When it comes to family activities, making DIY perfume might not be the first thing that springs to mind for an enjoyable and engaging activity, but it definitely is one!
Not only can a DIY perfume lesson teach children about different scents and flowers, but it is also an excellent activity that the whole family can join in with, making it a great choice for some quality bonding time.
As a young girl I often went searching for wild flowers with my sister and we would attempt to make our own perfumes in jars in the back garden using rose petals and lavender. DIY perfume is a fun activity and one the kids will love.
Here is a guide on how to make DIY perfume as a family!
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Why Do People Wear Perfume?
Perfume has been around for centuries and is something that is used to express a personality or a mood. Originally, perfume was created to drown out the terrible smells of those who could not bathe and other scents coming from unclean streets – now, perfume has a much happier story.
Perfume reacts differently on everyone: the same scent can smell completely different on someone else, which is why it is always best to try perfume out properly and allow it to combine with the oils in the skin.
Perfume isn’t just for women either! Men are now interested in cologne more than ever, which is just another way for a man to feel fully dressed. For the man in your life, consider a scent magic cologne subscription as a gift, which is a brilliant way to find a signature scent.
What Ingredients Are Needed to Make Perfume?
Making perfume does not need to be complicated or expensive and does not require a large number of ingredients. To make a basic perfume, most, if not all ingredients can be found within the garden and home, meaning that making perfume also becomes a fun kind of experiment.
Flowers such as roses, lavender, and jasmine work well for making perfume, and herbs such as mint and rosemary give off wonderful scent from its oils which complement the flowers too.
For citrus notes, why not add chopped orange or lemon peel cut into small pieces?
Other items that are needed include:
Once all the desired ingredients are added, it is time to mix them all together to make an olfactory sensation.
How to Mix Perfume Ingredients Together
The heaviest pieces should go first, which will be the citrus. Simply funnel them into the bottom of the perfume bottle with a little bit of water and let the citrus fruits sit and omit the oils into the water.
The next step is funneling in the herbs and flowers!
Top tip: It is important to mash and crush up the herbs and flowers to release their oils before going into the bottle. Once they are funneled in, simply top up the rest of the perfume bottle with water and let it sit overnight to soak up all the scents!
Making Homemade Perfume Personal
Perfume is a very personal choice. As there are so many scent combinations, there is bound to be one that can be created to suit everyone’s tastes. Perfume as a gift is always a wonderful idea and the homemade touch can make it extra special. Help the children make their own customised labels and come up with names for the perfumes. They can even add biodegradable glitter or some shimmer!
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About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!