Perfumery 101: What You Need to Know About Making Perfume

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Have you ever thought about making your own perfume? Here are some things you need to know before you even select your first scents!

If you are a connoisseur of scent, you might be struggling to find a perfume which you feel is wholly “you”. No matter how many you try, you still might not be able to find one which is your perfect scent. When this happens, many decide that they want to dabble in perfumery. However, it is not always as simple as mixing together some essential oils. If you want to have a go at making your own perfume, this is what you are going to need to know.

Don’t Add Too Many Scents

It can be tempting to add all your favourite scents into one perfume when you start out but this could leave you with a real overpowering and off-putting mess of a scent. Write down a list of ingredients which you find appealing and begin to test them out. It might be a while before you discover a combination which truly works but it is all very much part of the learning curve.

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Learn About Notes

The notes are one of the most important parts of a perfume and anyone who wishes to learn a bit more about this aspect of beauty needs to learn how to read them. Smell any of the original perfumes on the market and you will discover something about their notes.

Notes are split into three categories; top, middle, and base. Each perfume has some level of these built up to make the overall scent. The idea is that each note will wear away after a few hours to reveal something new. It is why you are recommended to walk away and then come back to a perfume you are thinking of buying when you have sprayed a sample of it; it is so you can give the other notes a chance to unfold. If you want to learn about perfume, you need to learn about notes.

Top notes are what you smell first when a perfume is sprayed. They tend to be extremely light scents such as lemons, grapefruit, or lavender. Middle notes come next and are also sometimes referred to as the heart notes. They are the key scent of the perfume. Common ingredients include rose, jasmine, or geranium. Finally, the base notes are the strongest and longest lasting. They tend to be very rich because of this. Common base notes include vanilla, oud, or sandalwood.

Take a Class

If you want to learn more about mixing perfumes, the best way to do so is by attending a class. Take a look online to see what is available in your local area. If there is a class near you, you should definitely book in for a session. You will learn more here than you could ever hope to know.

If you are thinking about mixing your own perfumes, you should definitely keep the above tips in mind. It is very much an art as much as it is a science and it will take you a while to find your feet. Keep trying, and it won’t be long before you have your own perfume which is completely unique to you!

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