FRAGRANCE: a commonly listed "ingredient" under many household products, shampoos, and perfumes. The word "fragrance", according to the FDA, can be listed as an ingredient for over 500 chemicals...allowing manufacturers to keep their recipes secret. Many of these "fragrance" chemicals are hidden neurotoxins and carcinogens. (Neurotoxins are the kind of chemicals that directly affect the brain and can lead to conditions like Alzheimer's & Parkinsons.) Have you ever been around someone wearing a perfume that immediately makes you gag, feel itchy, or irritated? Smells can be an instant mood changer for us, so what we wear & use could be contributing to that sinus irritation, mental fog, headache, or asthma we may sometimes experience.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN FRAGRANCE
you will need:
PURE GRAIN ALCOHOL (VODKA IS BEST, HIGH PROOF IS BETTER)
3 OF YOUR FAVORITE ESSENTIAL OILS
10mL GLASS ROLL-ON BOTTLE
1. Choose a base, middle, and top note. The base is the long-lasting part of the scent, typically heavier & earthier. The middle note stays with you and helps carry the top note to it's delicate lightness. Don't get too caught up in this...if you want to smell like a flower, using all 3 top notes will still work divinely.
*A general rule for choosing essential oils best for base/middle/top is knowing what part of the plant was used to make that particular oil. For example, lavender flower buds are used to make lavender essential oil, making it a great, light top note. Vetiver, however, is made from strong roots, giving it a heavier, earthy base quality.
2. Fill a 10mL glass roll-on bottle with 7mL pure grain alcohol, followed by 1.2 mL distilled h2o.
3. Fill to the top (2.5mL) with essential oils. For example, 1mL base oil, 1mL middle note, .5mL top note. Any ratio will do. Again, don't get too caught up in this part. Trust your nose, your intuition, & your heart.
4. Placing your thumb over the opening of the bottle, gently swirl & mix together until you have a consistent solution. Label with date, and store in a dark, cool place (out of sunlight as this can strip the scent) for 4-6 weeks. I check on mine every few days and give it a little swirl to make sure the solution remains consistent.
5. During that 4-6 week time, notice how the moon has changed and maybe come back around to where it was when you made your blend. Tracking this time period by the moon phases is much more fun than setting a notification on your calendar.
6. Wear your fragrance proudly, as you've designed and created something truly unique and authentic to you!