Explore the Essential Oils Used in Clean Perfumes and New DIY Perfume Recipes!
‘Clean Beauty’ is a newly coined term in the personal care industry. ‘Clean’ denotes a product made without particular potentially harmful substances such as parabens, formaldehyde, talc, and fragrance. In perfumery, clean perfume means transparent fragrances made with minimal ingredients.
2947 fragrance ingredients have been listed with the International Fragrance Association. They contain multiple synthetic chemicals. As per studies, some fragrances cause adverse health effects such as respiratory issues, and skin problems, among others. Some of the traditional fragrances even contain phthalates leading to birth defects in men. Though fragrance is a debatable subject, there exist several clean natural fragrances as alternatives to synthetic fragrances.
A clean non-toxic fragrance does not cause skin or photosensitivity. It is made of organic ingredients, free from sulfate, phthalate, and paraben. Many brands are hypoallergenic and incorporate eco-friendly components and packaging.
Some of the clean fragrance brands are Skylar Salt Air Eau de Toilette, Ellis Brooklyn Sweet Eau de Parfum, Rosie by Rosie Jane Eau de Parfum, Lake & Skye Echo Lake Eau de Parfum, Heretic Dirty Lemon Eau de Parfum, Lake & Skye Echo Lake Eau de Parfum, PHLUR Hanami, The 7 Virtues Vetiver Elemi Eau de Parfum, Good Chemistry Queen Bee, Clean Classic Warm Cotton Eau de Parfum and some others.
The clean perfume makers use natural oils such as ambrette, bergamot, amber, rose, musk, Juniper berry, sandalwood, hazelnut, vetiver, peony, orange, and some others. Natural or plant-based oils are produced from natural, raw botanical sources. Limonene, geraniol, and vanillin compounds are derived from lemon, roses, and vanilla beans.
Can Essential Oils Replace Perfumes?
Essential oils can be directly applied with or without dilution as a perfume due to their clean intense natural aroma. A dilution with carrier oil spreads the essential oil to a larger portion of the body. A glass roll on a bottle helps in easy application. Following essential oils can be used as a perfume due to their luscious aroma
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The users can make different blends by combining one or more essential oils. Lavender essential oil is an evergreen oil used for fragrance and calmness. It has wonderful calming properties. Rose essential oil is applied to pulse points for an uplifting aroma and romantic mood. Jasmine oil gives the feeling of strolling in a garden. A drop or two of Ylang ylang oil on wrists gives a soothing aroma. It has been used in perfumes, aromatherapy, and special occasions. Neroli oil is derived from the blossoms of orange trees. Its fresh aroma induces creativity and self-expression.
Essential oils are generally selected based on their aromatic notes – top, middle, and base. Each perfume or cologne uses these three notes. The popular top-note oils are lemon, grapefruit, orange, mandarin, tangerine, and bergamot. Their aroma is high in initial time and fades rapidly. The essential oils in the middle notes include lavender, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and peppermint. They begin spreading aroma as soon as top notes evaporate from the blend. They last longer than top notes and provide substance to the perfume blend. Their aroma is not evident in the initial application. The base note essential oils are cedarwood and patchouli. They give a lasting impression to the full body of the perfume. They linger on the skin hours after the top and middle notes fade.
How to make perfumes at home?
The perfumes bought from stores are expensive and lack personalization. The users can create their perfume by following the exact composition as intended.
Required Tools – liquid measuring cup, dropper, a small sharp object, a glass bottle with a lid /container/spray bottle
Ingredients – favorite essential oils, vitamin E capsule, carrier oil (jojoba oil, olive oil, argan oil), or alcohol or beeswax as a base
Process – Clean the glass bottle and add 30 ml carrier oil, using a measuring cup. Select three essential oils with top, middle and base notes as per user preference. Add 10 drops of the base note essential oil, 20 drops of middle note essential oil, and 10 drops of top note natural essential oils in that order. Add a vitamin E capsule after piercing it with a sharp pin. Tightly close the lid of the bottle and shake it well.
DIY Feminine Perfume Blends
- A Tropical Blend – 3 drops Sweet Orange, 5 drops Lime, 3 drops Juniper Berry, 3 drops cinnamon bark, and 4 drops Frankincense
- A Lemon Fresh Blend – 5 drops Lemon, 3 drops Rosemary, and 4 drops Sweet orange
- A Rejoice Blend – 4 drops Bergamot, 4 drops Geranium, and 2 drops Vetiver
- A Harmony Blend – 4 drops Lavender, 4 drops Green Mandarin, and 2 drops Juniper Berry
DIY Masculine Perfume Blends
- An Intense Woody Blend – 8 drops Fir, 8 drops Orange, and 4 drops Frankincense
- A Green Blend – 8 drops Basil, 8 drops Black Spruce, and 4 drops Helichrysum
- An Uplifting Blend – 10 drops Cardamom,3 drops Vetiver, and 3 drops Ylang Ylang
- A Spiritual Blend – 10 drops Cypress and 10 drops Bergamot
The users can add beeswax to each blend and make solid perfume. Witch hazel can be used in place of alcohol to make a spray perfume.
What to Do for Long-lasting Fragrance?
The personalized perfume makers advise users to apply perfume right after the shower on moisturized bare skin. As fragrance responds to heat, it is good to spritz it on pulse points such as wrists, neck, inner elbow, and back of the knee.
For overall fragrance, users can spray fragrance onto the hairbrush and brush through the hair, and use matching scented lotion and other products. The users can also keep cotton balls spritz with perfume in bags for touch-ups after a few hours.
It is critical to obtain pure natural essential oils from the reputed established essential oil manufacturers to ensure an authentic aroma with the right notes. The essential oils packed in an airtight amber glass bottle and stored in a cool dark place emit aroma for a longer time.
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