Natural perfume is a hot topic these days! Even before the time of Chanel No 5, Gucci, and Estee Lauder, perfume was a big deal. In historical accounts you read of women dousing themselves in all kinds of essences, oils, and natural scents. In Esther 2:12, it states “Before each young woman was taken to the king’s bed, she was given the prescribed twelve months of beauty treatments–six months with oil of myrrh, followed by six months with special perfumes and ointments.” The plants and flowers of this earth are the perfect tools to provide a pleasant and appealing smell, adding to the the lure of all five senses.
It makes sense that essential oils would be a perfect tool to create a lovely, natural, non-toxic perfume. However, there may be times when we want to avoid the use of essential oils due to their strong potency. This can be the case for highly sensitive people, people with allergies or asthma, or new moms wanting to avoid the use of anything too strong around their newborns. These would even be perfect for that little toddler that wants to be just like mama; you can give your girl her own bottle and you don’t have to worry about essential oil safety.
Here are three plant based scents you can use as a natural perfume that do not include essential oils! You will notice that these are not quite as potent and long lasting as regular essential oil scents, as they are very mild. However, they do smell lovely and also possess wonderful therapeutic properties for both the mind and body.
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Rosewater is a gorgeous smelling, completely natural liquid made from boiling rose petals. You can spray it directly on your skin, hair, and body. It smells pretty and floral, but not overwhelming. It can be purchased or made at home! Purchase it HERE or make your own with THIS RECIPE from The Homestead Garden.
Hydrosols are a wonderful aromatic liquid made during the distillation process of plant matter. At the end of distillation, you have a water layer and an oil layer. The oil layer is the essential oil, and the water layer is the hydrosol. Hydrosols have therapeutic properties, but these are often different than the essential oil, and they do not smell the same. Hydrosols are far gentler and safer than essential oils, so they are great to have around for sensitive people and babies. Along with the many therapeutic properties, some of them smell wonderful and could be used as a natural scent. However, they are not preserved and are water based, so they must be kept in the refrigerator.
Lavender hydrosol is sweet and smells a bit like honey, but it is vastly different smell than the essential oil. I think it is a welcoming, warm scent, and I often spritz some right on my face or my pillow. Find it HERE at Pompeii Organics and HERE at Aromatics International.
Rose Geranium hydrosol is similar to rosewater, but with a slightly fruitier and milder smell. This is another wonderful hydrosol that offers a pleasant scent. Find it HERE at Pompeii Organics and HERE at Aromatics International.
Natural vanilla is one the most beautiful smells of all time, and because of this it makes an excellent natural perfume. This is one of my favorite smells, and I love using vanilla as a natural scent. There are a few ways you can create your own vanilla scent at home:
Regular vanilla extract–This is the easiest method, as you can pick up pure vanilla extract in most grocery stores. Be sure to choose real vanilla extract, and not imitation.
Homemade vanilla extract–You will get a beautiful smelling product this way! Find out how to make it HERE (Pistachio Project).
Vanilla oleoresin–This is not a true essential oil, because the extraction process used is very different and the end product is actually water soluble. A few drops can be added to distilled water to make a lovely scent. Get some HERE at Aromatics International.
- With the extract, mix 1/8 tsp with 2 oz of distilled water in a spray bottle and shake before using. This recipe does not have preservatives, so be mindful that it is a water based product and should either be used or kept in the fridge.
- With the oleoresin, pour one drop into a bottle of 10-16 oz of carrier oil, let it infuse for a week, and put the oil in a roller bottle to use as perfume. The oleoresin is not soluble in oil, but it will infuse the oil with vanilla and you can reuse the drop which will be at the bottom of the bottle.
Have you ever made an essential oil free natural perfume?