How to Make Your Own Essential Oil Perfume Blend
Essential oil based perfumes are especially fun because they allow those of us who don’t care for the strong aroma of synthetic perfumes to indulge in our own, signature scents. They offer a more subtle option for those who like to smell good but don’t appreciate being overwhelmed by perfume from across the room. Indeed, if you’re into essential oil perfumes, only those with whom you come into close contact will be able to share in your enjoyment of these special floral, herbal and spicy mixes. If you get headaches from regular perfumes, you might try out essential oil based blends to see if you’re able to tolerate these any better.
Perfume is fun to mix, but it takes about a month to age a perfume blend that you concoct at home. Aging allows the scents to meld together and the alcohol to fade, so that the end result is a more blended mix, where, from a sensory perspective, you can’t really tell where one flavor (note) of the perfume ends and the next begins.
If you’d like to experiment a bit with essential oil based perfumes at home, you may want to do a few different mixes all in one session, as you won’t be able to put them to use for quite a while after you make them.
Since it really doesn’t take more than a few drops of oil to create a perfume, you can gather together some of your friends who have their own essential oil collections, and host a “perfume making party” where you can share a little of this and that to add variety and make it fun.
How To Make Custom Perfume Scents With Your Healing Essential Oils
To make perfume from essential oils, you should probably have at least a small collection of a variety of oils – some base notes, some middle and some top (see list of examples, below.)
Each perfume blend should ideally contain a woodsy base note which adds depth; a middle note; and a top note which is typically very pungent. Of course, you can make up your own recipes that do not follow this suggestion, but you’ll probably find that they don’t seem balanced without this harmonious, three-note “chord” of scents.
The base note of your homemade perfume blend will contain the greatest amount of essential oil as compared to the middle and top notes. The top notes will consist of the smallest amount of essential oil. The middle notes will make up the most amount of essential oil.
Base notes of essential oil perfumes
Base notes are the smells that will stay with you the longest and are typically the anchor for the perfume blend.
Common essential oil bases for perfumes include:
Middle notes of essential oil perfumes:
Middle notes of essential oil perfumes carry through the mid-range, sort of like the melody in a song. These will make up the largest portion of your perfume.
Common middle-note scents are:
- Clary sage
- Juniper Berry
- Black Pepper
Top notes of essential oil perfumes
Top notes take front and center in the order of which aromas hit your olfactory nerves in which order. They’re sharper to the nose, and they require a smaller amount in comparison to base and middle notes of essential oil perfumes
Some examples of top notes are:
Pretty Spray Bottle for your DIY Essential Oil Perfume
You’ll want a pretty bottle to put your perfume in, especially if you are making this as a gift.
I’m completely obsessed with the beautiful spray bottles and rollers at Whimsy and Wellness.
Here’s a couple choices to pick from that are beyond gorgeous and a must have if you are making this perfume as a gift
DIY Potions Kit
This Potions Making Kit from Whimsy and Wellness is also super cute and comes with perfume bottles, cute rollers, mica and everything you need to make beautiful personalized perfumes. This would be a super cute gift for a little girl!
How to Make and Blend Your Essential Oil Perfume Blend
You can choose to mix your essential oil perfume right in the bottle you’ll be storing it in, or you can use a glass mixing bowl.
- First, Add your essential oil base notes
- Then, add your essential oil middle notes
- Last add your essential oil top notes
- Add your carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil work well).
- Top off with Witch Hazel. Be sure to use an unscented Witch Hazel. I prefer THIS ONE.
- Lastly, BE AWESOME IN YOUR NEW CUSTOM BLEND!
Add the perfume mixture to a 30ml glass spray bottle. Or store it in a few empty essential oil bottles. You’ll need at least 2 for the recipes shown below.Store it in a cool, dark place for about 30 days before using.
You may be interested in this blog post on Carrier Oils to learn more about the best carrier oil for your skin type.
Essential Oil Perfume Blend Recipes
Here are seven essential oil perfume recipe suggestions you can use if you don’t know where to start.
When it comes to essential oils, don’t be afraid to experiment. The above recipes are merely suggestions based on the potency of certain oils and how they combine with other oils. If you’re new to essential oils, keep an open mind and see what happens.
Do you have a favorite essential oil perfume recipe? Share it in the comments! I love to hear new ideas.