One fateful Friday evening, I blacked out and ended up at Urban Outfitters. I don't even shop at UO (the cool kidz call it UO), but in a fit of boredom and thirst for retail therapy, I entered the hippity happenin place and made a beeline for the stuff I can afford - the beauty products ($4 nail polish make me holla heyyyy).
I picked this perfume oil up...and put it back down so fast girl... I know I'm not the only one who has to assess a purchase once it hits that $10 mark, like, do I really want this or nah? After a quick look at the ingredients label, I decided that $18 for fragrance, coconut, apricot, and sweet almond oil was too rich for my blood. DIS CAN BE A DIY!
A few Etsy purchases, WholeFoods visits, and Vitacost orders later, I made my own! I will provide a comprehensive shopping list below, but all you'll need is your favorite essential oils, carrier oils like sweet almond or apricot seed oil, and dried flowers. The initial investment is way more expensive than the initial $18. But in the end, I can make a crap ton (real unit of measurement) of perfume oils and use the same ingredients for my DIY air freshener and such.
So far, I have two fragrances: Calming Creamsicle and Bearded Bae (teehee). Calming Creamsicle smells like an overpriced artisan orange popsicle and Bearded Bae smells like these guys. Yes Lordt.
I'll keep experimenting with essential oil combos, but I wanted to share my recipe with you. It's all natural, customizable, and makes a great gift. Nothing says I Like You And Probably Want To Smell Yo Neck like a good perfume. amiright?
Watch the complete video tutorial for my perfume oil below:
Shout out to Cristina for helping me film this video! She makes things cute for a living.
Calming Creamsicle Fragrance:
Vanilla EO (diluted in jojoba oil because pure vanilla is like...mad esspensive. Still an $$ item) http://www.vitacost.com/aura-cacia-vanilla-in-jojoba-oil-0-5-fl-oz
Roman Chamomile EO
Sweet Orange EO
Bearded Bae Fragrance:
Sandalwood EO (also diluted in jojoba oil because the pure stuff is $$$$$$. Still pricy though)
Sweet Almond Oil
Apricot Seet Oil
Note: Do not use extra virgin coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. Those oils have a distinct fragrance (and taste...) and will alter how your fragrance oil smells.
I purchased rose petals, orchids, and yellow hibiscus from this Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/layla
I cannot find those flowers in Layla's store anymore, so here's the general search page:
My flowers came in a huge zip loc bag and I will be using them for future DIY projects - I literally only used 4 petals per fragrance.
10ML roll-on bottle (gold lid. oooOOoo luxe.)
1 FL. OZ (30 ML) roll-on bottle (I bought mine from the same Etsy shop as the 10 ML, but they are sold out.)