Love your vast collection of perfumes, but are not a fan of the chemicals infused in those pretty little bottles? Well, believe it or not, there are natural alternatives to using traditional non-organic fragrances.
In short, there’s no reason to wear those traditional chemical cocktails when you can generate your own non-toxic scent. You’ll not only smell beautiful, but gain the therapeutic benefits that come with using an all natural perfume solution.
One option is to create your own organic perfumes with ingredients made up of therapeutic grade essential oils. Not only is it effective, but you can have fun crafting your own formula with a host of options! All you need to get started is a few potent, quality oils to begin formulating your 100% green fragrance recipes.
By utilizing a collection of oils, you can create your own organic perfume making kit – in a sense, a brand of your own recipe! And the amount of recipes you can try out are virtually endless.
The troubling reality of fragrances
Most people aren’t concerned with, or simply do not know about, the toxicity of perfumes and colognes. The smelling benefits seem to outweigh the health impact. But consider a study by the Environmental Working Group that analyzed the adverse effects fragrances can have on us. The study found:
- The average product that was tested had 14 secret chemicals that were not on the label.
- Some of these chemicals are associated with allergic reactions and hormone disruption. Many of them have not been tested for safety in personal care products.
- Among the undisclosed ingredients are chemicals “with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues.”
- An example is diethyl phthalate, which can disrupt sperm production, and is found in 97% of Americans.
This is precisely the reason why making your own green, natural perfume (particularly with essential oils) at home is a rising trend. To get started you’ll need a quality base oil.
Note: Before we go further, even though essential oils come from plant material, there’s a small chance that you could be sensitive to them. That’s why it’s good to use only quality products, and do a small test on your skin before full use.
Making certified organic perfume
To kick it off, you’ll need to begin with a high quality carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil. Don’t skimp out on quality here. You want a neutral smell that won’t go rancid on you only a couple weeks down the road.
To formulate your essential oil perfume, simply mix the oils into the carrier and store in either a roller ball applicator or glass bottle. Spruce it up in a nice beautiful bottle, and they’ll also make the perfect gift for your friends and loved ones!
There are a number of recipes out there for making your own certified organic perfume. But we’re going to keep it simple with a fairly basic floral and citrusy formula:
- 3 drops of Lavender
- 2 drops of Lemon
- 2 drops of Wild Orange
- 0.5 oz of Fractionated Coconut Oil
You can certainly mix and match different oils to find the right combination (a natural patchouli perfume, for instance). It may seem obvious, but we always recommend that you write down the recipe as you are mixing it. That way you can figure out what you like best and at what quantities.
Also, remember to use only glass containers when mixing and storing your natural fragrance.
To make it “certified”
Last but certainly not least, you’ll want to be sure to concoct a healthy, but potent blend of oils. Using the right recipe is only one component of formulating an effective organic perfume.
First off, don’t skimp out on quality. Using a quality essential oil brand will ensure that you are getting a 100% therapeutic grade oil that is both healthy and powerful. Believe us, if you use a cheap, knockoff brand from Walgreens or Amazon, you’ll go straight back to using your traditional fragrances.
Furthermore, using a potent product means you’ll only have to use a couple drops in your recipe to make it effective. The rest of the bottle you can use for the countless other therapeutic benefits that essential oils have to offer – such as treating anxiety, depression, colds, the flu, and other illnesses that may come your way.