A couple of years ago I realised I had no idea what was contained in the perfumes soaking into my skin and bloodstream on a daily basis. I stopped using them, and switched to straight-up Body Odour, but it’s not as sweet smelling, and recently I finally got around to creating a replacement.
You can suspend essential oils in filtered water, or in vodka if you want the scent to linger longer. But I opted for Rosewater as a great floral base. You can work with whatever oils you already have, or you might want to splash out on a few new ones. Play around first to achieve a blend you love the smell of, or follow my recipe below. Here’s a guide to getting the right balance of top, middle and base notes.
So without further ado, I present my original fragrance. Entirely natural and patent-free, go ahead and rip it off. You really will smell wonderfully delicious. I haven’t come up with a name as yet. Perhaps, “Better than BO” by Beth Baker. Perhaps not.
Per teaspoon of Rosewater, add:
Ylang Ylang – 3 drops
Lemon – 3 drops
Bergamot – 1 drop
Ginger – 1 drop
Cinnamon Leaf – 1 drop
Shake well before each use.
Hint: If you know (or measure) the capacity of the bottle you plan to use in advance, you can multiply your essential oil drops accordingly.
I picked up my little spray bottle in a charity shop but it only holds about a week’s worth of perfume. They can be picked up at vintage shops, you can get affordable blue glass spray bottles online, or search for something a bit prettier. Or just wash out and re-use an old essential oil bottle.