DIY All-Natural Perfume Oil

Want to smell as good as roses (or any other flower you love)? Making your own perfume can be the sweet smelling answer you’re looking for. It’s SUPER easy to do, and so much better for your body than most store-bought brands, which are often pumped full of synthetic fragrances, chemicals, and other toxins. Plus, you can customise it to your preferred scent (which means an opportunity to get creative!)

I recently went to a vegan market with a friend of mine (she was on a mission to find fresh raspberries before they went out of season), and while there I started chatting with one of the ladies selling her own homemade perfume. I was curious about what she used to make perfume, and why she started making her own in the first place. She shared with me how in the past, she’d used store-bought perfumes, but overtime, began to get really sick. Eventually, she nailed it down to the specific toxins and chemicals used in the perfumes she was buying, and so decided she would start creating her own. Ever since she’s noticed considerable improvements in her health.

This began my research into how I, too, could make perfume. The skin is the biggest organ in the body, and whatever we put on it, will be absorbed into the bloodstream and carried around the body. Many conventional perfumes contain a lot of chemicals that do not have to be listed on the label. So, there are many toxic chemicals in these perfumes that we’re unaware of. Furthermore, when spraying the perfume, you’re also breathing in the toxins… not good.

Essential oils like jasmine, neroli, patchouli, lavender, rose, bergamot, sandalwood and ylang ylang, have long been used when making perfume. However, as essential oils are quite pricey, some perfume-makers prefer to use cheap copycat synthetic scents instead.

To make your own, all you need is a few essential oils and the right base ingredients, and you’ve got yourself endless perfume possibilities!

How to Make Your Own Perfume

Most perfumes are a mixture of scented oils in an alcohol or carrier oil base. Perfume is made up of three different partsbase fragrancesmid-tones, and top notes. When smelling a perfume, often, the first thing you’ll detect are the top notes, then the mid tones, followed by the base notes.

When making perfume, you select and add the scents in order from base to top notes.

To give a quick overview of what they are:

  • Base notes – These are the final aromas that appear once the other notes have completely evaporated. These blend with the mid tones to create the entirety of your scent. These scents will often last for hours. Some good choices include vanilla, musk, cedarwood, patchouli, vetiver, ylang ylang, sandalwood, frankincense, jasmine, and myrrh.
  • Middle notes – This is the “heart of your perfume“, and you’ll often smell them once your top notes evaporate. These scents will last longer and have a powerful influence on the following base notes. These scents can include lavender, geranium, rose, peony, lemongrass, honeysuckle, cardamom, fennel, pine, chamomile, juniper, and marjoram.
  • Top notes – Where your first impression of the fragrance will come from. They’re typically the lightest of all notes, and fade the quickest. These scents can include citrus, herbs, light fruits such as berries, cinnamon, bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, lime, orange, neroli, and peppermint.

This is one of the recipes I use below, but the key is finding what works for you. Which scents you prefer, what aromas you love most, what goes well and what doesn’t. It’s all about experimenting and having fun! I recommend adding a few drops at a time of each one and then keep a note (either on your phone, computer, or in a journal) of how many drops of each you’ve added. Once you’ve discovered your favourite blend and have it written down, you can easily make more of it.

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I used a clear bottle to display the perfume, but it’s much better to store perfume in dark glass bottles, as it preserves the essential oils.

If you make this perfume, please let me know! Leave a comment below, and if you take a picture and share it, please tag me on Instagram @simplynaturalnessa or use the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa so I can see! I’d love to know how you went!

DIY Natural Perfume Oil

These were the oils I used for each level of fragrance…

Alcohol/Carrier Oil Base:

  • If I use alcohol as the base in my perfume recipe, I tend to go with gluten-free vodka as it’s quite pure and there’s no smell to it.
  • If I’m using a carrier oil as the base, I’ll often go with jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, or fractionated coconut oil (but grapeseed oil works well, too) as they hold the scent really well.

Base Oils:

  • 3 drops ylang ylang
  • 6 drops patchouli

Middle Tones:

  • 4 drops lavender
  • 4 drops geranium
  • 4 drops rose

Top Notes:

  • 8 drops sweet orange
  • 2 drops bergamot

If you want to try many different oils, but are concerned about the expense they might bring, ask a friend who’s really into essential oils if you could borrow some of theirs, or collect some tester samples from the store (as you really only need a little of each).

Note: When making perfume, some things to keep in mind are:

  • Use a dark (not transparent or clear) bottle to keep perfume from going rancid over time, or store in a cool, dry place that isn’t exposed to sunlight.
  • Make sure the lid is firmly attached to prevent oxidation
  • The purer the alcohol, the better
  • Test a little of the essential oils on your skin first to ensure no reaction
  • Mix the ingredients together in a glass bowl/container to avoid metal or plastic interfering with the scents
  • Add base oils first, then the mid notes, followed by the high notes
  • Bottle and leave for a month to let the scents meld together before using.

Ingredients:

To make:

  1. Add the oils and alcohol to a dark glass bottle, then cap (tightly), shake to combine, and allow the scents to meld together for at least a month.
  2. While they’re infusing, store the bottle in a cool, dry, dark place (away from sunlight). This is optional, but helps the alcohol scent fade and the scents of the oils to intensify.
  3. Shake before each use.
What I just love about making homemade perfume is how customisable it can be; you can swap and change the scents as you please!

How to make Perfume Last Longer

Keep perfume bottles out of the bathroom. Make sure to apply perfume to the right places; pulse points are the best spots to make it last (due to the warmth of your blood).

For more tips, see my post on how to make perfume last longer.

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction to it.

What are your favourite scents? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

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