Many people from all over the world have written to me asking for free samples of my perfumes. I do understand it’s difficult to ‘blind-buy’ fragrances, it can be hit or miss. However natural perfumes are very costly to make and international postage is also very expensive. So, I have 2 solutions:-
1. A simple-to-follow recipe for people to blend their own natural fragrance
2. I offer 3ml testers for $15. These are a great and inexpensive way to find out if what sounds good – smells right for you.
So here’s my basic recipe for new perfumers: Choose your base of preference – you’ll need 40mls of any one of the following :- alcohol, carrier oil, unscented lotion, water, or half and half beeswax and jojoba to make a solid perfume.
Fractionated coconut oil is fabulous – it’s very stable, easily found online and absolutely affordable. Jojoba oil is also great as it’s a liquid wax, not oil – so it is also very, very stable (long shelf-life). To make 50mls of Eau de parfum-strength fragrance (20% dilution) you’ll need 10mls of your own natural fragrance blend.
So… let’s make a fairly straightforward and simple floral oriental. I’m thinking of essential oils/absolutes that are easily sourced, relatively inexpensive and smell great when blended together.
2mls of ylang ylang
3mls of cold-pressed mandarin
1ml of jasmine grandiflorum absolute
1ml of geranium
2mls of rosewood
1ml of vetiver
This blend avoids the use of patchouli which frequently overburdens far too many natural fragrances and instead creates a cool, sweet earthiness with vetiver and rosewood. Add your fragrance blend to your carrier (oil or alcohol) in a glass bottle (preferably a dark glass 50ml bottle) and shake well. If using alcohol, add 1 – 2mls of purified water to ‘soften’ the blend. The fragrance will initially turn cloudy or slightly opaque when the water is added, however it will continue to clarify over the next few days. Allow it to mature for a few days – even a month is great. All of my fragrances are aged for at least 6 months to a year. Test it, and if you want more sweetness add a little more ylang ylang and/or jasmine. If you want more of a kick, add a drop or more vetiver and play around with it. More citrus warmth – more mandarin.
AMBIENT AROMATHERAPY BLENDS – Some favourites…
Perhaps you’re celebrating Yule, the Summer or Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hannukah, Orion’s return, or just taking a moment to deeply breathe and let go:- Try this blend:
2mls of Fir Needle
2mls of Frankincense
2mls of Bergamot
2mls of Black Spruce
1ml of Cinnamon Leaf and
1 ml of Patchouli
Shake well and use as the ‘cordial’ for adding 10 drops to an aromatherapy diffuser, or to dilute in filtered water in a room spray bottle. This forest blend freshens the atmosphere, lifts spirits and imparts a truly great forest ambience of cool, earthy and natural scents.
This mixture brings a pure feeling of blessed relief, the joy of letting go, disengaging, completion, discharging the tension of conflict and disappointment, the ritual cleansing that comes with endings, seeing through the fog of failure to the clarity of lessons within challenge.
Blend 2 drops of Rosewood essential oil
5 drops of Bergamot essential oil
10 drops of Pink Grapefruit essential oil
4 drops of Roman Chamomile
6 drops of Kashmir Lavender
Mix in a glass spray-mist bottle and top up with 50 – 100mls of pure filtered cool water. Spray your face, inhale and spray your whole self, your work or living space and especially your pillow before you climb into bed. Brings the sweetest sleep and a feeling of total calm. Great for lifting depression and EXCELLENT for signifying to your own mind body and soul – the completion of a particularly hard chapter of work.
A really lovely pep-up blend is comprised of:
3 drops of Lemon oil
2 drops of Spearmint oil
3 drops of Bergamot
2 drops of Rosemary
Dilute in (at least 100mls) filtered water in a spritzer bottle. Shake well and spritz away. Rosemary is an incredible energizer so don’t use this blend in the bedroom unless you actually want to stay wide awake….! If you love the citrus and spearmint combination and want to relax, replace the Rosemary with Lavender or Chamomile for a superb bedroom and household refresher/tranquiliser.
CRANKY & RESTLESS?
A heavenly essential oil blend for a deeply peaceful and restful sleep is as follows:
3 drops of Geranium oil
3 drops Ylang Ylang
3 drops of Marjoram
3 drops of Lavender oil
It’s really really worthwhile to invest in a high quality English lavender – lavandula angustifolia which has been grown in a high altitude/cool climate – eg Tasmanian, French Alpine, Kashmir Lavender etc). Mix your oils and use it in your bath, or dilute into approx 50mls of carrier oil for an after bath/shower moisture treatment, mix with pure filtered water and spritz it around your bedroom/pillows or use in an ultrasonic diffuser. PS Ylang Ylang, Marjoram and Lavender are all beautiful heart tonics, calming, soothing and relaxing, while geranium is an incredible hormone balancer – so I highly recommend using this mix for stressful, anxious conditions.