Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Should I Make My Own Perfume?

A few years ago, during my "get rid of all things chemicals" purge when I started my green journey, I stopped using my Clinique perfume. Conventional perfumes are filled with chemicals, including phthalates, and they are not required to lo list ingredients, so who knows what else they put in there. I no longer wanted to put chemicals on my body, so my perfume, and pretty much every other personal are product I owned went bye-bye. And so I began my hunt for a natural perfume.

Finding a perfume has never been easy for me. I am extremely sensitive to smells and most perfumes give me headaches. So finding a natural option proved to be quite a challenge, especially since I had to shop online and couldn't smell them. So many that I had come across were floral and flowery scents do not sit well with me. I finally decided to try a Fruit scent roll-on perfume by Aura Cacia. It is made with just pure essential oil, no chemicals, and I fell in love with it. I instantly ordered myself a second bottle so I had a small supply. I wish I had ordered more since shortly after that, they discontinued this line of perfumes and I was unable to find it anywhere.

I have used it sparingly over so it would last longer, using it only when I go out. And being a work at home mom to four young kids, let's face it: I don't get out too often. Trip to Stop & Shop are hardly worth of my precious perfume! So my two small bottles have lasted me about four years. But now I am down to my last few drops and I have the daunting task of finding a new perfume to wear. I am not looking forward to it and have been putting it off. I am actually seriously contemplating ordering all of the individual essential oils that are in my perfume, I have the ingredient list, and mixing them together to make it myself. Of course I don't know the first thing about mixing essential oils or making perfumes, so some research is in order. This will definitely be interesting and educational. And hopefully fun too!

Have you ever mixed essential oils to make your own perfume? Any tips for me?

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  1. I've tried to make my own perfume with essential oils with mixed success. It does not have the same lasting power as a artificial perfume and only store them in glass jars as they will corrode any plastic - even the dropper top - over time. I made one a year and let it sit and I love the scent now though. Have fun!

    1. Thank you for the tip about glass bottles! I need to figure out where to get some. Do I need to mix any water or anything in with the oils or do I just do straight essential oils?

  2. I think this is a great idea! You can make a perfume that you actually like, and know where all the ingredients came from. Perfume is also crazy expensive and you might save some money making your own. I am pretty picky about perfumes, too, and don't like most the flowery stuff. Fruit scents are much more fitting for me. I hope you try it and see how it works! Can't wait to hear the results.


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