What a weekend it has been! After spending the week getting ready for the Essendon Market, then chatting to all the lovely mums-to-be there on Saturday, it was hard to get my sneakers on and get out for a run today. But once I hit the Merri Creek Trail, the chirping birds and fresh air did me good, and gave me a reminder about how important our sense of smell is. Different smells and scents can really affect your mood, emotions and wellbeing – but you need to make sure you are not inhaling toxic fumes!
Our lovely makeup and hair artist Nicole Groch – who uses only safe mineral and natural products on our pregnant models – runs a very informative website Living Safe, and has a great article on why certain ingredients in perfumes can make you sick. She also has some great articles about safe beauty options for pregnant women, that we are going to call on and share with you in the coming weeks.
But to kick things off, I thought it would be fun to show you how you can make your own perfume at home and use it not only to smell good, but to feel good too.
I hope you have fun coming up with your own signature scent!
What you will need:
- 15ml jojoba oil or sweet almond oil
- 75 ml ethanol (e.g. vodka)
- 2 tablespoons spring water or distilled water (not tap water)
- a coffee filter bag
- 2 x dark-colored glass bottles (one to let sit, then one to store it in after)
- 25 drops essential oils, containing approximately: 7 drops of base note essential oils, 7 drops of middle note essential oils, 6-7 drops of top note essential oils and a couple of drops of bridge notes (optional)
Um, what are base, middle, top and bridge oils?
- base notes are oils like: cedarwood, cinnamon, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, moss, lichen, fern
- middle notes are oils like: clove, geranium, lemongrass, neroli, nutmeg, ylang-ylang
- top notes are oils like: bergamot, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, neroli, orchid, rose
- bridge notes are oils like: vanilla, lavender
So this is where the fun begins! You can mix and match the above oils and make so many different types of scents…
How you make it:
- Add the jojoba oil or sweet almond oil to the bottle.
- Add the essential oils in the following order: the base notes first, followed by the middle notes, then finally the top notes. If you want them, add a couple of drops of bridge notes on top.
- Add the alcohol.
- Shake the bottle for a couple of minutes, then let it sit for 48 hours to 6 weeks. This is really a personal preference thing because the scent will change over time, and get to its strongest point around 6 weeks.
- When the scent is where you want it to be (make sure you record this so you can do it again another time!), add the 2 tablespoons of water to the bottle. Shake it to mix the perfume, then filter it all through a coffee filter and pour it into its final bottle. Avoid contact with air and light by making sure it is always firmly shut and stored in its dark bottle in a cupboard.
***But if all of this is a little too much for you handle now – Nicole also sells some pre-made roll-on perfumes on her Natural Beauty Shop website.