DIY Essential Oil Perfume Recipes

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Looking for an all natural essential oil perfume recipe? Keep reading to learn how to make a fast and easy DIY Essential Oil Perfume using one the essential oil perfume recipes in this article.

The perfume industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, but it is also one of the most toxic industries. Typical perfumes are made with synthetic chemicals and fragrances that have been linked to cancer, asthma, allergies, skin irritation and other health problems.

Essential oils offer an alternative to perfumes. They are natural and contain no artificial ingredients or fragrance. Essential oils can be used in many different ways – they can be diluted in carrier oils like coconut oil or jojoba oil to make a natural perfume or lotion, or they can be diffused in the air for aromatherapy purposes.

The use of essential oils for perfume dates back to ancient Egypt. The Egyptians used perfumed oils and herbs to improve their mood, heal diseases, and maintain their appearance. These are the same reasons why people today use essential oils for perfume.

Essential oil perfume is a better choice than traditional perfumes because it is healthier and safer. Essential oils are made up of natural ingredients that have been proven to be more effective than synthetic fragrances. Also, they do not contain any harmful substances like phthalates or parabens that may pose health risks when applied on the skin.

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.

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The Composition of an Essential Oil Perfume

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

a list of essential oil base notes for use with perfume blending

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:

a list of middle note essential oils to use for making perfume with a lavender plant

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:

Top notes of essential oil perfumes

a list of essential oil top notes to use when perfume blending with  a photo of citrus fruits

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:

Supplies for your DIY Essential Oil Perfume

Irridescent Spray Bottle

I’m in love with these gorgeous iridescent spray bottles for your essential oil perfume. Snag one for yourself HERE.

Whimsy irridescent perfume spray

Perfume Bottle Roller on Amazon

These 8ml perfume bottle syle rollers are really cute. You can use the perfume recipes below to make a roller instead of a spray and use these.

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Essential Oil Perfume Blend Recipes

Here are seven essential oil perfume recipe suggestions you can use if you don’t know where to start.

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Summer Bliss essential oil perfume blend
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Something Sexy essential oil perfume blend
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sexy citrus essential oil perfume blend
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Allure essential oil perfume blend
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Blossom essential oil perfume blend recipe
Blossom essential oil perfume blend
Essential Oil Enhance Perfume Blend Recipe
Enhance essential oil perfume blend

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.

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.

You may be interested in this blog post on Carrier Oils to learn more about the best carrier oil for your skin type.

woman using an essential oil perfume spray on her wrist

DIY Essential Oil Perfume Recipes

How to make your own natural and healthy perfume with essential oils.
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  • 15 – 30 drops Essential Oil Can use any combination of top notes, middles, notes, and base notes. Use more drops for a stronger scent, less drops for a more subtle scent. See the blend suggestions in the article.


  • Add your essential oils to your empty spray bottle
  • Add coconut oil to your spray bottle
  • Top off the bottle with witch hazel
  • Attach the sprayer to your bottle and gently shake to combine contents.
  • Let your perfume sit for 30 days before using.
  • Store in a cool dark place.
  • To use, spray on pulse points.

Do you have a favorite essential oil perfume recipe? Share it in the comments! I love to hear new ideas. 

rose petals and a pretty bottle for diy essential oil perfume

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4 thoughts on “DIY Essential Oil Perfume Recipes”

  1. Saundra McGowan

    New to oils and just found your site! Thank you for taking the time to share your recipes. I look forward to trying with friends and family since we all have different favorite go to oils. How would we adjust the recipe to salts or bombs?

    1. Thanks Saundra! So glad you found me. If you haven’t already, I invite you to sign up for my email list. I share lots of extra DIY’s, diffuser blends, and more education. You can use the form at the bottom of this page to get signed up. Welcome!

  2. Marilyn Sheffield

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes. So many sites lure you in and then you find out to receive what they were talking about, you have to buy something. So frustrating! So I appreciate you being more interested in relationships and helping people learn how to use oils and educating them.

    1. Thanks Marilyn! So glad you found me. If you haven’t already, I invite you to sign up for my email list. I share lots of extra DIY’s, diffuser blends, and more education. You can use the form at the bottom of this page to get signed up. Welcome!

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