During summer, one of the best scents that you can sport is the citrusy smell of lemons. These have a light scent that will minimize the thick and humid summer air and which will float gently around you throughout the day. Instead of purchasing a bottle of designer perfume, however, you can create and customize your own lemon perfume.
Creating the base. Perfumes are generally made using scentless alcoholic compounds for the base. An alternative base for the perfume is vodka. The higher the proof for the vodka, the better it will be for your perfume. Make sure that you do not choose vodka that comes in flavors, since these will have other chemical compounds which can distort or react with the essential lemon oils that you will incorporate. For every half a cup of vodka, you should add around 100 drops of lemon oil. Essential oils extracted from lemons can be purchased in most specialty shops and fragrance shops.
Determine the strength. You can adjust the scent of the lemon perfume by adjusting the vodka to lemon oil ration. The more vodka you will use, the less prominent the scent of the lemon oil. The more lemon oil you add into the mixture, the stronger will be the scent. You should try out the lemon oil first, however, since some lemon oil extracts are stronger than others, depending on the type of lemon fruit from which the essential oils are extracted.
First aging phase. You will need to allow the essential oils to combine with the vodka by placing the vodka and oil combination in a darkly tinted glass. If there are no tinted bottles available, you can use empty beer bottles. Use a piece of plastic tied tightly on the mouth of the beer bottle to prevent dirt from penetrating the mixture. Leave the mixture in a cool and dry place for around a week, making sure to shake the bottle each day to diffuse the mixture.
Second aging phase. The second aging phase will begin once you add three spoonfuls of distilled water into the mixture. Again, diffuse the water into the oil and vodka mixture by giving it a good shake. Make sure that you let the perfume age for at least a month. The longer you allow the scent to age, however, the more prominent the scent will become and the better the scent will be able to stay on your skin and clothes all day. Give the bottle a shake every so often to prevent the liquids from clumping.
Straining. After six weeks at least, you can remove the perfume from the tinted bottle. Use a strain or cheesecloth to remove any impurities that may have built up in the mixture, and then place the perfume in a bottle of your choice. You can also use aerosol dispensers that will allow you to spray the perfume on yourself.
Apart from lemon, you can also add other scents to the mixture, such as a base of sandalwood to complement the citrus scents. You can create the lemon perfume not only for your own use, but also as homemade gift items.