How to Make Your Own EO Perfume

How to Make Your Own EO Perfume

How to Make Your Own EO Perfume

Perfume is a form of expression. 


Just as you may choose your makeup, clothing, posture, words, and even your tone to convey something about yourself—perfume is just one more way you tell the world This is who I am. This is what I choose and what I want to say. 


It’s empowering to know that we smell good. 


It’s even more empowering to smell good with a perfume that we have made—customized to ourselves and our personalities. 

So, how do I make my own perfume using EOs?

Good question! Making your own high-quality perfume is more than throwing a few random oils into the same bottle and calling it good. 


Yes, perfumery has a lot to do with creativity and personal preference. But a quick breakdown of basic perfume theory and best practices will help you make the best perfume for you! Think of it like how a painter needs to get to know his brushes first in order to really bring the masterpiece in his mind to life on the canvas. 


What you will need: 

  • 1 empty essential oil bottle/vial

  • 3 or more essential oils to mix into a perfume base. 

  • An alcohol solution (ethanol, isopropyl, etc)

  • Distilled water

  • 1 carrier oil (jojoba oil is preferred, though other unscented oils may do)

  • 1 medium sized, probably glass, container for mixing your perfume

  • 1 or more containers for your finished perfume (i.e. roller bottles or glass spritz bottles)


Optional: 

  • Vitamin E oil to act as a preservative


Step 1: Get an idea for what you want


Take just a minute to try and conjure up your “vision”. 


Your “vision” will help guide you in making your perfume. Do you want to express yourself as light, energetic and fun? Warm, yet mysterious and complex? Alluring and deeply sensual? Fresh and free-flowing? Sharp, yet pleasant?


You know best what you want to convey with this perfume. And furthermore, you know best what oil fragrances will best invoke that “vision” for you. 


(And if you’re struggling to decide what your “vision” is, sniff around your available EO bottles a little for inspiration. Eventually, you might land on some particular scents or feelings you want to focus on!)


Many perfumes focus on a particular scent category: 

  • Sweet

  • Spicy

  • Woody

  • Fruity

  • Herbal


Step 2: Determine your top, base, and middle notes


What are top, base, and middle notes? Let us explain really quick:


  • The top note is the first scent to come across in a perfume. It also fades the fastest.


  • The middle note of any perfume is often called the “heart” note. The smell of it lingers longer than the top note but not as long as the base note. 


  • The base note underlies the entire perfume and is the longest-lasting scent in the mixture. It is often regarded as “fixative” for the perfume as a whole. 


All these notes together will create your perfume base.


It is typically to use at least 1 different essential oil for each note of your perfume. 


And different oils, by their nature, favor being used for different notes: 


Top notes

Middle notes

Base notes

  • Anise

  • Basil

  • Bergamot

  • Black Spruce

  • Blue Cypress

  • Cajuput

  • Cinnamon

  • Clary Sage

  • Coriander

  • Davana

  • Eucalyptus

  • Grapefruit

  • Hyssop

  • Lemon

  • Lemongrass

  • Lemon Myrtle

  • Lime

  • Mandarin

  • Myrtle

  • Neroli

  • Naouli

  • Orange

  • Peppermint

  • Petitgrain

  • Ravensara

  • Sage

  • Spearmint

  • Tangerine

  • Tea Tree

  • Thyme

  • Verbena

  • Wintergreen

  • Bay

  • Black Pepper

  • Blue Tansy

  • Catnip

  • Cardamon

  • Chamomile

  • Cilantro

  • Citronella

  • Cypress

  • Fennel

  • Geranium

  • Ginger

  • Ho Leaf

  • Ho Wood

  • Hyssop

  • Jasmine

  • Juniper

  • Kanuka

  • Kunzea

  • Lavender

  • Marjoram

  • Melissa

  • Nutmeg

  • Palmarosa

  • Parsley

  • Pine

  • Rose

  • Rosemary

  • Spikenard

  • Yarrow

  • Angelica Root

  • Balsam Peru

  • Cassia

  • Cumin

  • Cedarwood

  • Cinnamon

  • Clove

  • Douglas Fir

  • Fir Needle

  • Frankincense

  • Ginger

  • Jasmine

  • Myrrh

  • Oakmoss

  • Patchouli

  • Rose

  • Sandalwood

  • Valerian

  • Vanilla

  • Vetiver

  • Ylang Ylang


Think of your “vision” and choose at least one oil for each note of your perfume. 


