How to Make Perfume for Men and Women

Easy to make recipes for perfume oil, eau de toilette, eau de cologne, and aftershave for men and women. These eight modern fragrances, ranging from floral to oriental, are composed of therapeutic grade essential oils and other ingredients you can trust, which means no synthetic aroma, no artificial color, and no denatured alcohol.

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Presented in a decorative bottle or atomizer, homemade fragrance makes a beautiful gift. Or, if you'd prefer to keep it for yourself, use the following instructions to create your very own signature fragrance.

What You Need to Create Your Own Fragrance

  • A decorative bottle (clean it with detergent, rinse and allow to dry—as an extra measure, give it a final rinse with rectified spirit). Don't worry if your bottle is less than elaborate; think of the simple packaging and presentation of CK One and Chanel N°5.
  • A small funnel (it should fit the opening of the bottle).
  • Essential oils according to the recipes listed below. To avoid allergies and irritations, it’s advisable to use therapeutic grade oils, which are available at pharmacies.
  • To make perfume oil you'll need 10 ml jojoba oil per fragrance. Because it's aroma neutral and suitable for all skin types, it the best choice as a basis or carrier oil.
  • For eau de toilette, eau de cologne, and aftershave, you'll need rectified spirit and either spring water, flat mineral water, or distilled water. Rectified spirit is 190 proof ethanol distilled several times for extreme purity. It’s sometimes labeled "neutral spirits" and is available in the USA as a product called Everclear.

How to Make Perfume Oil

The ingredients in the following recipes are listed in the exact order they should be added. Always start with the jojoba oil, then add the essential oils in order of their notes: first the base notes, then the heart notes, and lastly the head notes. Shake the bottle after adding each oil.

In case you're wondering how fragrance notes work, the aroma you notice immediately after applying perfume is the head note (also called the top note). After 15 – 30 minutes the heart note (also called the middle note) becomes noticeable. The base note emerges about half an hour later and lingers long after the head and heart notes have faded.

Before using your perfume oil, leave it in a cool, dark place to mature for two weeks. This allows the individual aromas to blend for a balanced fragrance. It's actually a good idea if you always store perfume and similar products away from light and heat in order that they keep their fragrance for longer.

Perfume Oil Recipes for Women

Apart from their enticing scent, the great thing about these fragrances is that you know exactly what you’re spraying on your body—no synthetic aromas, no artificial color, and no denatured alcohol.

Fresh Mellow

  • 10ml jojoba oil
  • 4 drops grapefruit
  • 1 drop iris
  • 1 drop narcissus
  • 2 drops tonka bean seed
  • 2 drops vanilla
  • 2 drops ylang ylang

Floral

  • 10ml jojoba oil
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops lime
  • 2 drops palmarosa
  • 1 drop rose
  • 3 drops sandalwood

Dark, Warm

  • 10ml jojoba oil
  • 1 drop geranium
  • 3 drops ginger
  • 2 drops coriander
  • 2 drops lime
  • 3 drops balm
  • 3 drops patchouli

Sweet, Soft

  • 10ml jojoba oil
  • 2 drops grapefruit
  • 1 drop honey,
  • 3 drops jasmin
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 2 drops sandalwood

Don't worry if your bottle is less than elaborate; think of the simple packaging and presentation of "CK One" and "Chanel No. 5."
Don't worry if your bottle is less than elaborate; think of the simple packaging and presentation of "CK One" and "Chanel No. 5." | Source

Perfume Oil Recipes for Men

Spicy

  • 10 ml jojoba Oil
  • 1 drop oak moss
  • 2 drops lime
  • 1 drop orange
  • 1 drop vanilla
  • 2 drops vetiver

Distinctive

  • 10 ml jojoba
  • 2 drops myrtle
  • 3 drops petitgrain
  • 2 drops hyssop
  • 3 drops cedar
  • 4 drops lemon

Tangy, Fresh

  • 10ml jojoba oil
  • 2 drops bergamot
  • 2 drops verbena
  • 5 drops grapefruit
  • 1 drop ginger
  • 1 drop lemongrass
  • 1 drop neroli
  • 2 drops Swiss (stone) pine

Casual

  • 10ml jojoba oil
  • 3 drops grapefruit
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 2 drops myrtle
  • 1 drop European silver fir
  • 1 drop cedar

How to Make Eau de Toilette

To make eau de toilette, use the above perfume oil recipes, but replace jojoba oil with spring water, flat mineral water, or distilled water. For better solubility of the essential oils, include rectified spirit, which also acts as a preservative.

