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How to Make Perfume

Updated on September 28, 2010

Create Your Own Signature Perfume Scent

It's easy to create your own signature perfume scent, plus you'll save money, express your creativity, and have a product that you know is free of potentially harmful synthetic chemicals. You only need a few easy-to-find materials, plus making perfume is fun. Giving perfume that you made especially for the recipient is a thoughtful and personal gift, plus you can craft perfect perfumes for yourself.

Easy Perfume Recipe

It's extremely easy to make your own perfume. You only need oil, water, and alcohol! The 'trick' is to choose a pleasing combination of fragrance oils.

Perfume Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce joboba oil

  • 2-1/2 ounces vodka

  • 2 tablespoons distilled water

  • 25 drops essential oils

You will also need a dark-colored bottle and a coffee filter. The essential oils form the basis for your fragrance. The jojoba oil is called the carrier oil and it is used to help disperse the fragrance oils in the water and vodka. The essential oil is divided equally among what are called the 'notes' of the perfume, so you want to add 7-8 drops of top notes, middle notes, and base notes, plus perhaps a drop of two of bridge notes to create a balanced scent.

Perfume Base Notes

Base notes and middle notes are the foundation for your perfume. Base notes consist of essential oils that linger on your skin for a lasting scent. You generally start to smell them about half an hour after you apply a perfume.

Perfume Base Note Examples

  • cedarwood

  • cinnamon

  • patchouli

  • sandalwood

  • vanilla

  • moss

  • lichen

  • fern
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Perfume Middle Notes or Heart Notes

Middle notes are also known as heart notes as they are the heart of your perfume.

Perfume Middle Note Examples

  • clove
  • geranium
  • lemongrass
  • neroli
  • nutmeg
  • ylang-ylang

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Perfume Top Notes or Head Notes

Top notes are also known as head notes. This is the part of a perfume that you smell when it is first applied, but the fragrance evaporates quickly.

Perfume Top Note Examples

  • bergamot
  • jasmine
  • lavender
  • lemon
  • lime
  • neroli
  • orchid
  • rose
Perfume Bridge Notes

Bridge notes, such as vanilla and lavender, help unify a scent.

Perfume Recipes

Calming Perfume

1 cup distilled water

2 tablespoons vodka

3 drops sandalwood oil

5 drops bergamot oil

Mix together the vodka and essential oils in a bottle. Seal the bottle and set it aside for 3 weeks. Add the distilled water. Shake the bottle once a day for a week. The perfume is now ready to use. Store it in a dark bottle, away from heat and light.

Refreshing Citrus Perfume

1 cup distilled water

1 cup citrus flavored vodka

10 drops lime or grapefruit essential oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops lemongrass essential oil

Mix together the vodka and essential oils in a bottle. Allow the mixture to sit undisturbed, away from heat or light, for 3 weeks. Add the water. Shake well. Give the fragrance another week to develop. Store it in a dark bottle. Enjoy!

Sensual & Passionate Perfume

1 cup vodka

15 drops bergamot essential oil

3 drops sandalwood essential oil

3 drops cedar essential oil

2 drops vanilla

Mix the oils and vodka. Allow the fragrance to develop for at least a week. You can dilute it with a cup of distilled water after this time, if desired.

Find Supplies to Make Perfume

Amazon can't help you out with your vodka needs, but you can find the carrier oils and essential oils that you need to create the perfect perfume.

Essential Oil Home Aromatherapy Sampler Set- 6/10 ml.
Essential Oil Home Aromatherapy Sampler Set- 6/10 ml.

A collection of our top 6 sellers- Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Sweet Orange. A great gift or a way to get a sample of each type. Each bottle is 10 ml.


Bid on Perfume Bottles

eBay sellers offer perfumes at great prices. If you are making your own perfume, you probably don't need the scent, but what about the bottle it came in?

Let me know what you think. Do you have questions or comments or ideas for information you would like to see included in this lens? Do you have perfume recipes you would like to share with others?

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    • athomemomblog profile image

      Genesis Davies 

      6 years ago from Guatemala

      Love the idea of making my own perfume! Not sure if I will ever manage it with three kids, but still like the idea. :)

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      8 years ago

      hmm. i may try this someday

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      8 years ago

      What an interesting lens! Thanks for the information. I never thought about making my own perfume before.

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      8 years ago

      seems easier to go buy, great lens


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