DIY Perfume Oil Recipes

Making your own perfume oils is a rewarding experience. It is fun to mix and match your own scent blends.

Perfume oils are great because they can be more concentrated than volatile fragrances, and they are really easy to make, with only 2 ingredients – a base oil and essential oils. A rollerball (a glass perfume delivery bottle) works especially well for application.

In this article you will learn:
  • How to choose your own essential oils for a perfume blend
  • A basic perfume oil recipe that you can customize
  • 10 perfume oil blend recipes
  • Where to get your supplies

Making Your Own Scents

Creating your very own, unique scent blends is easy with a little knowledge.

It is best for beginners to start with a maximum of three essential oils when creating their own scent blends, this will allow you to get a really good feel for what different scents smell like together, and keep your perfume from getting too complicated. Once you get the hang of it, you can start adding more.

A well structured perfume has deep notes (bottom or base notes), middle or complimented (heart) notes, and top notes.

Base Notes

Should make up 50% of your blend. These are the aromas that will linger through out the day.

Middle notes

These bond the top and bottom notes together. A good proportion for middle notes is 30%.

Top Notes

Lighter fragrances. These are the notes that your senses will pick up on first. They will then fade into the deeper notes. These should be 20% of your blend.

DIY Perfume Oils

Base Note
  • Balsam Peru
  • Cassia (to middle)
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Frankincense
  • Ginger (to middle)
  • Jasmine
  • Myrhh
  • Oakmoss
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Rosewood (to middle)
  • Sandalwood
  • Valerian
  • Vanilla 
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang Ylang
Middle Note
  • Bay 
  • Black Pepper
  • Cardamom
  • Chamomile
  • Cypress
  • Fennel (to top)
  • Geranium
  • Ho Leaf
  • Ho Wood
  • Hyssop (to top)
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Melissa (to top)
  • Myrtle
  • Nutmeg
  • Palma Rosa
  • Pine 
  • Rosemary
  • Spikenard
  • Yarrow
Top Note
  • Basil (to middle)
  • Bergamot (to middle)
  • Cajuput
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary Sage (to middle)
  • Coriander (to middle)
  • Eucalyptus
  • Grapefruit
  • Hyssop (to middle)
  • Lemon 
  • Lemongrass (to middle)
  • Lime
  • Mandarin/Tangerine
  • Neroli (to middle)
  • Verbena
  • Niaouli
  • Orange 
  • Peppermine
  • Petitgrain
  • Ravensara
  • Spearmint 
  • Tagetes
  • Tea Tree (to middle)
  • Thyme (to middle)

Essential Oil Categories

Essential oils fall into scent categories, knowing these will help you get an idea for what a particular oil smells like, as well as what it could pair well with. 

Camphoraceous

Similar to camphor; strongly aromatic, almost medicinal. Includes eucalyptus, frankincense, hyssop, marjoram, rosemary, sage and camphor.

Blends well with citrus, woodsy, herbaceous, earthy.

Floral

Derived from flowering botanical sources. Examples include clary sage, jasmine, chamomile, lavender, rose, ylang ylang, and geranium.

Blends well with other florals, woodsy, spicy, citrus.

Mint

Strongly aromatic and cooling. Includes peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen and pennyroyal. 

Blends well with citrus, woodsy, herbaceous and earthy oils.

Musky

Robust, earthy scents. Includes Myrrh, citronella, and patchouli. 

Blends well with woodsy and minty.

Spicy

Invigorating and aromatic, they can liven up any blend. Includes anise, basil, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, oregano, cardamom. 

Blends well with floral and citrus. 

Earthy

Smells of earth or wet dirt. Includes Oakmoss, vetiver, and patchouli.

Blends well with woodsy and minty.

Woodsy

Scents of walking through the woods. Includes pine, spruce, cypress, cedarwood, and fir.

Blends well with all categories. 

Herbaceous 

Pungent and slightly woody. Plants found in the garden. Includes lavender, basil, clary sage, geranium, marjoram, peppermint, and rosemary.

Blends well spicy, floral, woodsy, citrus.

Citrus

Smells like citrus fruit. Uplifting, fresh, vibrant. Includes lemon, bergamot, petitgrain, lemongrass, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, and mandarin.

Blends with floral, exotic, woodsy, minty.

Exotic

Pungent, sweet and warm. Includes clove, ginger, patchouli, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.

Blends well with  floral and citrus.

Resinous 

Deep, buttery, and soft. Includes frankincense, peru balsam, myrrh, and vanilla.

