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How To Make Perfume

Updated on January 31, 2020

Make Your Own Perfume

You can make your own perfume at home -- it's easy, inexpensive and FUN! And, they make excellent gifts. I love making perfume and coming up with new scents. Most store-bought perfumes are just too overpowering, not to mention costly.

Here, I'll share with you recipes with exact instructions and the resources for finding the materials and everything else you'll need to create your own unique scents.

Whether you want to make gifts for friends and family or stand out with your own scent, you'll find everything you need to know here including what you need, where to get it,recipes and links to other items of interest. You can learn to create your own perfumes!

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What perfumes are made of

Ingredients of perfume

Perfumes are made up of base perfume oils -- plant, animal or synthetic. Most are then watered down with alcohol (Ethanol) to make them light. Although you can make some from just fresh flower parts and water such as Recipe #1 below.


The flowers and blossoms are mostly used. However, other parts such as leaves, twigs, roots, rhizomes, bulbs, seeds, fruit, wood and back can also be used. You can make your own or buy essential oils which are simply the "oil of" the plant material. Essential oil is also known as ethereal oils.

Other Plant Sources include Lichens such as oakmoss and treemoss thailli and seaweed. Seaweed is not often used due to the high cost and low potency.


Perfumes are also made from the musk of some animals such as Asian Musk Deer or Civets; Ambergris aka Amber, a fatty compound secreted by sperm whale; Honeycomb from the honeybee; Castoreum from North American Beaver odor sacs.


Several chemical compounds can also be used through organic synthesis to produce perfumes including: Terpenes, Coumarin, Linalool and Calone. These produce smells not know in nature.

3 Simple Ingredients Of Perfume



Essential oils

Perfume Oils vs. Perfume

The difference between perfume oils and perfumes

It is important to understand the terminology. For instance, perfume and perfume oils are two different things. Our modern, store bought perfumes traces its beginnings to perfume oils.

In ancient Egypt, perfume oils were given as special gifts to royalty. Today, perfume oils have degraded down to what we know as perfume which we can buy at perfume counters in our favorite shops and department stores.

The basic difference between the two is in the strength and concentration of scent. Perfume oils are highly concentrated and will yield a purer fragrance which will last much longer than its modern counterpart.

This makes perfume oils much more valuable and expensive than regular perfumes.

Some individuals find that they develop allergic reactions to the high concentrations of essential oils so it is prudent to test just a little on your skin. After all, a little is all you need.

Essential Oils

The Base Ingredient In Perfume

Essential oils are used as the base of perfumes. Basically, they are extracted concentrated scents from plants.

What's really interesting to me is that sometimes, the different parts of a particular aromatic plant can produce different smells and the nuances of each can be used and blended along with other essential oils from totally different plants to create that wonderfully unique fragrance.

I was never good at chemistry so I was surprised just how easy it is to make my own perfume. I purchase the essential oils I use instead of extracting them myself from the plants. You decide which you'd rather do.

If you purchase essential oils, however, make sure you get them from a reputable source so that you can be sure that you get 100% essential oils rather than those with additives. The higher the concentration of the essential oils, the more aromatic it is.

Carrier Oil

Such as Almond, Apricot Kernel or Jojoba. Jojoba is a little more expensive but is especially nice. Experiment with each to determine which you like best.

Essential Oils

Choose your recipe below to determine the essential oils you need.

Fragrance oils may be used instead of the essential oils for a cheaper version.

Top, Middle And Base Notes

What are notes in perfumes?

Using a musical metaphor, it is said that perfumes have 3 Notes -- Top notes , Middle notes and Base notes -- which form the harmonious "chord" of the scent. The scents used in a perfume evaporate at different speeds.

is used -- that of notes. There is said to be 3 says, "Perfume is described in a musical metaphor as having three sets of 'notes', making the harmonious chord of the scent."

The notes unfold over time, with the immediate impression of the top note leading to the deeper middle notes, and the base notes gradually appearing as the final stage. These notes are created carefully with knowledge of the evaporation process of the perfume.

Top notes: These are also known as "head notes" and gives the first or immediate impression. These are made up of the molecules which evaporate the quickest.

