Think it would be nice to have your own signature fragrance? Try making it.
Perfume can be crafted at home. Yours may not smell exactly like the exotic whiffs from expensive brands, but there's satisfaction in doing it yourself — and saving some cash.
It's not difficult to concoct your own perfume. For some, the process is downright addictive.
"It's so much fun," says Sherri Griffin, of Orlando, Fla. "You make something and you're like, 'something is missing.' You add one thing and you go, 'Oh my God, this is me! This is perfect.'"
Griffin was hooked the first time she combined the fragrant essential oils orange, jasmine and vanilla in a bottle.
"I'm very girly," she says. "I definitely like my floral scents."
She recommends sniffing out a few favorite scents, possibly going to a store to try samples. Do you like earthy? Think peppermint. Do you lean herbal? Try rosemary. There also are citrus, floral and sweet scents.
The primary ingredients in fragrances are the essential oils; a carrier oil such as almond oil or jojoba; distilled water, and vodka, as a preservative.
A do-it-yourself perfume may need to rest for up to six weeks, shaken on occasion, to get those scents to merge, says Griffin.
"The alcohol scent will fade and you won't even smell it when it's ready," she promises.
Choosing the right combination of essential oils can be confusing, but experiment. Griffin suggests making at least three different batches if you're unsure what you want, and keep tinkering.
Perfume crafting's guiding principle: Choose at least three essential oils: a top note, middle note and base note to create a full-bodied, longer-lasting scent. It's not unlike writing music, according to Faith Rodgers, general manager of Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary & Supply in Boulder, Colo.