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08-27-2014 04:47 PM
saccharineb97
copycat aveda perfume

I have made a scent that smells like one of the Aveda Chakra perfumes (not sure which one!). I still need to tweak it and I want to add bitter orange, lavender, and either a teeny bit of eucalyptus or peppermint. I will come back and let you know if it improved. I added these essential oils to a good quality 80 proof vodka in a 4 ounce bottle, you can add 5% distilled water if you like, I just stick with the vodka though.

In descending order arranged by amount with the first ingredient being the most drops. You will have to play with it, because I lost count on some of these as they came out of the bottle too fast. Ordering lab droppers soon. I did not add more than 15 drops of any one thing - I was very cautious and tried to use as little EO as possible, because no one in my home likes strong scents.

Geranium
Bergamot
Ylang Ylang
Neroli
Benzoin
Patchouli only 1-2 drops
Rose only 1-2 drops
cedarwood only 1-2 drops

It smells great! I am sniffing my arm as we speak. Also, my son says it smells nice and he is a tough critic!
01-21-2014 09:40 AM
Maitribb
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~~MOST chemicals found in Aveda and other "Natural" soaps and soap products etc contain preservatives and emulsifiers.

 

If you buy handcrafted soap, you'll find that the majority of cold-processed (i.e. made with fats and lye) soap does not use a preservative.  In fact, if you see a preservative listed in the ingredients of a cold-processed soap, don't buy it, because cold-processed soap requires no preservative.  Some soapmakers, if using a fragrance that includes vanilla, will use a vanilla stabilizing product.  But the majority of handcrafted cold-processed soapmakers use fats/oils, lye, and natural additives like clays and micas for color.  I personally use non-natural fragrance oils, but many soapmakers use only plant-based essential oils.  Just read the ingredients list of a cold-processed soap; we typically don't use any ingredients that you can't pronounce.

11-22-2013 07:38 PM
amcal
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Originally Posted by smfinke77 View Post

I've been researching soap making and found NO SOAP is really "natural-"IT ALL HAS CHEMICALS IN IT. There are only a few soap making processes and they all contain LYE or a melt and pour soap base that contains lye. MOST chemicals found in Aveda and other "Natural" soaps and soap products etc contain preservatives and emulsifiers. No real way around it to get a product that lathers. Certainly you want to avoid mineral oil and it's derivatives but it seems there isn't a way around lye.

There is no lye remaining once the oils have been turned into soap. The lye saponifies the oils causing a reaction that turns them into soap but, there is no lye remaining in the finished product. In fact, soap makers use a super fat to leave some of the oils unsaponified to create a more mild soap but again, NO LYE remains once oils have been turned into soap.

In fact, you can not have soap without lye. You can get fake soap (a lot of melt and pour soap falls into this category) but that is nothing more than a detergent bar. Real soap requires lye.
11-21-2013 08:01 AM
smfinke77 I've been researching soap making and found NO SOAP is really "natural-"IT ALL HAS CHEMICALS IN IT. There are only a few soap making processes and they all contain LYE or a melt and pour soap base that contains lye. MOST chemicals found in Aveda and other "Natural" soaps and soap products etc contain preservatives and emulsifiers. No real way around it to get a product that lathers. Certainly you want to avoid mineral oil and it's derivatives but it seems there isn't a way around lye.
09-26-2008 01:13 PM
homemommie
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Originally Posted by ian'smommaya View Post
i am sure that would be incredible.
Well, it's not the aveda smell.... but it's a nice start. I actually mixed witch hazel with it and decided to use it as a toner. Ahhhh my face feels smooth and smells nice!


I do wish I could find a recipe though.
09-24-2008 07:57 PM
ian'smommaya
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Originally Posted by homemommie View Post
Oooh, I think I have all of those EO's on hand. Hmm, I wonder if I mix it in some rose water if I could make a nice body splash...
i am sure that would be incredible.
09-24-2008 07:56 PM
ian'smommaya
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Originally Posted by WaitingForKiddos View Post
According to Aveda :

lavender, ylang-ylang, bergamot, rosemary, peppermint, and orange.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the smell of their Shampure. It's a candle now...yummy!!
yeah but that isnt it. thats the scent of the chemicals they use but the only none fragrence or perfume they listed was lavender or rose.

the rest were chemical compounds that smell like rose or smell bergamot. or at least thats what i found when i read the packaging.
09-24-2008 01:22 PM
homemommie
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Originally Posted by WaitingForKiddos View Post
According to Aveda :

lavender, ylang-ylang, bergamot, rosemary, peppermint, and orange.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the smell of their Shampure. It's a candle now...yummy!!

Oooh, I think I have all of those EO's on hand. Hmm, I wonder if I mix it in some rose water if I could make a nice body splash...
09-24-2008 01:20 PM
homemommie
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Originally Posted by ian'smommaya View Post
i have... but it isnt aveda. its an aveda like smell. i made some hair serum, perfume, incense, etc. for my bff for her birthday. it worked out really well if i do say myself... now i have to go find the recipe again.

i do really love the smell, its fantastic but the stuff is filled with chemicals.

Oooh I'd love to have the recipe too. I love the scent of aveda but dont buy it anymore. I would love to make a body splash thats at least close to the scent.
09-24-2008 12:42 PM
ian'smommaya alrighty, sorry i was so slow in responding i didnt realize... so like i said i tried to copy the aveda scent for a friends birthday and now my etsy store. i make home and body products. so here it is:

i looked on the container and found rose and lavender oils. the rest just says frangrence oils.
09-22-2008 08:33 AM
Bohemian Squash I too would be interested in the "recipe" to get the Aveda smell. It's sooo delish. I wish my house smelled like that... would totally make candles...
09-04-2008 09:56 PM
AmandaBL Slightly OT...
I'm a salon owner and industry educator for a company that only makes chemichal laden stuff.

