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Making your own perfume can be an interesting skill because it offers you the opportunity to experiment and possibly come up with a new perfume fragrance that you have not seen before in the market.

The ability to make perfume can provide you a new line of career to become a commercial producer of a particular brand of perfume that only you can produce. This can become another source of income or a full-time profession.

Meanwhile, you still have the benefit of going out every day with varying fragrances according to your preference. Appearing different perfume fragrances in every event or in your office can become a source of attraction to many people around you.




To make any type of perfume is not as difficult as you may think. It is quite an enjoyable experience. The starting point is to read and understand the perfumes you are already using. Looking at the casing or bottle of each perfume you will see a list of ingredients used in making the perfume. That will give you a little idea of how the perfume was made. Some list of ingredients can even provide the percentage details.

Though the list of ingredients on any perfume bottle cannot give details of how to make a replica of such perfume, it offers you a lead of what to expect when trying to start your perfume-making skill.

There is no specific rule in perfume making, all you need is to know the precautions involved in handling all the ingredients and how to make your combinations safely. The quantity/volume and percentage combination will always give you varying fragrance, it could be odd, good, or beyond your expectation.

You have to experiment with the fragrance each ingredient offers to the perfume and be able to correctly make a specific percentage indication for their addition when making your perfume so that you can achieve the exact fragrance you are expecting.




A glass container for mixing

Glass pipette for measurement

Jojoba oil without a smell as a base for oil perfume

A set of essential oils

Beeswax as a basis for dry perfume

Some glass bottles for Storage of the perfume



Understanding the Three Notes of Fragrances

There is three-note when it comes to perfume making, the first note known as the “initial note” contains fragrances that could last about 15minutes to 20minutes after applying the perfume to your body or fabric. A good example of first-note fragrances is Basil, anise, rosewood, citrus, lavender, mimosa, and lots more.

The second note is known as the “main note” it forms the main note of floral fragrance for the perfume by retaining fragrance that lasts after the first note fragrance disappears. A quality perfume can be noticed after an hour of its application, the addition of the second note into the perfume makes it possible. Some examples of second note items are; essential oils, musk, fennel, pine, cinnamon, tobacco, thyme, nutmeg, cloves, and lots more.

The third note is known as the base note. It is the last smooth and slightly noticeable fragrance that remains after the second note fragrance has left. It is referred to as a train. Examples of base note fragrances are; essential oils of myrrh, incense, most woody fragrances (patchouli, vetiver, and wood moss), etc.

Making your own perfume is not as difficult as you may think. Your ability to distinguish all the fragrances and choose the ingredient for each note will determine the overall fragrances for the perfume.

  1. Carefully arrange all the fragrances according to their note classifications.
  2. Use a piece of paper to describe their fragrances after smelling each one.
  3. At this stage, you should have at least three fragrances on the note. In other words, you should have three items for your first note, three items for your second note, and the third item for your third note.
  4. Carefully test three or four fragrances combinations from different notes by dropping on cotton wool and smell it again after 30 minutes to know the new fragrance it produces. If it smells nice to you at this stage you can go ahead with proper measurement of the fragrances to create your perfume just the way you desired it.
  5. The testing method is different from the making method. During the proper combination of the fragrances, the quantity you add should be according to the fragrance you want to dominate the perfume.
  6. The adding of the fragrances should not be at the same time. It has to carry out one after another.



When mixing the fragrances, your bottle should not be covered, leave it open.

You need to leave alcohol perfumes about three weeks after mixing them so that they can infuse.

Mix the compounds slowly and don’t shake them during the process.

Oil perfumes should be left for more than one week to infuse. However, dry perfumes can be used immediately.





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