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how to: make your own vanilla perfume | DIY

how to: make your own vanilla perfume | DIY

how to: make your own vanilla perfume | DIY

One of the most searched posts on Natural Mommie is how to make vanilla perfume. Since it’s so popular I thought I’d pull it from The Archives and share it with you again today for any new readers who haven’t come across it yet. Enjoy!

Ever since The Body Shop reformulated their vanilla perfume from smelling like actual vanilla beans that was really lovely and caramelly in the early 90s to their current flowery vanilla that’s on their shelves now, I’ve been on the hunt for a “real” vanilla perfume oil. And I haven’t found any. Mostly because they’re mass produced and made with synthetics and don’t smell anything like vanilla perfume should.

Soooo I went on the hunt for vanilla perfume yet again. I found some  “original” but no I’m not paying $40 on ebay for a 15 year old bottle of original body shop vanilla perfume….ew.

I decided I wanted to try and make my own and found and easy DIY I thought I’d share!

how to: make your own vanilla perfume | DIY

  • – Knife
  • – Vanilla beans {costco sells them in tubes – 10 beans for around $12-$15}
  • – Vodka
  • – Glass jar
  • – Strainer {mesh, nylons or cheesecloth}
  • – Jojoba oil {or any oil – grapeseed, etc.}


how to: make your own vanilla perfume | DIY

1. Take your knife and gently cut down the middle of the vanilla bean lengthwise. Scrape your knife along the inside edge of the bean to release the paste. Drop the paste into a glass jar. Cut the rest of the vanilla bean into small pieces and drop those in the jar as well. You can use as many vanilla beans as you wish.

2. Pour vodka directly into the glass jar, on top of the vanilla beans. Add enough alcohol to cover all the bean pieces. This allows the alcohol to soak into the beans and absorb the scent of their oils.

3. Place the container in a warm, dry place and let stand for 2 weeks to 2 months Remove the lid every few weeks to test the strength of the scent. Use when ready. Strain out the small pieces of vanilla. You’ll want the perfume to be nice and smooth without any pieces that might irritate your skin.

4. Add your strained alcohol mixture back into your glass jar and top it off with jojoba oil. You’ll want to use 2-3 times as much jojoba oil as vanilla bean oil. It distills the scent, but also makes the mixture last longer.

5. Store your mixture in a cool, dry place. This will last for several months as long as you keep it from getting too hot.

From the archives. Recipe found here. Image via.

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