Check out the many benefits of learning how to make perfume with essential oils.
Benefits of Learning How to Make Perfume with Essential Oils
For one thing, it’s loads of fun experimenting with different aroma combinations. You’ll find that some of the resultant perfumes smell divine, while others … not so much.
Secondly, when you make your own perfume with essential oils, you know that it contains high quality, all-natural ingredients with nothing synthetic added to the mix.
Thirdly, you get more than just a delightfully-scented perfume. You also benefit from the therapeutic properties of the oils that you combine together. Once you understand the properties of different essential oils, you can use that knowledge to create perfumes that offer various emotional or physical health benefits.
Once you understand the properties of different essential oils, you can use that to create perfumes that offer various emotional or physical health benefits.
Last but not least, there’s the cost factor. Sure, branded perfumes come in beautiful glass bottles that look great on your dressing table, but most of them are prohibitively expensive. When you learn how to make your own perfumes with essential oils, you will start to rack up those savings.
Perfumes made with essential oils also have a lighter fragrance that is better for you and won’t bother others either.
They make great gifts for the holidays, anniversaries or just any time of the year.
Learning how to make perfume with essential oils is easy but it helps to first understand a few basics.
How to Make Perfume with Essential Oils: What You Need to Know About Perfume Notes
Perfume essentially consists of a combination of aromatic essential oils in an alcohol base. Before getting into the different ways of making perfume with essential oils, it’s important to understand how different scents (in this case, essential oils) work together.
Any perfume has three distinct notes – base note, mid note, and top notes.
Base notes are the heaviest scent of the three. They last the longest and also help extend the longevity of the top and middle notes.
Top notes are the lightest scents. They are also the fastest to fade away.
Mid notes are in between the two, both in terms of the scent and how long they last. They are the heart of the perfume.
When you smell a perfume, the first scent you get is of the top notes. This is followed by the mid notes and then the base notes.
Perfume manufacturers use various combinations of natural and synthetic ingredients with these three notes to create their signature perfumes.
Since we’re making perfume with essential oils, we need to first understand the fragrance notes of different oils.
Essential oil can be divided into 3 categories depending on their fragrance notes – base notes, mid notes, and top notes.
Essential Oils with Base Notes: Musky and powerful scent
- Ylang Ylang
Essential Oils with Mid Notes: Not too overpowering but not very light either
- Blue Chamomile
Essential Oils with Top Notes: Very light scent that fades away quickly
- Wild Orange
When making your perfume, you select your oils and add them in your perfume bottle in order from base to top. Then let it sit a while to let the scents blend.
As it sits, the different notes start to blend and the perfume develops its unique scent.
If you check your perfume through the day you will notice the scent changing ever so slightly till it blends completely and develops into your customized perfume.
Alcohol is one of the ingredients used when making perfume with essential oils. This alcohol changes the composition of the oils over time.
This set of Top 50 Best Selling Essential Oils by Plant Therapy includes 50 essential oils with a combination of base, mid and top notes. With this one set, you get all the essential oils you need to make an exciting variety of perfumes. What’s more, you’ll get all of it at a fraction of what it would cost you to buy the oils individually.
How to Make Perfume with Essential Oils: Things to Keep In Mind
Make Small Batches
When making perfume with essential oils, always make smaller batches over bigger batches.
Essential oils break down very easily, especially when you blend it with a carrier oil. Making a smaller batch will help maintain the integrity of the perfume. This goes whether you’re making perfume for your personal use or for gifting.
Write Down the Recipe
Keep a recipe journal handy before you start blending your perfume ingredients and make a note of every drop you add to the perfume blend. Do this whether you are following a recipe or experimenting with your own perfume recipe. This way, when you stumble upon a blend you absolutely love, you’ll find it easier to duplicate it.
Consider More Than Fragrance
Perfume making with essential oils is a great way to smell good, but there is more to it than that. Essential oils have proven healing properties. When creating a homemade perfume with essential oils, you may want to focus on your own symptoms and the therapeutic effect you’re hoping for as you pick your combination of oils.
