3 Reasons YOU Need to DIY Your Perfume


I love perfume, smelling good, and DIY’ing.
Come find out why you need to make your own perfume!
I think it’s safe to say that all of us like smelling good… a favorited unseen accessory, right?

May I add necessity as well? YES.

Do you have scent sensitivity? Over the last few years, I have developed a sensitivity to synthetic scents – this was an earth shattering experience because I LOVE to smell good,
so that’s today’s post is all about…

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To be honest, this whole idea of perfume making is a little overwhelming because apparently there’s a lot more than just mixing a bunch of scents together,

it’s about being aware of top, middle, and base notes.

  • Top Notes being the first scent you smell right away,
    Common fragrance top notes include citrus (lemon, orange zest, bergamot), light fruits (grapefruit, berries) and herbs (clary sage, lavender).
  • Middle notes, the second scent you smell minutes after that initial top note and considered the heart of the scent,
    Common fragrance middle notes include geranium, rose, lemongrass, ylang ylang, lavender, coriander, nutmeg, and jasmine.
  • Base notes, known as the richer scent that brings everything together.
    Common fragrance base notes include cedarwood, sandalwood, vanilla, amber, patchouli, oakmoss and musk.*a more in depth list can be found here

Another reason why I make own perfume is because store bought are so toxic for you… even the high end ones!!

You can read all about that here, but let me just sum it up for you….

moderate concerns for cancer and high concerns for endocrine disruption (which effects breast cancer, thyroid, hormones and more)

ACK! No bueno.
Design sponge recently published an article not too long ago about making your own perfume
The post shows you where to go to recreate some of your favorite scents… after a little trial and error, of course – so all is not completely lost!!

I am kind of a big essential oil, too.
You know what I love about essential oils?
They can be so good for YOU physically and mentally.
So I grabbed all my own oils and divided them into top, middle, and base notes.
Experimenting with what I had in the different sense which ones smelled good sorted together when I took the lids off in groups in together and kind of sips that way and another one just one by one you as I went along.

A lot of online recipes tell you to use vodka but I wanted to try the orange blossom and rose water first.
I think the next time I will find some perfumer’s alcohol next time around as it said to really seal the scents together.
Without reinventing the wheel, checkout the design sponge post in full!
MabelWhite.com also has a slew of fragrance recipes, read more here and find your favorite one.

I will give you a few combos to try but experiment for yourself!
All noses are not made equally, we have our own likes and dislikes.
I am a HUGE fan of patchouli but to others they may LOVE something else, so don’t be afraid to mix!

Some of my favorite combos and my opinions are (light, middle, and base):

  • Doterra’s OnGuard blend, Ylang Ylang, and Patchouli – it’s kinda spicy, a little rich, and I LOVE it.
  • Grapefruit, Lavender, and Patchouli – light and fresh.
  • Bergamot, Rose, and Doterra’s Whisper Blend – kinda a moody scent for me.

I try to only use Doterra essential oils as much as I possibly can – they are fantastic!

Why Doterra?
I love the fact that each oil is subjected to strict standards for purity and potency AND goes through a battery of thorough testing.
Only the good stuff please!
They are ALSO super potent, they sell great alternative health products, and they have a fantastic rewards program!
Now…. they don’t carry every oil listed for perfumes and that’s when I will go to health stores for the others.

Since making my own perfume, I have enjoyed getting to smell good again, instead of nothing. A lot of these oils have amazing health benefits, not to mention emotional benefits! I use my moody scent on my kids when they feel cranky and it makes such a big difference in their attitude!

Need another reason reason to make your own perfume, besides scent sensitivity and toxins?
They make AMAZING gift ideas, especially when paired with one of these bottles here, or here, or BOTH – très cool!

So there you have it!!
I would love to post how I recreated one of my favorite popular scents from my favorite design house in the future,
wouldn’t that be freaking amazing?!?
JUST like my fashion posts but now scents…. so stay tuned for that!

Until then, thanks for visiting and have a glamorous day!

xo/Riva

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