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Frangrances and perfumes…I know…I am always back with the power of this olfactive sense.

In this post, I will share how to DIY your own « Eau de Cologne » with all natural and safe ingredients.

Are you ready to prepare your beloved his/her very personalized Eau de CologneAntic cristal perfumes bottles photography

Below, you will find 5 DIY recipes to create your own fresh Eau de Cologne

Coco Chanel was saying :

A woman who doesn’t wear perfume is a woman without future

I love that quote… !!!

Even more thanks to my passion for aromatherapy…and olfactotherapy…when we learn about the power of natural fragrances on our emotions. Indeed, our olfactive neurons are transporting the « pleasant and sweet » fragrance experience, directly to our brain. Twice faster than pain !!!!

Wearing fragrances is a pleasant experience for yourself, as well as your surrounding…this is also reflecting who you are…these fragrances are a great olfactive message…

Have you ever heard about the impression you leave to people on the first 3 seconds of meeting together ?

It is therefore very important to chose your own fragrances, to polish them…

5 « Eau de Cologne » recipes

To realize your own creation, pick one of the recipes below, and follow the instructions coming next. The procedure will be the same…with different formulas

1 Classical Eau de Cologne

( this recipe is propably inspired from the most ancient eau de Cologne)

– 15 drops of orange essential oil

– 10 drops of neroli essential oil

– 6 drops of rosemary essential oil

– 15 drops of lemon essential oil

– 10 drops of bergamote essential oil

– 80 ml of Vodka or pure alcohol

– 2 tbsp of mineral water

 

2 Citrus Eau de Cologne

-20 drops of orange essential oil

-10 drops of lemon essential oil

-2 drops of petit grain citrus essential oil

-10 drops of bergamote essential oil

-2 drops of rosemary essential oil

-80 ml of vodka or pure alcohol

-2 tbsp of mineral water

 

3 Rose Eau de Cologne Formula

-10 drops of rose essential oil

– 3 drops of lemon essential oil

-3 drops of orange essential oil

-1 drop of basil essential oil

-2 drops of neroli essential oil

-2 drops of bergamot essential oil

-1 drop of petit grain citrus essential oil

-80 ml of vodka or pure alcohol

-2 tbsp of mineral water

 

4 Geranium Eau de Cologne

– 2 drops of geranium essential oil

– 10 drops of palmarosa essential oil

– 4 drops of petit grain bigarade essential oil

– 2 drops of lemon essential oil

– 80 ml of vodka or pure alcohol

– 2 tbsp of mineral water

 

5 L’Eau Impérial Inspired by the first Eau de Cologne of Guerlain.

-12 drops of lemon essential oil

-12 drops of bergamote essential oil

-8 drops of neroli essential oil

-4 drops of petit grain bigarade essential oil

– 1 drop of rosemary essential oil.

– 80ml of vodka or pure alcohol

-2 tbsp of mineral water

How to proceed :

-Mix all the ingredients together in a dark tinted glass bottle and let it stand for 4 weeks (I know…it seems so long…but it is all about the synergy of the fragrances mixing and marrying each other…creating the subtility of a real fragrance.)

-Proceed to an « icing » of your mixture.

How and why icing your perfume ?

By putting your preparation for 12 hours in the freezer (in a temperature around 0°C or 34 °F, you will enable your preparation to stabilize. All the impurities present in the oils will precipitate and will enable the perfume to be cristal clear.

After this icing, filter your mixture with a coffee filter and pour your perfume in a nice glass perfume bottle. A good idea for a very personalized gift is to chose an antic bottle.

 

Your Eau de Cologne is ready, however my advice is to let it stand for a couple of weeks. This will allow your perfume to « bloom » and enhance its synergy.

Some history about L’Eau de Cologne Impériale de Guerlain :

This Eau de Cologne has been created in 1830 by Pierre François Pascal Guerlain. In 1853, he dedicates it to the Empress Eugenie after her mariage with Napoleon the 3rd. The Empress, who had a legendary beauty and elegance, was touched and conquered . Therefore, the 11th of May, a letter edited by the State Minister announcing to Mr Guerlain that he was the « Official Provider » for the Emperor’s House…supreme honnor for Guerlain.

This title ensure the « Maison Guerlain » its marvellous and renowned reputation.

Guerlain window inspired by spring

At that time, his boutique was located at 15, rue de la Paix. This street is still, as of today a very strategic place for jewelleries, designers and fashion.

This Eau de Cologne is not a capitous fragrance staying for hours, insteed it was used for refreshing and ablutions. It is much more a subtile and refined touch for summer days.

It is to be noticed the Empress didn’t enjoy capitous and powerful fragrances, it was even said Napoléon was the one who disliked fragrances.

 

enjoy the freshness, enjoy the pure ness…enjoy the natural…..and smell naturally beautiful

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