Commercial fragrances are chock full of chemicals, created to make you smell better, longer. They might not be dangerous, but still – chemicals, in direct contact with your skin. Makes Chanel No. 5 seem a bit less sexy, doesn’t it?
Now, I’m not saying you should give up your favorite perfume, that special, signature scent you wear on very special ocassions. But I am suggesting that you give it up for every day. Give up that $15 bottle of “body mist” you picked up at Bath & Body Works or Target. In its place, try creating your own fragrances using essential oils.
You might be surprised to learn, if you know little about the practice, that essential are created out of a variety of naturally occurring fragrances. I’m fortunate that lavender is one of my very favorite scents, so my own “spritz” is very easy to create. But you don’t have to stop at simple one-note fragrances! Is “cool citrus basil” a favorite scent? Try combining a bit of basil, orange, & lemongrass oils. Looking for a sexier scent? Mix some vanilla with jasmine. The possibilities are endless; just take look at the variety of oils available!
The basic recipe I use is as follows:
Fill an old body mist bottle with water
Add 15-20 drops of essential oil
Test; if fragrance is too weak, add more!
I’m lucky that I had an old metal bottle; if your old bottle is plastic & still maintains the old scent, you might want to consider picking one up at a craft store. It should be under $5 – pick up a few more to give as gifts!
Essential oils may seem expensive to purchase, but if you consider how many bottle of your new fragrance you’ll get out of that $10 half ounce bottle, you’ll be saving lots of money in the long run. You can also combine your fragrance with a carrier oil, such as sunflower oil, to create a moisturizing fragrance – also very popular in Bath & Body Works-type stores.
Water + oil. What could be more simple?