Perfume has been in use for thousands of years. It started from the burning of incense and other aromatic herbs, more frequently used during religious ceremonies. The Egyptians were the first to include perfume in their culture. They also invented glass and they have used perfume bottles as early as 1000 BC.
There are three notes that make up the layers or the harmony of a perfume. The top notes or head notes are what you can immediately smell and which evaporate quickly. After the top notes dissipate, you will smell the middle or heart notes. This is the main body of the perfume. After about thirty minutes, you will smell the base notes, which together with the middle notes define the theme of the perfume. The base notes are the richer and deeper scents that are left on your skin after the top and middle notes evaporate.
Perfumes are sold in different prices ranges based on the concentration of essential oils.
- Perfume (Parfum) is the most expensive, with 22 percent of essential oils
- Eau de Parfum has 15 percent to 22 percent of essential oils.
- Eau de Toilette contains 8 percent to 15 percent of essential oils.
- Eau de Cologne has about 4 percent of essential oils.
- Eau Fraiche has the weakest amount of essential oils at only 1 percent to 3 percent of essential oils.
Buying different perfumes for every occasion can tax your wallet. You too can have different perfumes at the fraction of the cost. There are various recipes for homemade perfume that you can try, and you can mix the scents that you really like, which is a major consideration.
Here are some of them.
Ingredients and materials:
- 1 tablespoon almond oil
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
- 8-15 drops of essential oil(s) of your choice
- 1 small, sterilized glass jar
- 1 saucepan
- Disposal stirrer or swizzle stick
- 1 small glass container with a tight lid to store the perfume
- In the small glass jar mix the wax and almond oil.
- Fill the saucepan with about one inch of water and place the jar in the center. Bring the water into a boil to melt the wax. Stir to mix.
- When the wax has completely melted, remove from heat and add the essential oil(s). Stir the mixture until it is well blended.
- Pour the final product into a container and allow it to cool and harden.
- 15 drops of bergamot essential oil
- 3 drops each of sandalwood and cedar wood essential oil
- 2 drops of vanilla essential oil
- ½ pint of 70 percent alcohol or vodka
- Pour the alcohol in a glass spray bottle.
- Add all the essential oils and shake well to blend
- Leave the bottle in a cool place for one week
- When ready to use, give the bottle a shake before you spray your perfume
- 12 drops of geranium oil
- 8 drops each of jasmine and ylang-ylang oil
- 4 drops of patchouli oil
- 3 drops of bergamot oil
- 2 drops of neroli oil
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
- Pour the jojoba oil in a dark glass spray bottle
- Add the various oils one by one and shake the bottle to thoroughly mix all the oils
- Leave the perfume bottle in a cool place for several hours
- Shake the bottle well before using the perfume spray
The major cost you will incur will be on the purchase of essential oils. Beyond that, the rest of the ingredients are quite cheap. With a little know-how on combining scents, you can make your own homemade perfume that will be your own personal blend.