How to make alcohol free perfume with natural essential oils

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How to make alcohol free perfume with natural essential oils
Alcohol-based perfumes give some people a rash. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

In perfumery, alcohol is used as a preservative and to help disperse the scent. As the alcohol evaporates it sends molecules of the scent into the air. It is possible, and perfectly acceptable, to make perfume without alcohol by using a carrier oil instead. A carrier oil is any vegetable-based oil into which you blend your essential oils and other fragrances. Because they don't disperse as easily, perfume oils tend to linger on the skin longer, and smell stronger than alcohol-based perfumes.

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Things you need

  • For Liquid Perfume Oil:
  • 14.8ml (1/2 oz) brown glass bottle
  • Towel
  • Measuring spoon
  • Liquid carrier oil
  • Essential oils
  • Eye Droppers
  • For Solid Perfume:
  • 946 ml (1 quart) double boiler
  • 28 g (1 ounce) (or smaller) glass jar
  • Towel
  • Measuring spoons
  • Beeswax
  • Liquid carrier oil
  • Silicone spatula
  • 236 ml (1 cup) glass measuring cup
  • Essential oils

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    Liquid perfume oil

  1. 1

    Sterilise the brown glass bottle, and cap by immersing them in boiling water for 10 minutes. Put both the cap and bottle upside down on a clean towel to dry.

  2. 2

    Add 3/4 tsp of carrier oil to the clean glass bottle.

  3. 3

    Add the essential oils to the carrier oil. If the oils do not come in dropper-top bottles, use a separate eye dropper for each oil.

  4. 4

    Put the cap on the bottle and roll the bottle between your hands to blend the scent.

  5. 5

    Test the scent by waving the bottle under your nose. Add more oils, if desired.

    Solid perfume oil

  1. 1

    Fill the bottom of the outer pot of the double boiler with enough water to just touch the bottom of the inner pot. Remove the inner pot and bring the water to a boil.

  2. 2

    Immerse the jar and lid in the boiling water for 10 minutes. Put both the lid and the bottle upside down on a clean towel to dry.

  3. 3

    Keep the water boiling and put the inner pot into the double boiler. Add two tbsp of grated beeswax to the inner pot. When the beeswax melts, add 2 tbsp of carrier oil.

  4. 4

    Mix the oil and beeswax with the silicone spatula, until thoroughly blended. Add 1 tbsp of distilled water to the oil mixture and mix with the spatula. Pour the oil mixture into the glass measuring cup. Scrape the pot with the spatula to get all of the oil.

  5. 5

    Let the mixture cool slightly and add 2 tsp of your essential oil. If you are blending essential oils, blend them separately then add two tsp of the blend to the oil mixture. Pour the mixture into the glass jar and let it set.

Tips and warnings

  • In perfumery, the fragrance possibilities are endless. Experiment with your favourite scents to make your own signature fragrance.
  • Store your perfume oil in a cool, dry place and discard after 12 months.

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