Learn how to make your own signature scent perfume oil by blending different essential oils with a carrier oil. This is a fun project to make alone or with a group trying combinations of scents to create your own unique perfume blend.
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 an inexpensive way to make your own signature scent.
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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 working with fractionated coconut oil but you can use any carrier oil you like.
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.
How to Make Essential Oil Perfume
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 and therefore are the first 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 because 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. I think of it more like onions and garlic in the cooking world because alone they are very pungent and not so nice, but mixed with other foods, they are the stars that make the dish.
Essential Oil Perfume Notes
Here is a sample list of essential oils and whether they are top, middle or base notes.
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. I skewed the text left so I could cut them down to fit the bottle, then added some washi tape on the sides for decoration. Click here to get the template
Make it a DIY Perfume Oil Party
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.
There are no rules. Have fun and play with this roll on perfume oil. Dab it at your pulse points (behind the ear, knee, and inside of the wrist). See how they wear after a time.
Perfume Recipe with Essential Oils
- 1/3 oz. carrier oil jojoba oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil
- approx. 20 drops of essential oils
- 1- 10 ml Roll-on Bottles
- [plastic or glass Eye Dropper]
- Start with one or two drops of your base note. This is the strongest and will dominate the others.
- Add a little more of the middle note – swirl and sniff.
- Then add five or six drops of the top note – swirl, sniff and adjust.
- Finish with the carrier oil.