Once you have chosen your perfume notes, the trick will be to balance the notes just right to get the effect you want. That will depend, in part, on which oils you choose to use for each note (source) and how much of each oil you use in the mixture. 

Step 3: Decide how (in what percentages) you will blend your top, middle, and base notes


Most perfumes are either 

  1. Going to treat all three notes as equal partners in the perfume. 

For example, some recipes may call for fifteen drops of the base note, fifteen drops of the middle note, and fifteen drops of the top note. 

OR

  1. Going to treat one note as the “star” of the perfume and let the other notes serve supporting roles. In this case, the “star” oil will typically take up 50% of all the drops used.

(i.e. in a 30-drop-total perfume base, the “star” oil” will get at least 15).

Possible combinations:


Perfume Base Calculation Chart

Overall Drops→

Percentage↓

10

20

30

40

50

60

70

10%

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

15%

1.5

3

4.5

6

7.5

9

10.5

20%

2

4

6

8

10

12

14

25%

2.5

5

7.5

10

12.5

15

17.5

30%

3

6

9

12

15

18

21

35%

3.5

7

10.5

14

17.5

21

24.5

40%

4

8

12

16

20

24

28

45%

4.5

9

13.5

18

22.5

27

31. 5

50%

5

10

15

20

25

30

35

(i.e. If I were making a perfume base with 40 drops overall, and with a recipe of 20% top note, 50% middle note, and 30% base note, then I would need 8 drops of top note oil, 20 drops of middle note oil, and 12 drops of base note oil.)

Step 4: Decide How Much Perfume You Are Making


Once you have decided the percentages/dimensions of your perfume base, remember that  your perfume base should only take up about 20% of the overall liquid of your perfume. 


The other 80% will be taken up by either alcohol, water, and/or fixatives. 


Why Dilute the Perfume Base? 


This might seem counterintuitive at first, but remember that your perfume base will be made of pure essential oils which, without dilution, shouldn’t come into contact with human skin. 


By diluting your perfume base you protect yourself AND you create a perfume that will last you MUCH longer than if you were simply applying your perfume base as a whole perfume.


Take a look at the chart below. 


Once you know how much perfume you want to make (see Overall Perfume Volume), you’ll know how many drops/ml of perfume base you ought to have overall (see the Perfume Base). 


Perfume Base: 20%

Carrier Oil/Alcohol/Water/Fixative Solution: 80%

Overall Perfume Volume: 100%

20 drops = 1ml

5ml

6ml

40 drops = 2ml

10ml

12ml

60 drops = 3ml

15ml

18ml

120 drops = 6ml

24ml

30ml = 1 oz

240 drops = 12ml

48ml

60 ml = 2 oz

480 drops = 24ml

96ml

120 ml = 4 oz


Step 5: Combine your oils and let them set

Starting with your base note drops and working your way up, combine all the perfume notes of your perfume base into a small glass vial. 


Close the vial, give it a few good shakes, and then let it sit in a dark place for about a week. 


This will allow the oils to blend together and create a true perfume base. 

Step 6: Finish mixing your perfume and let it set

In a glass container, combine your perfume base with the rest of your perfume solution. 


After you put your perfume base in, the other perfume ingredients, your carrier oil, alcohol, and water, should all be added to the bottle in about the following proportions. 


Pro tip: Add a gram of Vitamin E oil to your perfume solution to prevent it from oxidizing and/or turning rancid.

Mix the solution well and then transfer it to your perfume container(s), usually either roller bottles or glass spritz bottles


Once the solution is well mixed, let the whole perfume solution sit (preferably somewhere dark and cool) for anywhere from 2 days to a month. 


The longer you let it sit the stronger your fragrance will become. 


Step 7: Enjoy your perfume! 

Wearing your own signature fragrance is something everyone should experience! 


Every time you inhale your perfume, you can think This is me


And every time you get a compliment on your lovely perfume, it will truly be a compliment to you, rather than to a big perfume company that sells the same fragrance to thousands of other people! 


Spritz or roll some onto your wrists, chest, or pulse points and you can carry your fragrance with you for hours at a time! 


And if you enjoy your personalized perfume, leave a comment for us below! We’d love to hear your success stories!



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