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Making Mood Perfumes

How to make aromatherapy mood perfumes

A fascinating aspect of working with essential oils is the way their perfume can affect your moods. Each essential oil has an individual character that contributes to the overall fragrance of an aromatherapy mood perfume. Deciding to create a special perfume to help stimulate a particular mood is like opening a box of fragrant spells.

Perfume and scent have always exerted an extraordinary power over the senses and emotions. This subtle side of essential oils - what we can call their 'psyche' - is mysterious sacred and magical. The power of scents to move us is reflected in religious ceremonies and rituals, where they are offered to the gods and believed to have their origins in the divine.

We are captivated by scents: they move us emotionally and arouse deep feelings. Perfumes awaken sensual instinct, bring back nostalgic reminiscences and allow the imagination and fantasy to run riot. Poetry and the other arts have always celebrated this evocative power of perfume to move our emotions and bring us into the realm of the senses.

Any application of essential oils affects your moods, because you smell their scent during an aromatherapy treatment. However, when you choose to use essential oils specifically to affect your feelings, their transformative, sensuous power is most evident. Making mood perfumes is one of the most creative ways to unlock the magic potential of essential oils. Try to use some mindful, intuitive ritual techniques when creating mood perfumes to make the experience magical.

How to make a mood perfume


  • A 10 ml (2 teaspoons) dark glass bottle (a rollette bottle with a roller-ball insert is best)
  • 10 ml (2 teaspoons) of sweet almond or jojoba oil
  • Essential oils of your choice (up to 50 drops)


  1. To make up any of the classic mood perfumes, take the dark glass bottle and pour in half of the sweet almond or jojoba oil.
  2. Add your choice of essential oils and shake well. Then pour in the remaining base oil, shake again, and leave to mature for a few days. In the unlikely event that you develop a rash from using the perfume, dilute it with more base oil.


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