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On 08, Aug 2010 | No Comments | In aromatherapy | By All Year Garden

Perfume is made by blending your choice of essential aromatic oils in proportion of 1 to 3 % with a good quality base oil such as grape seed or sweet almond oil. Please make sure not to exceed the recommended dosage of essential oil, since it can be irritating to the skin in higher concentrations.

Every good quality perfume must contain these three basic components:

the base notes: rich, lingering scents that will last on the skin after the other two components have faded. They are usually given by jasmine, myrrh, or patchouli.

the middle notes: the perfume’s main fragrance. This will be the fragrance of your choice, and will determine the character of your perfume, light floral, fresh, herbal, or incense.

the top note: the first burst of fragrance that hits your nostrils when you first come in contact with the perfume. It generates the immediate quality of the perfume and it is usually a fresh, sparlky fragrance, like eucalyptus, lemon or basil.

There are six basic groups of fragrances: woody (cedar wood and pine), herbaceous (rosemary and sage), citrus (bergamot and lemon), floral (geranium and rose), resinous(frankincense), and spicy (cinnamon, ginger).

Some fragrances have mutually enhancing qualities. Generally speaking, fragrances from the same plant family blend together well. Some oils, like rose, jasmine, or lavender, will enhance any other fragrances.

A good perfume generally has a dominant note or a theme. It can be one specific fragrance such as rose, lily of the valley or linden flower, or a more general theme such as herbal, or citrus. A perfume will benefit from unexpected mixtures of fragrances that give it character and contrast each other.

Here are some compatible fragrance blends to try (please don’t forget 1 to 3 % essential oil only for all the fragrances combined). You may of course experiment with any fragrances that appeal to you:

Set 1:

lemon, rose, chamomile, orange blossom

Set 2:

cypress, cedar wood, sage

Set 3:

gardenia, jasmine, tuberose

Set 4:

peppermint, lavender, lemon

Set 5:

nutmeg, orange, geranium

Set 6:

clove, rose, vanilla, bergamot

Happy perfuming!