How to Make Perfume Without Alcohol

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Perfume can be made without alcohol by creating an oil-based perfume, where essential oils are blended with a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil. Create alcohol-free perfume with helpful advice from a natural perfume producer in this free video on perfumes.

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Hi, I'm Stephanie from And I'm going to show you how to make a perfume without alcohol. You can make a oil-based perfume using a carrier such as almond oil or grapeseed oil or sunflower oil. My recommendation is to use either jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil -- that's what I'll be using today. You want to take essential oils, which are the distilled essence of a plant. It contains all the scent molecules that make the plant smell good. We want to take essential oils and mix them into your carrier oil. I'm going to demonstrate with three different oils. One is a base note, one's a heart note, and one is a top note. The heart note is the heart of the perfume. The base note is the longest-lasting note. Things like woods and tree resins and some of the darker flowers. And the top note are things like a...citrus oils and some seed oils that don't last as long. So essentially, it comes down to experimentation. Just take any of the three that you would like and start blending them together. I'm going to use just an even number -- 10 drops of each. Later on, you can adjust this number to suit whatever scent you would like. But take note of the number of drops that you use so that you can recreate the scent later. Now, since I've used 10 drops each of my essential oils, I'm going to take that total number of drops of 30 and multiply that by four to get the number of drops of my carrier oil. Now, this makes 120 drops of carrier oil to add to the essential oil mix that I've just made. Now, I can mix this all together and wait about 24 hours for all of the scents to meld together. Essentially, they're going to marinate and sort of mature. And when I come back to it, then I'm going to evaluate it, smell the mix that I've made, and make some adjustments. Then I'm going to let it sit and for about a month or two, it will be completely matured. Everything will be mixed together, and you'll have your final perfume that you can add to whatever bottle of your choice and enjoy.


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