Cascade: A Long Lasting, DIY Vetiver Based Perfume Recipe
So this may come as a shock to some, but as much as I am a die hard pumpkin lover, I do not like the smell of pumpkin and cinnamon/nutmeg as a perfume/body fragrance. As the weather turns cooler the fragrances that I choose to wear always take on an earthier tone, and vetiver is my favorite essential oil to bring out that feel. Vetiver for me brings out that cozy, want to snuggle under the blanket type of feeling that I just love. And talk about relaxing…. it is such a relaxing and grounding scent! Combine this with the comforting smell of heartwarming and peaceful patchouli and you have some very deep base notes. Add to this a middle note of stress relieving lavender and then the top notes of citrus that allow the perfume to really open and brighten up plus last longer! The rose and ginger scents add complexity and staying power to this perfume, just the one drop of ginger gives the scent a lot of spice so if you are not into spice you may want to forgo this drop.
Since you all always seem to love my perfume recipe posts, I thought I would share what I have been wearing lately. Perfumes are honestly so easy to make if you have the ingredients on hand, and it can save you oodles since many name brand perfumes run $50-100!! Mixing scents for perfumes is a little bit trial and error but it allows you to customize a perfume for your unique preferences so there is definitely something to be said for that! Also, keep in mind that if you do not already own a surplus of essential oils there will likely be a somewhat large upfront cost to purchase the necessary oils but rest assured that you will be able to make many bottles of perfume and other products as well with that one purchase of the oils!
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* The quanitites in this recipe are for a 2 oz. perfume atomizer bottle
25 drops (1/2 Tsp) Vetiver Essential Oil
50 Drops Patchouli Essential Oil
50 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
50 Drops Orange Essential Oil
50 Drops Lime Essential Oil
12 Drops Rose Essential Oil * this can be left out to reduce the cost, its purpose is to soften and add complexity to the scent but it is not absolutely essential
1 Drop Ginger Essential Oil * exclude this addition if you do not care for spicy notes in your perfumes
5-8 Tsp. of 91% (or higher) Isopropyl Alcohol
1/4 Tsp of Vegetable Glycerine
1/2 Tsp of Distilled Water
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Vetiver Perfume Recipe - Cascade
Begin by adding all drops of your essential oils to the bottle using your mini funnel. Place the lid on the bottle and gently roll the bottle in your palms to mix the oils together. Now measure out your glycerine and distilled water into a small bowl and mix this together well, and once mixed add this using your funnel into the perfume bottle. These two ingredients (the glycerine and distilled water) will give more staying power to the perfume, making it last longer than it would without. You can read more about increasing the staying power of your homemade perfumes in my previous blog post.
At this point if you want to add any more essential oils to bring out a certain scent do this now. Once you are happy with your amount of essential oils you will now add your alcohol to the bottle using your funnel, one teaspoon at a time until the volume of liquid reaches the top (leaving enough room to replace the lid/atomizer). Now screw on your lid and place the cap on, roll between your palms to mix all ingredients together and that is it! For best results, leave perfume undisturbed for at least 24 hours to allow the scents to blend and strengthen prior to using.
I love creating perfumes and have many other combinations that I have shared before. To check out my method of perfume creating (and more recipes) you can view my post here: 8 Easy And Amazing Long Lasting Perfume Recipes Using Essential Oils. You can also view another recipe, Bloom (a floral fragrance), by viewing my post: How To Make Essential Oil Perfume: Bloom Fragrance.
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