Want to make fragrances at home but aren’t sure how?
Follow our easy ‘how to make perfume : a beginners guide’.
So you want to embark on the path of fragrance creation. That’s great! For some the task can seem a little daunting, but don’t worry, our step by step guide is here to get you started and will help you make your nose happy. Here we go…
STEP 1: Get yourself a scale
Get your hands on a small scale – never use drops! Measuring your ingredients in grams is a lot more accurate when you want to make and recreate your formula.
Drops may seem easier, but it’s very hard to get the same amount of ingredient in every drop. Before you know it, you can end up with a rather interesting formula that will be quite difficult to tweek and difficult to recreate!
You don’t need to invest in an expensive Lab scale to start of with. A small 0.01gram precision scale will be enough to start and you can upgrade to a 0.001g precision scale later. You’ll find plenty of mini scales online from £20 to £40, but if your budget allows, you’ll find a professional scale at an entry price of around £400-500.
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Get a taste of perfume creation through this 3-part video miniclass! We’ll take you through:
- How to smell, describe and memorise a perfume ingredient
- How to begin in perfume creation and get blending at home
- The most common questions of perfumery
If you are not a professional fragrance maker but are more advanced with blending techniques, you’ll be limited on where to find reliable sources. Most fragrance ingredients suppliers such as the ones stated above will deal with companies only, however, we find a very good company that sell to the end consumers: Pellwall is an excellent source for pure raw materials.
Be careful though, if you are unsure where to start, we advise against buying random ingredients as you may find yourself spending a lot of money with little satisfying results.
There’s a big focus at the moment on natural ingredients, but don’t forget to explore molecule options as well as natural extracts (they’re essential to the perfumer organ!). If you can, keep your ingredients chilled in a fridge to ensure their longevity.
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STEP 5: Dilute your ingredients or composition
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Remember to have fun
- Don’t be afraid to try, try, fail and try again – perfumery is a long road of trial and error.
- These steps are only the start of a long learning journey into this fascinating subject… Books in formulation are a rare find and most perfumers will have trained for years in a perfumer school or within the industry.
- At EPC, we believe having an untrained nose shouldn’t prevent experimentation with fragrance and welcome an approach of perfumery at a hobby level too!
- Perfumery is where science meets art. Be logical. Be intuitive, follow your nose, the ingredient that smells extremely strong just put a trace, otherwise there is good chance that it will overpower your blend.
Last point: remember maceration plays an important part!
Leave your created fragrance for a day or so to allow it to settle and mature in it’s self. Some creations may change colour over time but this is normal and will rarely affect your scent.