DIY Homemade Perfume (a simple homemade gift)

DIY homemade perfume is so easy to make and contains zero nasty ingredients!!

I love perfume! It’s the finishing touch to the beginning of my day.

I remember as a child how I used to beg my mother to allow me to use her perfume. I felt so grown up when wearing it, almost like it was magical. Fast forward to today and my relationship with perfume is not as magical. The idea of going to a department store to sift through the hundreds of scents gives me a migraine (literally!) just thinking about it. The pushy sales people, the $100 price tag, and the inability to find a scent that is “just right” also adds to my disdain.

Finally, one day when I was at my local farmer’s market, I came across someone who made perfume out of essential oils. I found a scent that I loved and soon returned to buy more, but they were just traveling through. It was then that I had the idea to make my own. Who better to customize a scent for myself, but me! I would be in control of the ingredients, to make sure that what I was using was organic and complimentary to my health. Store-bought perfumes are loaded with toxic chemicals that have have links, in various studies, to cancer.  Eeek!

This DIY homemade perfume recipe is so easy to make and easy to customize. You will never buy perfume again!

The best part? Homemade perfume is perfect for gift giving!

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Homemade perfume so simple, I promise!

First, I bought a perfume bottle from Amazon that comes with two lids and a funnel. Next, you will need essential oils. I buy mine from a local store or Amazon. This is where you can get creative and customize your own scent. Lastly, you need a carrier oil. There are different types of carrier oils you can use. I like to use fractionated coconut oil (the liquid version of coconut oil), but any carrier you have on hand will work (such as: jojoba oil, almond oil, apricot kernel oil, or avocado oil.)

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To make the perfume, simply fill the perfume bottle half-way with your carrier oil. Only half way? Well yes, there is a reason for that. It’s much easier to add then to take away and since you’re experimenting with the scents that work for you, you will want some leeway just in case.

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Once you find your perfect mixture, double the ingredients and shake! Seriously it’s that simple!

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The end result is a customized perfume that is inexpensive (think of the cost of just one bottle of perfume that you can’t reuse) and healthy. I suggest putting the perfume on areas that heat up, such as: the arm crease at the elbow, behind the ears, or your wrists. As the day goes on, your body heat will trigger the oils and you will have a lasting scent.

Homemade perfume also makes a great gift for the Holidays!

DIY Homemade Floral Perfume
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Fill the perfume bottle with the carrier oil.
  2. Add in the essential oil drops with a dropper. You can use my recipe or create one of your own.
  3. Put the lid on the bottle and shake for thirty seconds. Congratulations you have just made perfume!
  4. Roll on or spray (depending on your bottle of choice).

The recipe provided is my favorite scent, a light floral scent that’s not overpowering.

Oil Options for Perfume-Making

Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Rosemary, Geranium, Ylang ylang*, Lavender, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Vanilla, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Patchouli

*Ylang ylang should be avoided by pregnant women.

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21 Comments

  • Dechen says:

    They look wonderful!! I cant wait to try the Ylang Ylang, Blood Orange and Lavender combination, sounds scrumptious!!! Many thanks for sharing…

    • Kristin Marr says:

      You’re welcome, Dechen. I’m grateful Christina shared her perfume knowledge with us :).

      • Dechen says:

        Thank you Kristin,I have not been able to find Blood Orange EO, could I make a close substitution with another citrus oil you think? I have pretty much all of them except for the blood Orange… Many thanks 😉

  • Hannah L. says:

    Love this and can’t wait to try it! I’m curious if there is a good option to use in place of the Ylang Ylang that won’t alter the scent too much? Any recommendations?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Hannah, Ylang ylang has a light floral scent, so I think something with a similar floral scent would make a lovely replacement. I’m going to ask Christina (the author) and I’ll get back with you :).

  • Hannah L. says:

    That would be great, thanks! 🙂

  • I had no idea it’s this simple! Just mixing some essential oils you like with coconut oil. I already have these ingredients for making natural deodorant – I’m going to get them out and create a perfume! Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Amanda, I didn’t know how simple making homemade perfume was either. When Christina told me about homemade perfume I immediately had to try and have been so pleased with the result. I get terrible headaches from store-bought perfume, so I’ve loved this simple answer. Enjoy!!

  • Michell says:

    What is the difference between Blood Orange EO and doTerra’s Wild Orange EO?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Michell, I believe Wild Orange EO is a bit lighter and tarter than Blood Orange EO. I know Wild Orange is an EO that’s regularly used for perfume. I think it would create a lovely perfume!

      • Michell says:

        Thank you very much for responding. I cannot wait to try this recipe. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

  • Meghan says:

    This looks great!

    I’m curious though…would the carrier oil stain your clothes?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Meghan!

      I personally have not had an issue with staining my clothes because I am using the misting perfume bottle that you see in the pictures. So the mist is very fine and also I prefer to also use it on area’s that would get heated up like my wrists, behind the ears as well.

  • Krystle says:

    oh my goodness I cant wait to try this. just one question tho. Will the oils cause oil spots on clothes? I cant have that but I really want to try this!!! thanks for sharing!!

  • Christina says:

    I’m going to make my perfume with spirits instead of coconut oil. Recently I made vanilla and orange extracts (purposed for baking) from vanilla pods, orange peels and 40* vodka, so I was wondering if extracts like these could be used for making perfumes? I mean mixing different tinctures, made from flowers, fruits, etc
    (instead of using essential oils) + 96% ethanol spirits. Then just leaving the perfume to “ripe” a certain amount of time and then the perfume is ready to be used?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Christina, I don’t have much experience using extracts to make perfume, but I think it’s a great idea. If the extracts produce the scent you’d like for a perfume, then I say go for it! I’d love to hear how it goes.

  • Alexa says:

    Hey I was just wondering why you used oil in your perfume and not water or alcohol? I’m new to homemade products and am trying to learn as much as possible. Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Alexa, The author of the perfume post, Christina, doesn’t care for alcohol on her skin since it can dry the skin out very easily. And water (and the oils) didn’t last very long. The oil with the essential oils was gentle on the skin and also helped keep the scent on the skin. You can definitely use water or a bit alcohol (I would dilute it or use witch hazel) if you’d like.

  • Serendipity says:

    i wonder if these particular essential oils would stain clothing? The oil I separated in lab (clove oil) managed to stain my lab coat, and it is now a permanent resident there.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Serendipity, If you get it on your clothes, they may stain. Usually I apply deodorant to my neck and wrists, so it doesn’t rub against fabric, other than a sweater or something (I haven’t had issues so far).

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