Perfume making is fun, exciting and addictive! Once you get reeled in, you’re hooked for lifed and sentenced to a scent filled, decadent existence.
For most men and women, perfumes are considered to be the perfect beauty accessory. Such people don’t need to have flashy cars or diamonds to feel good or attract attention; a few squirts of their choice perfume can simply do the trick. This is particularly so when we meet people, one of the first things we notice about them is how they smell; good or bad?
What’s more, buying perfumes to wear is still considered a luxury or treat by some people, especially if the fragrances they are buying are limited edition designer perfumes or exclusive niche type perfumes. Women in particular often buy perfumes as a means of pampering and indulging themselves. Moreover, while some people are quite happy to buy ready to wear scents made by designer perfume brands, others prefer to learn how to make perfume at home and create their own unique fragrances.
So, how does one go about creating a perfume?
The first step in making perfume is choosing the right perfume ingredients. This is very important because the quality of the ingredients will determine the quality and sometimes, the price tag of the finished perfume for those planning to sell their blend. The main ingredients used in making perfumes are aroma chemicals, essential oils and fragrance oils. They are added to a base; typically perfumers’ alcohol or an oil based carrier like fractionated coconut oil. The strength of the perfume is mainly dependent on the intensity, type and quality of the raw materials used.
One of the most lingering and persistent class of fragrant compounds used in the perfume making process is aroma chemicals. They are commonly and extensively used in most commercial perfumes. Some of the other long-lasting materials used to extend how long a scent last on the wearer’s body are obtained from animal sources. This type of materials include Ambergris; a waste product excreted by the Sperm Whale and Civet oil from the Civet cat.
Once upon a time, in the early days of perfumery natural musk obtained from the musk deer was highly used in perfume blends because of its persistence and long lasting effect in blends. The use of this product was phased out in the last 30 years because the musk deers were becoming extinct, since they had to be killed for their musk to be harvested. These days most perfumes only contain aroma chemicals, fragrance oils and essentials oils obtained from plants and flowers.
All in all, learning to make your own perfume can be quite easy. Great perfumes can be blended with minimal fuss and for a lot less than people pay for brand name designer perfumes. A simple perfume recipe containing the most basic of ingredients can create beautiful perfumes, and with access to the right ingredients and blending instructions, you can learn to make perfume very quickly.
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