Perfume Blender A Profession
Elegance, sophisticated in one blend: your own
Blending perfumes is not a joke nor is it easy. It involves handling
various natural oils and blending them into something that smells
beautiful. Essential oils and absolutes are usually used in making
These substances emit very strong odors that could make you really sick
especially if you work in unventilated environments. Thus, it is
necessary that you safeguard your blending procedures taking time to
install safety procedures.
When working with aromatic oils and such, there's a tendency to become
too accustomed with the smell. At times your nose has been exposed too
long on the smell of oils and various blends that you become somewhat
"immune" to the smell.
At this point, you really need to take some short breaks. You could
take a walk and get some fresh air or run a couple of lapses or any
activity which would result to some heavy breathing. This will clear
you nose. Another common practice not only by those blending perfumes
but as well as those trying various types of perfumes on a single time,
is sniffing coffee beans.
As a perfume blender, you should always try and give each blend a
chance. Let the blend evolve in a bottle first. This will allow a fresh
blend to properly meld and mellow which creates rather surprising
scents and character. You should treat each blend this way. You need
some patience and let things settle down. Never rush things.
It is like making wine, you blend the wind, seal it in barrels and wait
for years to drink the brew. At least for perfumes, it will not take
you that long. Also, once you put a perfume on, let it settle and
evolve on your skin. As you left the perfume on your skin, the blend
reacts and changes because of your body heat. Allow the base tones to
emerge first before passing judgment on the blend itself.
Basically when you start blending natural perfumes, you're mixing three
oils: to top note, the heart note and the base note oils. You choose
what oils appeal to you and start mixing them up together. Ideal top
notes include citrus oils like bergamot, lemon, mandarin and orange.
Also popular top notes are conifer oils, mint oils, cardamom, basil,
chamomile, juniperberry, ginger, petitgrain and rosemary. Middle notes,
on the other hand, use various floral oils and absolutes like elemi,
coriander, galbanum, sweet marjoram, geranium, lavender and nutmeg. The
best base oils are wood oils like cedarwood, gaiac, linaloe wood and
sandalwood and resin oils like frankincense and myrrh.
You get one oil from each note and start putting them together in
separate a bottle. Be sure to write down how many drops of each you
blending. Start working on combinations. You could start with equal
amounts moving on to some other mixes until you get a sniff of the
scent you're looking for.
If you think you got a great blend, cover the bottle and warm by
rolling the bottle between your palms. Turn it upside down to blend the
mix further. Smell your concoction. Just remember that the top note
oils will fade more quickly than the middle and base notes so having a
strong top note may not be that bad. As I mentioned earlier, let the
Get a strip of coffee filter and apply a drop of perfume on it. Let is
stay on for a while. In an interval of a couple of minutes to a couple
of hours, keep sniffing the strip so you could get an idea of how the
You really need a lot of patience when you make your own perfume. If
you want the easy way then you could always buy one from the mall. But
you will never experience the joy and triumph one experiences when they
maker their own perfume.