Following all of the different perfume recipes out there is hard! Making your own perfume in general is hard, but these perfume recipes I've found are not only sweet and oh-so-delicious smelling, they aren't bad to follow and the ingredients are pretty easy to find! If you've been dying to make your own perfume, take a look at my list of my top perfume recipes!
1. Floral Perfume
The very first of 7 perfume recipes that I tried was a floral perfume. I love perfumes that smell just like flowers and that last a really long time. This perfume will stick to your skin beautifully and it's also really easy to make! You need some vodka, some water, essential oil and even a little chamomile and finally some oil! That's it!
2 cups distilled water
3 tablespoons vodka
5 drops lavender essential/fragrance oil
10 drops chamomile essential/fragrance oil
10 drops valerian essential oil
Mix all the ingredients together, shake well. Place in a dark color bottle. Then allow the perfume to settle for at least 12 hours. Store in a cool dry area. Dab on pulse points for long-lasting fragrance. For added effect, add a bit of extra fine body glitter to your oil mix.
2. Rose Perfume
If you are looking for a specific rose perfume, this is the perfume recipe for you! This perfume smells like you just stuck your nose right in a bush of roses! It's also really easy to make – you just need essential oil, some vodka and an empty bottle!
3 ounces vodka
30 drops rose absolute or rose otto essential oil
Empty perfume or cologne bottle
**Add the oil to the vodka. Shake gently and allow the mixture to age for 2 to 3 weeks. This aging allows the alcohol to extract the aromatic constituents of the oil that are only partially soluble in the alcohol. You may notice globules of the undissolved constituents floating around in the mixture — this is normal.
After aging the mixture, chill it briefly and filter it using the funnel and a coffee filter. Let the mixture settle. If any additional globules form, chill and filter again. Repeat this process until all traces of undissolved oil are removed. At this point, your personal essence is ready to use.
3. Citrus Perfume
If you aren't looking for something that is floral, but instead, want something that is super summery and totally citrus, give a try to this recipe! Not only does it combine oranges, limes and lemons, but I swear, it smells super crisp, totally refreshing and oh-so-awesome!
1 tsp. dried lime peel
1 tsp. dried lemon peel
1 tsp. dried orange peel
1/4 cup of vodka
1 tsp. orrisroot powder
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. dried orange peel
**Combine dried lime peel, dried lemon peel and dried orange peel. Add the vodka and 1/4 teaspoon of castor oil.
Pour mixture into a glass container and cover tightly. Let sit for one week in a cool, dark place.
Transfer citrus perfume into a clean spray bottle. Spritz on neck and wrists.
To make a dry citrus perfume, combine the orrisroot powder, cornstarch, dried orange peel and 4 drops of lemon oil. Run through a food processor to create a fine powder.
Store in a clean dry jar, and use wherever you would typically put on fragrance. This dry perfume can be used immediately.
4. Enchanting Woody Perfume
Now, if you are more of a woodsy girl and are looking for something that smells just like the outside, in a forest, this is the perfume for you! It's got some hints of sandalwood, some peony and a lovely freshness (along with some other scents!) to make it smell amazing and it'll last a while on your skin too!
**2 cups distilled water
3 tablespoons vodka
5 drops everlasting essential oil
10 drops peony essential oil
10 drops sandalwood essential oil
Mix all the ingredients together, shake well. Place in a dark color bottle. Then allow the perfume to settle for at least 12 hours. Store in a cool dry area. Dab on pulse points for long-lasting fragrance.
5. Classic Perfume
If you are someone that just wants a simple perfume that is classic, this is the perfume base for you. Truthfully, this perfume recipe does not have any scent, as you should pick your own, but you can use this particular recipe as a base for any scent that you want!
1/2 ounce jojoba oil or sweet almond oil
2-1/2 ounces ethanol (e.g., vodka)
2 tablespoons spring water or distilled water (not tap water)
dark-colored glass bottle
25 drops essential oils (buy them at a health store or online [compare prices] or distill your own)
7 drops base note essential oils
7 drops middle note essential oils
6-7 drops top note essential oils
couple of drops of bridge notes (optional)
The essential oils that you use form the basis of your perfume. These essential oils are called the 'notes' of the perfume. The base notes are the part of the perfume that lasts the longest on your skin. The middle notes evaporate a little more quicky. The top notes are the most volatile and disperse first. Bridge notes have intermediate evaporation rates and serve to tie a scent together. Sometimes other substances are added to a perfume, such as sea salt (ocean scent), black pepper (spicy), camphor, and vetiver. Since the essential oils evaporate at different rates, the way a perfume smells changes over time as you wear it. Here are some examples of common base, middle, top, and bridge notes.
base notes: cedarwood, cinnamon, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, moss, lichen, fern
middle notes: clove, geranium, lemongrass, neroli, nutmeg, ylang-ylang
top notes: bergamot, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, neroli, orchid, rose
bridge: vanilla, lavender
The order in which you mix your ingredients is important, since it will affect the scent. If you change the procedure, record what you did in case you want to do it again.
6. Grapefruit Solid Perfume
If you are really looking for a solid perfume, this perfume is ideal for you! Not only does it smell just like a citrusy, grapefruit concoction, but it's also really refreshing and quenching. If you want a fresh perfume that has some crisp notes to it, this is it!
1 level teaspoon Beeswax Pellets or organic Carnauba Wax (vegan alternative)
1 level teaspoon organic Jojoba Oil (or other carrier oil)
20 drops organic Grapefruit Essential Oil
10 drops organic Lemongrass Essential Oil
5 drops organic Peppermint Essential Oil
Melt your beeswax or carnauba wax in a glass container in the microwave. (Alternately you could also use palm kernel flakes.) Once melted, add your jojoba oil or carrier oil of your choice. If your perfume starts to solidify, simply heat for a few seconds more in the microwave. Next, using a Plastic Transfer Pipetteadd your essential oils to the perfume blend. (If you choose to use a fragrance oil instead, add up to double the amount of essential oils.) Stir well to mix evenly, then pour into your containers and label if you like.
7. Whispering Rain Perfume Recipe
Finally, the last perfume recipe that I have used a lot all boils down to the smell after the rain falls. I love that scent – it smells amazing in general and I love how easy it is! If you want to smell just like you stepped out of a rain shower, make up a batch of this!
2 cups distilled water
3 tablespoons vodka
5 drops sandalwood essential oil
10 drops bergamot essential oil
10 drops cassis essential oil
Mix all the ingredients together, shake well. Place in a dark bottle. Then allow the perfume to settle for at least 12 hours. Store in a cool dry area. Dab on pulse points for long-lasting fragrance.
So girls, these are just a very few of the perfume recipes that are out there. Have you ever made your own perfume? What's your favorite scent