Walking through the perfume section of a department store can almost instantly trigger a headache. The scents are cloying and overwhelming. Plus, there’s some nasty stuff in those commercial perfumes that you’re spritzing onto your skin—chemicals you are absorbing AND inhaling.
Essential oils, especially some of the most fragrant oils like jasmine, neroli, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, and ylang-ylang, have long been used in perfume-making. But some of these essential oils are pricey, so some perfumers use cheap copycat synthetic scents instead.
How To Make Essential Oil Perfume
Creating your own perfume can take a bit of experimentation. The aromas you like may change over time. For instance, ylang-ylang was my long-time favorite, but now it can feel too heavy and overpowering at times. And patchouli used to completely scare me, but in an earthy blend, it totally works for fall.
Just know that the scents in DIY perfume are lighter wearing than those in traditional perfumes you can buy. So you don’t have to worry about headaches, but you might need to apply them a little more often.
My favorite way to make perfume is with a roll-on bottle. It’s easier than making a solid perfume and faster than a cologne. Plus, it makes application super easy! Simply give it a roll over your pulse points.
You’ll need just three supplies:
- Essential oils (EOs)
- Carrier oil: something light with little to no scent like jojoba, grapeseed, or sweet almond oil
- Amber or blue 10 ml glass roll-on bottles
First, you’re going to add your essential oils to the roll-on bottle. For everyday use, put no more than 10—12 drops total EOs into a 10 ml glass bottle. Swirl the bottle around to thoroughly combine the oils, and then fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil of your choice. Replace the cap and swirl again.
Your customized perfume blend is now ready for you to enjoy! Simply apply to your pulse points and reapply as needed throughout the day. Just be sure to give the bottle a little shake before each use.
How to Blend Essential Oils
I have conflicting feelings about creating a formula using the traditional top, middle, and base note approach. Those classifications are based on how quickly a scent evaporates. To be honest, it seems overly complicated and confusing to me. And for the life of me, I cannot remember how it works or the significance of each oil.
In the aromatherapy class I took recently, we learned a different formula based on an oil’s blending factor or the strength of its scent. Not to be overly dramatic, but this was kind of life-changing. It makes so much more sense to me to blend based on how strong an oil is! Here’s an example for blending the 10 drops needed for a perfume with three essential oils:
Add the blending factors together for a total of 11.
Then you take the percentage of that total (11) for each oil. For lime, it would be 3 divided by 11 (27%). Then multiply that percentage by the total number of drops you need in your recipe (10): 27% times 10 equals 2.7. So lime gets 3 drops.
- 3 drops lime (3/11 x 10)
- 1 drops jasmine (1/11 x 10)
- 6 drops bergamot (7/11 x 10)
Total: 10 drops
You’ll quickly get the hang of it after you calculate a few formulas.
12 Essential Oil Perfume Blends
We’ve created 12 perfume blends that you can try, but feel free to play around with the scents that appeal to you! Above are a few examples of our favorite scents by category: floral, citrus, herbal, woodsy, and spicy.
Jasmine and rose both have heady floral scents. To keep them from becoming overpowering, blend with almost any citrus oil. Here are five options for a lovely floral scent.
1. Jasmine Vanilla
- 5 drops sweet orange
- 2 drops organic lime
- 2 drops jasmine absolute in jojoba oil
- 2 drops vanilla in jojoba oil
2. Rose perfume
3. Enchantress perfume
4. Lovely Lavender perfume
5. Flirty Floral perfume
Citrus scents are uplifting and fresh. Roll these on when you need an energy or mood boost. If rosemary’s scent brings to mind an afternoon of cleaning, try lavender or grapefruit instead.
I always hold the essential oil bottles together in my hand and waft them under my nose before blending. That way, I can see if I like a particular fragrance combo.
6. Lemon Rosemary
7. Citrus Bliss
Trust me on this one—this aroma is heavenly! Every time I wear it, I get compliments!
I love rich, earthy scents. Remember, patchouli blends extremely well with many other essential oils, so you don’t have to be afraid of it!
8. Patchouli Palmarosa
9. Vetiver perfume
10. Cedarwood and Patchouli perfume
Clove will quickly overpower a blend, so go slow when adding it or use a pipette.
11. Bergamot Clove
Floral & Earthy
I love the combination of florals and earthy aromas—the two balance each other extremely well!
12. Sweet & Spicy
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice, and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.29