DIY Essential Oil Perfume

Looking for a Quick Method to DIY Essential Oil Perfume?

Whether you’re looking for a toxin-free perfume to support your natural lifestyle or find the store-bought options give you headaches, creating your own perfume is a rewarding experience.

Essential oils are derived from plants and are perfect for making DIY essential oil perfume. They are more concentrated than fragrance oils as they pack a powerful punch straight from the source. Not to mention most fragrance oils contain carcinogens and endocrine disruptors (FDA 2011).

There are many of ways to make perfume with essential oils – today we’re going start with the basics of perfume making and then I’ll show you the fastest way to make essential oil perfume for immediate use!

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I don’t know about you but simplicity is huge for me! Here is THE simplest DIY essential oil perfume spray recipe.

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Where to Start

Creating your very own, unique essential oil blends for perfume is easy with a little knowledge in hand. You see some essential oils just don’t blend well with others and the scents they create are not pleasing to anyone’s nose.

The key is understanding that essential oils fall into aroma categories. Take a brief look at the aroma categories below. Open a bottle of essential oil in each category to get a feel for what the category smells like.

Essential Oil Aroma Category Examples

  • Citrus Aromas: bergamot, orange, grapefruit, and lemongrass
  • Herbal Aromas: fennel, angelica, and clary sage
  • Resin Aromas: frankincense, balsam fir needle, and myrrh
  • Spice Aromas: clove, cinnamon, and ginger
  • Woodland Aromas: juniper, eucalyptus, cypress, and pine
  • Floral Aromas: jasmine, geranium, and neroli
  • Exotic Aromas: ylang-ylang, sandalwood, and palmarosa
The Easiest Way To Blend Essential Oils: An Essential Oil Blending Wheel - Print One Today or Pin for Later

Take a look at this detailed list of essential oils in each aroma category to create smooth, complimentary essential oil blends. Print out this blending wheel from Oily Chic Library or pin for later to use as a quick reference for what pairs well together.  

What Essential Oils Can be Used as Perfume?

Just about any essential oil can be used to make perfume, but a well-structured perfume has a base note, middle, and top note. Keep in mind some essential oils can overlap between note levels.

For example rose, it catches you at the first sniff, yet it doesn’t dissipate quickly, instead, it stays with you. Which is why it is used as a top and base note.  So, be on the lookout for these dual note oils, giving you more flexibility.

Base Notes

Also referred to as a deep note or bottom note. These notes are the aromas that will linger the longest. A base note ideally should be 20% of your perfume blend.

Angelica

Cedarwood

Cinnamon

Clove

Frankincense

Ginger

Hyssop

Jasmine

Myrrh

Patchouli

Rose

Sandalwood

Spruce

Valerian

Vetiver

Ylang Ylang

Middle notes

Lovingly known as heart notes, the middle note lasts longer than a top note and bonds together the top and base notes. A middle note should make up the biggest proportion of your DIY essential oil perfume. Aim for a 50% ratio.

Basil

Bergamot

Black Pepper

Cardamom

Chamomile

Cypress

Fennel

Geranium

Hyssop

Juniper

Lavender

Lemongrass

Marjoram

Melissa

Myrtle

Neroli

Nutmeg

Palma Rosa

Pine

Rosemary

Spruce

Yarrow

Top Notes

These are the notes our senses pick up first. If you open up a bottle of a top note, you might think I’m crazy – wondering how could this be a top note?! As the scent immediately hits you and gives you the illusion of being strong like a base note. Well, it is strong but top notes are the first to fade in any perfume, yet are the key to great blend. When creating your DIY essential oil perfume plan for the top note to make up 30% of the blend.

Basil

Bergamot

Cinnamon

Clary Sage

Coriander

Eucalyptus

Grapefruit

Hyssop

Jasmine

Lemon

Lemongrass

Lime

Tangerine

Neroli

Verbena

Orange

Peppermint

Spearmint

Tea Tree

Thyme

Creating your very own, unique essential oil blends for perfume is easy with a little knowledge in hand. Here's a list of each aroma category and perfume notes.

How to Make DIY Essential Oil Perfume Spray:

For beginners, I recommend starting with just three essential oils. One for the base note, one for the middle note, and one for the top note. Keeping it simple is always a good way to start.

Speaking of keeping things simple, we’re going to make perfume spray because it’s the fastest way to make perfume. And you can use it immediately, unlike solid perfume and other options. Plus did I mention – it’s easy!

I made this DIY essential oil perfume for a 6 ml refillable perfume atomizer bottle so I could carry it in my handbag. You can choose any size of a perfume bottle to make yours. Take a look in the Oily Chic Look Book for lots of pretty options!

Whether you’re looking for a toxin-free perfume to support your natural lifestyle or find the store-bought options give you headaches, creating your own perfume is a rewarding experience.

Perfume Ingredients & Supplies:

Refillable Perfume Atomizer Bottle

Mini Funnel

2 parts Distilled or Purified Water

1 part Witch Hazel

25 to 30 drops of Essential Oils

DIY Essential Oil Perfume Spray Recipe:

Select your base, middle, and top note. Aim for a total of 25 to 30 drops of essential oil for small bottles. And 35 to 50 drops for large bottles.

Using a mini funnel fill your perfume bottle with 1 part witch hazel. Then add your base note at 20%. Followed by 50% middle note and 30% top note. Last add 2 parts of distilled water.

Here’s a quick example what I my DIY essential oil perfume spray is made of.

  • 2 ml witch hazel
  • 5 drops Angelica Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Idaho Blue Spruce Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Stress Away Essential Oil
  • 4 ml distilled water

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How to Make Essential Oil Perfume Last Longer

Here’s a tip I recently learned to make perfume last longer. Before you apply perfume use an unscented oil-based moisturizer to hydrate your skin. Grapeseed oil and jojoba oil work great for this as both are practically scent-free and absorb faster than other carrier oils like coconut.

Once the oil absorbs into your skin apply your perfume as usual. You see, dry skin doesn’t hold fragrance well, moisturized skin, on the other hand, can hold the scent up to 30% longer!

A simple, quick full-proof method to make DIY essential oil perfume spray with only five ingredients. It doesn’t get much easier than that! I don’t know about you but simplicity is huge for me

There you have it, a simple, quick full-proof method to make DIY essential oil perfume spray with only five ingredients. It doesn’t get much easier than that! I don’t know about you but simplicity is huge for me! I got started with essential oils years ago with this carefully curated essential oil kit.  It comes with 12 versatile essential oils perfect for any beginner! Are you ready to get oily?

References:

FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2011. Guidance for Industry: Considering Whether an FDA Regulated Product Involves the Application of Nanotechnology (Draft Guidance). http://www.fda.gov/RegulatoryInformation/Guidances/ucm257698.htm

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