How to Mix Perfume Oils

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When mixing perfume oils, consider the longer-lasting base notes, which are woods and tree resins, the heart notes, which create the main scent, and the top notes, which evaporate the fastest. Create a complex and dynamic perfume scent 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 mix perfume oils. Now when you're mixing perfume oils, you want to keep in mind three things. There are base notes, middle notes, or heart notes, and top notes. And the base notes are the ones that are going to last the longest. They're things like woods, tree resins, that type thing. Heart notes are, essentially the heart of the p...perfume. You'll have a lot of the, your flowers and herbs in this category, and then top notes are the ones that don't last as long. They're the first thing you notice on a perfume, but they're the first to dissipate, float away. They're not as lasting. Things like some of the seeds and citrus oils will be in this category. Now, some oils can actually be in two different categories, depending on how you use them. So, when you're blending your perfume, you want to start with, well you can start with heart notes, and top notes if you'd like, but I usually start with base notes and mix in the heart and the top, and then just add and build to you know, flush out the perfume by scent. So, you can kind of guess at which ones you think might go together and just experiment, try them out. But it all comes down to experimenting and trying some different combinations you wouldn't have thought to do, so start to to put together some of your oils and count the number of drops you use so that you can get...take good notes and be able to recreate this perfume later if you end up liking the result. So once you have blended together a perfume that smells good to you, you want to put it aside for about twenty-four hours, and let it meld, let the scents meld together. Sort of like marinating. You want to let it sit and they'll all meld and kind of change a little bit. And then when you come back to it, evaluate it. See which ones you want to add and you can adjust your proportions and make it little more like you would like. Then set it aside for about a month or two for it to fully mature and then you will have a final perfume to bottle and enjoy.


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