Middle notes: These are also known as the "heart notes" because they form the main body of the perfume. They emerge as the top notes dissipate.

Base notes: The base notes emerge as the middle or heart notes disapate. The main theme of the perfume is made up of the middle notes and the base notes together. The base notes are said to bring depth and solidity to a perfume. They are not perceived until 30 minutes after the perfume is applied.

Base Notes - Examples

  • Vanilla
  • Sandalwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Mosses
  • Lichens
  • Ferns

Middle Notes - Examples

  • Ylang-Ylang
  • Lemon Grass
  • Neroli
  • Geranium

Top Notes - Examples

  • Bergamot
  • Lavender
  • Orchid
  • Rose
  • Lemon
  • Lime

Fragrance Wheel

Different smells for different tastes

In 1983, Michael Edwards, a perfume industry consultant, created a new classification method which simplified fragrance classification and naming.

The 5 family classifications are: Floral, Oriental, Woody, Fougere, and Fresh. The first 4 are considered classic and the Fresh family is made up of citrus and other clean smelling fragrances such as oceanic.

Fragrance Wheel

Fragrance Wheel
Fragrance Wheel

Tools Needed To Make Perfume

Simple tools of the perfume making

The equipment is pretty simple and easy to find. You will find them in grocery, hardware, kitchen and DIY (craft) stores. Here's what you'll need:

1. Medicine droppers (some essential oil bottles don't come with them).

2. Measuring spoons.

3. Measuring cup.

4. Small Funnel.

5. Roller bottles.

6. Small Colored Bottles (Cobalt blue or amber glass)

7. A box or bag to store the items in.

8. Cheesecloth

Glycerin, a fixative, can be added to recipes to help it retain its scents.

Perfume Recipe: Basic Perfume Recipe - without Alcohol

Perfume recipe

For this recipe all you need are: Water and chopped flower blossoms.


2 cups of water (preferably distilled)

2 cup fresh chopped flower blossoms. Good choices include lavender, lilac, orange blossoms or honeysuckle.

Day 1:

Place cheesecloth over a bowl and fill with your flower blossoms.

Pour water over them until they are completely covered.

Cover the bowl and let it sit overnight.

Day 2:

The following day, life up the edges of the cheesecloth and gently squeeze the now scented water into a small pot. Simmer until there is about 1-1/2 teaspoons liquid.

Let the liquid cool then pour into a small, dark bottle.

since this perfume is made without alcohol, it has a shelf life of approximately 1 month.

Perfume Recipe: Celestial Shower

Perfume recipe

This wonderfule blend of soothing flower scents will relax you.


2 cups distilled water

3 tablespoons vodka

5 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops chamomile essential oil

10 drops valerian essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together and shake well. Place in a dark color bottle. Allow the perfume to settle for at least 12 hours. Store in a cool dry area.

Perfume Recipe: Whispering Rain

Perfume recipe

All you need is sandalwood to act as the base note, bergamot to act as the middle and cassis which will serve as the top note. (These can be purchased separately in 10 ml bottles then mixed together in a glass bottle.)


10 ml sandalwood

10 ml bergamot

10 ml cassis

3 tablespoons of vodka

2 of cups of distilled water

Seal with a tight lid.

Leave it to settle for 24 to 48 hours before transferring into a sprayer bottle.

It's ready to use.

The perfume may last for a month if this is used daily. Before this runs out, it will be a good idea to prepare a new batch so this will just be refilled into the container.

Women who smelled like grapefruit

were judged by men to be 10 years younger than when the same women did not smell of grapefruit.

From: Lensmaster Margo_Arrowsmith

Perfume Recipe: Light of the Orient

Perfume recipe

This recipe will bring the smell of the orient to you. (These can be purchased separately in 10 ml bottles then mixed together in a glass bottle.)


4 drops of Sandalwood

4 drops of Musk

4 drops of Frankincense

2 teaspoons of Jojoba oil (is a carrier oil)

Mix together in a dark bottle and shake well

Leave it to settle for at least 12 hours then store in a cool dry are.

It's ready to use.

This perfume will be more fragrant since it is mostly essential oils.

