Making your own scents can be both environmentally sound and also save you a lot of money. Colognes are costly. Making your own means you get exactly the scent that you want, as well as pay far less to accomplish it.
Citrus scented colognes are lighter in tone and have a smell that is more clean and fresh than cloying as some other colognes tend to be. You can smell the cologne quite well when it contains citrus overtones, but it is a delicate scent that doesn’t pervade the room or overpower you in any way.
You need not feel constrained to add only citrus oils when you blend a citrus cologne. There are light additions that can be added to them that won’t overpower the citrus smell. They add to the overall wonderful light scent of the citrus cologne rather than detract from it, leaving you with a unique scent that is characteristic of you.
Home made colognes generally use only natural ingredients so they are a greener type of health and beauty product. In addition to smelling better, they are actually healthier to use. Citrus based oils to create your perfumes are the lightest in scent and will remain for the shortest amount of time. They tend to need refreshing a little more often when they are worn.
Citrus Cologne Overview
Every cologne or perfume has three working parts. Perfumes particularly carry a top level, a middle level and a base level or fixative. The fixative that most people use to make cologne as well as perfume is vodka. The reason for the use of vodka is that it is light in color, is literally without odor at all and is a great choice for binding the other essential oils to it to make natural colognes or perfumes.
Substituting grain alcohol or rubbing alcohol is a less effective selection since they have strong odors of their own that may overpower the natural oils that you are using. They are also fast evaporators, which makes them less able to hold the scent and far less economical to use.
Citrus Cologne Ingredients
For a Fresh Smell-The skins of different fruits can yield up remarkable scents. They are very often used to make ligher colognes . Oils that you might use which you may either buy or extract yourself are lemon, grapefruit, bitter orange, bergamot, pummelo, and lime. These oils can be extracted from the skin of the citrus fruits if you boil them carefully. You can also purchase natural citrus oils. They are usually used for the top level scent of the cologne.
To blend and bind-Oils that will mingle well with citrus fruit oils and add a slightly fuller and longer lasting scent include cedar oil and neroli, which is also a citrusy smell. You might also try some lighter scented floral oils to blend with your citrus scents in order to get a more distinctive smell that will last longer. Some which mingle well with citrus scents include geranium oil, rose oil, and white clover oil. These oils can generally be purchased at shops which specialize in natural floral oils such as Garden Botanica.
To promote longevity of the scents- Several oils can be added to fix the scents and make them last a little longer. One of our favorites is to add a drop or two of patchouli oil. It has it’s own distinctive scent which is warm and very earthy smelling. It’s very much reminiscent of a light mossy smell and it mingles very well with citrus scents and causes the scent to last a little longer. You may also use some lavender oil but it is very heavily scented to use just one drop.
Simple Citrus Cologne Recipe
- 1/2 cup vodka
- 1/4 cup distilled water
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 2 drops orange essential oil
- 2 drops patchouli oil
Method of Combining Ingredients
- Combine the vodka and water and heat til it is very close to boiling. Stir with a disposal stir stick.
- Add the lemon oil, the orange oil as well as the patchouli. Stir again to combine and remove from heat.
- Allow the mixture to come to room temperature and then place in a dark colored glass bottle with a tightly fitting lid or a spray bottle. Allow to cure for 48 hours prior to use.
- Shake bottle gently prior to use.
Citrus and White Clover Perfume
- 1/2 cup vodka
- 1/4 cup distilled water
- 5 drops lemon oil
- 5 drops orange oil
- 3 drops oil of white clover
Combine the ingredients in the same fashion as you did for the citrus cologne.
Making your own colognes is an interesting and fun hobby that permits you to get exactly the scents that you want. Take note of the kinds of scents that you admire and then experiment with some of those as well. In no time at all you’ll be an old hat at designing fragrances for yourself and friends too.
Notes and Precautions:
When pregnant no woman should use bergamot oil. In addition citrus oils shouldn’t be used by those who are pregnant.
Any natural oil can cause an allergic reaction. Prior to spraying the cologne that you’ve made on your body why not test it to be sure. Using one drop, apply it in the inside of your elbow. Wait 24 hours and if there is no redness or itching you’re probably safe to use it.
If the area has any redness, swelling or itching, wash it thoroughly with soap and water and discontinue the use of the cologne immediately.