What are the components to creat your own fragrance with natural ingredients?

The good balance to compose a fragrance would be easily described in the triangle shown below.
olfactive fragrance notes triangle

 

-Top notes are the first perceived by olfactive system. They have the highest impact on mind and emotions, but don’t last for a long time. They are light and fresh scent, like flowers or lime fruits.

-Middle or heart notes are the body of the fragrance. Middle notes are moderately volatiles and are perceived after the top note. They are usually herbs and spices.

– Base notes are the slowest to be perceived and the slowest to evaporate. These notes are settling down the whole fragrance. Base notes are mainly found in woods and resins like cedarwood or myrrh.

This is the theory, which is identical for industrial and natural fragrances.

Create a fragrance is an art, and as each art , perfumery is linked to evolution, fashion and mentality. But it is also to be noticed  perfumes were linked to  famous people, artists…a fragrance is always linked to a muse.

From the beginning of the 20 st century, industrialisation and chemestry are making the perfumery standardized and easier.

Lets talk a little bit about industrial perfumes.

Now a day perfumes is a business. Each perfume lauch  is preceed with a deep  marketing analysis which will define  the style of perfume and its market position. Today, the perfume is a conceptualized product.

From that point, it is lauched  with a budget, it is sad to know that only 1 to 3 % of de final price of sale of a perfume is corresponding to the fragrance material. All the other 99 to 97 % are reserved for marketing.

Because perfumes need to be standardized, selling perfumes on a large scale to a larger public is leading to the use of chemistry and the use of natural substances is impossible.

Indeed, like for good wines, essential oils have good and bad year, in quantity as well as in quality… The price of raw material is fluctuating a lot (seasons, harvesting, quality of production…). The fragrance industry cannot deal with that  kind of  issues, it turn to be use almost only  synthetic substances (it is important to know that synthetic fragrances are unsafe for your health…).

 

About natural perfumes.

Natural raw materials offer complexe and inimitable aromatic blends. The synthetic smell of arose or jasmine will never be half as subtil as the natural fragrance.

So…how to create your own natural, alive and unique DIY fragrance???

A natural perfume composed with essential oils  will also be a therapy and reflect who you are. Natural essences are communication with our senses and our emotions much better than synthetic molecules.

Lets chose the smell you enjoy, smells that are having good effects on your mood, and create your personalized perfume which will seduce your surrounding and will also have an olfactiontherapy effect.

It is interresting to know the different notes we can use to compose your fragrance:

fragrance families

 

What ingredients are composing a perfume:

-a concentrated scented  part made with essential oils, absolues, concretes

-a medium made which can be alcohol, balm or oil

-a fixing agent which could be iris powder or the base notes fragrances (with non volatile substances allowing the perfume to stay)

 

Depending on the medium, we will obtain different type of perfume

Alcoholic perfumes are the most common perfumes.

Perfumes concentration:

15 to 30 %, up to 40 % of essences for perfumes

Oily perfumes

To realise this kind of perfume, you need to use a carrier oil to dilute your essential oils.

Solid perfumes

Often named concrete perfumes.

To realise this kind of perfume you need to mix your essences in a balm or vegetal butter.

 

Inspiration for a sensual seducing fragrance

Made with :

Essential oils:
Ylang Ylang, Cinnamon, Clove, Pepper, Sandal, Vanilla
Absolues: benzoin, Tonka

Inspiration for a natural authentic fragrance

Essential oils: neroli,petitgrain, grapefruit, rosemary, nard, sandal, cistus
Absolues: violette leaves, blackcurrent bud, blue lotus

Inspiration for a sweet romantic fragrance

Essential oils:  geranium, neroli, rosewood, rhododindron, damas rose
Absolues: Rose, blue lotus, mimosa
CO2 extract: violette

Inspiration for  a young naughty fragrance

Essential oils: mandarine, bergamote, grapefruit,  bitter almond, vanilla
Absolues: benzoin, mimosa, tonka

Inspiration for a sophisticated elegant fragrance:

Essential oils: damas rose, magnolia, sandal, vetiver
Absolues: rose, jasmin, blackcurrent bud, tonka, oak moss.

My basic diy recipe

for 50 ml of final perfume

Alcohol (90%): 35ml

15 ml of essential oils

Mix your essential oils with alcohol

Let it macerated for 4 weeks in a sealed bottle

Place your bottle in the freezer for a night, it will allows the solid substances to precipitate.

Use a coffee filter to filter your mixture

Pour your fragrance spray or roll on bottle with your blend

And be beautifully and naturaly perfumed!!!

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