Do you know what totally stinks? The fact that we have no idea what is in our perfume. "Fragrance" is a proprietary blend of any 5,000 secret synthetic substances that are used in heavy rotation without safety testing or labeling requirements. What we do know is this chemical cocktail almost always contains hormone disruptors, allergens, and petrochemicals.
The only way we can avoid the potential health hazards of "fragrance" is to only buy from companies that scent their products with organic essential oils.
Or we can make our own! #TRUTHBEAUTY fact.
#DIY PERFUME RECIPE
- 1/4 cup vodka (the higher the percentage the better)
- Approximately 25 drops organic essential oils
- 2 tablespoons distilled water
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS:
You can use 25 drops of a single organic essential oil for a simple scent, or you can combine base, middle, and top notes to create a perfume with more depth. Essential oils like lavender, chamomile, bergamot, jasmine, geranium, ylang ylang, and rose promote relaxation, and citrus scents like sweet orange, lemon, and grapefruit are calming and invigorating.
For a balanced scent, use about 6 drops (20%) of a top note, 8 drops (30%) of a middle note, and 11 drops (50%) of a base note.
Top notes: the initial scent when you apply the perfume
Examples: eucalyptus, lemon, orange, grapefruit, bergamot, peppermint, cinnamon, tea tree, sage
Middle notes: adds a balancing effect
Examples: basil, rosemary, rose, geranium, lavender, pine, chamomile, cypress, juniper, cardamom
Base note: "heavy" oils that are present for a long time
Cedarwood, sandalwood, clove, jasmine, vanilla, ylang ylang
Combine the vodka and distilled water in your choice of bottle, sprayer, or glass roll-on. Add your choice of essential oils slowly, starting with a few drops of your desired blend. Continue adding oils until you are happy with your creation. Shake or mix to blend!
You can also combine organic essential oils with a neutral oil (like grape seed, sesame, avocado, or olive oil) to create an amazing massage oil.
P.S. You can learn more about the dangers of fragrance from the Environmental Working Group's "Not So Sexy" report here.