Perfume Recipe: Floral Surprise

Perfume recipe

Combine these ingredients for a perfectly wonderful scent.


2 tablespoons ethyl alcohol

5 drops of lavender

5 drops of bergamot

1 cup of distilled water

2 teaspoons of Jojoba oil (is a carrier oil)

Mix together in a dark bottle and shake well.

Leave it to settle for at least 48 hours then store in a cool dry area.

It's ready to use. Test it and if you like it, great. If not, try adding a little more lavender to see if you like it better.

You can, as with the other recipes, double it.

Perfumes are individual

A perfume smells different in the bottle, on your skin and on everyone else.

Perfume Recipe: Tranquility

Perfume recipe

This recipe produces a perfume that makes you feel tranquil.


4 drops of Cedarwood

2 drops of Clary Sage

1 drop of Grapefruit

2 drops of Mandarin

1 teaspoon carrier oil (Jojoba, Almond or Apricot Kernel)

Mix together in a small dark bottle. Shake well and store in a cool, dark place for 12 days. Shake the bottle a 3 times a day. After the 12 days, enjoy!

Perfume Recipe: Ardour

Perfume recipe

Want to get in that loving mood? Try this recipe then.


3 drops of Jasmine

3 drops of Neroli

4 drops of Orange

1 tesapoon carrier oil (Jojoba, Almond or Apricot Kernel)

Mix together in a small dark bottle. Shake well and store in a cool, dark place for 12 days. Shake the bottle a 3 times a day. After the 12 days, enjoy your creation.

Perfume Recipe: Light Romance

Perfume recipe

This perfume combines the romantic scent of vanilla with the fresh and tangy fragrance of lemon.


6 drops of vanilla extract

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 cup distilled water

Mix ingredients together and boil covered for two minutes after it has reached a boil.

Place boiled mixture in the fridge for five minutes. Take out and boil the same way again.

After 2nd boiling, immediately transfer it into a glass container and put it in the refrigerator for an hour.

Finally, transfer into a bottle and you're set to enjoy this fresh and seductive fragrance.

Perfume Recipe: Vanilla on my Mind

Perfume recipe

Vanilla is known to be a seductive scent that permeates the subconscious. Here's a wonderful vanilla perfume.


1 vanilla bean cut into several pieces

1/3 teaspoon of sugar

3 ounces of Vodka

Tightly seal these ingredients in a glass jar. Shake the jar everyday for 30 days. After 30 days, it is ready to entice!

Perfume Recipe: Lavender Breeze

Perfume recipe

This recipe is very simple lavender perfume made from lavender flowers from your garden:


Lavender flowers cut from your fresh-picked plants

Carrier oil (Jojoba, Almond or Apricot Kernel)

Simply fill a jar 3/4 full of the carrier oil you choose. Cut the flowers off the plant quickly. Add the freshly cut flowers to the jar of oil and let set for several weeks.

After a couple of weeks, you can strain the perfume through cheesecloth to get rid of the plants. Then it's ready to use!

The scent of Roses

when smelled by women in REM sleep was reported to cause positive dreams. Whereas, rotten egg smell caused negative dreams.

From: Small study in Germany

Danny Seo, author of Simply Green Parties (2006, Collins), has a really nifty idea which he demonstrates in his book -- how to turn an old makeup compact into a solid perfume carrying case.

What a great gift for a friend or yourself! Here's his recipe:

Used makeup compacts, thoroughly cleaned

1/4 cup of solid beeswax

3 tbs jojoba oil

Approx. 60 drops of essential oil

Pyrex measuring cup

Melting the beeswax in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. Add the jojoba oil and the essential oil. Stir the mixture and pour into the compacts. Allow to cool completely. Dab your fingers over the wax and apply.


My suggestion:

The above recipe should make several containers of solid perfume. I suggest that you make a smaller amount the first time to test your recipe. The following amounts should make 1 container:

1 tablespoon of beeswax

1 tablespoon of jojoba oil

8-14 drops of essential oils**

**Try 2 or 3 different essential oils together.

Solid Perfume Tips

Tips for making a solid perfume

1. How about a push up solid perfume? To do that, pour the solid perfume mixture into a cleaned out chap stick tube.

2. You could use petroleum jelly in place of the beeswax.

3. Find a very thin item to stir the ingredients because the mixture will stick to anything you use.

4. Melt the wax in the microwave. If on the stove-top, then set the pyrex measuring cup in water. As the water boils, the wax will melt.

