DIY Homemade Perfume (a simple homemade gift)

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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!


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.)


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.


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


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 perfume is so easy to make and contains zero nasty ingredients!!
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DIY Homemade Floral Perfume

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!

Course DIY
Cuisine American
Keyword Homemade Purfume
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 5 oz
Author Kristin Marr



  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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  1. says: Dechen

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

      1. says: Dechen

        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 😉

      2. says: Alex

        4 stars
        Hey Kristin, this looks like an amazing gift idea. I am just wondering where I can get a spray bottle like the one in your picture.



  2. says: Hannah L.

    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?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      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 :).

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      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!!

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      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!

    1. 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.

  3. says: Krystle

    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!!

  4. says: Christina

    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?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      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.

  5. says: Alexa

    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!

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      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.

  6. says: Serendipity

    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.

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      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).

  7. says: Caroline

    Hi ladies am glad that I bump into this page ‘ I’ve learn a lot thank you I can’t wait to start my own perfume. I.wrote all the details down ‘ my question is where can i buy all those oils ‘ am in South Africa ‘ Thanks

  8. says: Monica

    5 stars
    Hi Kristin,

    Love this post.. I’ve been wanting to make my own perfumes for many years. My previous attempts didn’t turn out. I was trying to do an alcohol base because I wanted to mist it. I love the bottle you have here, but I too have been wondering how any oil would mist, especially like a fine perfume mister. I have never used fractionalized coconut oil, as it just recently popped up on my radar, but it’s on my list to pick up. Is it somehow thinner than other carrier oils? Appreciate your help and all your great recipes! I’m also going to try your foundation powder. Can’t wait to try out these simple but BRILLIANT recipes!

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Monica, Thank you! I’m not sure about every perfume mister, but oil will spray–may it may depend on the mister size. I’ve been using a daily body oil (recipe coming) made with almond oil and it sprays really well using one of the amber bottles and spray nozzles. That may be the best way to use the perfume to make sure that it will spray.

  9. says: JoAnna Garnto

    I am planning to try this but wondering if the oils will continue to spray for a lingerie period of time.. from a perfume bottle.

  10. says: Zaphod

    What about alcohol and distilled water? All of the main perfumed come with these, and I can’t find the right balance.

    It seems if I out too much fragrenced oil, the smell is too strong! If I out too much alcohol, it’s weak and evaporates

  11. says: Robleigh

    Thanks for all the information. It was great. What type of proportion do you suggest when mixing the essential oils as far as how many drops to the amount of carrier oil? Do you have a suggested proportion or one that has worked for you?

  12. says: Les

    Good afternoon

    Thank you so much for sharing your ides, much appreciated Based on your perfume recipe, can you please advise how long the perfume will last? Thank you for your help, I look forward to hearing from you soon. Kindest regards, Les

  13. says: kiki seprona

    The perfumes are nice such a nice gift to the person you are giving it to.
    and, i think the perfume will not be good for babies and toddlers.

  14. says: Shubham

    i think my question is weird but ill just shoot it . I love how browned butter and brown sugar smell whenever i make cookies. Is it possible to make essense from that and use it in a perfume ?

    1. says: Chardea Singer

      Hi Shubham,

      A vanilla essential oil would probably be the closet thing. Not sure if you can achieve that specific scent though.

      Let me know how that works!

      LS Team

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