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How To Make Natural Perfume With Essential Oils

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How To Make Natural Perfume With Essential Oils

For many perfumes are part of their daily life, like the clothes they wear on their back. However, it’s hard to find your signature scent that doesn’t break the bank. Instead of spending hundreds of Rands on expensive synthetic perfume, why not make a natural perfume with essential oils? This blog post will break down the process of how to make essential oil perfume into simple steps you can do in your kitchen.

Guide To Blending Essential Oils

Essential oils are produced from plants; they are fragrant and carry various therapeutic benefits. While for aromatherapy, people are generally concerned with the effects of the essential oils, making natural perfume requires you to pay closer attention to the scent. 

The Essential Oil Notes

When blending essential oils, you need to be aware of the concept of fragrance or essential oil notes. Scents are divided into 3 categories, based on the intensity and longevity of their scents. These are top notes, middle notes, and base notes. 

  • Top Notes – these have very strong or intense fragrances but they do not last very long because they evaporate quickly. This note is what attracts you to the perfume and leads you to the next layers.

Top notes usually include essential oils from citrus fruits and herbs, such as sweet orange, bergamot, sweet basil, eucalyptus, juniper, neroli, spearmint, and peppermint.

  • Middle Notes – these are considered the heart of the perfume, as they tend to leave a lasting impression. Middle notes last longer than the top notes and influences the base note. 

Examples of middle notes are geranium, rose, lemongrass, ylang ylang, lavender, clary sage, chamomile, cinnamon, Melissa, clove, and jasmine.

  • Base Notes – these fragrances are the last to appear and last the longest. The scent mingles with the scent of the middle notes to create a rich fragrance. 

Examples of base notes are vanilla, patchouli, cedarwood, elemi, frankincense, and sandalwood.

The Ratios: Balancing The Aroma

Another concept that you need to be familiar with is ratio, which is essentially balancing the scents in your blend. It’s important to keep in mind that your natural perfume will not only consist of essential oils. About 20% of the perfume will be made up of carrier oils to dilute the potency of the essential oils. 

The essential oils should make up 80% of the total volume, while the carrier oil and vitamin E oil should make up 20%. The 80% will be divided between the three notes accordingly:

Top notes – 15 to 20%

Middle notes – 30 to 40% 

Base notes – 45 to 55% 

Meanwhile, the remaining 20% is typically divided equally between the carrier oil, which dilutes the essential oils, and the Vitamin E oil, which helps preserve the natural perfume longer. Carrier oils are crucial whenever you use essential oils on your skin because essential oils are highly potent liquids that can irritate the skin when applied directly.

Every perfume you have ever smelled consists of these layers combined through these ratios. A well-rounded perfume takes you through a smooth journey through these layers of fragrances. You can make a thousand and one unique scents by simply applying these elements.

Getting To Know The Aroma Families

Aside from the notes and the ratios, you also need to consider the aroma families of each essential oils. This is usually based on the source of the essential oil. 

  • Citrus – have light, fruity scent that smells fresh, clean, and tangy (e.g., lemon, grapefruit, sweet orange, citronella, lime, lemongrass)
  • Floral – have subtle, powdery fragrances that resemble the scent of flowers (e.g., lavender, chamomile, ylang-ylang, rose geranium, jasmine)
  • Musky – deep or rich scents that have a smoky, earthy, and slightly sweet characteristic (e.g., frankincense, myrrh, elemi)
  • Woody – reminiscent of the scent of the soil (e.g., cypress, juniper berry, sandalwood, patchouli, pine)
  • Herbaceous – have a leafy or grassy scent that smells fresh and mildly floral (e.g., clary sage, Melissa, Marjoram, rosemary, thyme, tea tree)
  • Minty – have a cool, refreshing scent (e.g., peppermint, spearmint)
  • Spicy – have a warm, intense scent (e.g., cardammom, cinnamon, basil, sweet ginger)

Step-By-Step Recipe To Making Natural Perfumes

Now, onto the steps to creating your own natural perfume.

What you will need:

  • 3 to 4 essential oils (at least one top note, middle note, and base note)
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Carrier Oil
  • Measuring cylinder or a small glass 
  • A glass dropper or pipettes
  • Stirring rod
  • Funnel
  • Amber spray bottle or roller bottle (whichever you prefer)

Note: the tools you need are also available in the Essential Oil Blending Labs Kit.

The Steps:

1. Prepare your measuring cylinder or glass and funnel, if necessary.

2. Decide on how much perfume you want to make. You can start small if you are still trying out scents or simply follow your container’s capacity. Based on the amount you want to make, compute the ratio for the top note, middle note, base note, and vitamin E oil and carrier oil. 

3. Start pouring your essential oils. Start with the base notes, followed by the middle notes, then the top notes. 

4. Stir the mixture gently. 

3. Stir in Vitamin E oil, followed by your choice of carrier oil. Stir the mixture thoroughly.

4. Transfer your perfume to the spray bottle or roller bottle.

5.  Store in a cool place, away from direct sunlight.

Additional Tips For Storing Natural Perfume

Essential oils are photosensitive liquids, meaning they oxidize and turn rancid when exposed to the sun. This is why essential oils always come in amber glass bottles as these limit the amount of sunlight that comes into contact with the oils.

An important note here is that you should let your natural perfume sit for about a month to let the essential oils mix fully so you can experience the scent layers fully.

Now that you know how to make perfume with essential oils, which essential oil blends are you excited to use as perfume? Tell us in the comments below!

17 thoughts on “How To Make Natural Perfume With Essential Oils

  1. Bernice Harman says:

    My aunt taught me a good few years ago how to use essential oils to make perfume. She always has this unique scent that arouses ones senses. I always have to compliment her and in turn she tells me which essential oil she mixed and her recipe. But I love the layout on this blog post of how it’s done!

    • OAZA says:

      Hi there Bernice

      Thank you for nice the comment. If you stumble upon a pleasant recipe, please share.

      We love experimenting!

  2. Tracy K says:

    Love the idea of making a natural perfume and knowing exactly what’s in it! Thanks for the article!

  3. Martie says:

    I have been looking for an informative post on how to make my own perfume and so glad I found this one. Looking forward to playing around with some scents soon. 💚

    • OAZA says:

      Hi Martie. There is so much info on this topic we still want to share. We will publish more content soon! Working on a video as well. Using oils that are good for you to smell fantastic, why not!

  4. Rochelle Rae says:

    Wow- you never know the chemicals and added ingredients in store bought perfumes and I am very conscious about what I put on my skin… after all it’s the largest organ in our body. So will definitely be using this to smell good safely 🙂

  5. Marlize says:

    It’s amazing how we get informed what ingredients are being used as well as what’s the purpose of the ingredients. Very helpful and I must say I’m very impressed. It was definitely worth it to take some time and read through this

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