Perfumes

Perfume
Perfumes are concentrated fragrances. Their scent will last a long time.  Simply add 1 teaspoon of fragrance oil (any fragrance) to 1/4 cup 100-proof vodka. Shake well.
Kelly Reno HGTV program

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Do It Yourself Perfume
Perfumes are simple to make but to make a great perfume you need to know a little of the basics.

First lets talk about notes. When thinking of notes the first thing that enters most of our minds are musical notes. Notes in a perfume are a lot like this.
There are three types of notes.
Top notes are the very first impression that we receive from a perfume and it is also the lightest of the notes. Which means it doesn't last as long as a single smell but blends with the middle notes. When this happens we get the smell of the true perfume, in other words, this is when the smell becomes unique on the body and you are able to smell some of the ingredients. So, to really really simplify this, imagine the top notes being the smell from the bottle and the top and middle notes blending together when touched to the skin.
The middle notes are when the perfume settles down and is what you smell for the first few hours.
Base notes are the additives that give the perfume depth, staying power and evaporation rate.

Now lets talk about the individual family of scents:
SPICY : ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and some flowers.
GREEN : evergreen, pine, anything that gives you that grassy smell.
ORIENTAL: vanilla, musk, amber.. this makes for a very classy perfume.
MODERN : these are chemicals that enhance the other smells in the perfume.
FRUITY : scents of fruits and berries.
CITRUS : these are the scents of fruits such as lemons and oranges etc...
FLORAL : exactly what the name implies, these are the flower scents.
OCEAN : you guessed it! Scents that remind you of the ocean and water and the sea air.
WOODY : sandalwood, rosewood, musk, etc...
* I am sure there are more families and you probably have thought of a few more on your own but I just wanted to give you a general idea..*

****************************NOW LETS GET TO WORK***************************

FIRST AND FOREMOST- MAKE SURE THAT YOUR BOTTLES AND EQUIPMENT ARE CLEAN AND STERILE.. this is to make sure that nothing contaminates the outcome of the scents and perfume. To accomplish this just boil your equipment in hot water and do not use them for anything other than perfume making.

BASIC RECIPE: this is simple, 1/4oz. 100 proof vodka to 50-70 drops of fragrance. Increase or decrease the amount of fragrance depending on your desired strength.

FOR YOUR NOTES:
Base notes: last the longest and include, sandalwood, frankincense, patchouli, a lot of the woody scents.
Middle: ylang ylang, rose, jasmine, mostly floral scents.
Top: gardenia, peach, bergamot, chamomile, lavender, rose, etc...

I hope some of this information helps and it was taken from several sources over the years and from some practicing. My favorite so far is a book titled PERFUMES, SPLASHES AND COLOGNES by NANCY M. BOOTH
Becky Woods

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Perfume Recipes

Woodrose Perfume
.75 cc rosewater
3 cc vanilla vodka
2 drops rose absolute
6 drops sandalwood EO

This made about a dram of fragrance (approx. 4 cc's) which I thought was a
good size to just make a wee sample. It did smell good.
Cindi 2/24/99

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Bay Rum Perfume
50 drops Bay Rum essential oil
10 drops Bitter Orange essential oil
5 drops Clove essential oil
1 ounce Jamacian rum
Blend all ingredients together; shake well before using.
Kelly

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Indian Summer Perfume
1 drop Lavender essential oil
3 drops Grapefruit essential oil
2 Black Currant buds
4 drops Geranium essential oil
3 drops Rose essential oil
2 drops Nutmeg essential oil
3 drops Rosewood essential oil
3 drops Vanilla essential oil
2 drops Sandalwood essential oil
The sunny mood of a quiet day is captured in this sensuous blend of flowers, wood and spices. Add the oils to 1/8 of an ounce of jojoba oil for an oil-based perfume; add oils to 1/2 ounce of ethyl alcohol for a lighter alcohol-based fragrance. Shake well each time before using to disperse oils.
Kelly

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Basic Perfume Glace'
Add essential oils or fragrance oils to a basic lip balm recipe.
Dennise Ziaja

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Perfume Glace'
1/2 cup (4 oz) sweet almond oil
1/2 oz beewax
Vitamin E capsule(pierced)this is optional

Heat oil and put in beeswax(I always grate mine up-it melts faster) Add the vitamin e capsule which is a kinda preservative. Mix well. *to make it soft like vaseline, add a bit more oil...if you want it harder add more beewax. A good way to test the consistancy is to take a teaspoon, dip it in the mixture to coat and then place it in the freezer for a few minutes...remove it and you'll be able to tell what the consistancy will be without waiting for the batch to cool...for lip balm add a few drops of flavor oils while blending( I also add honey and tea tree oil sometimes), but for solid perfume, use more eo or fo. I pour into 1/2 ounce whitewall jars and glue on a clay rose and a silk ribbon on the jar top. For the lip balm, I stamp a set of red lips on a small pricing label and put it on the top of the jar. The solid perfume is really like a salve, not a cream, and it does last a long time.
Dennise Ziaja

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Cream Perfume/Lip Gloss
This base can be used as a cream perfume or lip gloss depending on what you add to it.
Base:
2 Tablespoons Mineral Oil (or Castor Oil)
1 teaspoon beeswax (grated)
Heat oil in small pan and add beeswax, stirring until dissolved. Remove from heat.
To make cream perfume - stir in 1/2 teaspoon perfume oil
To make lip gloss - stir in 1/4 teaspoon mica dust (sparkle) and 1/8 teaspoon flavor oil (or essential oil of lemon, orange, or mint)
Pour into a small jar or tin and let set up for 1 hour.
Tammy Gargano

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Solid Perfume
Make a solid base out of sweet almond oil, beeswax and a couple of drops of vitamin E. Heat up the oil so it's good and warm, melt the beeswax in it, take it off heat and let it cool slightly, stir it so it thickens, then add the vitamin E. To this you can add any scent, put in little containers, and it will harden up. To make a lip balm, all you need to do is add honey to this blend!!!
Kerrieann Christensen

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Solid Perfume 2
½ oz. melted beeswax
1½ oz. myrrh infused oil
½ oz. clary sage infused oil
25 drops clary sage e.o.
10 drops patchouli e.o.
8 drops rose e.o.
5 drops chamomile e.o.
Add infused oils to jar and add wax; stir well. Add essential oils and pour into containers (lip gloss tins work well)
Cat 10/3/98

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Solid Perfume 3
3 parts sweet almond or jojoba
2 parts white beeswax
1 part scent

Melt all over double boiler pour into containers.
China via Shoshana Hathaway 11/04/98

Faded Flowers
1 part rosewood
1 part palmarosa
1 part sandalwood

A lovely scent reminding one of the still delightful scent of flowers just beginning to fade in the fall...leaves just a hint of rose behind.

This has been a best seller for me in bath oils, soaps, and perfumes.
Freida's Fragments 12/10/98

Floriental Rose
5 parts rose essential oil
3 parts ylang ylang essential oil
1 part bergamont essential oil
Laura 12/10/98

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