This post is about how I make my own perfume out of essential oils and vodka! So now that Joe and I have switched our entire house over to homemade household cleaners I find that most perfumes have begun to smell more and more like bug spray to me. (Weird, right?) I’ve always had rather sensitive skin which is why the first household recipe we switched to was my homemade laundry detergent but I find now I’ve become sensitive to smells too. Walking down the cleaning aisle at walmart never used to bother me but now my eyes start watering and I am in shock at the horrible smell.
So, I’ve been working through a backlog of body sprays and perfumes. (I can’t be the only girl that at one point just dumped all of her bed bath and beyond body sprays in one bottle.) Eventually I finally ran out and Joe purchased me my favorite perfume one day (at $30 a bottle!) that I’ve been making last as long as possible. But it just seemed so silly to me. I didn’t know what was in that perfume and spraying it directly on my skin every morning made me nervous on top of that $30 to smell good for a little while seemed pretty ridiculous to me!
So, I went looking online about how to make my own perfume. You need a carrier for your oils and everyone online says that literally any kind of alcohol will work. (I used cheap vodka cause that’s what I had.) Many recipes I found called for multiple different essential oils (like over 30 different kinds in one recipe!) that I didn’t necessarily have so, one day, I thought I would just experiment and this is the recipe I ended up with:
3.5oz vodka (or any clear alcohol)
20 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops orange (or tangerine) essential oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
(don’t worry too much about exact measurements, I just filled the 4oz bottle I was using mostly up with Vodka and then added the essential oils on top before giving it a good shake)
Those little funnels I’m using in the picture have been incredibly handy, you can check them out here. I would really encourage you to try your own experiment and see what you like best too! The vanilla (at least to me) was the most important ingredient. It created a warm and sweet earthiness that the rest of the essential oils seemed to ride on. I couldn’t believe it when I first tried it and it actually smelled like REAL perfume! Do you know what I mean by REAL? I think we’ve all been by someone who literally uses straight patchouli oil on their wrists as a perfume every day and I just wasn’t ready for that. Granted, I love lavender oil so much I have actually worn it just by putting a couple of drops on my throat but it did make me smell like my grandma and, at 31 years old, I just wan’t quite ready for that yet either…
I think what makes this smell so much like a real perfume is probably the tang/slight bitterness of the orange oil, the lavender makes it light and floral, the vanilla gives it that earthy sticky sweetness and the orange oil really seems to tie it together and balance them all out.
I wear this every day and just love that when I run out I don’t have to go to the store I can just mix up another batch! For awhile I used an old spray bottle but I finally purchased myself this pretty blue glass bottle I found on Amazon that I plan on using forever.
The only draw back with a homemade perfume is that it does not have the hard core staying power of some store bought perfumes. (I would say it has more the staying power of a store bought body spray.) I spray it on my hair and on my throat after I get dressed in the morning and Joe tells me he loves the smell of my hair now more then ever. In the end with the cost of perfume being so high this is saving me a bundle!