Simple Perfumery

I finally did it.

I created an instagram account.Ā  I know, like 6 years late to the party.Ā  For a blogger I am a bit (LOT!) of a technophobe.Ā  But I really like photography so I figured I might as well get on with it.Ā  Feel free to follow me and watch me try to figure it out šŸ˜‰Ā sierraroseschwartz

This morning I am whipping up some easy, DIY perfume.


I love smelling good but I am very allergic to perfumes and colognes.Ā  I’ve tried and I end up with a headache.Ā  I won’t go into it too much but virtually all the scents you buy commercially areĀ toxic and bad for your health.Ā  Thankfully it is super easy, much cheaper and healthier to make your own!

When I first started a couple years ago I read up on it and tried to do it “right” with heart notes, base notes, balance, etc.Ā  But I realized for me, it isn’t really necessary.Ā  I just do scents or combo of scents, that I really love.Ā  For winter I was doing a heavier scent with frankincense, myrrh, cedarwood and vanilla.Ā  For summer I am making a lighter scent using “Blues Buster” oil blend from Plant Therapy.Ā  It’s a fruity, floral blend with tangerine, grapefruit and geranium bourbon.Ā  It smells ah-mazing!Ā  Light, fresh, heady and intense all at the same time.

My perfume is as simple as combing this oil blend with vodka.Ā  Vodka because it is almost odorless and gives the scent staying power.Ā  Because it is also a natural disinfectant you can use this natural perfume as deodorant.Ā  I even spray it onto my hair as a natural, wonderful-smelling hair spray.

I bought my perfume atomizer bottle onĀ amazonĀ for around $12.Ā  It came with a tiny funnel to make filling easier.Ā  First I add my vodka (everclear would work too) and then about 20 drops of essential oil.Ā  You can do more or less for a stronger aroma.

You are “supposed” to allow the the scent to rest for a few weeks before using, but what fun is that???Ā  I use mine right away!Ā  šŸ˜›