Make Your Signature Scent: Perfume Oil Project

Have you ever made your own perfume? You can easily make a roll-on perfume oil by combining essential oils with a carrier base oil. It doesn’t cost very much, can be a great gift for the holidays, or can be an inexpensive way to make your own signature scent.

Perfume Oil Project

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Several years ago, my sister and I owned an herbal gift shop, and making your own perfume was one of the classes we taught. Back then, jojoba oil was considered the premier carrier oil. It is actually a wax and is said to last for years. Recently though, I have heard and read that fractionated coconut oil is another great carrier with a long shelf life. For this perfume oil project I will be using Fractionated Coconut Oil

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The essential oils vary in price, but you can easily find some to fit your budget. In addition to smelling great, essentials give you the added bonus of providing aromatherapy for your mind and body. Some essential oils, such as lavender, are great for relaxation, whereas grapefruit is very energizing.

flowerbaseFun project idea: Invite your friends over. Have each person bring a different essential oil that you can all share. You provide the roll-on bottles, the carrier oil and the wine.



The Recipe

What You Need
1/3 oz. carrier oil  (jojoba oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil)
approx. 20 drops of essential oil
1- 10ml Roll on Bottles
plastic or glass Eye Dropper

  1. Start with one or two drops of your base note. This is the strongest and will dominate the others.
  2. Add a little more of the middle note – swirl and sniff.
  3. Then add five or six drops of the top note  – swirl, sniff and adjust.
  4. Finish with the carrier oil.


The Details

To make my own “Garden Matter Blend,” I used bergamot oil, lavender oil and patchouli oil. You could make the perfume oil using only one essential oil, but I think it is fun to make a blend. Blends are made with three or more scents, usually a top note, a middle note and a base note. Top notes are the fragrance that you first smell in a scent. They are also the first one to evaporate. In my blend, I use bergamot for the top note. Have you ever smelled Earl Grey tea? I love the way it smells. The essential oil of bergamot comes from the rind of the bergamot orange, grown in Southern Italy.

For my middle note I used lavender. The middle note is also known as the heart note, as it is considered the heart of the fragrance since it shows up once the top note has evaporated and lasts longer than the top note. The middle note is more mellow and well-rounded. Lavender and rose are typical middle note oils.

I chose patchouli as my base note. Base notes are the scents that linger the longest. Okay, I’m sure some of you are thinking, “patchouli?” It is reminiscent of the 70s and incense. However, I think of it more like onions and garlic in the cooking world. Alone they are very pungent and not so nice, but mixed with other foods, they are the stars that make the dish.

Here is a sample list of essential oils and whether they are top, middle or base notes. There are no rules. Have fun and play with them. Dab the oil at your pulse points (behind the ear, knee and inside of wrist). See how they wear after a time.


Learn how to make your signature scent with perfume oil and essential oils. A great group activity where you can share each others oils and experiment.Free Label Template

I made a label to use with Microsoft Word. They print on standard mailing labels Avery 5160 2 ⅝” x 1”. You can change the color and the text to suit your needs. Test on paper first. Mine needed to be two inches, so I skewed the text left so I could cut them down to fit the bottle. Then I added some washi tape on the sides for decoration. click here to download the template

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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Coral Winkworth says:

    Thanks for sharing the Perfume Oil recipe. It sounds great and I am going to try making it to see how it turns out. I will keep you updated once I do my test run. Thanks again and I love your website. Keep up the good work.

    • Hi Coral,

      I’m so glad you like the perfume oil. Testing it is half the fun. I’d love to hear how it works for you. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Hello

    I am an aromatherapist and I have just bought some rollerball bottles. I would like to try making a blend of perfume using pure rose oil. Any suggestions which two other oils would blend nicely with rose? I would appreciate your comments x

    • Hi Gillian,

      As an aromatherapist you may know a lot more than I but here are my two cents. I believe rose is a nice middle note which to me means that it is not the first one you will smell and not the last one. I believe it is known to blend with many oils so good choice. Going from there traditionally you may want to pick a lighter top note like a citrus and a heavier base note like ylang ylang. Of course, it all depends on your taste. Rose oil is expensive and if you want that fragrance to stand out use more or consider skipping the base note. Hope that helps and that you find the perfect mix.

  3. What size bottle did you use? I can’t wait to smell this blend.
    Thank you!

  4. Hello, I’m planning to make my own perfume oil but may I know how long does the scent last and is it as strong as the typical perfume we purchase in stores? Thank you!

    • Hi Robert,

      It really depends on the oils you use. If you look at the list of oils I have given you a sample of top, middle and base notes. The base notes will last the longest. I would say in my experience that the oil perfume is not quite as strong as commercial but may last just as long, but again it depends on the perfume and the perfume. Have fun experimenting!

      • Oh… but can the scent be detected by others easily or is it just a slight whiff? I was thinking of making a blend that smells woody + spicy (since it might be stronger/ more condensed), may I know which scent would you recommend to use as the base note? Anw thanks so much for the reply!

        • In my opinion the scent is usually subtle not strong. You probably wouldn’t notice it when you walk past someone. Most of the time you notice it close up for example in an embrace.
          For a woody spicy scent you may want to try cedarwood for the base note. Black pepper could be a good choice but I believe its more of a middle note. It all depends on your preference and how they smell on you so you’ll want to experiment but that half the fun.

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