Perfumes are highly popular but unfortunately notoriously toxic. Some chemicals found in perfumes can be harmful to our health, and the majority of popular perfume makers do not disclose all of their ingredients and harmful chemicals on their labels. Sometimes, these ingredients can cause allergic reactions, dermatitis and can even go as far as disrupting our hormones.
Making your own perfume oil is easy, quick and completely toxin-free. With a starting base, you can choose from an array of essential oils and create something completely personalized for your specific taste. We're going to break down the basics of this DIY, and you'll be making your custom natural perfume in no time!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- ROLL-ON BOTTLE
These can be found at most health stores, and are the best way to store your new perfume.
- CARRIER OIL
A carrier oil is the base to any perfume oil you will be making. They are naturally derived from vegetarian sources, have a neutral scent and are used to dilute essential oils and reduce their concentration without altering any therapeutic properties. For this recipe, we chose sweet almond oil. There are tons to choose from, including avocado, grapeseed, apricot kernel, and more. It's best to read up on the properties of each oil and pick one that works with your specific skincare needs.
- ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils will be providing the scent and aromatherapy to your perfume oil. We suggest starting with one or two of your favorite scents. We decided on grapefruit and peppermint: grapefruit is an uplifting scent that can also act as a purifier when added to skincare, and peppermint is fresh, invigorating and promotes calm.
WHAT YOU DO:
- Fill up the majority of your roll-on bottle with carrier oil - we would say about 70% full.
- Add 15-20 drops of grapefruit essential oil
- Add 5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- With your roller lid on, shake up the contents of your perfume oil.
"That's it! You've just created our own personal perfume oil*.
*If the scent isn't to your liking, try adding a few more drops of essential oil to your bottle. It doesn't take long to get a great blend if you're willing to do some trial and error.
These can be carried with you and applied as much or as little as possible.
What are your favorite blends? Tag us on Instagram with #gbdscents and share! Enjoy, and PS - you smell great