The Best Formula for Eau de Toilette

For 60 ml of eau de toilette, you’ll need 20 ml rectified spirit and 40 ml water. Start with the spirit, then add the water, then the essential oils. If you don't work in this order, the finished product will be cloudy—although still usable, it will look very unattractive.

Multiply the oil quantities in each recipe by six to every 60 ml spirit/water.

Example:

Floral Recipe for Women

  • 20 ml rectified spirit
  • 40 ml water
  • 12 drops lavender
  • 12 drops lime
  • 12 drops palmarosa
  • 6 drops rose
  • 18 drops sandalwood

As with perfume oil, shake the bottle after adding each essential oil, and allow to mature in a cool dark place for two weeks before using.

When altering a recipe, test it on a strip of blotting paper before adding another essential oil. This ensures that the fragrance is going in the direction you want it to.
When altering a recipe, test it on a strip of blotting paper before adding another essential oil. This ensures that the fragrance is going in the direction you want it to. | Source

How to Make Eau de Cologne

Eau de cologne contains fewer aromatic compounds than eau de toilette, which means its fragrance will be less intense and won't last as long on the skin.

Make in the same way as you would an eau de toilette, but multiply the essential oil quantities by three to every 60 ml of spirit and water instead of six.

How Make Aftershave

For a mild aftershave, use two tablespoons of rectified spirit and 50 ml spring water, flat mineral water, or distilled water in place of jojoba oil. Otherwise, stick to the perfume oil recipes as they appear above—there’s no need to multiply the quantities of essential oils.

Add the ingredients in the same order as for eau de toilette: first the rectified spirit, then the water, then the oils.

Shake the bottle after adding each essential oil, and allow the mixture to mature in a cool dark place for two weeks before using.

Experimenting with Your Homemade Fragrance

After you’ve made your first perfume, you’ll be in a good position to judge how you could change and improve its fragrance according to your personal preferences. You might, for example, decide that the "sweet, soft" recipe would smell better on you with orange in place of grapefruit. Feel free to experiment. You might invent your own, unique signature fragrance.

When altering a recipe, test it on a strip of blotting paper before adding another essential oil. This ensures that the fragrance develops the desired character.

© 2014 Jayne Lancer

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erorantes 2 years ago from Miami Florida

I like your article on How To Make PerfumeFragance. I like your small recipes for each smell. It is creative, and some chemistry involve. I like the small jars. Thank you.


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Jayne Lancer 2 years ago from West London, UK Author

You're welcome, and thank you for coming by, Erorantes.


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goodnews11 2 years ago from CHENNAI

Nice hub.. Smells Great.. Gonna try Spicy... Voted up..


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Jayne Lancer 2 years ago from West London, UK Author

Thank you, Goodnews, and good luck with the perfume! Let me know how it turns out.


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sparkleyfinger 2 years ago from Glasgow

Great hub, I've never thought about making fragrances, but with your instruction, I may give it a go! Voted up, useful and interesting.


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Jayne Lancer 2 years ago from West London, UK Author

Thank you very much, Sparkleyfinger! I hope you do give it a try--I'd love to know how it turns out.


Fragrances for Men 2 years ago

Fragrances for Men. Such as White Freesia, Peach Nectar, Jasmine, Osmanthus, Pink Peonies, Creamy Musk, Honeysuckle, Praline, Soft Woods.


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Engelta 2 years ago from Albania

I loved reading this. You see, yesterday, I watched for the 2nd time the movie "Parfum- the story of a killer" and it once again raised in me the desire to make a parfum, whatever it would be. Thank you for this post, I will take it into consideration if I ever decide to really make a parfum.


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Jayne Lancer 2 years ago from West London, UK Author

That's a movie I still have to see. You really ought to try your hand at making perfume, it's very easy. The fun starts when you experiment and come up with your signature fragrance.


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Engelta 2 years ago from Albania

That is a movie you must see! Really, so inspiring.


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Jayne Lancer 2 years ago from West London, UK Author

I'll look out for it. Thanks for the tip!

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