17 October 2008

PerfumeProducing your own perfume is a great way of learning a new skill and also boost confidence and you will have fun when doing it. Some people make their own homemade or customized perfumes because it has a cheaper prices. You can also make you own perfume for the entire family or has a gift for a loved one or friend.

If you search in the internet on making perfume, you will soon find there are a many ways and different recipes to make it. But the most important thing you should think about before making any decisions, is what sort of perfumes it is you would like as your finished product. To know more about making your own perfume, check out the following tips.

Know what perfume you want to make
One of the first factors to consider is the kind of perfume and smell you want to make and which market you want to target.
  • PerfumeWould it be an eau de cologne, perfume concentrate or even an aftershave?
  • Do you want a general everyday office wear scent?
  • Do you prefer a sexy night-out perfume for the ladies?
  • a strong masculine scent for the men?
  • sweet and trendy for the hip, young market?
  • Does it have to be long lasting?
Remember that scents differ in their effects. Some induce calm and reduce stress, while some are made to rejuvenate. Some are made to seduce while some are just designed to refresh.

Perfume OilDetermine and prepare the ingredients
Next step is making a list of ingredients which needed to achieve that particular smell. Consider for possible combination. There are a lot of options you can choose from, such as patchouli, rose, and others.

If you already have a recipe that you would like to use, it may mean you do not need to bother experimenting with the ingredients you have. If you do not have your list of ingredients already prepared, then there are a couple things that you should know prior to making your list.
  • it is important that you experiment as much as you can.
  • perfume making is an art, and imagination and a great sense of smell will help you to overcome any lack of knowledge or experience.
  • there are 3 key ingredients you will need to produce perfume :
    - Essential Oil.
    - Pure Grain Oil
    - Water
The key ingredients include alcohol and fixatives. The best alcohol to use is one with great concentrations of ethyl alcohol. Fixatives meanwhile prolong the strength of a fragrance and hamper the rate of evaporation of a perfume. Among the usual fixatives are vanilla and sandalwood. Most of the ingredients used in perfumes can be bought at health stores or specialty stores. If you want a special ingredient that’s hard to find in your area, you can search on the Internet and have it delivered right to your house.

Perfume OilUse the best oils
The strength of a perfume depends on the percentage of essential oils that are diluted in alcohol and distilled water. Use droppers to allocate how many drops of oil you want to add. The more essential oils you use, the stronger the smell. But remember to use essential oils than fragrance oils because essential oils are natural and fragrance oils are synthetic. Also, use a base that will not degrade quickly, like jojoba oil or sweet almond oil, both of which are odorless.

There are 3 different types of oils, and these will ultimately influence the smell of perfume over time.
  1. Perfume IngredientsThe Base Oil (Base Notes) – produce scent that stays longest on the skin and usually added to the mixture first. Ex: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Mosses, Lichens, Ferns
  2. The Middle Oil (Middle Notes) – influences the smell of the perfume for quite some time, but not as long as the base notes does. Ex: Lemon Grass, Geranium, Neroli, Ylang-Ylang
  3. Top Oils (Top Notes) – added to the mixture after the middle notes, and may then be followed by some other substance which will help to bridge the scents together. Ex: Orchid, Rose, Bergamot,Lavender, Lemon, Lime.
Choose the equipmentThe equipment and tools use in making perfume can also affect the way it will turn out. For instance, it is better to use glass containers when mixing and storing perfumes because glass does not react with the ingredients.

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