Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Feeling Creative?

I've been thinking about buying a new perfume. I wanted something exotic that no one has ever smelt. I was doing some research and I found out that it costs less to make your own perfume than to buy a name brand one. It just needs some time to sit to develop smell. That's the only downside. Other than that, it sounds like a lot of fun to make. I thought that this would be a great way to find your own zesty scent. You get to pick out the scents you want in it, then you can buy a bottle to put it in and decorate it. You can find the essential oils at craft stores like Michaels, Walmart, and online! Here are the instructions on how to make your own perfume!

Things You’ll Need:

  • Alcohol
  • Glass vials
  • Glass bottles
  • Non-metallic stirrer
  • Four to six different essential oils
  • Glass dropper
  • Coffee filter
Learn about the four elements (notes) of perfume: base, middle, top and bridge notes.

Choose a base note for your perfume. Base notes remain on your skin the longest and will become stronger as the other notes fade. Some suggested base notes include cinnamon, patchouli or vanilla.

Choose a middle note for your perfume. They become evident after the top scent has faded, usually half an hour after applying the perfume. Some good middle notes are nutmeg, geranium and ylang-ylang.

Choose a top note for your perfume. This is the first, most evident scent when you first apply the perfume. Citrus and floral scents make good top notes.

Choose a bridge note for your perfume. This is a scent that will tie the others together. Some popular bridge oils are vanilla and lavender.

Assemble your ingredients and equipment. Use pure essential oils if you can get them.

Using a glass dropper, dispense several drops of your base note into a glass perfume vial. Add the other notes a few drops at a time, sniffing after each addition until you reach a balance that you like. Use at least 25 drops total among all the oils.

Add 2½ ounces of pure grain alcohol to the mixture. Stopper the bottle.

Shake vigorously for several minutes to mix the ingredients.

Set the perfume in a cool, dark place for at least 48 hours. The longer it mixes, the stronger your perfume will be.

Add two tablespoons of spring water and stir with a non-metallic stirrer.

Pour the mixture through a coffee filter into your perfume bottle and wear as desired.

(These instructions are from ehow.com)

Have a zesty day!


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