A Natural Bone-Healthy Designer Fragrance You Can Make At Home - Save Our Bones

You probably know someone with a signature scent. Whenever you smell that particular fragrance, you immediately think of him or her.

Having a distinctive scent is a way of expressing individuality and taste. But synthetic perfumes are full of acidifying chemicals, many of which aren’t disclosed on the label.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could design your own natural, distinctive fragrance that will not harm your bones? Today, you’ll discover just how easy it is to create your own deliciously fragrant, bone-healthy perfume.

But first, I’ll explain why you should opt for natural fragrances.

Don’t Let Trendy Designer Fragrance Names Fool You

Manufacturers of commercial fragrances name their products based on their scent, so it’s easy to think that they actually use natural ingredients. For example, a perfume called “citrus sandalwood,” may not contain any real citrus or sandalwood at all.

If you look at the list of ingredients, you’re not likely to find any more clarification – many labels use vague, general terms like “fragrance,” which could denote anything from a single synthetic essence to a toxic chemical blend.

When the Environmental Working Group tested 17 popular varieties of perfumes, colognes, and body sprays, they found an average of 14 “secret” chemicals in each product.

“Secret” ingredients are very suspicious, and for a very good reason. Here’s one example for you. A common “secret” fragrance ingredient, diethyl phthalate, is persistent in the human body and has been linked to reproductive damage. “Savers” will recognize phthalates as a toxic ingredient found in commercial deodorant and cosmetics. Phthalates disrupt intercellular communication all over the body, including in your bones.

Synthetic Chemicals Hurt Your Bones

Under this burden of poison, your body simply can’t function optimally. In addition to acidifying your body’s pH, such toxic chemicals burden the liver and kidneys, which are the body’s detoxification organs. Calcium and other minerals are leached from the bones in an attempt to balance the body’s pH. One thing leads to another, and the toxic overload cascades into a host of health problems, including osteoporosis.

It’s Easy to Make Your Own Bone-Healthy Perfume!

There are so many advantages to making your own designer fragrance using essential oils. They are non-toxic and 100% natural, and you can customize the scent to fit your personal style and preference. Essential oils last a long time, too – one small bottle can be used to make dozens of batches, so creating your own scents is economical as well as healthful.

Making Your Own Fragrances: the Basics

Before I share a specific recipe with you, I’d like to mention the basics of scent-making. Then you’ll be equipped to branch out and make your own signature scents.

The Music of Fragrance

Like music, the different smells that make up a fragrance are divided into “notes” – top, middle, and base. Top notes are light and fleeting, and tend to “define” a scent as they are the first notes you smell.
Some top notes include:

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Citrus (lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit, etc.)
  • Sage
  • Mint (spearmint, peppermint, wintergreen, etc.)

Middle notes are typically soft fragrances that are not evident right away.
Examples of middle notes are:

  • Bay
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Nutmeg
  • Rosemary

And for the base notes, look for heavier scents like these:

  • Cinnamon (sometimes doubles as a middle note)
  • Clove
  • Ginger
  • Jasmine
  • Patchouli
  • Vanilla

The general rule about notes is this: top notes should compose slightly less than the middle and base notes of the fragrance. For example, you might use 7 drops of base, 5 or 6 drops of middle, and 4 or 5 drops of top. This is just a general guideline – feel free to adjust proportions to achieve a scent you like. After all, this is YOUR individual “designer” fragrance!

Other Ingredients to “Carry” Your Scent

Essential oils should not be placed directly on the skin. Instead, you’ll need to put the drops of essential oils into a carrier oil, which is a neutral oil that “carries” or holds the fragrance. Jojoba, sweet almond, and even olive oil are bone-healthy choices.
In addition, a little alcohol (such as vodka) and distilled water help disperse the fragrance, but you can omit them if you prefer. Don’t worry about the alcohol soaking into your skin – it evaporates almost immediately.

I Am So Glad I Can Share My Favorite Perfume Recipe With You Today

Below you will find the recipe for one of my own favorite scents. It doesn’t contain dangerous chemicals like store-bought perfumes, body sprays, and colognes.

I love its delicious and invigorating blend of citrus and greens. It reminds me of freshly-cut grass and bright sunshine. I hope you’ll like it.

Fresh Meadows


  • 6 drops basil essential oil
  • 3 drops white fir essential oil
  • 7 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 7 drops bergamot essential oil
  • ¼ cup alcohol
  • 2 tablespoons distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil


Pour the carrier oil into an amber or dark glass bottle or jar. Add the essential oils, then pour in the alcohol. Cap the bottle and shake vigorously. Allow this mixture to sit for a few days. Then add the distilled water and shake again. You can adjust the fragrance at this point by adding a drop or two of essential oil. If desired, pour the fragrance into a decorative bottle, but make sure the storage container is dark and has an airtight seal.

Toxin-Free Fragrance

It feels great to know that your own “designer” fragrance is not contributing to toxic overload in your body. And if you are concerned about the accumulation of toxins, whether from long-term use of synthetic fragrances, medications, or just overall “life,” then I encourage you to look into the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse, the 7-day osteoporosis drug cleanse.

The Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse is not restricted to those who have been taking osteoporosis drugs and want to get them out of their systems as quickly as possible (although the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse does this very well). In fact, I recommend doing this seven day cleanse twice a year as a health maintenance routine, not unlike taking your car in for a regular tune-up and oil change.

