The problem with me and perfume is that it is almost ALWAYS too strong. There is too much alchohol, too heavy on the base notes. It all gives me a headache. Rarely, I find a perfume that works, but typically I fall back on good old essential oils. The problem with essential oils is that they can burn skin when applied directly onto the skin, so you need to dilute them somewhat. The problem with diluting the oils is that you lose that gorgeous scent. The solution to all those problems is an easy, custom-made scent that is very light.
These are also called head notes.
How to Mix the Scents:
Once you decide on your essential oils, you will need carrier oils. To make a solid perfume, you could use beeswax or straight coconut oil. To make a fully liquid perfume, almond oil is a fabulous carrier oil. To create a semi-solid perfume, I use a mixture of one part almond oil to two parts melted coconut oil. The reason I went with a semi-solid is because I wanted to pour my scents into these beautiful little perfume jars, but I needed it to be a little thicker than normal so that no perfume would be wasted when the applicator is pulled out of the jar.
Essential OilsMy favorite top notes include:
My favorite middle notes:
Coconut Oil (I bought a big jug of mine at Costco for around $13)
Cut Crystal Perfume Bottles
Simply melt your carrier oils and mix together. 45 seconds in the microwave did it for me -- heat in small amount of time, do not let the oil boil and stay with your oils while heating so they don't explode. An even safer option is to use a candle warmer (like THIS one) to heat up the oils slowly.