9 Scent-sational DIY Perfumes and Body Sprays
In honor of the new year, we’re searching for ways to reinvent aspects of our beauty routines that have started to feel a bit tired. These updates really span the spectrum, from saying bye bye to sloppy gym hair to welcoming a fresh new fragrance on our necks. For the latter, we’re turning to these 9 DIY perfume tutorials that teach us exactly how to concoct a signature scent that’s so 2014.
1. Easy Solid Perfume: Seriously, you can make your own solid perfume with only three ingredients: olive oil, beeswax beads, and your favorite essential oil. It’s such an easy mix—you could probably make one in the time it takes to read this roundup! (via Sincerely, Kinsey)
2. California Citrus Sunshine Perfume: The mix of grapefruit, sweet orange, and lavender is perfect for you California dreamers out there. Spritz this invigorating scent on a rainy day to channel that fun-in-the-sun vibe. (via Henry Happened)
3. Solid Perfume With Shimmer: Add a touch of shimmery eye shadow to this easy solid perfume recipe to make your own two-in-one beauty balm. You know we can’t say no to a bit of extra sparkle ;) (via Henry Happened)
4. Homemade Eau De Perfume: Half the battle of making perfume is finding the perfect blend of essential oils. That’s why we love this tutorial that introduces three potions that are sure to smell as dreamy as their names (Midnight Garden, anyone?). (via Design*Sponge)
5. Vanity Bottle Perfume: This detailed video tutorial not only teaches you how to test your scents before you jar ‘em, it also shows you a clever way to DIY vintage-inspired glass perfume bottles. Hint: it involves drawer knobs and a cork. (via Lisa Pullano)
6. Essential Oil Solid Perfume Lockets: Look familiar? Solid perfume lockets happen to be uber popular on Pinterest, and we took the bait for this roundup. This tutorial yields some of the prettiest we’ve seen, and gives you two formulas to try yourself. (via Go Make Me)
7. Vanilla Clove Body Oil Spray (aka Man Magnet Spray): You bet the name of this perfume made us LOL. But all joking aside, the warm, cozy scents of vanilla and spicy clove make this the ultimate wintertime body spray. (via Henry Happened)
8. Rose Water: If you’re searching for a fragrance that won’t overwhelm the room, start with a soft scented spray like this rose water. Made with fragrant, fresh organic rose petals and water—as well as a drop of beet juice for color—this mist is subtle, yet unmistakably romantic. (via Roost Blog)
9. Solid Perfume Wedding Favor: Just like songs from mixtapes and comfort food, fragrance can take us back to a specific place in time. Embrace its emotional aspect and make a signature scent to represent a big moment in your life. Check out the scent suggestions from this tutorial. (via Etsy)
BONUS:Chanel No. 5 Perfume Clutch: We’d never completely turn our backs on Coco! While you’re fussing with scent substitutions, keep No. 5 close at hand with this DIY perfume bottle clutch. (via Dream, Create)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)