5. There are some lip gloss and lip salve sold in cute little round tins that are perfect for solid perfume.

Black Paisley Large Square Pill Box
Black Paisley Large Square Pill Box
Modern Black Paisley Large Pill Box This sleek pill box has dividers inside creating four sections for pills. The cover features a silver paisley pattern on a black background. The clasp of the box is easy to open and close and will keep your pills secure in your handbag.

What scents are in famous perfumes?

Find the perfume you like, then make your own using those scents

Ever wondered what scents are in the famous perfumes? Well, here's a list. I'll add more as I find them:

Halle by Halle Berry

* freesia * hybiscus * driftwood

Jeanne Lanvin

* blackberries * raspberries * pear

Island Michael Kors Bermuda

* passionflower * white tiare blossom

Space.nk Jasamber

* citrus * amber * sandlewood

Flirt! Flowerific

* freesia * frangipani * syringa blossom * water lily * magnolia * rose

Badgley Mischka Couture

* jasmine * sweet gardenia * violet

Tips for buying Essential Oils - What you should know about Essential Oils

Essential oils are the primary ingredient in your perfume and therefore you should know the following things about them:

  • Always buy from a reputable source that provide undiluted, extended or cut essential oils.
  • Be aware that frangrance oils or perfume oils are NOT the same as essential oils so even though they are less expensive they may not deliver as long-lasting a scent as essential oils will.
  • Essential oils must be stored in a dark container and away from heat, moisture and light.
  • Keep essential oils out of the reach of children.
  • Essential oil do have a shelf-life. Many oils last for years, but some, like citrus oils tend to degrade after several months.

© 2008 Frankie Kangas

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      4 years ago

      sounds cool

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      Tricia Deed 

      6 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      If and when I decide to make perfume I will definitely use your instructions.

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      7 years ago

      what is for christmas

    • ViolaSuSi profile image


      7 years ago

      Well, Christmas is around the corner. An interesting way of creating gifts for friends by ourselves. I''ll try some of your recipes. Thank you for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      Interesting, something I would like to try

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      MatijaB LM 

      7 years ago

      Hm good info. I will try to make perfume.

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      7 years ago

      @MariaDSk: it's so amazing,interesting and fantastic...this is really useful lens... thank for sharing because i can learn it... thank u so much

      Guess Perfume

    • Franksterk profile imageAUTHOR

      Frankie Kangas 

      7 years ago from California

      @anonymous: The dark glass makes it less vulnerable to heat or bright lights. Excellent question. I'll have to add that info in the text above. Thank you! Bear hugs, Frankster

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      7 years ago

      why is a dark glass bottle used?

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      Frankie Kangas 

      7 years ago from California

      @QuiltFinger: Let me know how it goes! Bear hugs, Frankster

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      7 years ago from Tennessee

      Excellent overview and recipes! i have a total perfume fetish right now, and I have always been intrigued by solid perfumes. With the help of these tips, I may have to try making my own!!

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      8 years ago

      This is really cool lens. I love it. I favored it. I got the link. Thank you for sharing.

      I will give it a try. Always I learn something. Thanks You!

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      Frankie Kangas 

      8 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Sorry. I do not know the answer to your question. You might try to see if someone else has the answer. Good luck.

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      8 years ago

      Hi all,

      So I make my own cologne and while I know the basics of using fixatives, it'd be really helpful if I could predict how fast various substances, especially solids will diffuse, especially if dissolved in the oil of our skin. Can I get this information from the scientific literature?

      At first I thought that boiling point might be useful and then enthalpy of evaporation. But those numbers by themselves don't seem to match up with my experience for how stuff diffuses. So either the predicted values are way off or I'm doing something wrong.

      What could be going wrong? Is one substance dissolving in oil on my skin while another isn't? Does one bind more tightly to fixative? Is there any way to predict how fast something will evaporate?

