Class Handout: Making All-Natural Perfumes


by Lori Nova Endres

This Class Handout is a digital download. Once purchased, you will find the link to access your document on your MY ACCOUNT page.

Check out the BRAND NEW companion Video eClass that goes with these handouts for only $10 more (and it comes with these handouts).

What a fun & enjoyable experience it is to make your own 100% natural perfumes for yourself, family and loved ones. Once you see how easy it is to create your own personalized natural scents, you’ll never buy synthetic fragrances again. With his handout, you’ll learn how pure essential oils can be used to create 3 different types of all-natural fragrances:

Spray Perfumes: Most commercial spray perfumes use alcohol as a base to carry the perfume and then evaporate, leaving only the scent behind. We’ll make an alcohol-based perfume, similar to what you find in a department store, but without the chemical ingredients.

Solid Scents: Solid perfumes (aka cream perfumes) are made from a combination of wax, carrier oils, and aromatic oils. They can also be moisturizing and softening to the skin. Solid perfumes are also discreet as they scent only you and not the entire room!

Roll-on Perfume: Oil-based scents in a handy roller-ball applicator are very easy to make and wear. Roll-on bottles are great – not only are they compact for stashing in your bag or luggage – but they allow you to apply perfume without having to touch it with your fingers.

This Class Handout also covers: Basic Perfume Terminology, Essential Oil Blending, Equipment & Supplies, Essential Oil Precautions, 12 Top, 12 Middle & 10 Base Notes, Drop by Drop Recipes & Blend Ideas, Sources for Perfume Making Supplies and much more!

Summary of what’s in this Digital Class Handout (updated Nov. 2016):

  • Cover/Page 1: Title Page, Recommended Reference Books, & Resources
  • Page 2: Partial Perfume Terminology & Glossary (and additional links for complete glossaries online)
  • Page 3: Perfume Making Basics – Top, Middle & Base Notes (description of each, tips for making well-rounded perfumes, & how much scent to use)
  • Page 4: Perfume Blending 101 Basics and Equipment/Supplies
  • Page 5: Essential Oil Safety Precautions (#1 recommended safety book, instructions, & warnings for safely using essential oils & other aromatic essences)
  • Page 6: 32 Essential Oils & Absolutes I Recommend Starting With (broken down by top/middle/base notes, with indicators for which are “odor intensive”)
  • Page 7: My Suggested Blends to Try (17 of my favorite perfume recipes, drop by drop, categorized by top, middle & base notes)
  • Page 8: How to Make Oil-Based Scents / aka Perfume Oils (ingredients & thorough instructions for making roll-ons, ratios of top/middle/base notes)
  • Page 9: How to Make Alcohol-Based Perfumes (concentration & ratios of top/middle/base notes, ingredients, instructions, different types of alcohol)
  • Page 10: How to Make Wax-Based Solid Scents (equipment needed, ingredients, instructions, & notes)
  • Page 11: Interesting Notes (from my 2 favorite perfume book authors, popular scents for men & women, using fragrances as more than just body perfumes, etc.)
  • Page 12: Classification & Concentration – percentages of essences typical in different types of scent (Perfume, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, Cologne, etc.)
  • Page 13: Recommended On-Line Suppliers (15) relevant to the products made in this class (includes supplier name, state, phone number & website)

Please read about the teacher & find more details in the “About Class Handouts” tab below before purchasing this handout.

A Class Handout is the digital PDF version of the handout for the in-person classes we taught at The Nova Studio. After ordering this PDF-format digital handout, you will be directed to a page that contains links to your instant downloads. You’ll have easy access to all your active Class Handout links in one easy place from your My Account page (downloads expire after 10 days & 5 downloads – so be sure to save the docs to your computer before then).

They will save you a ton of time & energy by giving you accurate, tested recipes & formulas, clear instructions, recommended sources for where to buy supplies relevant to each topic, and any background and/or supporting information. It’s the next best thing to being in a class!

When you buy the handouts, you also have permission to make the products exactly as is (with or without changing them) and you may market/sell them to your customers using our recipes. The only thing you cannot do is sell, post or distribute the information, directions, or recipes in our handouts since they are protected by copyright laws as part of our exclusive intellectual property.

Purchasing these handouts does not include any additional consulting or email support. If you have questions or need consulting, we offer private lessons & phone consultations. If you teach classes and want help creating your own class handouts, please contact us to set up a private consult and we would be happy to assist you. Purchasing our handouts does not give you permission or license to use them as teaching materials.


With Class Handouts, you are granted instant access as soon as your transaction is complete (download links can be found on your My Account page – simply open the files & save them to your computer and you will have access to them forever). Since this is a digital product that you cannot return, we have a no refund policy. That said, we want you to be happy. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please Contact Us.


lori headshot 2013Lori Nova Endres, Founder and Co-owner of The Nova Studio, began making natural bath & body products in her kitchen in 2000 as a way to make family & friends homemade, practical gifts. Shortly thereafter, she began sharing her passion by teaching classes. Lori has taught classes for The Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild (HSCG), The Learning Annex of SF, Juniper Tree, The Native American Cultural Center, Foothill De Anza Community College & The Berkeley Ecology Center. Lori started The Nova Studio in September of 2003 and held classes in Point Richmond, CA until 2015. Learn everything from beginning soap making to all natural perfumes, a variety of bath & body products, and even home cleaning products from Lori.


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