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« on: January 12, 2017 10:29:22 PM »

I have been interested in messing around with making my own Perfume Oils. I have pretty particular tastes as far as perfume and honestly I just don't want to spend hundreds at many different indie shops looking for just the right scent Tongue

So far, I have found a handful of little tutorials about making perfume oil, and a small amount of chatter on the forums here.

http://www.mookychick.co.uk/how-to/arts-and-crafts/how-to-make-your-own-diy-perfume.php
http://offbeathome.com/diy-perfume/
http://www.basenotes.net/threads/158437-Primer-on-How-to-Make-Perfume-(Version-1-0)

These are all basically a matter of "figure out what scents you want, add them in certain proportions to some carrier oil and wait to see if it smells nice"
This itself is perfectly simple! The hard part is figuring out blends, of course, but that's all up to personal taste!

The other half of this is sourcing materials- specifically fragrance oil (I know essential oil can be used as well, but my ideal fragrance is ~cotton candy bubble gum marshmallow insanity~ so that necessitates synthetic fragrances! I am hoping to replicate Lush's Snow Fairy one of these days, as well!)

http://www.saveonscents.com/index.php is the main site I have been looking at. I have ordered a few of their super small sample sizes, but have not really got to making perfume oils with them since I would ideally like to have a few more scents ^_^

I also found https://www.brambleberry.com/ through Craftster. The prices are comparable, but seem generally more expensive, and the selection is definitely smaller.

Question 1: Does anyone know of other inexpensive sources for fun fragrance oils? These two options are great, but i always wonder whether there isn't something better hiding out there!
Also, all of the Fragrance Oil suppliers seem to sell mostly blends of scents already ready-to-go, rather than singular notes (saveonscents has a small single note category, but there is very little in it). Is there somewhere that sells single note fragrance oils in bulk, to the general public?

Bottles and droppers are much easier- I got a heap of plastic pipettes from ebay and glass bottles can easily be ordered from SunburstBottle, SKS, ebay, aliexpress, etc. so I feel confident in that respect.

Question 2: Do YOU have any experience making perfume oils like this?
What ingredients and proportions did you use?
How did it turn out?
Do you have any thoughts or tips to impart for someone wanting to experiment with a little scent-alchemy?

I would LOVE to hear your ideas and advice on this! I know the essential components of this are simple, but I am nervous about going for it without more information for some reason, and it seems that tutorials on this sort of thing are a bit scarce! Particularly, there is more discussion about the process of making them than there is about the *results*!
So I want to hear from you Smiley
Especially if you are a fellow candy-scent lover!
« Last Edit: January 13, 2017 08:35:28 PM by bhevarri » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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