The Avid Traveler (2)Beauty has become not just an asset but a goal both men and women look forward to attain.  People do not only want to look good these days, they want to smell good as well. Bad odor can wreck a first impression.  Sometimes, people remember you for how good you smell. No joke!  The way you smell could linger in the mind of some people.

The earliest record of perfumes dates from 2000 BC in Egypt, when incense were offered at the burial of mummies and perfume was believed to be the sweat of the gods. Perfume after so many years has not lost its power but it has varied in purpose. Almost everyone in the world now wears perfume. So, if you love perfumes and body mists, this article is to your honor. We are about to provide you information on how to make perfume at home and use it to make profit.

PERFUME OR BODY MIST, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Let’s begin by differentiating between perfume and body mist. Once you have an understanding of this, you could decide which one you want to make.

Perfumes last much longer than body mists or cologne. This is because they have a higher concentration of perfume oils and a lower percentage of water and alcohol. Perfumes can last up to five to eight hours. It is mostly recommended to use perfumes on clothes and not directly on the body. Perfumes are comparatively more expensive. Their scent is usually heavier than that of a body mist.

Body mist, on the other hand, has a lower percentage of perfume oil and a higher percentage of water and alcohol. It can last for just one to two hours and is quite cheaper than perfume. A mist can be used severally during the day. Its scent is much lighter and it is the best to use in the dry season.

WHAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT PERFUMES

Every perfume combines  three different classes of notes.

  • Top Notes:

They are generally the first impression of your fragrance. They also fade the quickest as they are the lightest of all notes. Citrus, herbs and berries are good examples.

  • Middle Notes:

They appear after the top notes evaporate. They can be said to be the heart of the perfume, this is so because they are stronger and last longer, having a great influence on the base notes to come. Lavender, geranium, lemon grass and rose are some examples of these notes.

  • Base Notes:

They are the last fragrances that appear once the top notes have completely evaporated. They mingle with the middle notes to create the full body of your scent. These notes are rich scents that linger for hours. Some examples of such scents include: patchouli, cedar wood, vanilla and musk.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR PERFUME:

  • Glass measuring cup
  • Plastic measuring spoon
  • Glass rod
  • Glass droppers
  • Plastic funnels
  • Mortar with pestle or coffee grinder (in case you choose to add dried flowers to your perfume)

INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE PERFUME

This is very simple:

  • Essential oils of your choice
  • Fragrance oils of your choice
  • Vodka (use 100 proof vodka)
  • Distill water (this is to make colognes or splashes)
  • Jojoba oil (this is to make perfumed oil)

These few ingredients are all it takes to create any kind of perfume or body mist you like.  You could still use this to make perfume oil, cologne, eau de toilette and eau de perfume.

How to Make Perfume at Home

PERFUME RECIPE TIME!

We’ll give you two perfume recipes:

  • 2 drops of clove bud Essential oil
  • 8 drops of Bergamot Essential oil
  • 14 drops of Rose absolute
  • 4 drops of Frankincense oil
  • 3 drops of cedar wood
  • 1/8 an ounce of 100-proof vodka

Steps:

1) Place the vodka in a bottle

2) Add essential oils

3) Gently shake

4) Let it mellow for two weeks in a cool, dark place.

Body Splash Recipe

13 drops of peppermint essential oil

13 drops of rosemary oil

5 drops of lemon essential oil

5 drops of sage essential oil

3 tablespoons of vodka

2 cups of distilled water

Steps:

  • Mix all the essential oils in a glass bottle that contains 100 proof vodka
  • Gently shake and let the bottle sit for two days (in a cool dark place)
  • Add distilled water until it is completely dispersed
  • Leave the perfume to set for two to three weeks (in a cool dark place)
  • After it matures, get rid of any sediment using a filter and store in a glass spray bottle.

Once you try these recipes, you can explore your sense of adventure with different perfume recipes and find out what you like most. Make sure to write down what is used for the new creations so they are not forgotten.

PLANNING YOUR PERFUME LINE

Now that you know how to make perfume, let’s go straight to how to make profit from doing your perfume business at home. You must sort out the following:

  • A Name:

It is vital to give a name to your perfume that describes its theme. Selecting one with the chief fragrance notes in the perfume as a basis is a good idea.  Male and female perfumes generally have different names.  Choose a name that appeals to the group yet denotes your chief notes.

How to Make Perfume at Home

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  • Bottling:

This is a vital part of your plan. You need to choose a bottle size and shape that will appeal to customers. The bottle must carry your brand, so it remains your personal creation. You could choose bluish colours for aqueous notes, pinks and reds for floral notes, green for citrus notes and black for musk-based fragrances. The normal bottles could do if you choose different shapes and sizes.

How to Make Perfume at Home

  • Pricing:

This is also very important. Your pricing must take into consideration the cost you incurred throughout the process and include your profit. The rule is to price the product three times what you spent. For example, if you spent 200 FRS CFA for the process, you would sell at 600 FRS CFA and get your profit.  However, you could choose to price it lesser, but never below the cost price.

  • Advertising:

This is the key, since you are working from home and not in a shop. Do all you can to have the word out that you have the best products. You could use social media, word of mouth, flyers, radio and television adverts. You could do promotions too. Use all you can to send the word out and attract potential clients.

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