Botanical perfumes are making headway into mainstream markets as consumers discover how much better a natural line of products are for body and soul. The fragrances Mother Nature conjures up seem otherworldly at times and the world covets the sweetness she so easily encapsulates into her plant life. There’s no need to limit yourself to the commercial offerings that line the perfume shelves because botanical perfume is now easily accessible and expertly balanced.
We are drawn to the gentleness of natural scents and now we know more about how to bottle it successfully (with little to no impact on the environment). Natural perfumes are climbing in popularity as intelligent and informed people realize the worth of renewable resources to the world we call home. All you need to get started is to know the ingredients of botanical perfume and how to blend it.
Do you know what’s in synthetic perfume?
With so many fragrances on the market, it's hard to keep track of what's in them. This is especially the case since fragrance manufacturers don't have to list out their specific ingredients on the packaging!
A fragrance—a perfume or cologne—may very well contain chemicals toxic to you and your family. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics:
“The average fragrance product contains 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions…”
These reactions might include inflammation, sinus headaches, or disruption of hormone production. They may be especially hazardous to newborns or those who are pregnant.
A large label listing all the ingredients in a perfume would be unsightly on a crystalline bottle of Chanel Coco or Giorgio Armani’s Acqua Di Gio—so the manufactures just don’t include one. Some companies may list a few ingredients but will typically leave out specifics meaning you probably won’t ever know what exactly you’re putting on your body each day.
What is botanical perfume?
But hey, you still want to smell good and have fun doing it, so what can you do? Opt for botanical perfumes! These are a fun and easy way to produce natural fragrances just though essential oil blending—a perfect store-bought perfume alternative.
The real challenge these days is finding out what’s best for your body as we’ve learned already, synthetic fragrances are probably not the way to go. Botanical perfumes contain all-natural essences, including essential oils and some authentic, organic ingredients that are readily available. The coolest part about botanical perfumes is that you can make some of them right at home.
The blending of oils in botanical perfume just takes a little creativity and some science. There’s no exact way to produce your own scents at home, but there is a formula. Some essential oils compliment other oils, and some might not go so great with others. You can categorize the scents into three "notes.” These notes are base, middle, and top notes, when used in perfect harmony, the oils produce a scent that is immediately pleasing.
The immediate smell is the top notes. These ingredients evaporate quick, they come and go, and they’re often light and airy. They refresh the nose and invigorate the soul. Soon, the scent will transition to middle notes. Middle note ingredients will make up most of the botanical perfume. Last, comes the base notes which are scents that permeate through most of your day.
What are the benefits of using botanical perfume?
To some, the smell of a synthetic perfume is like a sharp jab to the side of their head. Over 30 percent of Americans find store-bought fragrances to be irritating or overwhelming.
This statistic is just incredible when you consider the number of people you interact with or even just walk pass during a day.
Store-bought perfumes are often much “louder,” screeching out their overpowering scent. These fragrances create a vast halo of chemicals.
This may be unpleasant to some. People want to smell good, and that's understandable, but it doesn't need to cost you your health and the health of those around you.
Botanical perfumes are a more discreet, personal scent. The natural scent permeates well when you come closer to others, it's faint but pronounced though your body heat. What's interesting about botanical scents is they may change over time, over the season. This creates an intimate association with your very own unique scent to those around you.
Examples of Top, Middle and Base Notes
A top note is the lightest scent, it is the one you smell first and is also the first one to evaporate.
Common top note essential oils are:
Citrus (grapefruit, orange, bergamot, lime)
A middle note is the note that combines all three notes together and creates a balanced blend. Middle notes last longer than top notes but not as long as base notes. You usually want to add the most amount of the middle note to the blend as this creates a harmonious effect between the top and base note.
Common middles note essential oils are:
A base note is the deepest, heavy and usually earthy aroma. Usually you add the least amount to the blend as base notes have the tendency to overpower the other notes. They are often root or bark essential oils.
Common base note essential oils are:
Rose (can be middle and base)
Ylang Ylang (can be middle and base)
Simple blending to try at home
Using a combination of top, middle and base notes you can create an incredible amount of perfume blends. Making fragrances and blending essential oils has no exact rules but keep in mind the therapeutic qualities of each essential oil as well as any contraindications each oil has.
10ml Empty glass roll-on bottle or dropper bottle
Organic Jojoba Oil (carrier oil)
10 drops Essential Oil
Add 10 drops of your chosen essential oil(s) to the 10ml glass bottle and top up with jojoba oil.
Allow the blend to rest for 24hrs before use. This gives the scent time to develop.
Experimenting is half the joy, so there is some hesitation in telling you how to do it step-by-step. Quite honestly the combination possibilities are endless, but this is a great way to get you started on making your own natural perfumes.
Here is some recipes to get you started:
3 drops Bergamot
5 drops Lavender
2 drops Patchouli
Organic Jojoba Oil
3 drops Sweet Orange
5 drops Neroli
2 drops Sandalwood
Organic Jojoba Oil
10 drops Cardamom
3 drops Vetiver
3 drops Ylang Ylang
Organic Jojoba Oil
Nezza Naturals botanical perfumes to try
We always say, "what you put on your body is as important as what you put in it!" It's clear that most things that come into contact with your body will come into contact with your skin. Your skin is the number one defence in your everyday life.
Using plant-based products is the best way to prevent that constant exposure to chemicals, and, at Nezza Naturals, we have a full line of Nezza Naturals botanical perfumes for you to try out. We also carry the DIY components you’ll need to make your own, check them out in store!
A decent understanding of the products you use daily and making a habit of using healthier options may go a long way to better your health and especially the health of those around you.
Making botanical fragrances a fun way to experiment with smells— and it will result in an end product that’ll be the talk of the table.