Mommy Greenest Approved: RareEarth Natural Perfume + Video

natural perfumeIf you’ve been following Mommy Greenest for a while, you know that I like to make my own natural perfume. I made my first natural perfume video back in 2013, and when some readers commented that they were worried the natural vanilla extract base would stain their skin or clothes—never a problem for me, btw—I made another natural perfume recipe video, using rose water.

But my natural perfume formulas are typically two or three “notes,” meaning scents that I layer together. (I’m getting all perfumer-y on you know, I know.) So when natural perfume manufacturer rareEARTH challenged me to recreate one of their essential-oil based rareESSENCE perfumes—I went for it. Check out my DIY video and then enter to be one of 10 Mommy Greenest readers to win rareESSENCE‘s bestselling Beleza!

Unique and complex essential oil blends make rareEARTH my natural perfume go to–especially after I tried and to recreate one of their bestselling scents. Want to try? Win it!

I love creating my own natural perfume blends for two reasons. First, there’s nothing more exciting than getting your unique and perfect blend–and when someone asks you what you’re wearing you can say you made it yourself!

But most importantly, fragrance allergies affect 11 percent of people in the United States—roughly 34 million people–many of whom, like me, are triggered by synthetic fragrance. Do you find yourself sneezy and/or headache-y in a room where a scented candle is burning or fragrance has been sprayed heavily, or after applying perfume or a perfumed oil or lotion on yourself? You may also be susceptible to allergic reactions from synthetic fragrance, made up of potentially toxic chemicals that often aren’t even specified on a product’s label.

But you don’t have to worry about that with rareEARTH‘s distinctive line of perfumes, candles, diffusers, room mists and spa products, all of which are scented with the company’s proprietary blend of cold-pressed, all natural essential oils.

rareEARTH employs artisan perfumers and aromatherapy experts to create blends like Beleza, which includes top notes of citrus like grapefruit and sweet orange, middle floral notes of ylang ylang and jasmine, and warm deep base notes of patchouli and vanilla. I tried to recreate the scent in this video.

As I soon discovered, although the primary notes are beautiful in combination, it’s takes dozens of additional essential oils to make a complex, floral fragrance like rareEARTH‘s Beleza. And buying all those oils is expensive–even the simple six that I used added up to more than $70!

In contrast, the nine complex natural perfume blends from rareEARTH start at $25, and you can try four of the bestsellers–including Beleza–for just $85. Feeling lucky? Enter to be one of 10 lucky Mommy Greenest winners to score Beleza natural perfume!

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  1. Melanie Sherman says

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!! This product smells absolutely amazing.. so rich, decadently fragrant and long-lasting. Would definitely recommend!

  2. Jean Hansen says

    My natural scent DIY happens when I spend the day in my garden and my rosemary bushes leave their luscious essence all over me and my clothes. Then I’m inspired to throw some in the pot for lentil soup.

  3. Cynthia Richardson says

    My favorite natural perfume is Tambela’s Carmen Dances.

  4. I love Strange Invisible. One day I will spring for their sampler. I have never made my own, I should try!

  5. Christina Ferguson says

    I have never tried a natural perfume before but I’ll have to admit that when I am baking I always dab a bit of pure vanilla extract behind my ears…I love the scent of vanilla. 😀

    • Rachel Sarnoff says

      Me too! And that is exactly why I use it as a base for my perfumes… you should totally try blending your own, you would love it! Thanks for the comment, Christina 🙂

  6. Dinah Brown says

    I love ‘natural’ things…these perfumes sound lovely! Thx for the giveaway!

  7. I have never tried making my own fragrance before but it sounds so intriguing!! I can remember my grandmother telling me that she used vanilla as a scent growing up. I love it as a base note.

    • Rachel Sarnoff says

      I think it was popular during lean times because it was so inexpensive. Definitely give it a try and let me know what you come up with!

  8. I’m still searching for my favorite natural perfume. I did like Strange Invisible antiquarian rose but I turned out to be allergic to an ingredient in it. I’d love to try this line.

