Perfumes play a very important role in our lives. Among others, they have social attributes, meaning they help people communicate better. They can be the reflection of your personality and mood. One of the most popular and beloved perfumes are those with floral notes. Luckily, there are lots of floral essential oils to try in your next homemade perfume.
Maybe you don’t want to wear the same fragrance like a million others. If that’s so, you’re in luck because you have the option of making your own signature fragrance. Natural essential oils and other ingredients have many benefits. They can improve the mood and boost your body’s energy at the same time.
In this article you’ll find out the answer to lots of questions. They’re questions that will help you understand the choice of floral essences. But they’ll also guide you on how to mix them with other fragrances.
Wearing the right fragrance each season is an interesting concept, which I’ll tell you more about soon. I can tell you right now that playing with scents will open up a whole new world for you!
FAQ about Floral Essential Oils and Perfumes
This wonderfully smelling world of perfumes is magical, I think. How often haven’t you dawdled and lingered around in your local perfume shop just to smell them all? I know I did it, and quite a few times too.
But what is it about them and why do we like perfumes so much? Have you ever wondered about the implications of wearing your favorite scent?
These are just a few of the questions I’m going to answer in the following section. If you’ve got better explanations to some of these questions, please don’t hesitate to share them, ok? Now, let’s begin! And I’m going to do so by answering the most obvious question, which is…
Why use essential oils to make perfumes?
Nature is a lovely and complex ecosystem that gives us access to all sorts of natural resources to use. People have been inspired by the lovely scent of flowers since forever. Back in the days, they would surround their houses with beautiful flower gardens. They loved to have their homes filled with all sorts of fragrances when they bloomed.
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts and they are volatile. Their chemical composition is made of hundreds of tiny molecules that evaporate quite fast. That’s how they manage to spread their scents around.
Each plant contains tiny, special pouches that store essential oils. They help the plant to regenerate and protect it from bacteria and fungi.
For some plant species, these oils are a mechanism of defense. With a nasty and strong smell they manage to keep away herbivores, thus preserving their species. The benefits of these oils for the plant are many. The list of benefits is even longer if people use them.
Essential oils are extracted from flowers, twigs, leaves, branches, needles and even resins. All these parts offer various scents that combined together make really lovely blends.
The perfume industry is using plant extracts for each and one of their fragrances. It’s true though that many scents are lab made. That way they cost less, while natural and precious essences can be quite expensive.
Essential oils can also improve the mood. They use the receptors in the nose to send various messages to the brain. Then, it releases certain neurotransmitters like endorphin, and make you relax and feel good.
What are floral essential oils?
The answer to this one is quite easy. They’re concentrated essences extracted from flowers and blossoms. By concentrated I mean hundreds of kilos and even tons of flowers to get only a liter of essential oil. For instance, in a 5ml glass bottle there’s the essence of over 10,000 rose blossoms and petals! That’s quite powerful and very expensive too.
Why do some people like floral scents more than others?
Flower scents are sweet and strong. They’re feminine too, so floral essences are mostly women’s favorites. Though, some flowers do have particular notes that make them a favorite among men too.
The smell of flowers usually induces a dreamy and romantic mood. Women who like them and wear floral fragrances transmit a lot of delicacy and femininity.
Floral essential oils can have a high impact on the mood, self-confidence and health of the one wearing them.
Can we mix floral essences with other types of fragrances?
You can definitely do so! In fact, it is even recommended to use a different type of scent to soften or enhance your favorite floral notes. Read on to see what to blend your floral essences with.
What about wearing the right fragrance each season?
For those who still find this a strange notion just as I used to find it, there’s actually a simple explanation. Think of your perfumes as your clothes.
With each changing season, the temperature changes and you feel compelled to change your clothes also. Well, the same thing goes for perfumes too. Just like you can’t wear sweaters in the summer, you can’t wear heavy perfumes all the time either.
Spring is the season of revival.
Nature, animals and people slowly wake up and become more active as the days get longer and the sun shines more. In the spring, we have lots of flowers that bloom and delight our senses with their scents.
Spring is a transitory season. It’s right there between the winter’s cold and new warmth. The perfect perfumes should be green, fresh and sparkly.
A few warm and romantic notes such as Amber or Musk should also be present in your spring perfume. Floral essential oils here make a great addition. Try Lily of the Valley, Orange Blossom (Neroli) or Jasmine.
The first essence doesn’t have a correspondent essential oil but it does have an extract. It can also be found infused in various good quality carrier oils. Your spring perfumes should be uplifting and seductive.
Summer is the season of vacations and sun bathing.
This is the perfect season to wear fresh, exotic and fruity perfumes. A few floral notes will make these perfumes irresistible. Use combinations of Coconut, Monoi flowers, raspberry and cherries. But orchids and black currants are also great in a summer perfume.
As you can see, there are a few floral essential oils that can really make a perfume great. Monoi flowers are usually infused in Coconut oil, and smell absolutely divine and summery. Although the fruits don’t have correspondent essential oils, they do have natural extracts. You should make sure you buy them natural though.
However, during summer, floral essences should be added and kept to a minimum as they tend to be heavy. Also, try to stay away from scents like Amber and Tonka bean (absolute), which are heavy and very sweet.
Autumn is the season of many colors and fragrances.
The weather starts to become chillier, so the variety of notes and perfumes you could wear is quite large. Warm and floral essential oils are back again in the spotlight. Since it’s time to say goodbye to fresh and exotic scents anyway, new warm and rich ones will make the transition easier.
