liver cleanse the body of toxins and waste the blood vessel. Dilating effects make it a natural remedy for PMS, cramps as well. It is a natural energizer and mood booster and reduces headaches, sleepiness brain fog, mental fatigue and even poor moves. It keeps your skin's immunity strong against indoor and outdoor air pollution and may even help get rid of cellulite. You can also use grapefruit essential oil to reduce greasy hair. Who knew onto my middle note. Geranium Essential oil. It is great for skin and hair health, specifically dry or aging skin, scalp and hair. Uranium essential oil can relieve muscle aches and pains. Fight infections like the common cold, bronchitis and Sinus infections. It can kill bacteria and fungi, including Candida. It's a natural diuretic and a possible Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Preventer. It helps to calm nerve pain, stress, depression and anxiety. Has potent anti inflammatory abilities, is great as an insect repellent and healing bug bites and even offers relief from hemorrhages. And finally, my bass note frankincense. It has anti anxiety and depression reducing abilities without any of the negative side effects or unwanted drowsiness. It also has been known to reduce heart rate and high blood pressure. It has immune enhancing abilities and anti septic properties, which aid infighting. Orel Health problems like ginger Vitis, bad breath, cavities, toothaches, mouth sores, among other infections. Frankincense essential oil also has anti inflammatory and anti tumor effects and may help fight cancer or deal with chemotherapy side effects. It also is an antiseptic and disinfecting agent with anti microbial effects that has the ability to eliminate cold and flu germs naturally and can be used in place of conventional store bought house cleaners. Frankincense can strengthen skin and improve its tone USS City, as well as its defense mechanisms against bacteria and blemishes, especially those marks that come with age. It can be used for stretch marks, surgery scars and for healing dry or cracked skin. It helps improve memory and learning functions and may help balance hormones and improve fertility as well as reduce the symptoms associated with menstruation and menopause. I could literally go on and on about frankincense. Just know there are so many other benefits that come along with using this essential oil. It is indeed in essential oil and see what I did there. I will leave links about every essential oil I've mentioned in this course in the discussion section, in case you're curious to learn more. But for now, I think you get the gist. Frankincense is amazing and this is just what you want to be sprang on your body. Something that has numerous health benefits with no side effects and the added bonuses smelling good. Right? Okay, Step one. Done. Step to done. Let's find a balance that works for step three. I really want uranium to be the main sense. So for my 10 total drops, I think I'm gonna choose one grapefruit, seven geranium and to frankincense. Let's add them to her glass bottle. All right, let's give it a good shake. Have the cap on and let it rest for 24 hours. Okay, so I am back, and the bottle has been percolating for 24 hours, and I remember to give it a shake a few times as well. Let's open up the bottle and see what we got. Give it a whiff, delegate. I'm happy with it. Uranium is the star of the show, just like I wanted. All right, great. Now we have the balance that we're happy with. We can start to build our body spray. I'm using a four ounce spray bottle for this. So we want to keep the total amount of drops to 50 in total. Since the test drops in her bottle currently equal 10. All we have to do is add 40 more to reach our goal of 50. So that means we should add four more drops of grapefruit, 28 more drops of geranium and eight more drops of frankincense. That was easy. So let us carefully count out or drops and add them to the bottle. All right. The hard part is done. Now we just need to add the rest of our ingredients to the bottle. Next, add two ounces of a separable alcohol, one ounce of distilled water and finally, four teaspoons of vegetable glycerin. Now we can screw back on our cap and give it all a good shake and we're done. 7. Conclusion: All right, young grass uppers. We reached the end of this course as promised. You now have everything you need to go on and make your very own perfume with essential oils. You know what supplies you need, Know where to find everything. Should you need to pick anything up and you have the planning worksheet fly free. And once you've made your creations share them with us in the project gallery, I can't wait to see what you come up with. And if you have any questions along the way, shoot me a note in the discussion section. By the way, that is where you will not only find a link to the planning worksheet. The recipes for all three products we created today and there are also some starter blends in there, just in case you can't quite figure out what fragrance you want. Once you find a fragrance, blend you like you could use it for basically anything. You could use it in an essential oil diffuser. You could add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner. The sky's the limit. Really. I hope this was helpful. Don't forget to share it with a friend and spread the word. See you in another class sometime soon. By