    • Rachel Sarnoff says

      Oh I LOVE that perfume! What a disappointment that you are allergic! Hopefully a new blend will work for you. Thanks for commenting, Linda!

  9. I have an oil perfume called Egyptian Goddess that’s been my favorite for about 10 years, I’d love to try making my own version of it.

  10. jasmine, rose and gardenia…yep i like feminine scents which make me feel empowered…love natural scents, really after 40 i’ve gotten to be intolerant of perfumes because all i smell is the alcohol wafting past…ick. best wishes to you all.

  11. I love using rosewater, which is great for your skin too!

  12. I would love to try a natural scent as I often am unable to wear regular perfume due to allergies.

  13. I like jasmine and rose oil scents.

  14. Jennifer Phillips says

    I like Asian spices and jasmine scents, I do not have a specific recipe because I like to just fool around with the oils until I get something I love. Problem is I can never seem to do it twice after I run out since I don’t keep records on what I am doing at the time, maybe lesson learned? 😀

    • Rachel Sarnoff says

      I know exactly what you mean! I try to just mark down on a pad of paper the number of drops I’ve used… Thanks for sharing Jennifer!

  15. Deborah Zarett says

    As a fragrance nut, I’d love to try these.

  16. I have never used natural perfume, but would love to try!

  17. I’ve been meaning to try a natural perfume, fear of the unknown holds me back.

  18. I’ve never tried DIY perfume! My poor grandma is SO sensitive to scents. She can barely walk through the mall. It makes her so sick.

    • Rachel Sarnoff says

      OH no! I totally know how that feels. Try making one with essential oils and see how your grandma reacts, I’d love to know!

  19. I love putting a little lavender essential oil on my wrists and neck

  20. Boring, but I love the scent of plain old Rosewater. : )

    • Rachel Sarnoff says

      Not boring at all! And you can spritz it over mineral makeup, and on your hair if the air is dry. Love rosewater!

  21. Vanilla by a long shot!

  22. Loved your video and I live in a location where there are no stores. I will try to pick up some of these when I go to the city again. This will be my Christmas project and present to myself! I tried ordering the Beleza but unfortunately they do not ship to Canada 🙁 So I will make my Beleza as a fellow sensitive skin and allergy sufferer, I now have an answer to the perfume issue!

  23. I have always liked florals like jasmine or gardenia.

  24. I don’t have one but I should!

  25. I have never tried a natural perfume before

  26. Elaine Rosser says

    I actually have not yet tried a natural perfume but the scents sound lovely.

  27. Vahan Elmayan says

    Unique and very interesting. Hope to win so I can see if it actually smells good.

  28. I love using essential oils. Different flower scents.

  29. Bonny McDevitt says

    My cousin makes a amazing home-made honey suckle scent!

  30. I’ve been looking for a pretty non toxic fragrance. This sounds like it smells lovely!

  31. R Hasselbach says

    I love Prima Love by Ancient Energe. I buy it at my local health food store.

  32. Cesar Raposo says

    Have never heard of this brand, worth a better look!

  33. My wife would love to try this!

  34. rubbing my wrists with lavender

    • Rachel Sarnoff says

      Yum, I love that scent!

      • I’ve bookmarked your video for the “Mine’ perfume; and when I get some of the essential oils that I need, I will make your DIY perfume! Wish we had ‘SMELL-O-METER to smell what you were smelling as you tested your fragrance levels!

  35. Jackie Blue says

    Finding a perfume that isn’t overwhelming is a challenge. Relying on one essential oil (which is what I usually do) lacks complexity. Beleza sounds like a perfect solution. Cant wait to try them!

  36. Coconut oil will give you a light scent and moisturizer

  37. Carol Burgess says

    I’ve never made any. Just oils. Thank you for this AMAZING opportunity!

  38. Would love to try this natural perfume!

  39. I haven’t tried making my own perfumes yet but I like buying the oil blend perfumes at my local natural foods stores. My favorites are jasmine and ginger. I make my own deodorant with clary sage- not perfume I know but I love the way it smells!

  40. I do not DIY, but I like putting essential oils in a necklace diffuser

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