Self-preservation

DIY your own Cologne with these simple steps

words by: Natasha Marsh
Dec 2, 2020

A signature scent can help any style become sophisticated. The only issue? It takes a lot of trial and error to find a scent you like enough to wear regularly. So what if you made your own cologne by yourself – DIY style.

 

You could add citrus, herbals, and anything else you please. It could be a fun way to use your creative brain and a nice bespoke gift for yourself or others. Below, find everything you need to create a cologne that shows your aesthetic and style off.

 

Ingredients

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Essential oils (three: for top, middle and base)
  • Distilled Water
  • Glycerin (vegetable oil – to help stick to your skin)
  • Spray bottle
  • Optional: dried flower

 

How To Make Cologne

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the fragrance scale

  • Top notes are the first thing you smell, middle will come through once the top dries. and the base will be the cologne’s foundation
  • Use 60 percent of base notes, 30 percent middle notes and 10 percent top notes

Step 2: Blend all Essential Oils together

  • Experts recommend dropping a few oils in, one at a time, and mixing – suggesting a total of 30 drops
  • Once this is done, add two ounces of alcohol

Step 3: Marinate

  • Allow all ingredients to sit and mix for at least 48 hours and then refrigerate for a couple weeks before use
  • Shake after refrigeration

Step 4: Dilute

  • Add two tablespoons of distilled water and five drops of glycerin