Making Perfume With Essential Oils


Perfume blends can be fun. Many a celebrity has lent their name to a fragrance, so why shouldn’t you? Be creative and, most of all have fun!

I prefer an oil base on my skin, but an alcohol-base can also be used (and is recommended for those who like to spray their hair and clothes with perfume. Mixing and matching your own unique scent can be a lot of fun and you can be sure it’s your own personal scent.

You do not have to stick to any hard, fast rules to create a perfume. However, a working knowledge of pure essential oils and their individual scents is helpful. You can always start by adding essential oils to your existing perfume and grow from there.

There are a few thoughts for constructing your own recipe:

Top notes. These are the scents you notice first. They are sharp, but they do not last very long. Moreover, these essential oils account for a small percentage of the final blend. Top notes include: bergamot, lemon, orange, peppermint, chamomile, lime, and lemongrass.

Middle notes. Thses are added to smooth out a blend. These usually form the body of a blend and are used in a higher concentration. Middle notes include: rosewood, lavender, rose, geranium, and ylang-ylang.

Base notes. These oils add fullness to a blend – the scent that lasts longest. They are deep and earthy scents. These oils are often referred to as fixatives, as they tend to fix the scent and make it last longer on the skin although they account for a very small proportion of the blend. Base notes include: patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, frankincense, myrrh, and labdanum.

In general, citrus oils lend a fruity note, spice oils a spicy one, and florals can sweeten a blend. The herbal oils add a green note and the root oils deepen a blend.

It’s a god idea to add the essential oils one drop at a time because it’s easier to cover up the scent from one drop rather than several.

Here’s an easy wonderful recipe to try:

5 drops lavender

5 drops sandalwood

2 drops ylang-ylang

½ ounce jojoba


Here’s an earthy recipe to try:

6 drops bergamot

6 drops lavender

5 drops patchouli

½ ounce jojoba oil


Here’s one for the guys:

5 drops bergamot

5 drops sandalwood

2 drops patchouli

2 drops lime

½ ounce jojoba oil


Do you have any favorite blends you’d like to share?



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