Natural perfumes can be pretty expensive, but, luckily, it’s easy to make your own perfume at home using just a few ingredients. Gather some essential oils and a base to mix the with, like rubbing alcohol or jojoba and coconut oil, and a container to hold the perfume. It’s really easy to make your own essential oil based perfume, just follow the steps.
Use a rollerball jar for easier application.
Oil-based perfumes can clog spray bottles, so it’s best to use a rollerball jar for easy application. Luckily, rollerballs allow you to target your scent in specific areas, like your wrists or neck area, making for a more muted and subtle scent.
- If you want a more pronounced scent, you can use the rollerball to apply the scent in multiple spots on your body.
Add the jojoba and fractionated coconut oil to the jar.
Use a funnel to pour 1⁄2 fluid ounce (15 mL) of jojoba oil and 1⁄2 fluid ounce (15 mL) of fractionated coconut oil into the bottom of the container. Be sure to measure your ingredients before adding them to the jar, as too much carrier oil can dilute the essential oils.
- You can find jojoba and fractionated coconut oil at most specialty grocery or health stores. It’s important to use the fractionated version of coconut oil because it stays in a liquid form, rather than solidifying.
Put 20-25 drops of essential oils into the container.
Use a dropper or pipette to carefully add the essential oils to the jar. Be sure to balance your oils carefully to prevent the perfume from becoming too strong. The essential oils will float on top of the other oils when you first put them in the jar.
Test the perfume on your arm, and adjust the scent if needed.
Screw the rollerball lid on tightly to prevent leaks. Then, shake the jar and invert it for about 30 seconds to combine the oils thoroughly. Roll the ball of the jar on your wrist and wait 10 seconds for it to dry. Then, smell the scent and add 3-5 more drops of oils if you want to make the scent stronger.
- Keep in mind that most people won’t be able to smell the perfume unless they’re close to your body. If you want people to be able to smell it, apply the perfume to more places on your body, like your arms, chest, and behind your ears.
- If you want a more subtle scent, add 5-10 drops of jojoba or fractionated coconut oil.
Store the jar in a cool spot out of direct sunlight.
To keep your perfume smelling fresh, keep it in a medicine cabinet or drawer. If you’re carrying it around, be sure to keep it in a pocket of your bag out of the sunlight.
- If your rollerball is a dark color, like blue or brown, it’s safe to keep it on the counter for short periods of time.
- Oil-based perfumes should last 6 months-1 year. If your perfume starts to lose its scent, pour it out and make a new batch.
Choose the right Essential oil for you.
If you find yourself drawn to the smell of a particular flower, use essential oils from that flower! Popular floral blends include lavender and bergamot, lilac and ylang ylang, or geranium and sandalwood. For a perfume with a single scent, choose a strong floral oil, like rose, lavender, or jasmine.
Citrus scents are versatile, and can be paired with floral scents, herbal scents, or other citrus scents. Popular citrus blends include lemon, lime, ginger, orange and cardamom, or basil. Keep in mind that citrus oils tend to be very strong, so combining more than 2 can be overwhelming.
Scents like chamomile, basil, mint, vanilla, bergamot, rosemary, and clove create a fresh, Earthy-smelling perfume. They’re great for mixing with florals, citrus, and musky scents to incorporate notes of the outdoors.
Make your own Essential oil based perfume using above references as an idea. you can always use the essential oils which you like to make a new variation.