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natural perfume www.anniesgoathill.comI have fallen in love with several of the natural perfumes that I have formulated recently — from floral to sweet, to captivating warm and smokey.

(formulated by the drop, EO = essential oil)

Sweet and Uplifting

10 Palmarosa EO

8 Sweet Orange EO

3 Petitgrain EO

2 Lime EO

1 Geranium EO

I am not a fan of geranium, but this perfume starts out with a strong floral scent that I love. This blend is composed of top and middle notes, with no base notes, so I am surprised at its lasting power. It dries down to a sweet floral that draws my nose straight to the spot where the perfume is applied…and then I describe it as heavenly.

Warm Smoky Fire

3 Fir Needle EO

4 Juniper Berry EO

4 Cedarwood EO

5 Vetiver EO

2 White Grapefruit EO

I love vetiver, and this perfume dries down so incredibly smokey — perfect. Cedarwood is also one of my soft spot scents. This bold blend takes me to a place that feels like home, very grounded and at peace. This perfume starts its journey on the skin with a rose and fennel type of overlay, soft and sweet.

Patchouli Love

2 Sweet Orange EO

4 Lavender (French) EO

3 Patchouli EO

2 Cedarwood EO

2 Ylang Ylang EO

2 White Grapefruit EO

I adore patchouli, and this perfume dries down to a firm base filled with that love. It starts out with a grassy overlay that holds on dearly for most of the dry down.

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I use 15% essential oil in a perfume blend, and 4-8 percent in a cologne blend. Jojoba is a great oil to use as a carrier. It is non-staining and sustains the perfume very well. Liquid coconut oil is also a wonderful carrier oil. In a pinch, I use an inexpensive olive oil, which is light yellow in color – not green. A small bottle of this oil goes a long way, inexpensively, and it does not possess more than a hint (if at all) of the aroma of olives. Olive oil does stain clothing — so use caution.

After blending a natural perfume, tightly cap the glass bottle and place it in a dark area where it can sit undisturbed for no less than several weeks. The oils will marry and mature while at rest. When you uncap the bottle, you will find that the oils have blossomed to a beautiful union unlike the day the perfume was formulated.

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Do you enjoy a relaxing warm bath? Several drops of these blends in a bath are spectacular. Add unscented mineral or sea salts to your bath water, and you truly have a soothing spa experience.

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In our book, Advanced Soapmaking; Removing the Mystery, we devoted a chapter to natural scent blending. We also teach properties of many common essential oils in this volume.

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A good fragrance is really a powerful cocktail of memories and emotion. – Jeffrey Stepakoff

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