‘Per fumum’, commonly known as perfume, is an aromatic mixture of solvents, fixatives and essential compounds that are used for imparting a pleasant smell to human body, objects and even living spaces. Originating from the Mesopotamian and the ancient Egyptian civilizations, the art of making perfumes or perfumery was refined by the Romans and the Persians later on. However, it was the Hungarians who led to the development of modern day perfumes, during the 15th
and the 16th
centuries. Today, perfume has become one of the essential cosmetic items. No one, right from men to women and young to old, prefers to go out with applying a dash of perfume. The reason is that smelling good is one of the main requirements of a pleasing personality. In fact, many people prefer to use a single variety of perfume throughout their entire lives.
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Some of the most preferred fragrances that can be availed commercially, through perfume; include sandalwood, rose, amber, wood, chypre, single floral and floral bouquet. With the advancement of technology and continuous research, new and unique fragrances are also emerging everyday in the cosmetic world. Some of these include green, citrus, fruity and gourmand. However, with the high prices of perfumes in the market, it is becoming very difficult to buy perfumes. In such a case, making your own perfume seems to be the best bet. Yes, you read that right! It is not difficult to make perfume on your own. If you don't believe us, go through the following and find complete information on how to create your own perfume at home.
How To Make Perfume
- Concentrate of Essential Oils (2 drops Lavender Oil/ 4 drops Carnation Oil/ 3 drops Juniper Oil/ 2 drops Jasmine Oil)
- 2½ oz 100-proof Vodka
- Brandy (optional)
- 2 tbsp Distilled or Spring Water
- Glass Bottle, with a spray top
- Coffee Filter
- Take a bowl and put the vodka/brandy in it.
- Add the essential oil concentrate to vodka, stirring slowly as you go. Make sure that you pour in the oil gradually and not at one go.
- Let the mixture of vodka and essential oil concentrate stand for 48 hours.
- Add distilled or spring water to the mixture, stirring slowly and thoroughly.
- Again, let the mixture stand for 48 hours.
- The longer the standing time for forming the mixture, the stronger will be the perfume. In case you want a stronger perfume, you can go for a standing time of four to six weeks.
- Smell the perfume. If you feel it to be too strong, dilute it by adding some more distilled/spring water and let it stand for 48 hours.
- After the perfume has matured, pour it, through a coffee filter, into your bottle.
- Your perfume is ready to be used.
- The strength of the perfume totally depends on you and your preference. Women usually go for milder and floral aromas while men like their perfumes to be strong and intense.