Make your own Perfume is the second book I’ve read by Sally Hornsey, the first one being Make your own Skincare Products, you can read my review of that here. The books are both very much in the same style, so again I was reminded of a textbook from school, this time there’s more chemistry than biology though. Like that of the first book, the content is brilliantly written, not patronising but informative and always clear and easy to understand.
At the opening of Make your own Perfume is a quote from the iconic Coco Chanel which I just had to share –
“No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory.”
Does anyone else feel half dressed when they forget a squirt of perfume before leaving the house? I believe Coco shared this with me. Another fact I learnt about Coco came in the introduction of the book – her first fragrance, Chanel No. 5, was the first completely synthetic mass-market fragrance and the name came from the number of the sample she stated as her favourite. The introduction covers the history of perfume all around the world as well as what’s happening in the world of perfume today – including perfumes containing just one aroma-chemical that react and engage with the wearer’s natural pheromones thus creating a fragrance unique to the individual.
Next, Make your own Perfume covers the equipment you will require as well as the all-important health and safety guidelines to be considered when blended your own concoctions! Next fragrance families and notes are covered. You may have heard about top notes, middle notes and base notes before but not really known the difference. Well, I am going to enlighten you! Top notes are those which you smell immediately upon opening a bottle of perfume, the reason being they are the lightest molecule so evaporate fastest (they take around five-20 minutes to do so. Citrus notes are the most common top notes. Middle notes are the main body of the perfume and your nose sniffs them out as soon as it’s identified the top notes. They tend to be sourced from herbs and flowers and take between 15-60 minutes to evaporate. Some flowers have heavier, headier, richer aromas such as jasmine and ylang-ylang and these fall into the base note category. They stay around the longest and are the ones that people can smell after you leave the room, some even taking several hours to evaporate.
Make your own Perfume then gives a profile of lots of different aroma oils describing their scents and what they blend well with before getting to the actual fun part – the making of your own perfume! There are a good number of projects suggested that you can develop and make your own before getting creative with your own I’ve not actually gotten round to this part yet but when the time comes I am extremely well educated in the of perfume making, thanks to this book. Of course, I will be sharing with you videos of my natural perfume creation and my natural extractions – no synthetics here! Although I must admit it’s only recently that I started wearing natural perfume, you can read about the Korres Rose perfume I am currently loving here.
Available from amazon.co.uk priced from £10.49 Make your own Perfume