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Make Your Own Perfume

Host your own Perfume workshop with one of our trained consultants.  Have some fun with friends customizing your very own blend of essential oils that will be aromatically pleasing and therapeutically beneficial.

Did you know that most perfumes and colognes are manufactured using synthetic chemicals, even petroleum? Many of these ingredients do not need to be listed on the labels, but are known allergens, hormone disruptors, and irritants. The majority have never even been studied for cosmetic use! This is pretty scary, but the good news is that we can easily create our own perfumes and colognes from natural ingredients. Not only are they safer, but many botanicals also have therapeutic properties that are grounding, energizing, relaxing, stimulating, uplifting, and balancing. True, these fragrances will need to be reapplied more often than their chemical counterparts, but they are much better for our minds and bodies.

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The basics of perfumery.

A top note is usually the fragrance we smell first. It is also the fragrance to disappear first. Using the largest number of drops in the blend from top notes gives plenty of lingering fragrance.

The middle note is the body of the perfume. Use a good percentage of this oil as it will provide the body of the fragrance and support the top note.

The base note provides a long lasting full bodied fragrance. It will be the last oil to smell but will linger the longest. Sandalwood essential oil is a good example of this. A good quality sandalwood will last for hours and have a very deep bodied fragrance.

Essential Oils can also be classified according to how they smell, e.g. Rosy or Minty. This method of classification has nothing to do with which part of the plant the Oil comes from but rather with how the Oil smells. Sometimes the difference between Woody and Herbaceous or Spicy and Herbaceous smells can be hard to define. You may also have your own ideas which differ from what we are suggesting here. It is naturally up to you and what you think, as the creator of your own perfume, is what is most important.

Woody Notes:

Cedarwood, Cypress, Sandalwood, Tea Tree

Root Notes:

Benzoin, Patchouli, Vetivert

Citrus Notes:

Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange

Spicy Notes:

Bay Leaf, Cloves

Rosy Notes:

Geranium, Rose de Mai (Absolute), Rosewood

Orange Notes:

Neroli, Petitgrain

Herbaceous Notes:

Lavender, Rosemary

Floral Notes:

Jasmine (Absolute), Ylang Ylang

Minty Notes:

Peppermint, Pennyroyal, Spearmint

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