Saturday, February 6, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

These are the essential oils and absolutes presented in our Coeur d'Esprit Natural Perfume Course.

Base Notes: Ambrette Seed CO2, Frankincense, Labdanum (Ambriene 1), Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla absolute, and Vetiver

Heart Notes: Cinnamon Leaf, Jasmine grandiflorum absolute, Lavender absolute, Litsea, Neroli, Rose Moroc, and Ylang Ylang extra

Head Notes: Bergamot fcf, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Coriander, Galbanum, Palma Rosa, and Rosewood

Dozens of perfumes can be formulated from these 21 oils. I'm offering three in this post.

Valentine’s is fast approaching and it is time to celebrate the day of love with a new and natural perfume made right in your own kitchen.

They say the road to a man’s heart is through his stomach so is it any wonder that Vanilla tops the list of Romantic essential oils. A little dab’ll do ya… just behind the ear… and you’ll have him eating out of your hands.

The chart above shows the three main categories of Base, Heart, and Head notes in a perfume.
Base notes last quite a long time and anchor a perfume. Heart notes are generally floral or spicy and give body to the blend. Head notes tend to take flight quite quickly and represent the first burst of scent out of the bottle.

…Bottle – go to the attic, the thrift store, your grandma’s, and beg, borrow, or (well, I can’t tell you to steal, now can I?) something small and really pretty with a tight fitting stopper.

The local Aromatherapy store will have what you need as far as natural essential oils. Go when your sinuses are clear and bring some ground coffee beans in a baggie to sniff in between sniffing sessions. This will clear your nasal palate. Buy the smallest quantity you can. 2 to 5 ml works best. We are going to be doing this by the drop so ensure there is a dropper inserted into the bottle. You will also need a pipette and some scent strips (water colour paper will do).

Let’s make up a few formulas choosing from the oils above.

Is there anything better than the smell of roses? Yum. This perfume features Rose, in all her glory and is an equal blend of Base, Heart, and Head Notes. The end result is a perfume of 22% strength. We will mix this blend into 117 drops of Golden Jojoba Oil.

Rose In All Her Glory
6 drops of Sandalwood
2 drops of Frankincense
3 drops of Vanilla
6 drops of Rose (use your favourite)
2 drops of Ylang Ylang
3 drops of Lavender essential oil
6 drops of Black Pepper
2 drops of Clary Sage
3 drops of Palma Rosa

This perfume is smooth and romantic, with no sharp edges. For loving sensuality, this is the one to use. The vanilla makes this perfume go cloudy. It is something that I don’t concern myself about when I make it for personal use. In an alcohol base, it will be clear and pristine. To the perfumed oil, you could also add a teaspoon of beeswax pellets to make a solid perfume like the one pictured above. The aroma of this perfume lasts for at least 4-5 hours.

Our next perfume is quite spicy with an Oriental Base and some fruity citrus notes. Here we’ve created a perfume with approximately 50% for the Base Notes; 20 % for the Heart; and 30% for the Head Notes. There are 39 drops in this perfume so we want 111 drops of Golden Jojoba to make it up to a 7.5 ml bottle of perfume.

Spice My Life
8 drops of Labdanum (if you cannot find labdanum, you could use steam distilled Oakmoss or steam distilled Peru Balsam instead)
7 drops of Vanilla
4 drops of Frankincense
4 drops of Litsea
1 drops of Cinnamon Leaf
3 drops of Neroli
7 drops of Bergamot fcf
2 drops of Coriander
3 drops of Palma Rosa

This perfume is fun and flirty and full of the spice of life. Again, the labdanum and vanilla made it go cloudy but this can either be overlooked (as it does not affect the aroma), created in alcohol, or made into a solid by mixing your perfumed oil with a teaspoon of beeswax. This perfume lasts for several hours.

Next we’ll try our hand at a floral bouquet featuring Jasmine. This time, we’ll allow our intuition full reign and see what happens. Tune into your higher self and ask how many drops of each essential oil need to go into your perfume. Keep it within the bounds of reason, like the two perfumes above (in other words, don’t use 20 drops of something when making a small amount of perfume). Here are the ideas I received from my perfume divas when I connected to the Spirit of the Plants and respectfully asked for inspiration to create the following perfume.

Patchouli Posey
8 drops of Patchouli
4 drops of Vetiver
2 drops of Sandalwood
5 drops of Jasmine (whichever one you like; I used grandiflorum absolute)
3 drops of Rose (whichever one you like; I used moroc)
1 drops of Ylang Ylang
7 drops of Bergamot fcf
2 drops of Rosewood
2 drops of Black Pepper

There are 34 drops of essential oil in this perfume formula so we need 116 drops of Golden Jojoba Oil to create a 7.5 ml bottle of perfume. This perfume is very sexy, full of aphrodisiac scent molecules, and is sure to create an evening of inner stirrings and passion. This aroma lasts up to eight hours, depending on your skin type. As well, all these essential oils dissolve and the end result is clear and golden.

Alternative to Jojoba, you can use Fractionated Coconut oil, or a 190 proof alcohol, which is always my preference as it thoroughly dissolves all the essential oils so my perfumes turn out crystal clear. Have fun with this.

I hope you have enjoyed your foray into the world of Natural Perfumery. It is full of satisfaction and pride knowing that what you’re wearing, when you’re not wearing anything else (sly grin) is really good for you and your partner. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. I know Norm and I will enjoy ours.

Love Lyn


  1. Wow, these look great! Thanks for sharing the blends. I love jasmine, ylang and rose so any blends with those oils have got to be special. Can't wait to try them.

  2. Thank you, Carol. Have fun with them. I'd love to hear your further comments.

    Warmly, Lyn

  3. Amiable brief and this post helped me alot in my college assignement. Thanks you on your information.

  4. You are so welcome; I'm glad it was helpful. What kind of college assignment is it?

    Warmly, Lyn