- Gather Your Materials
Before you begin, it’s essential to have all the materials you’ll need to create your perfume. These include, but are not limited to:
- Perfumer’s alcohol (high quality ethanol with no smell)
- Essential oils
- Aroma molecules
- Carrier oils (such as jojoba oil or sweet almond oil; carrier oils are optional)
- Glass dropper bottles
- Mixing bottles
- Measuring/transferring spoons
- Cleaning towel
- Glass stirring rod or spoon
- Label maker or sticker paper
- smelling blotters
- Magnetic stirrer and magnetic fish and magnetic rod
- filter for filtration
- Perfume bottle made of glass with screw-on pump spray
- Choose Your Scent Profile
The first step in creating your own perfume is to decide on the scent profile you want to achieve, it is easier to create a western style perfume then a traditional Indian perfume. Do you want a floral, spicy, woody, or citrusy scent? Make yourself familiar with the Perfume Pyramid and get to know the top notes, the heart notes, and the base notes.
- Select Your Essential Oils and Aroma Molecules
Once you have an idea of the scent profile you want to achieve, it’s time to choose your essential oils, CO2 extracts, absolues and aroma molecules. These are some interesting aroma molecules: hedione, Iso E Super, vanillin, ambroxan, coumarin.
- Determine the Ratios/Create the Formula
The next step is to determine the ratios of your perfume ingredients. Create a base note, then add the heart notes and then the top note. Mix the ingredients, smell with the blotter, mix again, smell and evaluate. Also try it on your skin and evaluate how the fragrance evolves over time.
- Production of the Perfume
Once the formula is created produce your first batch. Weigh in all the ingredients carefully and mix it using a magnetic stirrer. Then add the ethanol and let it all stir and dissolve completely. Let the mixture rest for 2 weeks, then cool it for 24 h in the fridge at about 5 degrees Celsius. Then filter the mixture and there you have your cleared perfume liquid! Fill your perfume bottles and tightly screw on the pump spray. Label it and enjoy!
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