How to create a natural perfume or massage oil

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essential oils
If you’re like me and you don’t like strong, chemical perfumes, but you do wanna smell nice, blending essential oils might be interesting for you.

It’s a lot harder than I thought to get a  nice scent, but I figured out a short cut that takes only 3 minutes! I’ll give the long version as well, as it allows you to create your own unique smell – in case you get really passionate about experimenting with scents.

What you need

You need essential oils, like lavender or ylang ylang, and a carrier oil, like jojoba or almond oil. The carrier oil dilutes the essential oil, to make it suitable for your skin. If you buy a bottle of carrier oil and a couple of essential oils, you can always create different smells depending on your mood and what you’d like to use it for.

You can make perfume with alcohol, but it’s more complicated and expensive than using oil as a base, so I’m opting for the latter. An extra advantage of having oils is that you can use your perfume to create massage oils or body oil as well, simply by adding more carrier oil.


Tip 1: google the qualities of the oil you want to use to check the effect. For example: lavender is relaxing, and sandalwood is sensual.

In order to make your perfume, poor 10 drops of essential oil, add 1 table spoon of carrier oil, then again add 10 drops of essential oil. Stir well and store in a preferably dark glass bottle with a little bit of air in it.

So why would this take long? Well, it will take long if you’d like to have a more original and more layered smell than just, say, a rose smell. If you’d like to mix several scents, you get into the art of harmonizing essential oils.

How to combine essential oils

Ever noticed that if you wear perfume the smell changes over time on your skin? This is because every scent evaporates in a different time span. As the oils in a blend evaporate, the aroma will change, reflecting the aroma of the remaining oils.

It’s best to combine scents with a different evaporation time. Using the analogy of a musical scale, oils that evaporate the quickest, usually within 1-2 hours, are called ‘top notes.’ Oils that evaporate with 2-4 hours are considered ‘middle notes.’ Oils that take the longest time to evaporate are referred to as ‘base notes.’ Some base notes can take several days to evaporate!

It’s best to use top, middle and base notes in a ratio of 3:5:2.

Check this chart to see which category your essential oil falls into.

Tip 2: Try the scent on your skin, don’t judge the smell from your mixing jar. I noticed that lavender seems really dominant, but after you apply it, it evaporates real quickly.

Tip 3: Don’t mix more than 3 combinations at once, as your nose doesn’t smell the difference any more after a while.

I tried three blends and so far I like my blend of lavender, jasmin and sandalwood most. But it’s not fantastic. I still prefer the smell of Robijn fabric softener, which is not very, ehm, natural.

It’s hard to say what is nicest due to what I mentioned in the tips: you need time to test them on your skin and you don’t smell much after a couple of trials. And I must admit that it turns out I’m not so much into the smelling art that I want to spend a lot of time doing that. I enjoy spending my time taking good pictures more.

That’s why I thought of a shortcut, for those of you who want to smell nice quickly.

3 minute shortcut to a nice smell

Instead of blending your own, you can buy blends, with names like ‘relaxing’, ‘uplifting’. If you mix those with a carrier oil you’re done! Or you can just opt for a simple smell, like just adding lavender to a carrier oil. As we say in the Netherlands: a child can do the laundry! Which is a really weird way of saying that it’s pretty easy.

Tell me what easy or complicated mix you came up with!

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