Is it easy to make your own perfume? IntotheBlue takes a sniff around…

A quick sniff around on Google for how to make your own perfume at home and a whole load of results about how DIY fragrances can be made come back. But click on any of them and you’ll soon start to see that a fair amount of kit is needed to be able to make fragrances yourself at home. And some of the recipes you come across make you wonder too, when some sources proclaim its simply be a case of ‘mixing vodka and essential oils’…

perfume spritz

The pleasure of making perfume just for you!

Home-made perfume making skills dating back thousands of years

Indeed, there’s got to be more to perfume making than that surely? After all, the ancient Egyptians held perfumers in incredibly high esteem, seeing the creation of scents as both an art and science. Even today, perfumery is often a skill handed down in families from generation to generation. Having a ‘nose’ for the scents and aromas is something that’s practically inherited.

So yes, perfume-making remains a fine art and of course, for the big perfume houses, it’s big business too. Take the world’s most popular perfume, Chanel No 5. Launched in 1921 by Coco Chanel, No 5 was the first perfume to combine multiple scents, rather than concentrating on a single flower note. Decades after it was first launched, a bottle of Chanel No5 is still sold every 30 seconds somewhere in the world.

Make a perfume to rival Chanel's No 5 at home

Marilyn Monroe loved her Chanel No 5 perfume – the world’s best selling scent

Rather than reaching for a off-the-shelf scent that everybody has, the great thing about making your own perfume is that you will create a blend that’s exclusive to you. Just like the celebs who put their names to signature scents, you too can have your very own, personal fragrance that is unique to you. And you can even give it name too!

Perfume making kits – the simplest way to start making fragrances at home

What’s more, if you’re not a budding alchemist who feels comfortable gathering all the ingredients and apparatus you need yourself, there are other ways to get started in home perfumes.

The easiest way to learn how to make perfume by yourself is to buy a ready-made kit. With these, all the hard work and research has been done for you. The Ultimate Home Perfume kit has a selection of fragrance oils that have all been hand-picked by Francois Robert, a fourth-generation French master perfumer. So with a collection of blends ready, all you have to do is follow the simple instructions and get mixing to create that aroma you love.

Learning about notes and aromas as you create your perfume

Base notes in the perfume making kit

Perfume making kits include tester strips and recipes too

In the world of perfumery there are basically four different types of scent: Fresh, Floral, Oriental and Woody. Perfumers like Francois also talk about ‘notes’. There are top notes (that’s the initial scent when you spritz and the one that fades first), middle notes (the foundation scent of the perfume) and the bottom note (the scent that lingers longest of any perfume).

Of course, it takes a lifetime to master how these scent types and notes work together, so most kits will include ‘recipe’ ideas alongside clear, concise instructions on how to blend using your tester strips and dropper.

Bottle your very own homemade perfume

The last stage of your perfume making is bottling. It can be tricky to find a suitable receptacle (glass is traditionally the best sort you can use), so it’s worth noting that the good quality home perfume kits provide something like a pretty glass desk top atomiser for you. This allows you to proudly store and display your beautifully blended bespoke scent.

Home made perfume making kit bottle

The satisfaction of spritzing on your very own homemade perfume !

As master perfumer Francois says: ‘A good fragrance has something that excites you, but you’re unable to know what it is’. Now with these incredibly straight forward and simple to use make your own perfume kits, you can have fun creating your personalised fragrances at home. Only you know the secret blend of ingredients, so let’s see if your scent would knock Coco Chanel for six!

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