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Posted by Eleanor Ozich on

Compose your very own signature scent with homemade perfume balm, it’s wonderfully simple to prepare, and can be made at home with only a handful of natural ingredients. I personally find most commercially made perfumes to be overwhelming, their fragrance cloying and artificial. One look at their ingredient list does nothing to improve my opinion, either. Once you’ve started making your own, you’ll be pleased to learn how heavenly it can be.

Your homemade blend can be as simple or as complex as you choose, it’s all about developing your own personal scent profile that’s unique to your senses. You can go with a single note fragrance, such as rose, bergamot or lavender, or you might like to try your hand at combining fragrances to come up with something unique.

In general, there are five essential oil scent groups that you can work with, I’ve shared some ideas and how to pair them below.

Citrus: quite lovely paired with deeper, more aromatic oils such as bergamot or vetiver. There’s grapefruit, lemon, lime, lemongrass or wild orange.

Herbaceous and earthy: Cedarwood, rosemary, wintergreen, douglas fir, lavender and frankincense. Gorgeous blended with citrus scents.

Floral: Perhaps the most distinctive in perfume blends, start with a little, adding only one drop at a time as you go. You might like to try jasmine, rose, geranium, patchouli, lavender or ylang ylang.

Woody: often considered masculine, I can’t help but be naturally drawn to these warm, spicy and aromatic scents. Blend with something citrusy for a harmonious balance. A few include bergamot, cedarwood, sandalwood, frankincense and Vetiver.

Can't make up your mind? here's a few lovely combinations you might enjoy.

 - bergamot and grapefruit
- lavender, rosemary and lemon
- rose and vetiver
- patchouli and wild orange
- wild orange, ylang ylang and frankincense
- bergamot, lavender and lime

- douglas fir and sandalwood

Note: some oils are not recommended to use during pregnancy such as clary sage, sage, rosemary, basil, jasmine and rose.  Please seek medical advice before using. Also be careful to avoid using any 'hot' oils on the skin, such as clove, cinnamon and oregano.

What you’ll need:

Good quality beeswax, grated or in small pellets
Equal quantity of almond, jojoba or grapeseed oil
Essential oils of your choice

Small glass jars with screw top lids. The darker coloured glass is essential to protect the oils, amber or blue coloured works well.

Note: These ingredients can easily be found on online aromatherapy suppliers or at most natural health stores.

To make:

Gently melt beeswax over a double boiler. Stir the almond, jojoba or grapeseed oil in to the melted wax. Remove from the heat.

Add the essential oils, a few drops at a time, smelling as you go. 

Once you are happy with the fragrance, carefully pour mixture into jars and allow to solidify.

Please note: some essential oils can irritate the skin, so please perform a patch test or do a little research before using.

Follow this link if you’d like to find out why I choose doTERRA essential oils, how you can purchase them at wholesale price, whilst also joining our wonderfully supportive community. x

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