Making a Perfume

This step by step guide shows you how to make a simple yet elegant floral Eau De Toilette fragrance in a 30ml bottle.

Step 1 - Gather your Materials and Equipment

To make this perfume you will need a perfume bottle, 30ml of perfumer's alcohol, and a measuring jug, as well as Ylang Ylang, Lavender, and Mandarin essential oil and Rose fragrance oil. You may also want to use bottles and stickers to decorate your bottle.   

Some of these items are a little specialist but you can pick them up rathe cheaply and easily. Bottles and essential oils can be source from Naturally Thinking, fragrance oils can be sourced from Plush Folly and perfumer's alcohol can be sourced from Mistralni. You can find these suppliers online. 

Note too that if you want to make perfumers more regularly you would need a set of 0.00g scales in order to measure out the correct amount of fragrance. However in this example I have done this work for you, so don't worry about it. 

Step 2 - Add your essential oils and fragrance oils to the bottle

An Eau De Toilette is defined as containing around 5% of fragrance and around 95% carrier - which in this case is the perfumer's alcohol. As such, we need to ensure that our perfume is made up of 5% essential oil and fragrance oil. This generally involved using scales to work out how much fragrance to use. However, I have done this bit of work for you and I can confirm that you need the following: 

12 drops of Ylang Ylang

10 drops of Lavender

2 drops of Rose

12 drops of Mandarin

These drops simply need to be added directly to the bottle. 

Step 3 - Add the perfumer's alcohol  

Measure out 30ml of perfumer's alcohol and add it to the bottle. 

Step 4 - Shake!

Secure the lid to your bottle and shake the concoction for around 2 minutes. This should ensure an even fragrance.

 

Step 5 - Decorate and wait

Your perfume is now technically finished but it is advised that you wait for 10 days for the fragrance to settle and mature before use.

In the meantime you may want to decorate your bottle. Perhaps add a label and give it a name. 

 

Step 6 - Aftercare

Your perfume should be stored in a cool, dry place and should last around 6 months to 1 year, after which the fragrance may diminish. consumed, seek medical advice. Should you experience and adverse side affects of allergies to the perfume you have made, stop using it. And of course, ensure that it is stored safely and out of reach of children and pets. If the perfume is consumed, seek medical advice. 

...and that's it! A simple yet elegant floral fragrance for you to enjoy. Please note that, as an artist, my perfume making technique is based upon several years of research, intuition and experimentation. I by no means consider myself an expert but I do understand the process required to make perfume, which I enjoy imparting to others.