      Thanks for any advice!

      (Captcha: Birdgoop)

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      8 years ago

      Fantastic lens - I've pinned it

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      8 years ago

      I loved reading the information here,it was very helpful!! Thank you so much.

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      8 years ago

      I really liked this! Thought about making my own perfume a while back, and this really brought the idea back to me! Might actually do it this time :)

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      8 years ago

      What a lot of research has gone into this page, I would really like to make my own perfume

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      8 years ago

      I like your lens :) Wish I had a lens this cool :)

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      8 years ago

      I like this lens. I shall return many times before I know the facts well. Thank you for the wonderful collection of data and photos.

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      8 years ago from USA

      This is wonderful information. Angel Blessed and I will be back. Love the compact idea.

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      sukkran trichy 

      8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      wonderful diy page. i love to make my own perfume. thanks for the useful info.

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      8 years ago from U.S.

      Great lens. I have to admit that the thought of making fragrances never occurred to mne before. Great job!

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      Maria Burgess 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Sweet! I am always looking for do it yourself info! Most store bought fragrances leave me with allergic reactions even though I love the scent! This is a must do! Thank you for all the great information!!

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      Ceelee Bration 

      8 years ago

      Great info and best of all it brings back fond memories of Grandma when I was young, Grandpa raised roses and she would make her own perfume, which we did many times together.

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      8 years ago

      Excellent lens ... your information is thorough and enjoyable. Very nice job, I can't wait to try some of your recipes!

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      8 years ago

      I was determined to make solid perfumes for Christmas last year, but I waited too long. This lens totally ignites my interest again. I'm stocking up on my essential oils this weekend. Great stuff!

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      8 years ago

      I love this lens. I use coconut oil on my body now I can add a scent and stimulate my lover while staying soft

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      This is a FABULOUS lens! I am definitely going to try some of these recipes. I get a headache from most commercial fragrances (especially strong floral scents) so this will be perfect for me. The first one I'm going to try is the Light Romance! I'm Squid Liking this and blessing it, too!! Yay!

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      8 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! The recipes look so simple I'm going to pick one and give it a try. Thank you.

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      8 years ago

      Very informative...I think I can even make perfume. You make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago

      I always love to create my own perfume...thanks for sharing this info.

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      8 years ago

      Now this is something for my girl - she is crazy about homemade perfumes. I will have to pass this lens to her and I already see she will be more than thankful for such wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing them!

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      Frankie Kangas 

      8 years ago from California

      @ItayaLightbourne: That's an excellent idea. Thank or sharing. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      8 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Great article! I love making my own scents! I especially love experimenting with using a fairly non scented lotion as a base and adding a few drops of different essential oils. :)

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      8 years ago

      What a great lens..I've always loved perfumes and after reading your lens I am now inspired to try making my own. Thanks for sharing!

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      8 years ago

      gr8 info.... well done

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      8 years ago

      Wow - a lot easier to do than I anticipated! What a great lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      8 years ago

      Wow, I had no idea that this was fairly easy to do (even for someone like me). Thanks for the introduction and the directions for how to make so many perfumes. I especially want to try the vanilla one.

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      homeremedy lm 

      8 years ago

      Great lens and thanks for sharing the recipes with us.

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 

      8 years ago

      One of the best instructional lenses that I have come across on Squidoo.

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      8 years ago

      I love this lens. I have always wanted to try my hand at creating perfume/cologne and you have given me the knowledge to do so. Thank you for writing such an informative article.

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      Oracle Post 

      8 years ago

      Never before I thought about making perfume myself. This has opened a new perspective for me. thanks for sharing!

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      8 years ago

      Most perfumes available on the market these days are made up of 100% aroma chemicals; especially the aquatic, fruity and clean type of designer perfumes that are the current trend today. These aromatic chemicals are incredibly stable in their performance and easy use by experienced perfume makers. In fact, they are the preferred choice of odorants for the perfumers in the perfume industry to work with.


