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Homemade Perfume Recipe

Don't rely on synthetic fragrances to smell good. Scent yourself naturally with this homemade perfume recipe.
Story by Gina DeBacker, Recipe by Janice Cox
July/August 2013
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Employ traditional methods of perfume-making using plant oils and alcohol.
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Synthetic fragrances make up many conventional perfumes, and many, if not most, of these fragrances are derived from petroleum. We don’t have to rely on synthetic chemicals to smell good. Historically, perfumes were made by steeping flowers in a jar with alcohol and a small amount of oil. Use this timeless practice to make cologne water at home. It is much lighter than perfume and perfect for daytime use. The following blends make a great starting point. Experiment to devise your own signature scent. For more DIY beauty recipes, read the original article, 6 Basic Homemade Beauty Products.

Homemade Perfume Recipe

• 1/4 cup natural alcohol such as vodka or witch hazel
• 1/4 cup distilled or boiled water
• 2 to 3 drops each of your favorite essential oils (see variations below for some ideas)

1. Mix ingredients together. Pour into a clean container. 

2. To use: Spray or splash the scented cologne onto your skin. Makes 4 ounces. 

Scent Variations

Floral: Rose, frangipani, jasmine, violet and lilac

Spice: Cinnamon, ginger, clove and allspice

Wood: Pine, cedar and sandalwood

Fruit: Lemon, orange, peach and coconut

Herbal: Lavender, chamomile and sage

Exotic: Herbal musk, ylang ylang and vanilla








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Teri
7/31/2013 6:42:14 AM

I love this article.  I already use fragranced oils (I make my own) but I never realized you could use the alcohol to make a spray fragrance.  This way I can oil up in the morning and take the spray with me to freshen up during the day while I'm at work.  Thanks for the information.  I'm going to get some witch hazel and make some today.  I just found your website and I am putting it in my favorites.  Thanks, again!

 

Teri









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