Herbal infusion is the most common way to make custom natural perfume.

How to Create Fragrant Perfumes from your Herb Garden

There are various ways to use the herbs in your garden to make perfumes. Making a herbal infusion, which consists of steeping the plants in a carrier oil or alcohol to extract the essential oils, is one popular technique. The infused oil or alcohol can then be combined with additional essential oils to produce the desired fragrance. Making a tincture is a different technique that entails soaking plants in alcohol for a number of weeks to draw out the essential oils. Additionally, perfumes can be created by using that method as well. Another technique is making a hydrosol, a byproduct of the steam distillation procedure used to extract essential oils from plants, a third option. Here is a simple formula than be done at home to create your own personal herbal fragrances:

  • Step 1 is to gather your resources. A tiny glass bottle with a tight-fitting cap, a base oil (such almond or jojoba oil), and a variety of dried herbs (such as lavender, rose petals, rosemary, lemongrass and jasmine) are required.

  • Step 2: Add your base oil to your bottle until it is about one-third full.

  • Step 3: Fill the bottle about two thirds full with your dried herbs. Depending on the aroma you want, you can use a single herb or a combination of multiple herbs. Dried fruits could even be added such as orange, lemon, or lime for an even more personalized scent.

  • Step 4: Add a few drops of essential oils, if desired, using a dropper or small spoon. Although it is optional, this will give the perfume a more complex aroma.

  • Step 5: Seal on the lid firmly and give the bottle a gentle shake to combine the ingredients.

  • Step 6: Let the scent steep for at least two to three weeks in a cool, dark location. For the components to combine, shake the bottle daily.

  • Step 7: Using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, remove the herbs from the oil after two to three weeks.

  • Step 8: The infused oil should now be placed in a fresh bottle. Then stored in a cool, dark cabinet for safe keeping.

Did you know?

Since the beginning of time, people have utilized perfumes. For example, in ancient Egypt, perfumes were used in religious rituals and the embalming process for royalty. They were also utilized in prehistoric Mesopotamia and India for types of medicine and for personal cleanliness.

Your herbal perfume is now ready to use! Keep in mind that the recipe is only basic; you can add or substitute items to make it your own, and the amount of time needed for infusion may fluctuate based on the ingredients. It is recommended to research and experiment with different methods and ratios of ingredients to find the perfect balance. Note, some carrier oils such as almond oil could cause allergic reactions to individuals with nut allergies so be mindful when choosing the ingredients especially if you choose to gift it to someone else. It is always a good rule to only use a tiny amount on your first test trial to be completely sure you will not have any adverse reaction.