Whether she likes it or not, I think that I’ll forever associate my mom with the smell of White Diamonds perfume.
As a kid, I would raid her bathroom drawers for makeup and any other “treasures” I thought suitable enough to hide away in my sweater pockets. The drawer would always smell of the White Diamonds she had tucked away in the corner. And the scent brought my mind to her hugs, her kisses, sitting on her lap.
It was oddly comforting, as I continued to pilfer through her makeup drawer.
Smells flood our brains with memories and emotions of a particular person, place, or event. According to this article in Psychology Today, our olfactory processors are directly connected to two brain areas strongly associated with memory and emotion.
White Diamonds reminds me of my mom, and all this talk about smells and memories has me wondering what scents will trigger memories for Olivia.
[A dirty diaper smell, perhaps? #probablynot]
I decided to try making my own roller bottle perfumes last week—perfumes that I was certain lacked the crazy harsh chemicals that lots of big brand companies like to hide in their products.
My recipe uses a number of different essential oils, so these perfumes not only smell awesome but are also good and safe for your body.
Each roller bottle perfume contains a head note, a heart note, and a base note.
These notes can be understood as follows:
- Head note – the initial scent of the perfume that often evaporates quickly.
- Heart note – the main body of the perfume that emerges after the head note has dissipated.
- Base note – the rich, deep scent of the perfume that enriches the head and heart notes and evaporates slowly.
Roller Bottle Ingredients
In order to make your own roller bottle perfumes, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Vegetable Oil Complex – this oil is used to dilute the essential oils you choose to combine together in your roller bottle. I used this vegetable oil complex from Young Living, but others have used grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil instead.
- Base Note Oils – I chose Cedarwood, Frankincense, and Clove (others include Patchouli, Myrrh, or Oakmoss).
- Heart Note Oils – I chose Ylang Ylang Extra, Jasmine, and Neroli (others include Geranium or Rose).
- Head Note Oils – I chose Lavender, Sweet Orange, Lemon Eucalyptus, and Peppermint (others include Grapefruit or Lime).
- 5 ml dark amber roller bottles – You can find these on Amazon, but check out this sweet etsy shop where you can personalize your roller bottles!
- Roller bottle labels – Also on Amazon.
- Oil dropper or small funnel – to help guide the oil drops and oil complex into the roller bottle.
Into one 5ml roller bottle, combine 10-12 drops of your choice of base note, heart note, and head note oils. Next, fill the rest of the bottle with your vegetable oil complex to dilute the oils before you apply them to your skin. Assemble your roller bottles, label each bottle, and enjoy!
My Own Combinations
Lavender Pine: 10 drops Cedarwood, 11 drops Neroli, 12 drops Lavender
Orange Blossom: 11 drops Frankincense, 11 drops Ylang Ylang Extra, 12 drops Sweet Orange
Prairie Flowers: 10 drops Clove, 11 drops Neroli, 7 drops Jasmine, 10 drops Lavender
Lemon Drop: 10 drops Frankincense, 11 drops Neroli, 8 drops Lemon Eucalyptus
Headache Relief: 10 drops Peppermint, 10 drops Lavender, 10 drops Lemon Eucalyptus
I’d encourage you to try making your own perfume! Obviously you can combine together scents of your liking. If you’ve got any combinations that you love, let me know in the comments below!