Summer is here! And before I bombard you with things you should not do over the next few months, I wanted to remind you just how nice I am.
Summer makes me want to smell like a bed of flowers all day. But if we’re being honest, it also makes me want to cover up the sweat. It’s Pitta season folks, and Pitta’s are just the sweatiest little things. So let’s pretend we aren’t sweaty and fool all as to what are dosha is. Just kidding, I know we won’t fool you.
This is my first go at Ayurveda Perfume and I’ve got a second installment currently brewing. I’m going to leave that one until mid-summer and then update you. What we’re working with is a bit of Summer mist perfume. It will instantly chirp you up and cool you off. I love to spritz a bit and walk through it. Since there is alcohol in this formula I avoid spraying it on my face. Although I’m sure you guys are smart enough to not be spraying perfume in your face. Never mind, just forget I said that.
I was surprised that I haven’t made perfume yet. But here’s the low-down and the essential oils I used. The essential oils can be altered for your dosha, liking or whatever you have in your self-care drawer. You have a scd, right? Check out which oils are best for your dosha here.
If you are making your own formula be aware of the base, middle and top notes. Base note and middle notes make up the majority of the smell where a top note is what you smell immediately after spraying. Once the top note smell evaporates you get a whiff of the middle notes. Middle notes are usually a bit more mellow while the base note brings depth to the perfume. The base note holds together the other lighter notes. You can also have a bridge note that is used to marry any notes together if needed or desired.
Here is a brief sample of some essential oils and what notes they are best for. You may find a few overlapping essential oils in different categories so play around and see what formula works best for you.
Base Note – Sandalwood, Neroli, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cedarwood
Middle Note – Clary Sage, Fennel, Lavender, Lotus, Rosemary, Chamomile, Lemongrass, Geranium
Top Note – Rose, Grapefruit, Wintergreen, Bergamot, Lemon, Jasmine
1. Blend jojoba oil, vodka and rosewater. Next add the base note, followed by middle, top and bridge notes. Next, get outside and pick some fresh flowers or herbs and put them in!
2. Shake for a few minutes and then let sit in a cool dry place for however long your patience allows. I let mine sit for 96 hours. It has a nice fresh blend but doesn’t stick as well as processed perfume – which isn’t too much of a shocker. I am testing a 6-week one and will let you know if it’s better.
3. Once you are ready to transfer into a spray bottle, add two tablespoons of water. Shake well and then use a filter or strainer to transfer to bottle. The spray bottle should be dark like this.
Spritz around frantically maybe while sipping a glass of cucumber lemon water or rose. Enjoy your new glam smell, summer birds and veggies on the grill!