A lot of the most "natural" professional products (sulfate free, paraben free, vegan, &/or organic...) use artificial fragrances because of the allergy issue. If you're looking for a mas produces natural-ish product you have to decide where you fall on that issue. In my opinion you can get a "better" product by opting for the synthetic fragrance (again, I'm talking mass produced here)
09-04-2008 09:18 PM
mamafirst ps to all the chemical comments...i loved them too until i found out more about the specific chemicals and starting reading my labels...the website says that all new products will no longer have parabens but they arent pulling the old ones that due....a step in the right direction but a long way to go....
08-28-2008 05:06 PM
jenerationx Aveda like smell works for me! If you wouldn't mind sharing the recipe, I would love it.
08-28-2008 12:20 PM
ian'smommaya
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Originally Posted by jenerationx View Post
So, has anyone made their own Aveda scented products? I would love to know!

i have... but it isnt aveda. its an aveda like smell. i made some hair serum, perfume, incense, etc. for my bff for her birthday. it worked out really well if i do say myself... now i have to go find the recipe again.

i do really love the smell, its fantastic but the stuff is filled with chemicals.
08-08-2008 12:53 AM
medicmama I love the Aveda smell too, But not on my budget. Anything compairable? I know that is a long stretch.
08-08-2008 12:47 AM
GouGou I think that the "distinct smell" is definitely a base of licorice with other topnotes. At first I found it interesting, but ever since my two pregnancies, I find it nauseating. I never quite recovered my "like" for the scent.
08-07-2008 10:31 AM
greencat I worked at Aveda Concept salons. I love the company and their products. Clients either loved the product, or say they can't stand the smell. The person who says they can't stand the smell usually is used to the smell of synthetic products and not the natural, essential oil based products. Aveda recommends All Sensitive line for transitioning form synthetic to natural product to give a break, and let your nose to sensitize again. You need to use a very little amount, and by the time you are done with your first bottle of All Sensitive shampoo or skin care, you'll start to really hate synthetic products, especially synthetic perfume
07-31-2008 05:48 PM
Ammaarah I have not had any luck! I made some nice creations but nothing that comes close!
07-30-2008 11:47 AM
jenerationx So, has anyone made their own Aveda scented products? I would love to know!
09-12-2007 04:11 PM
maxwill129
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Originally Posted by rockycrop View Post
Mmmmm, I love that Aveda smell too. I used to work in the mall, and when the girl that worked in Aveda would walk past me to use the bathroom I would just stand behind her and breathe in her lovely wafting scent.
That is TOO FUNNY!!!
09-11-2007 06:38 PM
rockycrop Mmmmm, I love that Aveda smell too. I used to work in the mall, and when the girl that worked in Aveda would walk past me to use the bathroom I would just stand behind her and breathe in her lovely wafting scent.
09-11-2007 01:32 PM
WaitingForKiddos For those who love the Aveda smell but not the price, I found that Aura brand shampoo smells JUST JUST JUST like it! It's the one named "Organic". I found it at a local beauty supply store for 10 bucks for a HUGE bottle. The only difference is that it's not as thick as the Aveda.
09-11-2007 03:19 AM
reducereuserecycle i like the aveda pure privelidge thing where you can earn points (and sometimes double points) and then get free stuff like Seventh Generation products
09-10-2007 04:42 PM
earthmommy2 I love Aveda but we are on an uber tight budget, and I have to find something else...perhaps burts bees liek another poster said. My mom use to always wear Aveda and I loved to sneak a sniff b/c I loved the smell!!
09-10-2007 01:56 PM
bburnie2 I love the smell too but they always dried out my hair big time......
09-08-2007 12:24 AM
nascarbebe I HEART Aveda products. But now that I SAH I can't afford them They do have a distinct smell. I now buy Burt's Bees.
09-07-2007 11:17 PM
Ammaarah Thank you all for the input. I will keep seeking that nice Aveda smell.

I don't have a problem with Aveda per se, but for that price I think there are equally good or better products. I used to use the shampoo and conditioner with color tint and I loved it. I'm just too cheap to spend that much all the time!
09-07-2007 05:16 PM
hubris
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Originally Posted by maxwill129 View Post
They are full of chemicals? I think there website says they are 98% natural. That sucks, because I, too, love the smell of Aveda stuff!!!
I do love the smell and use some of the products because I like the way they work for my hair, but nope, they're not natural. Their use of the word "natural" annoys me a bit, their ingredients lists are far from the pure earth-derived EO and natural soap that they'd like you to think they are. Their ratings on EWG's database aren't horrible but they're not stellar, either.
09-07-2007 04:22 PM
Spastica I'm guessing that the 2% is chemicals that actually do what the product is supposed to do, like clean, tone, be a shampoo etc. I'm guessing Aveda is probably one of the pioneers in the natural products arena, before all the other companies have popped up with their own natural (and often organic) products, and though it's not completely natural, it's good enough for most people and at least it works. Honestly, how many of us can say our all-edible, all-natural stuff we make at home works super duper, smells good, and actually has a shelf life more than a week without getting bacteria in it?

And yes, people can be allergic to anything, especially natural essential oils and botanical chemicals. Some of the reason why commercial products went non-natural to START with is to get rid of some of the allergies and to keep costs down.
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