Heavy, floral essential oils such as Rose and Vanilla make a great addition. You can also combine them with other floral scents or Sandalwood, Patchouli, Tonka Bean, and what not! Autumn is your chance to be bold and open to all sorts of fragrances!
Last but not least, we have the winter season, with its freezing temperatures and cold winds.
But there’s also the warmth of the fireplace and the coniferous and resinous scents of a fir and pine forest. Hot chocolate, fluffy blankets and sweaters, and Holidays food make this season magical. Warmth is the keyword here.
You need strong, warm and sweet notes in your perfumes. Floral essential oils plus spicy notes make really great blends. Vanilla, Jasmine, Rose, Cinnamon, Tonka Bean, Amber, Musk, etc. can all be used. Not all in one perfume though!
Feel free to use whatever aroma you like, as long as it gives you a comfortable and warm feeling. Your favorite floral essences can now be mixed with a few drops of the stronger sweet and warm extracts.
In truth, we can say that each season has its own palette of notes. They can be used for some really amazing natural perfumes. The good news is that floral essential oils can be used in any of them, in a more or less concentration. So, if you love these fragrances, go ahead and try them all!
About Homemade Signature Fragrances
You’ll see that the only harder part about making your own perfume is to find that perfect combination and balance of notes. This part needs some experimenting. It also involves a bit of patience before and after making the perfume. Essential oils mature and blend better for at least 4 weeks after you’ve made the perfume.
Nonetheless, such a fragrant challenge should be more than welcome. Which is more than we could say about many of life’s challenges, wouldn’t you agree? The best part is that once you’ve found that signature perfume that you love, it’s yours forever and ever.
Make sure you always keep a journal of ingredients and measurements you use for your perfumes. Don’t rely solely on your memory! You might find yourself forgetting the exact number of drops you’ve added. That would be bad for your “Eureka” moment.
Here’s a list of floral essential oils and extracts/absolutes to use in your homemade perfumes:
- Rose Geranium
- Clary Sage
- Tiaré (Tahiti gardenia)
- Lemon Verbena
- Lily of the Valley
These are the most popular floral extracts. Some of them don’t have correspondent essential oils because they have a low yield. That makes them expensive to extract and unprofitable for producers. But you’ll always find some absolute or CO2 extract that will last a very long time. That’s their characteristic anyway.
Each essence is unique in its own way and has its own faint different other notes. They may contain fruity or camphoraceous notes, as well as balsamic ones.
If you really like a specific aroma, then you should go ahead and use it alone. But generally speaking, perfumes should be more complex than that. Some notes (like base) are also meant to enhance and fixate the other notes (top and middle).
A natural perfume should contain:
- An aromatic complex of notes (essential oils, absolutes, extracts, etc.).
- A base (or support) in which to blend your fragrances. This could be anything from wax to alcohol. This base will change the type of perfume you get in the end.
- A scent fixator. Luckily, as I said, base notes can play this role too. But there are specific extracts meant just for this purpose. Iris powder or Castoreum are just two examples.
Tips and Perfume Recipes with Floral Essential Oils
Hopefully, the above mentioned questions are the same that crossed your mind too at some point. If not, please feel free to ask your own in the comments section and I’ll do my best to give you an informed answer. I’d like to know more about this topic too, and I almost always forget something. So, give me a shout out, ok? 🙂
Now, how about a few perfume recipes with some floral essential oils? I’ve been saving the fun part for last because I believe it’s always better to load up on information first.
Floral-Fruity Perfume Recipe
- Vegetable Alcohol: 12 ml
- Distilled water: 12 ml
- Vanilla extract: 4 ml
- Mimosa absolute: 2 tsp.
- Tiaré flower absolute: 12 drops
- Neroli essential oil: 3 drops
- Iris extract: 1 tsp.
- 1 Oz (30 ml) bottle.
Mix water and alcohol together then add in all the other ingredients. Mimosa will take a few days until it will mix with the others. Don’t worry if it’s not completely dissolved.
Put the lid on your recipient and leave it to macerate for 1 – 3 weeks. Filter the perfume with a coffee filter paper into a clean glass bottle. If necessary, use a pipette to transfer your newly filtered perfume blend.
Oil Based Rose Infusion Recipe
- Small roll on bottle
- Jojoba oil
- Monoi oil
- Rose Otto (plus/or absolute): 12 drops
Fill your recipient half with Jojoba then add the Rose absolute and/or essential oil (Otto). Continue filling it with Monoi oil, which is a Coconut oil infused with Tiaré flowers. Let it mix and mature for a week or so before using it. Apply on pulse points and let yourself enveloped in a sensual and feminine fragrance.
Useful Tips to Know:
- In hot and/or humid weather, perfumes tend to smell more intense.
- When the air is dry (like in winter), perfumes are not very noticeable. That’s why strong scents are more suited for this season. Floral essential oils are perfect because they can be quite strong. So do Amber and Tonka Bean.
- If you have dry skin, your perfume will not last as long as it would normally.
- Adding citrus essential oils to your floral blends will not overpower them. On the contrary, citrus scents complement and enhance floral fragrances.
- For this combination, you should try adding twice as much citruses than floral oils. The latter can be quite strong, so the citrus aromas will only soften them delicately.
Floral scents have their own place in any perfume, whether it’s for the cold season or the warm season. If you like floral essential oils then you can surely appreciate this fact.
Wearing one or more of your favorite floral notes can only add to your well-being and uniqueness. Because making your own signature fragrance will definitely separate you from the rest!
Have you ever tried making your own natural perfume? How did it go? What did the others say when they smelled it? Go on and share your experience, don’t be shy!
I’m one of the most curious creatures and I also like natural fragrances, so I’d love to know how you see all this experience.