As the hidden chemicals in commercial perfumes and colognes show us, toxins are all around us, even if we are doing our best to avoid them. So a bi-annual cleanse is vital for maintaining a healthy pH and providing an optimal environment for bone renewal and remodeling.

And for those of you who are just beginning to make the change toward a lifestyle that’s as free of synthetic chemicals as possible, the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse is a healthy, easy and energizing way to get started.

Here’s to feeling and smelling good!

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  1. judy stevens

    the bone healthy lip, face and skin creams are wonderful
    wish we could have a natural sunscreen

  2. Lillian

    I have the same problem with my homemade perfume…the aroma of the EO’s is gone within a few minutes. I don’t use any alcohol, just EO’s and almond oil. Why isn’t the aroma lasting more than a few minutes? I use 12 drops of EO to 1 ounce of almond oil.

  3. Linda

    I love nice fragrances, and am so excited to be able to create a healthful scent.

    What brand of essential oils do you prefer? There are many available and I don’t know which to trust.

    Thank you for your input.

  4. Robin

    I love your fresh meadows perfume and have made two recipes of it thus far. The problem I am having is it does not last longer than 5 minutes! What the heck am I doing wrong?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Maybe you could decrease the amount of alcohol, Robin. That’s what makes the scent evaporate so you can smell it, but if you use less, it should evaporate more slowly. 🙂

  5. kim

    please post information on the baking soda deodorant again-I missed it and am interested.

  6. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel)

    Hi! Vivian,

    Can You Get Already Made Fragrances At A Health Store, That Are Healthy For Your Bone Health? Please Let Me Know. And Is There A Good Online Store To Purchase Them?

    Thank You Very Much, In Advance, For Helping Me With This Subject Matter!


  7. Irene Edwards

    Please credit my Amex account the $67 and remove me from ths list s I am not able to keep up with anything at this time. Thank you.

    • Customer Support

      Irene, please send your request to support@saveourbones.com, or click on the smiley face icon at the top of the page. We will b e glad to work with you on a refund.

  8. Dianne Boulton

    I react badly to artificial fragrances as well. My husband would put on aftershave when he wanted to be romantic and all I would do is have a sneezing fit. I love essential oils as they don’t make me sneeze and have beneficial theraputic effects. I was given a book a number of years ago called Making Scents by Pamela Allardice (an australian naturopath). It has lots of recipes and info on different essential oils as well as how to make natural pot pouris for your home. I’m not sure how easy it would be to find but a brilliant book.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Allergic reactions are yet another issue with synthetic fragrances, Dianne! I hope your husband decided to give up the aftershave. 😉

  9. Beth

    Thanks for the perfume recipe. Although I like the idea of scents, I usually hate what I smell on people who use them. I’ll definitely try your recipe soon.
    Also, I want to send a very big THANK YOU for your emails that can be read. Although videos have their place, I generally can’t stand the thought of sitting through yet another slo-o-o-w video. They’re a terrible time waster for those of us who read quickly. So—there you have it!
    All the best,


  10. Dorothy Cooper

    I love the idea of making your own Natural Bone-Healthy Designer Fragrance. However, I would like to know the best place to purchase the items you will need.

    Thank you,
    Dorothy Cooper

  11. selma

    Thanks Vivian,
    I have been thinking about how nice it would be to have a good, natural fragrance. i will pass this on to my yoga instructor.

  12. shula


  13. Isabella

    Thank you so much Vivian, it’s been four years since I started following your
    save our bones program and since then I haven’t used any perfume because I couldn’t find any Natural ones. This is great! I’m going out right now and get the oils I need. Since then I have changed my tooth past, moisturizer, make up, body cream, soap and hair dye to all natural products and I won’t go back, not only because of my bones but also because I feel cleaner knowing it’s natural.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I am sure your bones will thank you, Isabella! 🙂

  14. Lin

    Hi Viviane – thank you so much for this article! As well as beginning osteoporosis (which I’m keeping at bay naturally, thanks to your info), I also have MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity) and synthetic scents (which are in EVERYTHING these days!) are especially toxic to me. Giving scent-lovers an healthy alternative to those toxic perfumes is a wonderful idea!!! I have a family acquaintance whose perfumed handcream makes me so sick that after being around her for a couple of days, I shook and cried for 3 days after as a result of the toxic overload. Now, thanks to your recipe, I want to create an alternative handcream for her (with olive oil and beeswax) that she will like and won’t make me sick. Thank you! I hope this catches on. I am quite sure there is a strong connection between these hormone-disrupting toxic scent chemicals (which are rightly banned as poison in Europe!) and things like breast cancer.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Unfortunately, Lin, you are right – we are still learning the specifics of how harmful these synthetic fragrances can be. 🙁

  15. Terry

    Can you make my day any more fun!! What a great option!! I am so excited about making my own fragrance. I need to order in some more scents but wow, this is going to be awesome. On the Alcohol, are you speaking of ordinary rubbing alcohol? Thanks for this wonderful option!!! Have a blessed day!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I am so glad you like this recipe, Terry! The alcohol referred to in the recipe is ethanol, so you can use something like vodka. Don’t worry – it carries the scent and evaporates immediately, so you won’t smell like vodka! 🙂

  16. b

    I tried and really like the baking soda deodorant. Do you have a recipe for hair shampoo?

    • Isabella

      Hope this will help….I have been using Jason shampoos and conditioners and I find them very good. They have shampoos for all different type of hair.

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