How to Make Your Own Fragrance

Follow these simple steps to make a fragrance that works for you.

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Making your own fragrance can be easy and affordable – no science degree required. For the best results, keep your recipe simple and stick to scents that you enjoy and that work well with your body’s natural chemistry. Some people naturally smell sweet, while others have a natural spicy smell. Experiment with what works best on you, from florals to spicy notes, and you’ll soon find yourself sporting a lovely fragrance all your own.

You will need:

  • a mortar & pestle
  • alcohol
  • essential oils or dried flowers/spices
  • vegetable oil
  • distilled water

Decide on a scent

If you’re a fan of fresh florals, try adding sandalwood, rose, ylang-ylang, vanilla, and jasmine. For something spicy, mix ginger, bergamot, and cardamom. If you’re stuck, look online for other great combinations.

Floral: Lily, Rose, Jasmine, Lavender

Fresh: Eucalyptus, Mint, Evergreen

Spice: Cinnamon, Cardamom, Ginger, Bergamont

Mix ingredients

If you’ve chosen to use dried or fresh ingredients grind them with a mortar & pestle. For essential oils, prepare a few drops of each for the mixture. Pour 1 oz of alcohol in a dark glass bottle, slowly mixing in a drop of each oil or ingredient. Seal and store for at least 2 days in a dark place. After 2 days, pour mixture with 2 tablespoons of distilled water and a few drops of vegetable oil.

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