Use Non-Scented Carrier Oils
This is so important. If you use scented carrier oil, the perfume will have a completely different aroma. Some good choices for the carrier oil are jojoba oil, almond oil, or coconut oil. The important thing is not to use a scented carrier oil that will take away from the scent you’re working toward.
I recommend mixing the essential oils before adding to the carrier oil to make sure you have the right fragrance.
Store Your Home Made Perfume Correctly
You’ll find some gorgeous spray and rollerball perfume bottles that would be perfect when you’re making perfumes as gifts. However, essential oils deteriorate faster when stored in transparent bottles. That would be a shame when you’ve taken so much trouble to create the perfume.
To extend the life of your homemade perfume and preserve the pure scent of the oils used I recommend storing your homemade perfume in dark-colored glass bottles.
Precautions When Making Perfumes With Essential Oils
Do not use essential oils without your doctor’s permission if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Some essential oils are dangerous for infants.
Essential oils are potent and can irritate your skin if you apply concentrated oil directly to your skin. When working on any DIY project involving essential oils, always be careful not to spill any oil on yourself.
How To Make Perfume With Essential Oils: Recipe
Remember, you can adjust any of the ingredients to create any scent you like. This perfume does not use a carrier oil and may not be suited for using with a rollerball bottle as the perfume comes in direct contact with the skin. It is better suited to using as a perfume spray.
- 6-10 drops of any essential oil with a base note – Vanilla, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Vetiver
- 12-15 drops of any essential oil with a mid note – Lavender, Chamomile, Rose, Geranium
- 6-8 drops of any essential oil with a top note – Bergamot, Neroli, Wild Orange
- 2 ounces alcohol (I use 100% vodka)– this helps to preserve and meld the scents
- 2-oz. dark glass bottles with tight-fitting top, spray top with cap or corks
- Small funnel or funnel-shaped coffee filter
- Vodka, 100% Proof
DIY Perfume Instructions:
1. Add the essential oils one at a time in your dark-colored spray perfume bottle. Start with the base note, then add the mid-note and lastly the top note essential oils.
2. Leave the essential oil mixture in the bottle for a few days to let the aromas meld.
3. After a few days, add the alcohol and close cap tightly.
4. Shake the bottle gently to let the alcohol blend with the essential oils.
Keep your perfume in a cool, dark place and let all the ingredients meld together slowly. Both, the dark-colored bottle, and the dark storage space will preserve the integrity of the perfume.
It can take some experimentation to get it right, but what I love about experimenting is that during the process you could stumble upon a perfume recipe that hits just the right note!
While you can use your homemade perfumes right away, it’s a good idea to let the perfume sit for a week or two. This gives the aromas sufficient time to meld together.
Make Your Own Roller Ball Perfume with Essential Oils – It’s Easy
If this is your first foray into making perfume with essential oils, an easy way to get started is to make a rollerball bottle perfume.
You don’t need much to make this perfume. All you need is one or more dark amber or blue roller bottles, your essential oils of choice, and no-scent carrier oil.
Put a few drops of your selected essential oils into the bottle. Then add some of the carrier oil to dilute.
Start with five to six drops essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. Add more as needed to get the fragrance you prefer.
Where to Buy Essential Oils for Your Perfume Making Project
Making perfume with essential oils is a fun DIY project when you are looking to make gifts for family and is an added bonus.
One way to save money on your homemade perfumes and other DIY aromatherapy projects is to buy a set of essential oils. Of course, it is equally important to pick up high-quality essential oils from a reputed brand.
I highly recommend Plant Therapy’s Top 50 Best Selling Essential Oils for this project, for several reasons.
You get a great variety of high quality oils.
You save money as compared to buying individual oils.
This purchase qualifies you for further discounts.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to serve as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before using any natural medication or if you experience any unusual symptoms. See Full Disclaimer here.