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Blending essential oils 101- perfumery, beginner

How to blend essential oils for aromatherapy and natural perfumery

This exercise is aimed at getting you started, stuck in and proceeding without fear of your outcomes! So, please enjoy yourself and the process.

Beginners guide for starting to blend. This procedure is the one I use and suggest in beginners workshops for natural perfumery and aromatherapy. Keep in mind that this stage is about experimentation and learning about aromas, so there is no wrong outcome for this exercise.

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Eau de toilette recipe DIY

Eau de toilette DIY

Eau de toilette (ETD) can easily be made at home with minimal ingredients. I recommend using a high alcohol spirit such as Polish spirit which is 95% ethanol. You can purchase it online in Australia currently.  However if you cannot find it, vodka (37% ethanol) will work but your product will not have the clarity you normally associate with spray perfumes. The higher alcohol content improves essential oil solubility and is necessary if you are using a lot of resinous oils such as myrrh, vetiver, patchouli etc.

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Cold Cream – basic recipe

This recipe seems simplistic due to minimal ingredients however it can be tricky getting emulsification. Once mastered it can form the basis for many creams and lotions, and you can get as creative as you like. Altering the fixed oils and/or changing the water-based content as desired allows for endless applications and uses. But first, simple cold cream!

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Perfume Oil – Eqyptian

This perfume oil is one of the easier projects to make yourself. Once you have settled on your perfume blend (which may take days or weeks if you are developing a signature scent) it’s a matter of adding the essential oils to an appropriate carrier oil.

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