Now that you've mastered massage oils, it's time to try your hand at creating your own perfume oil. (Click here to read Aromatherapy 202, or click here to read Aromatherapy 101.) Now I know it may sound crazy and complicated, but it really doesn't have to be. Plus, what I love about making your own perfume is that you control the quality of the ingredients and you know exactly what you're putting on your skin, drop by drop. Pure perfume oils are great because they're seriously potent and long lasting. Just a dab at the wrists, neck and other pulse points will leave you fabulously scented for hours. 

Yet although there won't be any chemicals or preservatives in your homemade perfumes, it is possible to have a reaction to a specific essential oil-especially if you have sensitive skin. So before taking the time to whip up a giant batch of 'Eau de You', make sure that each of the oils you plan to use won't react with your skin. When creating a perfume it may be helpful to choose oils that work as base, middle and top notes. The base note is the strongest and longest lasting, while the top note is the lightest and first to dissipate. A few common base oils include Cedar, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Vanilla. Favorite middle notes include Clove, Geranium, Lemongrass, Neroli and Ylang Ylang. And the most popular top notes include Bergamot, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Rose and my favorite, Jasmine.

When choosing your oils, it's easy to overwhelm the senses. If you start to become immune to the different scents, give you nose a break with a big whiff of coffee beans. Now you should be free and clear to start smelling again. After combined, store your perfume oil in a dark, glass bottle and keep it out of direct sunlight. Never store an essential oil or oil blend in a plastic container because the plastic may dissolve in time, leaking into your precious creation.

If you don't think you're up to choosing your own blends quite yet, Primavera (where I get all of my essential oils) has a few recipes they've mastered. The delicious scent combinations below will get you started. And feel free to substitute, add or remove essential oils. After all, your own nose knows what it likes best.

Fruit & Spice Blend
10 ml    Jojoba Oil
4 drops Grapefruit
1 drop   Iris
1 drop   Narcissus
2 drops Tonka Bean
2 drops Vanilla

Light & Floral
10 ml   Jojoba Oil
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Lime
2 drops Palmarosa
1 drop   Rose
3 drops Sandalwood
2 drops Ylang Ylang

Warm & Spicy
10 ml Jojoba Oil
1 drop Rose Geranium
3 drops Ginger
2 drops Coriander
2 drops Lime
3 drops Melissa
3 drops Patchouli

Sweet & Delicate
10 ml    Jojoba Oil
2 drops Grapefruit
1 drop   Honey
3 drops Jasmine
3 drops Lavender
2 drops Sandalwood