Wearing perfume makes us smell good and feel extra pretty. But the problem is that store bought perfumes are expensive and full of chemicals that are bad for your health. Fortunately, you don’t have to quit wearing perfume. You can just make your own! Making your own perfume is an easy, fun and inexpensive alternative. And it’s all natural!
Flowers that are commonly used in perfumes include: roses, jasmine, violets, lavender, orange blossoms, and lilies. You can use one type of flower or a mixture.
- Fresh picked flowers, 2 cups
- Distilled water, 4 cups
- Glass dish
- Cheesecloth or sieve
- Stainless steel pot
- High quality vodka, 5 TBSP
- Small dark glass bottle with stopper
- Give the petals a wash to get rid of dirt and bugs. Cut up the flowers and place in a bowl. Completely submerge flowers with the distilled water. Leave mixture overnight. The flowers should be fully submerged in water. Cover the bowl.
- Strain the flowers using the cheesecloth or sieve, removing all plant material.
- Place scented water into the stainless steel pot over low heat. Simmer until the water is reduced to about 2 tablespoons.
- Place the vodka into the small glass bottle. Add the 2 TBSP of scented water. Put the stopper in. Shake gently. Allow the perfume to sit for 72 hours. If the scent is too strong, add water to dilute, 1 TBSP at a time.
If you like this kind of d.i.y project, you may also like making your own potpourri.