By Joanne Mendes

Making perfume from plants is a natural way to harness the beauty of nature. Man has been making fragrances since the beginning of time using the heavenly scents found in the world around him. Making your own natural perfume is easy and basically consists of two steps: creating an essential oil and transforming the oil into perfume. Once the perfume is finished, it is ready to use and, if properly stored, can last for months.

Make a Perfume From a Plant

Step 1

Pack 1 cup of the flower petals into the measuring cup.

Step 2

Bruise the petals by mashing them with the wooden spoon.

Step 3

Pour the petals in the bowl and add the almond oil.

Step 4

Mix thoroughly, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand overnight in a cool, dark place.

Step 5

Strain the mixture using the cheesecloth or a coffee filter, discard the petals and return the oil to the bowl.

Step 6

Repeat the steps above three times using the same oil; the entire process should take 4 days.

Step 7

Measure 5 tsp. of vodka into a small bowl.

Step 8

Drop 1 drop of the essential oil into the vodka, mix thoroughly and repeat, using not more than 5 to 10 drops of essential oil total.

Step 9

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand in a cool, dark place for 48 hours.

Step 10

Mix 1 cup of distilled water into the oil blend.

Step 11

Strain perfume using cheesecloth or a coffee filter to remove any sediment.

Step 12

Pour the perfume (using a funnel) into a dark brown bottle, vial or atomizing spray bottle.