About a year and a half ago I started making my own perfume. I thought when I started, this will be a piece of cake. Well is hasn’t been easy, but it has been fun and interesting. Working with different essential oils and seeing how they blend together at different stages of the perfume making, has been very thought provoking. How do two things that smell different blend together to make new scent. Well this has been just a blast to learn. Thus far I am self studying and have not had any kind of formal botanical perfumer training, but I feel like I have some good scents and have gotten some great feedback on them fro herbalist and non herbalist as well.
One of the first perfumes I made, I came later to name EarthKeeper after Marina Raye’s song, Earthkeeper. I knew this had to be the name of the perfume so I messaged her and told her about my perfume and got her blessing to use the name as my perfume name. EarthKeeper, was formulated to be relaxing and grounding but I wanted something that smelled good on me personally. I am a wildlife rehabilitator, naturalist, herbalist and have Cherokee ancestry so I have been connected to Earth and am trying to an Earth Keeper to the best of my ability. So that’s how I started and that’s what I wanted from this blend, to reflect me and remind me of my mission.
A few others I have formulated were made with specific people or issues in mind, while others are just for fun. (Well, they are all for fun, really).
I will write more about botanical perfumes in the future but for now I just wanted to share my journey thus far and share some of the blends I have made.
I have about 10 blends, some of them are available for purchase on my Etsy site (and you can always email me if you don’t see what you) firstname.lastname@example.org Everything is made with real essential oils and not fragrance oils and organic jojoba oil.
Bergamot Uplifting, designed to be an uplifting scent. Its very nice and it’s a favorite among a lot of teens and youth. It has patchouli in it but it’s not over powering. I created this one with my daughter in mind.
EarthKeeper, with Vetiver and Ylang ylang and other Essential oils, it is grounding and earthy feeling but still smells nice on. I created this one with myself in mind. One herbalist told me, ‘it gently rocked me to sleep last night’. after she sampled it.
Vanilla Spice also has patchouli (I say that because some folks don’t care for it) and is spicy yet sweet smelling. Its subtle, but if you like it stronger message me before I make it and I can make it stronger sent for you. I try to keep all of my scents from being overpowering because many people are scent sensitive.
Enchanted Forest is like walking through a magical evergreen forest. Its very energetic (at least that’s what it feel like when I wear it). It’s quite nice. It is one of my new loves.
Midnight Rose An Earthy yet floral scent. Probably one of my stronger scents. Admittedly made to be a bit of an aphrodisiac. Ladies be prepared, your mate may be overly interested in you while wearing this one.
Some Helpful Resources:
Essence and Alchemy by Mandy Aftel
Natural Perfumery Workbook Jeanne Rose