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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How To Make Your Own Perfume--Best Blends for Women & Men

I enjoy being a girl! (Thank you, God!) I'm grateful for the gift God gives us in plants and for Young Living Essential Oils. I had a blast (literally!) playing around, creating DIY perfume & cologne blends with my daughter. We discovered we can spray it, we can roll it and we really do love it--all without toxins. There are links in this blog to purchase products we use from Amazon and from Young Living Essential Oils so you can make your own, too. :-)

The WHY~

I think it's important to share WHY we are having this conversation and want to get to that right off the bat. Did you know... that businesses that create products are protected by some kind of 'trade secret clause' that allows them protection from disclosing their ingredients? If you don't know this, you really need to. It's really pretty shocking! 

Even more so because the ingredients listed as 'fragrance' or 'parfum' can even be known toxins, but under the law, not only can they use that in our perfume legally, the businesses are the ones who are protected! (By not having to tell US what they put in their product!) 

They mislead with the word 'parfum' even, leading one to think it's some fancy, better-made, French fragrance...but it's not. The answer to 'What's the difference between fragrance and parfum?' from fragranceX.com is right here: "The differences are simply a matter of the amount or concentration of oils in the fragrance. The highest concentration is in pure perfume (or parfum). Next would be Eau de Parfum, then Eau de Toilette, and finally Eau de Cologne." So, parfum can potentially be more toxic!

We know that oils the fragrance industry produces and uses are not created with our best health in mind. It's 'How fast can we get something that smells good, how can we extend it, how can we preserve it and how cheap can we do it?' The answers are going to be in chemicals and solvents--not our first choice for what we want next to our skin!!

Since we're on the subject, I need you to know this isn't exclusive to the fragrance industry. As I learned while researching for alternatives in the laundry room, it's in our detergents, household cleaners, air fresheners, and products we use on our bodies, like lotion and soap just to name a few. (Because parabens weren't enough, right?! HA!) Be informed and be aware of FRAGRANCE. To me, that's the worst thing I can see in the list of ingredients. If you'd like a quick rundown on why not to use synthetic fragrance, check this out: 7 reasons not to use synthetic fragrance. But if you haven't read the laundry post, please make time to do that. That are at least 4 links in there that explain more about fragrance and one of them even made me cry. These chemicals can wreak havoc on hormones and aggravate athsma and allergies--there's a list, and its long. Fragrance has even been dubbed 'the new second hand smoke'.

I'm not saying to throw away your expensive perfume, but maybe you'll want to use it differently knowing that nobody is really regulating what's in 'fragrance'. That'll be up to you, as the CEO of your own health! I began spraying it on my clothing only - and not on my skin - shortly after learning this 'dirty little fragrance secret'. Sometime after that I stopped using storebought perfumes altogether. But I'm not ready to throw them out! πŸ˜†While in limbo here, I still want to smell good.

So, now that we have that part out of the way, let's get to the fun! :-) What CAN we use? I posted a picture with suggestions for base, middle and top notes on the Anointed By Abba Facebook page and asked YOU for your favorite blend recipes for DIY perfumes so I could share them with you, all in one place. Here are the reader's responses. I must say, you ladies are creative, unique and classy!

Joy & Orange - Pamela Whitmire
Patchouli, Grapefruit & Ylang Ylang - Tammy Dessecker Brenneman
White Angelica & Believe - Nancy Chadwick
White Angelica & Stress Away - Nancy Burton
Bergamot, Citrus Fresh, Sacred Frankincense & Vetiver - Sarah Blair
Yang Ylang & Patchouli - Teri Hobbs
Ylang Ylang - Joanne Burns says it's great all by itself...we agree. πŸ˜‰Stress Away & Lime - Leyna Barney
Frankincense & Tangerine - Linnea Edlund (yum)

Jasmine, Neroli, Royal Hawaiian  Sandalwood - Julie Hoops (2 drops each, and she lets it sit in witch hazel for 2 weeks before using πŸ˜‰)

Those are fantastic ladies! Thank you! Everything I've read about creating fragrance stresses the importance of it smelling great to YOU and feeling right for YOU. That's the whole point of this, right? So with that said there are no real rules to blending essential oils to make your own signature perfume.

There are, however, a few guidelines and these are demonstrated in the photo with base note, middle note and top note examples. I didn't know much about this before researching for this blog. Here's how those supposedly work...

The base note is sort of the anchor scent that the other scents stick to. It usually smells like doody all by itself. πŸ˜‚ Just sayin'! The middle note is sort of the focal point of the of the scent and makes some sort of harmonizing or balancing connection to the base and top note. The top note is what we usually smell first - so uplifting, refreshing and light scents work really well. The top note generally fades away the quickest, too.

