You know you can cut that overly-strong fragrance by decanting some into a roller-ball or eyedropper bottle with a carrier like jojoba oil? You can often find empty bottles and carrier oils at your local health food stores or online. Voila! You can also buy disposable pipettes for cheap online, too.
So, I have had a few custom scents made for me and even they were not quite right. I am obsessed with musk, which can go a little sweet. So I started dabbing a pinprick of aged patchouli* on my wrist along with that custom scent and boom! Custom-custom scent was born.
Now listen — if you hate patchouli, that’s totally fine. You can find another base note to bring down your Vivienne Westwood Boudoir or Aqualina Pink Sugar or Avon Hollywood Pink or leftover Debbie Gibson Electric Youth (I still have most of a bottle). One of my go-to grounding essential oils is cedarwood, by Young Living, but you can find decent cedar essential oil from lots of sources. We live in the future. Use the Internet. Sandalwood is another good choice to bring it down. And black pepper essential oil takes it in a spicier direction. Just be sure to dab a tiny bit of olive oil or similar on your skin to dilute the pure essential oil. Pure essential oils can make your skin photosensitive.
Here’s a wee guide for choosing your best sweetness-grounder:
•Black Pepper — empowering, smells like spicy times
•Cedar — centering, smells like the forest floor or sauna
•Sandalwood — enlightening/stabilizing, smells like meditation
•Vetiver — grounding, smells like firewood
•Patchouli — relaxing/clarifying, smells like Woodstock, hippie Johnny
*I happened to buy that patchouli years ago in this spellbinding store, The Phoenix Shop at Nepenthe, in Big Sur, California, after a long search for the right combo of oils after smelling a guy on a bus to Providence, Rhode Island, who smelled like fresh cut grass and Chinese flowers. In a journey spanning the entire country I finally found the combo of single notes in Big Sur and wore them together for a long time, and smelled like a guy on a bus reading “Necromancer.”
I’m considering making a little woodsy/spicy roll-on perfume-grounder (name to be determined) for people to bring down fragrances they like but that run too sweet. Would that be something you’d be interested in? What are your favorite sweet perfumes?