I am a recovering perfume addict. I especially loved the expensive stuff. I spent thousands of dollars a year on my designer scents. I never left the house without a spritz of perfume, it made me feel pretty and feminine. It seems my attachment to my perfume was somewhat emotional, each scent reminded me of an incredible moment in my life and the people that I love. In fact many of my perfumes, I received as gifts (since they were always on my wish list) and those gifts held much sentimental value to me.
But then over the years I acquired more knowledge on the thousands of chemicals found in perfumes - many of them linked to hormone disruptions and infertility both in men and women. I knew what I had to do.
I decided to part with my perfumes, and it was not a decision I enjoyed. Even as I type this I am still not quite sure why I was so attached to them, it seems almost comical. I suppose the brain links scents to emotions and emotions can have an immense hold over our lives.
So i did what any resourceful girl would do, I took pictures of all my fancy bottles and posted them to eBay. Did you know that people are willing to pay good money for half used perfume bottles? Oh yes they are! I made over $800 dollars!
Anyway after that the next logical step was to make my own perfume. Yes, I know what you're thinking, who has time for that? But seriously making a bottle takes less than 60 seconds and costs p-e-n-n-i-e-s, pennies!
Today I love my new scents, they are all custom to me, very quick and easy, completely non-toxic, make great gifts, and did I mention super cheap (PENNIES people!) to make?
So if you're ready to cross over to side crunchy (oh my gosh I can't believe I'm crunchy, you will never believe how high maintenance I used to be, but that's for another post) here's what you'll need:
What You'll Need
5ml Spray Bottles (I get mine here)
Essential Oils: make sure you get the good kind, I get mine here
Vodka: yup, right from the liquor cabinet
Take off the cap from the spray bottle, then pull out the glass bottle that's inside and unscrew the top. Now add your favorite essential oil blend, top it off with vodka and reassemble the bottle. Shake well before each use.
My signature scent at the moment:
15-20 drops Jasmine essential oil
8-10 drops Bergamot essential oil
4-5 drops Orange essential oil
My 2nd favorite scent at the moment:
15-20 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
8-10 drops Jasmine essential oil
3 drops Rose essential oil
Mr. T's signature scent at the moment:
15-20 drops Idado Balm Fir essential oil
8-10 drops Cedarwood or Sandalwood essential oil
3-4 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
The key here is really to experiment and make adjustments to your liking. You may love my creation, you may want to tweak it a little, or you may make your own entirely. You will notice that your creation will smell differently on your body than in the bottle so spray it on yourself and then make adjustments accordingly.
MONEY SAVING TIP: If you are new to Essential Oils, don't worry about buying all these oils all at once. Start with the Premium Starter Kit, that's your best deal. Then work your way up to getting some of the oils mentioned above by utilizing the discounts through the essential rewards program (see step 4). Essential Rewards is the cheapest way to get your hands on these luxurious oils. You may even get them for FREE by redeeming essential rewards points. Yes, free.
I took my time building my essential oils library so as not to break the bank, and making my own perfumes is so much cheaper (not to mention healthier!) than buying all those posh designer perfumes.
As you are building your library of oils you may try these oils that come with the Premium Starter Kit:
Premium Starter Kit Perfume Idea for Women:
Stress Away essential oil - just apply the roll on fitment that comes with the kit, and you have a convenient glide-on perfume.
Premium Starter Kit Cologne Idea for Men:
Frankincense essential oil - just affix the roll on fitment that comes with the starter kit, and you have a convenient glide-on perfume.
What's you favorite signature scent at the moment? I always love getting new ideas, so please comment below! Make sure to share with a buddy if you found this information useful. As always, happy oiling!