What is an Eau de Toilette? A mixture based on alcohol and odorous oily substances. Unfortunately today the fragrances you can purchase in perfumes and in stores are completely synthetic and contain phthalates (which are considered endocrine disruptors). Actually you can find some natural eau de toilette and perfume in ecological and organic food stores, but often they are very expensive and their variety and originality is quite unsatisfactory. So could it be possible to handcraft your own fully natural and organic Eau de toilette? I say yes! Synthetic fragrances usually serve to cover up our body smell and they are advertised by photoshopped superstars to make us believe we become more attractive and seductive.
A self-made scent with pure essential oils is a smart choice because: 1) it does not contain harmful ingredients for the skin; 2) it works as aromatherapy, which helps to change your mood and thoughts and to let you breathe more deeply and consciously 3) it’s cheaper than buying a fully natural perfume at a store. It is also a natural and ecological choice because 1) it is formulated without ingredients derived from synthetic chemicals whose ecological impact is often high 2) it contains active products which are raw 3) it promotes recycling by eliminating the packaging. Making your own Eau de toilette invites to simple pleasures: brings to you the authenticity and freshness of the wild, flowers, wood and leaves. It means returning to the essentials: the pleasure of discovering the wonders of nature. Observe the unique way two essential oils blend depending on moon phases is incredible. How can you make an Eau de toilette at home?
– 1 bottle of pure alcohol or vodka; – 1 50 or 100 ml spray bottle (it would be better to recycle it or you can buy it here )
– Adhesive Olisticario Labels;
– From a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 5 essential oils chosen among base notes, heart notes and head notes; always choose pure high quality and certified essential oils, such as Florihana, Flora or Olfactory;
– 4 or 5 10 ml dark glass bottles with a dropper cap;
– 1 notebook or copybook to take notes;
– Strips of paper to smell your scent combinations;
Getting done: First you must select the essential oils that you would like to mix. How could you choose them? In accordance with your taste of course, to your affinity towards the plants and smell. It is interesting to notice how each essence makes you feel. If you want to create a classic Eau de toilette you can combine base notes (eg. Patchouli, frankincense, vetiver) with heart notes (eg. Ylang-ylang, lavender, neroli) and finally top notes (ex. Mandarin , lemon, mint). Combinations can be endless: if you like to blend essential oils you can practice and with patience and time you will have great results. The perfect sequence for you will manifest sooner or later! It is also useful to consult the lunar calendar the day before blending essential oils to choose a day of waning or waxing moon.. never mixed in the full moon! Strange things happen if you try to combine the oils in full moon: your blend, in fact, will look oily and there will be micro-bubbles reluctant to merge with each other inside your bottle! .. and you will have to throw everything away.
At this point the real work starts: take your 10 ml dark glass containers and put into them only a few drops of essential oils (I start oils with base notes, then with heart notes and in the end top notes) writing down on a dated notebook the exact quantities of your sequences. The maturation of each sequence takes about three weeks. After this period you can consider the synergy stable. This time is necessary for plants to blend and “fall in love” with one another. Usually I create at least 4 or 5 sequences with a mixture that contains different combinations of base notes, heart and head notes. Then you can put labels on the containers and let them rest on a shelf that has no direct light. At the end of the three weeks please open each blend one at a time and devote several minutes smelling and feeling them. I sit on my favorite Zafu and I smell every blend, as if I was meditating. They are moments of infinite joy and fun for me!
When you find a sequence that you like, check out the recipe in your notebook and multiply it by three to four times adding more drops in the container. Then you have to wait other 2, 3 weeks to smell the result carefully as above. 1) If you like it as it is, then proceed by multiplying this blend up to 10% of your spray bottle, then pour the essential oils in your alcohol. 2) If it lacks of a sweet or fruity or fresh note, try to intervene on the mixture by adding another essential oil and letting the mixture to stabilize for another three weeks. Before I pour the essential oils in alcohol with the help of the funnel, I spend an average of 2 to 3 months. Sometimes it could take a lot more to obtain a beautiful scent. The combination of your favorite essential oils must be multiplied up to 10% of your alcohol in the Eau de Toilette bottle. A practical example: about 90/100 drops of essential oil for 100 ml of alcohol. After you’ve poured the essential oils in alcohol you have to wait 2-3 weeks before you can spray your Eau de toilette and then … finally it will be ready! And what priceless emotion to wear a unique scent in the world!
Please remember to: do a skin allergy test on the arm before wearing any OE; do not spray this Eau de toilette on delicate clothing; consult a book on the use of essential oils to handle them and keep them correctly: “The bible of essential oils” by Daniel Festy is okay to start with; you can be creative and also use hydrolates as bases for your Eau de Toilette!
Your most frequently asked question: persistence. The persistence of a perfume made with real essential oils is weaker than a perfume with synthetic ingredients, however entirely natural scents can also be sprayed on your hair, on your skin and several times a day. In this way, if you love to have a consistent olfactory trail, you will be satisfied!
My favorite combinations for women: WHITE STAR, my personal creation: Atlas cedar, Moroccan jasmine, vanilla, bergamot and green mandarin from Sicily.
Neroli and Grapefruit
Patchuli, lavender and vanilla
My favorite combinations for men:
Lemongrass, Lavender and mint
Sweet orange and benzoin
Pure Australian Sandalwood
My favorite combinations for environment:
Wild lavender and peppermint
Sweet orange and cinnamon
Basil and lemon
Eucalyptus and Pino Silvestre (for your car)
My favorite combinations for babies and kids:
Sweet orange and vanilla
Blue chamomile, mandarin and lavender