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      8 years ago

      I never knew that Vodka could be used to create perfume. How interesting.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens and fabulous subject, well researched and nicely presented. Well done,.hugs

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      8 years ago

      I'm surprised this lens hasn't gotten a purple star yet, very unique and glad I browsed upon it this morning, gave you a 'thumbs up' too!

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      Jules Corriere 

      8 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      What a cool lens! there's so much information, so many recipes, and it is all so unique. Thanks for writing this, I had a grat time here today!

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      8 years ago

      Since smelling good is pleasant, not only to others but even to oneself, using perfumes should be part of ones grooming regimen. Perfumes are combinations of essential oils, aroma, and solvents that create pleasant smell to someone. The perfume usually contains natural ingredients. Some are extracted from flowers while others are extracted from other plants. It's the mixture of ingredients that makes an effective pleasant smell and the result is all in liquid form.

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      Laraine Sims 

      8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I've really enjoyed this lens. I think that with this information I will be able to make nice gifts for my friends. I used to make face cream until I was unable to get spermiceti (from whales). I suppose I could use something artificial but haven't found that ingredient yet. If you know what that ingredient would you please let me know. Thank you for this information.

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      8 years ago

      This is awesome! Can't wait to try some.

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      8 years ago

      This is really fascinating - shall definitely come back and read more - haven't yet worked out how to do favourites though

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      8 years ago

      A terrific resource lens, well done. Blessed :)

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      9 years ago

      Making your own perfume saves you money. This is really a nice lens.

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      9 years ago

      I had learned a lot with this lens. Great lens.

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      9 years ago

      Hey Frankster,

      I found the part about the fragrance wheel especially instructive! :O)


      Sunshine & Blessings,


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      Frankie Kangas 

      9 years ago from California

      @anonymous: I don't recognize the recipe. A couple of thoughts though. Did you use distilled water? Did you use ethyl Alcohol? Did you Seal with a tight lid ad leave it to settle for 24 to 48 hours before transferring into a sprayer bottle?

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      9 years ago

      Dear sir,

      thank you for your instruction of making perfume.I did an expriement but really failed and i don't know why it happened and i did as follows.

      10 drops sandalwood

      10 drops Geranium

      10 drops Lavender

      2 tbs Alcohol

      1 cup Water(240ml)

      The result became useless.Please help me this.

      By: Ali Aden

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      9 years ago

      I had no idea that I could make my own!

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      9 years ago

      Great job covering this topic. ~Blessed

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      9 years ago

      really comrehensive . i love the subject and have many lenses about perfumes as well you should check it out mate.

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      9 years ago

      Wow, perfectly crafted and well explained. With this information everybody shall be able to make their own perfume. Added your lens to my perfumes and fragances collection.

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      9 years ago

      I love your lens! It is so informative and interesting. I would really like to try making a personalized perfume, it will definitely have a lot of grapefruit scent. Thank you for putting together such a variety of recipes!

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      Marina K 

      9 years ago

      Most interesting and informative lens. I probably won't be making my own perfumes, but it's great to know how it's done!

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      9 years ago

      I love this! What a great idea for a lens and you covered it with your usual excellence. I am fascinated. I agree, most otc perfumes are just too much. I heard a few years ago that skunk essences are even used by some makers, no wonder they are so strong.

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      Sue Dixon 

      9 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      What a great idea! I make my own pot pourri so have already got lots of these essential oils! You've inspired me! Blessed by a Squid Angel and added to my Angel lens today.

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      daoine lm 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for all this information. I've been wondering what was meant by "top notes" and "base notes" in perfumes; this really makes sense and having examples really helps. You've inspired me to try making my own.

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      9 years ago

      very informative sounds like you are the master of perfumes. i have my lens about best perfume for men 2010 - would you consider having a look there and lmk what you think about it? always looking for some feedback

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      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      We ditched the artificial fragrances in favor of natural stuff a couple of years ago. It seemed to reduce headaches which we were having pretty regularly. It's a great idea a lot of people don't think of.

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      Brookelorren LM 

      9 years ago

      Wow, this was really interesting. I saw them make perfume on a cartoon once... it didn't go so well ;-).

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      10 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This was a fascinating read. I have never thought about making my own perfume. Very interesting and so well done.

