This lovely amber perfume is delightfully complex with warm, sweet base notes and exotic, woodsy top notes. I’m really enjoying it as a bit of scent-sory (haha) sunshine in the midst of this rainy spring.

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The first thing you’ll smell is a hit of sharp cedar blended with bright, exotic michelia alba leaf essential oil and cardamom. There’s a hint of pith and a dry, spicy, alluring note you can’t quite place.

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After the high notes fade, you’re left with a warm, sweet, mellow base note of labdanum and bergamot with dancing mid notes of cedar and the mellower bits of michelia alba popping out every now and then. It’s like sunshine and spice, with a bit of something you can’t quite put your finger on.

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I’ve decided to call this lovely blend June Solstice Perfume because it’s warm, sweet, and bright. It makes me happy. It feels full of warm promise of hot summer days to come. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do 🙂

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June Solstice Perfume

34% labdanum essential oil
24% michelia alba leaf essential oil
8% cedar atlas essential oil
10% cardamom essential oil
24% benzoin essential oil

Equal volume perfumery alchol

These are the percentages for your scent blend—remember you’ll be topping off the scent blend with an equal amount of perfumery alcohol, so make half as much scent blend as you need to fill your perfume container.

An easy way to measure this out is to define 1% as one drop or half a drop. That way you can count out 25 drops for 25% (or 12.5ish drops for 25% if you make 1%= ½ a drop). If you’re using a 5mL roller bottle like the one pictured here, I’d recommend defining one percent as half a drop. That’ll give you enough room to add the perfumery alcohol.

Once you’ve measured the essential oils out into your bottle, top them off with an equal volume of perfumery alcohol. Then you’ll cap your bottle, label it, and set it aside to age for a few months before use. I’d recommend checking it and testing it as it ages so you can really see how it changes—take notes so you can feel confident in your observations. Once you love it, start wearing it!

Perfumery alcohol is a high proof, low-scent alcohol that dissolves, dilutes, and fixes essential oils. If you don’t have it or can’t find it (I’ve heard it can be difficult in the USA—I order mine online from Saffire Blue here in Canada) you can use high proof vodka (Everclear has also been recommended by readers) instead. A final alternative is using a low-scent, fast absorbing carrier oil, but I can’t speak for the “mingling”/aging of the scent over time with an oil base.

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