In addition to that information there are also classifications on aromas, as shown below. I haven't looked into this yet, but that wheel sure is pretty, isn't it?!? Thanks to Michael Edwards for his fragrance wheel!

Here's a little bit of trivia for y'all... I read that men find the smells of sandalwood, lavender, orange, grapefruit and vanilla (click for an easy organic DIY vanilla) attractive on a woman. Pretty interesting, right? But they like bacon too, so... don't rely on that solely.

Another thing you may not have heard is that scents not only smell different ON each person and TO each person, they even smell different to each NOSTRIL in a person! Think I'm kidding? Try it! Pick 3 or 4 oils and smell them one at a time in the left nostril and then the right nostril (while plugging the other side). It's a trip! It has something to do with left brain/right brain. Our bodies are so weird and fantastic, aren't they?! What I do know... is I love my non-toxic DIY perfumes. :-)

If you'd like to create scents of your own a great way to do this without actually blending the oils together is to hold the open bottles in your hands together and drift them under your nose, so you can see what you think about how they work together. If you want to see what a blend smells like with more of one oil hold that bottle a little higher in your 'clump'. That's what I did, and it worked pretty well for me. (Please be safe, and maybe do this on a carpeted floor? I can not be responsible for klutzes or carelessness. Hee hee!)

There are a few ways to apply your perfume. Let's talk about spray first...


Witch hazel is good base for a spray. Witch hazel helps emulsify the oils so they don't just float on top of the liquid. The first one shown is Thayer's rose scented and also comes in lavender or cucumber scented as well. I played with the lavender and rose but I didn't feel like they added much if anything to the scent, so heads up on that if you choose witch hazel. Here's a link for Thayer's:

You could use a plain unscented witch hazel like the Humphrey's as well. 
It's also the only organic witch hazel I can locate.: http://amzn.to/2cRJA9w 


Another choice for an emulsifying base is a quality vodka. I get mine at Costco, the Kirkland brand, for under $14 for a gigantic 1.75 L bottle. If you are starting to think I have a drinking problem, I swear - I'm good. HahaHA! I just recently discovered so many uses for vodka around the house instead of harsh chemicals and it's a total coincissssendenenence! Hic. Truth time, I actually like the vodka better than witch hazel. I think witch hazel gets a funny smell to it after it sits for a while...

Sprays are great to get scent in more places, especially places you wouldn't want carrier oil to be, like on clothing. We don't worry about our essential oils, because with Young Living we know we're only getting pure essential oils and not sub-par oils that have been cut with extenders that might stain our clothes, or...worse.

Here is my favorite 5 ml atomizer. You might need a couple of these!



These fancy 10 ml atomizers come 6 to a pack, travel well and have excellent reviews http://amzn.to/2b0Gh0C

http://amzn.to/2cRMv3I These are 5 ml refillable spray bottles, and actually this H&D brand had a lot of choices to check out on Amazon...

Or pick up the cheapy 1 ounce amber bottles. Those are twelve for $10 here: http://amzn.to/2cNSW4q

 (We can make these really pretty with just duct tape! See?)

Recipe Key~

Soooo, here's what you've been looking for. The blends! We loves us some new blends! These were created with a 5 ml in mind. If you decide to do a 10 ml spray or a 10 ml roll-on, just double the drops. A 1 ounce spray bottle is about 30 ml, so multiply the drops by up to 6 times.

Blends for HER~

Girls--this is AMAZING. Fruity and floral in the right balance together is so the bomb dot com...

I would like to thank Shelbi Champion-Korittky for getting me to like lime & patchouli together! You are so right cuz! Try it with lavender and don't fall in love...

Neroli is orange blossom and it stands out to me. When I smell Neroli, I am SURE I used to be a queen in another life. (I can't be the only one who feels like that. Am I?) Mmk, so this is what I wore when I was Cleopatra...

Blends for HIM~

Yaaaas. You asked for blends for HIM, and I might like these even better than the women's blends! I made these in vodka base and I can't. stop. smelling them!!!

They smell totally different, but both are rich and masculine. I know I'm biased, but I think these are the best blends I've smelled for men in a while.

Roll on supplies~

So, another way to do safer fragrance
is to make a roll-on perfume with a carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil.  This is the brand we love. http://amzn.to/2azxzTo

I like having roll-ons too, and there's no reason we can't make our favorite blends as both a spray and a roll on. :-)

I have purchased expensive roll-on bottles and I do love them, but the bargain roll-ons work great. I've bought these myself and can recommend them with confidence:

Spray bottle or roll-on, all it takes is some duct tape to make it pretty!! 

A roll-on and spray in the same scent is appealing to me because I've heard that a scent will stick to an oily base longer than with no oily base. Some people use a spray perfume with a pre-made carrier stick like this: http://amzn.to/2dhoukA

I hope you all have fun playing with your blends and scents as much as we did! Let us know what you think. :-)

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