Eco Beauty & Fashion

1 Minute + 3 Ingredients = How to Make Perfume, Naturally

beautiful blonde model sniffing her wrist with a perfume bottle in handThere’s nothing like meeting your future mother-in-law only to realize that you wear the same perfume.

Not only does this mean that your fantastically expensive bottle of sweet nothings must go straight to the recycling bin, but it also brings to mind a whole host of questions.

Does he not know and has some some sort of olfactory problem? Does he just not care and would love you even if you smelled like you hadn’t showered for a week? Or maybe he likes the fact that you and his mom would be indistinguishable in a blindfolded sniff test—and in that case, you’re in a whole lotta trouble, sister.

Fragrance allergies affect 11 percent of people in the United States—roughly 34 million people. One of them is me. To remedy such potential situations, I’m eternally on the hunt for drop-dead gorgeous scented oils, solid perfumes and strangely invisible scents that are not only distinctive, but eschew the synthetic fragrances that can leave me headache-y, sneeze-y and generally far more unattractive than a good smell could ever remedy.

As I shared previously, fragrance allergies affect 11 percent of people in the United States—roughly 34 million people. One of them is me.

With that in mind, nothing is more individual than a totally natural perfume that you blend yourself. Here’s how to make perfume, naturally!

One minute plus three ingredients and you can make perfume that’s uniquely delicious, and doesn’t mess up your hormones like a lot of synthetic perfumes I don’t care to mention.

Oh, and you can make a gigantic bottle for less than $30! You’ll need:

  1. One clean spray bottle—preferably a dark-colored glass to block UV rays so your perfume stays stable longer.
  2. One big bottle of pure cooking vanilla—organic is best, but either way just make sure there’s no sugar in the mix.
  3. One or more small bottles of essential oil—I love rose geranium, rose and lavender mixed with the vanilla; experiment to find out what you like best.

Just pour the essential oil into the spray bottle, then top off with the vanilla, shake and spritz.

Here are a few links to good organic essential oils to try:

Organic Lavender ( Lavandula officinalis) Essential Oil. 10 ml (1/3 oz). 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade.

100% Pure and Certified Organic Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil 2.3ml

Organic Rose Essential Oil (Otto) Blend 5% (Rosa damascena/helianthus annus) (10ml) by NHR Organic Oils

Rose Geranium 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil- 5 ml


Editor’s note: We’ve had many inquiries about natural rose and vanilla perfumes that can be purchased, rather than DIY’ed. In response, I wanted to share two of my favorites: The pure warm vanilla scent of Ecco Bella Bourbon Vanilla Eau de Parfum and the floral perfection that is USDA Certified Organic Amrita Rose Essential Oil Perfume. Both products are vegan, and eschew parabens and phthalates, artificial colors and fragrance, and artificial preservatives. And yes, they can be combined! Take a look and if you find a natural perfume that you love, please share it with me in comments. Thanks!


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