Perfume-making – explore the process with us!

Perfume is probably one of women’s best friends – have you ever given thought to the process of perfume-making?

It is without much thought that us girls pick up that small glass bottle every morning and spray it a few times on different parts of our body and then leave the house with no second thought to how this magical smell surrounds us throughout the day. Well, to honour one of the greatest friends of the women species, let’s take a look at how perfume is made.



Firstly, contrary to popular belief, you don’t need some unique skill or ability to be able to make perfume. If you follow this procedure at home, you’ll come up with a great smelling perfume of your own! The first ingredient you’ll need is Perfumer’s Alcohol, which you might have a hard time finding. If you can’t find this, simply use Vodka (in the process, not in a glass!). I wouldn’t suggest selling or promoting your Vodka perfume, as you might get into trouble for that. Use the purest alcohol you can find and do a skin allergy test by using a single drop on your skin. You don’t want to spray that all over yourself and then discover you’re allergic.

Okay, so if you want a really effective perfume, you need to focus on the ratio of fragrant natural oils, alcohol and drinking water in your final product. Every blend you create will have a different scent and this is dependent on the amount of acrylic you put in. Even the size of the droplet has a huge impact on the sign of the perfume. Regardless of what you want to go for, the procedure stays the same, luckily.


Make sure you use distilled water – please do not use water from your kitchen faucet, it may seem easier, but the chemicals in the water interferes with the scent of your perfume. Stir your oils slowly into the alcohol, one drop at a time. Keep stirring slowly until the natural oils are completely spread. Leave this blend to stand undisturbed for two days. Then add the distilled water while again stirring slowly until all is completely dispersed. At this stage you start treating your perfume like a fine wine – leave it to mature in order for it to be really awesome for at least three weeks in a cool dark place.

After three weeks of maturing, filter the perfume through a coffee filter to remove any sediment and pour it into a coloured glass bottle with a stopper. And that, my friend, is how it’s done!


As you can imagine, it takes a few experiments before you really capture the scent you need. So we challenge you to go and try this and let us know what you created. Challenge accepted?

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