It gives me great joy to report that I am back “in the good” with perfume once again. But in order to avoid harmful chemicals, artificial colors and formaldehyde (yes, really!) I had to make my own.
It’s not as daunting as it seemed, actually. I stood at Vitamins Plus on the essential oil aisle for way too long sniffing oils and determining fragrances. I like fruits and flowers. I don’t necessarily want to smell like moss or trees, but I know somehow one can mix all sorts of fragrances to come up with a unique and great-smelling blend. I’m not quite that savvy. I found jasmine oil, and that suits me just fine for now.
In the many recipes I perused for homemade perfumes, the common ingredient seemed to be alcohol. To prevent altering the intended scent, the recipes suggested Vodka. It all made sense, but I was kinda trying to avoid alcohol in the first place, remember? I mean, can you really expect to moisturize your skin with a drying agent? So I omitted the alcohol ingredient altogether. After all, I have been known to shamelessly tweak recipes before.
I also learned from my friend Kim that you are not supposed to put essential oils directly onto your skin because they can be irritants. (Um, oops…) Rather, you blend the essential oil into a carrier oil, like jojoba or almond oil and then apply to skin. (Note: I had no reactions to the jasmine oil or the tea tree oil, but I assume that was likely because I was applying them either immediately before or immediately after jojoba oil. At any rate, I shall attempt better care of my oils…)
My beginner’s recipe is about a tablespoon of jojoba oil with 6 drops of jasmine essential oil swirled in. I have the concoction in an embarrassingly ineffective spray bottle (“sputter” bottle is more like it). I apply it like lotion and then I’m all set!
I hope to try other blends but I really need Kim, who knows blends and oils, to walk me through it. Hopefully I will have many more recipes to report soon. Until then, I am content with the jasmine.