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      perfumereviews lm 

      10 years ago

      What an awesome lens! You started off with such a great breakdown of the main components of perfumes, and sliced it every way possible. Definitely a great introduction for perfume beginners!

      Would love to check out some of these perfume "recipes" you created! Awesome work here!

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      10 years ago

      Great lens, but you knew that :) Just wanted to remind you that this is featured on the Women and Girls Shopping Headquarters:

      It's now transformed into a lensography and I would love it if you could feature it here, or lensroll it or something.

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      10 years ago

      Thank you for the lens, I love making perfumes for all the family at christmas, could you possibly find out what is in Aspen for women, no longer sold and my daughter loves it, although she loved scent she received last chrismas also.

      Again, Thanks for the site.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      10 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I must have a girly-girl still in me somewhere, because I love this lens! That basic perfume without alcohol sounds like it would be pretty simple to do. And since I tend to get tired of a perfume within a month or less, it wouldn't matter about the short shelf life.

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      10 years ago

      I love this lens. Thank a lot of information.

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      10 years ago

      Wow, this is cool, and shows why I have to go to my favorites box more often and that is where I found this. 5*

      Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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      Maurice Glaude 

      10 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Thanks for the info. My sister is really into perfume oils and wants to start her own business selling them. This page will interest her.

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      10 years ago

      This is a fantastic lens! I am going to feature it on my herbal lens. Great job, I have created many scents and when I use to make a lot of herbal products and sell them in my business, scented waters is something I always made for special herbal shows when I was invited to set up at them. Wow, that use to be a lot of fun! Fav'ed, Five and would give you more if I could.

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      11 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I rated it 5* and voted for it in the Women and Girls Shopping Headquarters plexo. I'd also like to invite you to submit it to my Skin Care for Women group.

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      11 years ago

      Thank you very much for this page! I have been wanting to make my own scents for a while and this has given me the boost I've been needing!!!

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      blu baby77 

      11 years ago

      this was very informative thank you for doing this lens

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      11 years ago

      Oh, this is a really fun lens! I am very sensitive to fragrance and never wear perfume, but I may give some of your recipes a try. I think I would absolutely love the homemade Lavender Breeze perfume.

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      11 years ago

      what an awesome lens!! I'm gonna have to remember this at christmas time for those people that are difficult to buy for. Thanks *****stars and favorited!

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      11 years ago

      Never knew that some animals and synthetic can be used to make perfumes. I like your lens, great job! Faved & 5*

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      11 years ago

      Great lens! It might be cool to make perfume sometime.

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      11 years ago

      I love this lens. I've always wanted to know how to make perfume. I've got my compact already and have bought the ingredients to make the solid perfume after Thanksgiving. Can't wait to try it. I'll let you know how it goes!

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      Carol Fisher 

      11 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I'm just about to go and look at the essential oils I've got to see if any are good for perfume. This lens has convinced me making perfume isn't as difficult as I thought.

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      11 years ago

      Who knew? I will try this and of course it must go into Margo's Squidoo Library lens, Main Branch. ******** ( I know, I can only give 5)

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      11 years ago

      I love your lens! I love fragrances too! I love how a scent can be changed by adding one more drop of this or that and it gives it a completely different personality. Scents evoke memories, creates moods and set an ambiance. I love how a fragrance can say a lot about you. I took my scent personality test online and since then I was hooked on creating recipes. I now help others. You can take your free scent personality test at my website:

      Good luck with your fragrances!

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      Frankie Kangas 

      11 years ago from California

      [in reply to Ani] Vodka helps accentuate the aroma and preserve the scent and it doesn't overpower the perfume.

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      11 years ago

      what is the vodka for in recipe #1?

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      Ruth Coffee 

      11 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      This sounds much fun to make things versus buying them at the store!

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      11 years ago

      Can't wait to try the recipes, sounds like fun. Another 5 star lens!

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      12 years ago

      What a neat idea! It even sounds easy enough for me to do.

      Great lens!



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      12 years ago

      Well done ***** - rolled you onto my Diffuser lens and some others as well.

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      12 years ago

      It sound like fun and easy enough that I can do it. :-) Thanks for sharing. Janet


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