Do you love trying out new fragrances? If so, then you’ll love making your own perfume with essential oils! It’s a fun and easy way to create a unique scent that is perfect for you. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of using essential oils for perfume, and how to make your own fragrance using these natural ingredients. I must admit I’ve gone off mass market, synthetic perfumes & much prefer natural scents. Maybe you’re the same? Let’s get started then…!

Research Your Ingredients

When making your own perfume oils, there are a few safety tips to bear in mind, especially if you’re working with plant-derived essences. According to the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), essential oils may be sensitizing or inflammatory if used incorrectly, therefore it’s critical to follow the amounts outlined in the recipe below.

Also, certain citrus extracts, such as lime oil, can induce photosensitivity. Always research the components of your blends to check for any potential photosensitizing effects. Just because something is natural does not ensure that it is safe.

Learn the Composition of a Scent

It’s also important to grasp the fundamental structure of a scent. The head, heart, and base components make up perfume oils.

Although there are no hard-and-fast rules, these may last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes. The heart notes of a perfume are what carry it the longest and are most apparent for roughly 15 to 45 minutes.

The durability of the notes is determined by the base note, which is the most long-lasting. Your fragrance would fade without base components. The duration of your scent can be prolonged thanks to base components.

Choose Your Perfume Oils

It’s entirely up to you how you combine fragrances, but there are a few aromatic guidelines to bear in mind: The most frequent headnotes are citrus, as they are strong and forthright; florals predominate as heart notes since they are lighter and airier, while woodsy scents work well for base notes.

The essential oils are blended together, with the fragrance varying depending on personal preferences.

Woody scent: If you’re looking for something earthier, cedarwood and labdanum are the best choices. Experts often recommend combining these with something brighter and sharper, such as cognac extract, which isn’t overly sweet. Other woods include pine and sandalwood. 

Musky scent: Musk notes have been derived from animals in the past, but there are some botanical alternatives. Ambrette is the nearest thing to a botanical musk most DIY perfume makers have discovered. For contrast, try combining it with a white rose or cedarwood. Vetiver is another mossy musk with a lot of character.

Citrus scent: Citrus fragrances that are especially in vogue this season include bergamot, lemongrass, and grapefruit. These are bright, lively, and invigorating.

Herbal scent: Grass-scented geranium, peppermint, and marigold are light herbal essences. Grounding herbal essence herbs include lavender, chamomile, and rosemary. 

Floral scent: Florals are the essence of essential oils and natural raw materials, and this is where you can have the most fun. Rose, geranium, iris, and jasmine are some of the most common floral scents.

Gather the Right Materials

The following components and materials are necessary to make your own perfume:

  • 1 5 ml (0.2 fl oz) rollerball bottle
  • 3 essential oils: head, heart, and base
  • 4 pipettes or glass droppers: one for each essential oil and one for the carrier oil
  • Unscented carrier oil, like jojoba or almond oil 

DIY Perfume Recipe Tips

Here are a few last recommendations on how to create a perfume with essential oils:

  • Always adhere to the amounts stated in the recipe if you’re utilizing plant-based essences.
  • Examine the components of your mixtures to see whether they have any photosensitizing effects.
  • Perfume oils are made up of the head, heart, and base elements.
  • Bergamot, lemongrass, and grapefruit are some of the most popular citrus scents right now.
  • Try combining your perfume with a fragrance-free carrier oil to extend the life of your fragrance.

How to Apply Your Perfume

Depending on the kind of perfume you choose, you’ll either roll it on or spray it on. To distribute the fragrance, apply it behind your ear, across your collarbone, and over your chest.

Experts say that perfume oils should be dabbed on the tops of arms and avoided where the wrists are concerned since they have more blood flow and evaporate scent faster.

Perfume oils may also have a long-lasting impact on the nape of the neck. Perfume oils created by hand are the greatest skin elixir because they offer a silky skin feel, durability, and intensity that increases through the day rather than a one-note scent.

Let me know if this has inspired you to create your own scent & what oils you fancy using! I know I certainly want to give it a go…!