Pure Joy - Homemade Perfume
Joy was created in 1929 by Henri Alméras for Jean Patou. It was right around the time of the Great Depression and the fashion house had to produce something other than the wildly expensive clothes to be able to survive. It reputedly takes 28 dozen roses and 10.600 jasmine flowers to make just 30 ml of perfume along with a medley of other flowers including ylang-ylang, tuberose and iris with base notes of sandalwood and civet. The result turned out to be the second all time best seller, the first place of course is Chanel 5. Joy isn't for everyone taste, the fragrance of the perfume and the eau de toilette isn't exactly the same, but the scent is quite strong and is best applied in moderation.
I found this recipe somewhere on the internet and as usual I didn't write down the source. I hate it when I do that! But I found it again at Organic Gardening and Homesteading website. Apparently the recipe comes from an out of print book entitled Cosmetics From The Kitchen.
I don't really know if it smells exactly like Joy, probably not so much, but it's undoubtedly a lovely scent judging from the lovely oils that are used. I haven't been able to find ambergris essential oil, nor musk oil, but the others were easy to find. So I used 15 drops of Sandalwood instead and just skipped the musk because I'm not sure that one can find a natural musk oil. I'm sure it does change the scent somewhat. But I didn't want to make an exact copy anyway. I still have my glass of the real Joy and even if it may at some time have been expensive it isn't the most expensive perfume on the market anymore. But this adapted blend does go very well with my Special Blend White soap.
The orginal recipe calles for Heliotrope essential oil, but the author of the blog substituted Vanilla oil instead. It's interesting to change recipes. I'm sure there are many ways to tweak this one to make a few great fragrance blends. I have preferred to used all essential oils, but the original recipe calls for perfumed oil or frangrance oils in some instances.
1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla essential oil (the original recipe used Heliotrope essential oil)
1 1/2 teaspoon Rose essential oil
1/2 teaspoon of Bergamot essential oil
(4 drops Musk oil) - I skipped this
15 drops of Sandalwood essential oil (the recipe called for ambergris essential oil)
15 drops Jasmine essential oil
4 drops Neroli essential oil
8 drops Angelica essential oil
8 drops Vetiver essential oil
Jojoba oil - 100 grams / 3 ounces
Blend all the ingredients and let sit for a while to merge and mellow.
Store in a dark glass.