Blends well with citrus and floral.

Want to Learn how to Safely Blend your own Perfumes?

Make Your Own Affordable Natural Perfumes ebook cover

In this book you will learn:

– What are essential oils?- Safety and essential oils – phototoxicity and photosensitivity- Dilution rates for different essential oils- How to do patch testing- What equipment you will need- How to create unique perfume blends using essential oils- How to test your scent blends- DIY perfume recipes to get you started

DIY Customizable Perfume Oil Recipe

You Will Need

perfume oil recipes

If you want to make 10 ml of perfume, use 5 – 10 drops of essential oils and fill container with carrier oil.

Instructions
  1. ​Add your essential oils to your container. Pour the Jojoba oil into your small roll-on container or a dropper bottle until it is full. Cap the lid, and shake well. Let the oils sit and fuse for a couple days.
  2. Place a couple drops of your perfume behind your ears or on the inside of your wrists. Enjoy!

*Note: Be sure to preform a patch test to make sure your perfume blend will not irritate your skin

To get a well-rounded blend
50 ml carrier oil
  • 10 drops base note
  • 6 drops middle note
  • 4 drops top note
10 ml carrier oil
  • 5 drops base note
  • 3 drops middle note
  • 2 drops top note

diy perfume oil recipes

Scent Blend Recipes

If you don’t want to experiment with making your own scents, use these recipes below to get you started. They all add up to 20 drops. Just add these scent blends to the 50 ml DIY Perfume Recipe above.

Spicy and Floral
  • 12 drops lavender
  • 3 drops clove
  • 2 drops nutmeg
  • 2 drops vanilla
  • 1 drop ylang-ylang
Flower Garden
  • 7 drops sweet orange
  • 4 drops patchouli
  • 4 drops cedarwood
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops ylang ylang
  • 1 drop bergamot
Calm and De-Stress
  • 9 drops grapefruit
  • 4 drops sweet orange
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 2 drops clary sage
  • 1 drop roman chamomile
Robust Manly Blend
  • 6 drops bergamot
  • 6 drops patchouli
  • 3 drops bay laurel
  • 3 drops vetiver
  • 1 drop ginger
  • 1 drop neroli
Woodland Escape
  • 8 drops spruce
  • 4 drops fir
  • 4 drops cedarwood
  • 2 drops vetiver
  • 2 drops bergamot
A Romantic Night
  • 10 drops rose
  • 5 drops lime
  • 5 drops vetiver
Give Me Energy
  • 12 drops grapefruit
  • 8 drops ylang-ylang
Simple Men’s Blend
  • 10 drops cedarwood
  • 6 drops bergamot
  • 4 drops sandalwood
Sensual Woman
  • 5 drops coriander
  • 6 drops bergamot
  • 4 drops neroli
  • 2 drops jasmine
  • 3 drops rose
Forest Fairy
  • 10 drops sweet orange
  • 5 crops cedarwood
  • 3 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops rosemary

perfume oil recipes with essential oils

Where to Buy Your Supplies

Essential Oils 

My favorite brand of essential oils is Rocky Mountain Oils. They sell high-quality, therapeutic-grade essential oils and do third-party testing to verify the potency and purity of their oils. [Learn why they are the best essential oil brand].

Amazon has a large selection of essential oils. The best brands on Amazon are Eden’s Garden and Plant Therapy.

Containers

A roller-ball will be the most convenient way to transport and use your perfume oil. A dropper bottle works as well, but is harder to use. Make sure you buy bottles that are made of dark glass, to protect your perfume from light. 

I like Infinity Jars from Amazon. They are super dark glass and come in a variety of sizes. Another good brand is Vivaplex.

Rocky Mountain oils c
arries 10ml roller-balls. ​

Carrier Oils

The best carrier oils for perfumes are jojoba and fractionated coconut oil. These oils are slow to go rancid and have no odor that will compete with your essential oils.

On Amazon I recommend Leven Rose brand of Jojoba oil and Molivera Organics Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Rocky Mountain Oils also carries Jojoba Oil and Fractionated Coconut Oil

Want to Learn how to safely blend your own perfumes?

Make Your Own Affordable Natural Perfumes ebook cover

In this book you will learn:

– What are essential oils?- Safety and essential oils – phototoxicity and photosensitivity- Dilution rates for different essential oils- How to do patch testing- What equipment you will need- How to create unique perfume blends using essential oils- How to test your scent blends- DIY perfume recipes to get you started

Do you have any recipes to share?

Leave any questions you may have in the comments below and I will do my best to help you out!