How to Make Perfume Charleston SC

Perfumes and scents are perhaps among the more expensive beauty items available commercially. Before the process of perfume making, let’s discuss first why you should consider making your own perfume.

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How to Make Perfume

Perfumes and scents are perhaps among the more expensive beauty items available commercially. And that doesn’t even include the price of designer fragrances, which cost an arm and a leg. Of course, despite the cost, many people still buy it, mainly because there are no real, completely practical alternatives anyway. But what if there is a possible alternative to these overly priced scents? And what if this alternative can actually improve on the ones available commercially?

This alternative is simple: make perfume yourself. A number of people would probably think it’s too tacky. Why make perfume when you can buy commercially available fragrances anyway? However, as with most homemade productions, there is a huge benefit to gain when you make perfume. What are the benefits, and how exactly do you make perfumes?

The benefits of making scents

Before the process of perfume making, let’s discuss first why you should consider making your own perfume.

Of course, the very first benefit is obvious: it allows you to have cheap, personalized scents. You probably wouldn’t be able to imitate the scent of your favorite designer fragrances—but you can try. During the process on how to make perfume, you’ll realize how this is possible. But in any case, what does that do for you? Simple: you can create scents according to your preference, and you wouldn’t have to spend top dollars for it.

Are homemade perfumes cheap? Comparatively speaking, yes, especially since all you have to worry about are your ingredients. The most expensive ingredient in this process is the fragrances you will use, although there are many basic and inexpensive fragrances anyway. It’ll all depend on what type of scents you want to create.

But perhaps the most practical benefit of them all? The business opportunity. There are fewer people making homemade perfumes than people making homemade soaps—mainly because soaps are easier and cheaper to make. This means that if you consider selling the perfumes you make, the competition is less stiff. It’s a fact that people want to smell good all the time. Use that to your adjective when you make perfume.

Steps on how to make perfume

Making perfume is actually very easy. If you’re familiar with the process of soap making, you’ll realize that homemade scents are so much easier to concoct. There are ways of creating homemade perfumes, although this one should be easy enough for everyone yet complex enough to create something good enough to be sold. The ingredients are:

  • About 50 to 70 grams of deodorized alcohol

  • Five grams propylene glycol

  • About 10 to 15 grams of a fragrance of your choice (essential oils would do)

  • Five grams MCL

  • Five grams water


  • First off, prepare your materials by weighing them. As with most chemical mixtures, the weight of your raw materials has to be accurate (or, at least, very close to the prescribed weight). If you want to create a decent scent, you have to pay attention to the weight, as wrong measurements will ultimately lead to wrong formulations.

    If you didn’t learn how to measure liquids in chemistry class, here’s how: measure the container (ideally a beaker, although a small plastic cup would do) and then measure the ingredient. Subtract the weight of the container to the weight of the ingredient. Of course, you wouldn’t need to do this if you can adjust the weighing scale to zero once you place the container on top of it.

    After the weighing, pour the alcohol on the container then pour the MCL. Make sure the MCL is completely poured and mixed with the alcohol. Again, when making homemade scents, proportions and weight should be checked at all times. Stir the solution until the MCL is completely mixed with the alcohol. After pouring the MCL, pour the propylene glycol to the mixture. As with the previous step, stir the solution until the propylene glycol is mixed. Lastly, add the water. It goes without saying that the water should be distilled or purified and should not contain any additives (as with mineral water).

    Once you’ve mixed all the raw materials, add the fragrance or essential oil. Mix it again until it becomes homogenous and then pour it in your container. If done right, this should weight around 100 grams.

    Tips on how to make perfume

    A seemingly simpler way of making perfume consists only of three main ingredients: water, alcohol, and the fragrances or the essential oils. Here, all you have to do is add the ingredients, taking note of base, middle, top notes, as well as the bridge. These scents are the ones that linger once you use it. The base is the main scent, followed by the middle. The top note evaporates first, while the middle note is added in between the three fragrances. After this, add the alcohol and the water and let the mixture sit for a few days. The longer the waiting time, the stronger the scents

    Vanilla and lavender make for great bridge ingredients, while cinnamon, fern, and, yet again, vanilla make for effective base notes. Cloves and nutmeg are good middle notes; jasmine and lavender can make for great top notes. Remember that some scents work great whatever purpose they serve; it actually depends on how you mix them and the order of the mixing. This may require some trail and error, especially since you’re working on your preference rather than an exact formula. While fern is a great base note, is it something you’d want when you make perfume? Is it a scent you can actually wear?

    Which of the two processes work best? It will probably depend on the type of scents you want. The second process is more complex, providing more variety for the scents—but it entails more work. Of course, if you want more sophisticated scents, the second process is the way to go as it allows for scent combination. In any case, both methods should work well enough to provide you with amazing scents you would feel great wearing.