The Organic Guide: How To Make Your Own Homemade Perfume at Home
Wouldn’t it be great to have your own fragrance, made with aromas handpicked by yourself suiting your personality? Making your own homemade perfume is easy, organic, and is also cheaper than buying brand name store perfumes. It is great project to experiment and be creative with. In the guide below we go over the basics to creating a perfume at home and different recipes to try out. We have also included instructions on how to make solid perfumes which don’t contain any alcohol.
How To Make Homemade Perfume
Being a Good Perfumer: Experimenting
The key to creating a great perfume is to experiment with the different oils and the amounts you use. Just by adding a single drop of one oil or another, can drastically change the smell of a homemade perfume. Also it is good to experiment with the recipes you’ll see below, as a perfume can smell differently on different people because of our skin. So it best to have fun and use different oils to find a recipe and a formula that you like.
- The 3 Parts To A Perfume
There are three main ingredients in a perfume:
- A Carrier Base: Alcohol or Jojoba oil
- The Fragrance: Fragrance or essential oils
- Distilled water
- Perfume Carrier Bases: Alcohol and Alternatives
Essential or fragrance oils need to be diluted before they can be applied directly onto the skin. So the perfume carrier base, along with the water dilutes the oils. Alcohol is the most common carrier base in perfumes. In making a perfume for your own use, 100 proof Vodka is normally used because it is odorless. Avoid using rubbing alcohol as it has an odor and evaporates quickly. If you want to sell your perfumes you’ll need to find specialist perfumers alcohol, which is designed for the skin.
Jojoba oil is an alternative to using alcohol. It won’t work as effectively, as the fragrance will evaporate faster, but the oil can be less harsh on certain skins than alcohol.
- The Fragrance
There are two types of oils that you can use to create the fragrances in a homemade perfume: essential oils and fragrance oils.
Essential oils: These are concentrated oils that are harvested directly from the plant, fruit, flowers, etc. Since they are pure extracts they are all natural perfume oils which produce better quality perfumes, making them slightly more expensive than fragrance oils.
Fragrance oils: Fragrance oils are usually a blend of ingredients, sometimes synthetic, and diluted to create the scent. This makes them cheaper, which is ideal for someone who is starting to make their own perfumes and needs to experiment with a range of different oils to find the right formula – before moving on to using the higher quality essential oils.
- Scents and Notes
There is such a wide choice of scents you can use to create your own perfume at home. These scents/oils are grouped into 3 notes: the base note, the middle note and the top note. It is good to know about these 3 groups, because to make a good perfume you will need to use at least one ingredient from each note.
Base Notes: The base notes are the scents that are active the longest in a perfume. This is the body of the perfume and will include oils made from roots, wood and resins that are heavy and dark in smell.
Examples: Sandalwood, cedarwood, patchouli, vetiver, frankincense, musk
Middle Notes: The middle notes consist of oils that link the base and top notes together – these are the flowery oils. These fragrances don’t last as long as base notes in a perfume, but last longer than the top notes.
Examples: Nutmeg, basil, rose germanium, ylang-ylang, jasmine, coriander, basil, lavender, lemon grass
Top Notes: The top notes are the light scented fragrances and oils. They are the citrus based, fresh and light smells you will notice first when smelling a perfume. At the same time these are the scents that disappear the fastest as they evaporate quickly.
Examples: Lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, mint, peppermint, spearmint, bergamot, neroli, passionfruit
Getting Started: The Process and Directions To Making Your Own Perfume
So there are three main ingredients to making a perfume: the alcohol or the jojoba oil, the aroma oils, and the distilled water. Here is the most common process, using alcohol, which you can experiment with. Afterwards we will go through specific recipes you can try out.
The Basic Process
1. When you start experimenting with different oils to create different fragrances, it is best to start simple. Begin experimenting with mixing 3 different oils first before moving on to include more oils.
2. Start with 10 drops of oil in total. Pick 1 oil from each note. Choose one which you want to be the focus of the perfume and use that oil the most out of the 10 drops you use. So for example: 3 drops of sandalwood, 4 drops of rose and 3 drops of mint.
3. For 10 drops of oil, you will need ¼ cup of vodka.
4. When you add in the oils to the vodka, you start by adding the base note oil first, then the middle then the top oils.
5. Add 1 drop at a time to the vodka. Stir slowly. Smell the mixture before adding in another drop. Let each drop mix well before adding another.
6. After mixing together the formula that you want, cover the mixture and store it in a dark place for 2 days.
7. After storing the mixture for two days you can now add in the water. You will want to use distilled water, as it is clean from chemicals and impurities that disrupt the oils. For the formula used here, 10 drops of oils and ¼ cup of vodka, mix in 2 Tablespoons of water
8. For a better quality perfume you will need to let the completed mixture mature, so leave it covered in a dark place for 2 weeks.
9. After you have let it matured, put the perfume in a colored glass container/bottle, with a stopper.
For a light smelling perfume use more water and alcohol, and for a stronger perfume use more essential oils.
So that is the basic process to making your own fragrance. It can be easily experimented with, mixing and matching different oils and using different amounts of alcohol and water to find a fragrance and strength to your liking.
Simple and Elaborate Homemade Perfume Recipes
Floral Oriental Combination
- Jasmine, saffron and amber
Tropical Bliss Combination
- Musk, green tea, passion fruit,
Beach Smoothie Combination
- Top notes: mint, anise or passion fruit
- Middle note: rose
- Base notes: musk and sandalwood
Fresh Citrus Recipe
- 5 teaspoons vodka
- 2 drops lemon grass
- 6 drops lavender oil
- 5 drops lime oil
- ½ cup distilled water
Jasmine Flower Recipe
- ¼ cup vodka
- 2 drops patchouli oil
- 6 drops jasmine oil
- 2 drops bergamot oil
- 2 tablespoons of water
Orange Blossom Recipe
- ¼ cup vodka
- 2 drops vetiver oil
- 3 drops frankincense oil
- 4 drops of rose oil
- 4 drops of grapefruit oil
- 2 drops neroli oil
- ¼ cup orange blossom water (add this in after storing the oils and alcohol for 2 days)
The Wooden Cabin Recipe: How to Make Perfume at Home Using Jojoba Oil
- 5 teaspoons jojoba oil
- 3 drops musk oil
- 3 drops sandalwood oil
- 2 drops frankincense oil
- 2 tablespoons of water
Brand Name Perfume Recipes
If you have a favorite perfume that you’d like to make at home, have a look at this website that shows what oils and notes are used to make brand named perfumes: http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedirectory/
How To Make Your Own Solid Perfume
A solid perfume is a waxy substance that you apply by rubbing it onto the skin, much like a moisturizer. The benefit of making this kind of perfume is that it does not require using alcohol.
Here is a quick overview on creating your own homemade solid perfume:
- 1 tablespoon of beeswax
- 1 tablespoon of almond oil or jojoba oil
- 10 drops of a combination of aroma oils (see recipes and notes above)
Directions: You will first need to melt the beeswax along with the almond oil or jojoba oil. This can be done by putting a bowl of the homemade perfume ingredients into a saucepan of hot water, or microwaving it.
Once the beeswax has melted and mixed together with the almond or jojoba oil, take it off the heat and then mix in the drops of oils. Let it cool down and harden for 30 minutes to an hour. You should then be left with a wax like substance that you can rub onto your skin.
A Word of Caution
People who are pregnant, epileptic and people who have easily irritated skin need to be careful when applying essential and fragrance oils to their skins. Please consult a doctor first.
Here are some places where you can buy your homemade perfume oils and supplies: