Homemade All Natural Perfume

If you’re concerned about the chemicals lurking in commercial perfumes and would like an all natural option, then this post is for you! Make your own perfume at home with just vodka and essential oils and save tons of money in the process! And it’s surprisingly easy.

Homemade Perfume - All Natural with No Chemicals

I have quite the memory for scents. To this day, I will get a whiff of a man’s cologne and instantly remember an old boyfriend who used to wear the same scent. Maybe that’s why I was so enamored with the movie, “Perfume: Story of  Murderer.” Ever seen it? The first time the Mr. and I saw it was when we were living in France, which is where the movie takes place, and that added to its magic. It is such a good, twisted story with dark romance – all about a very misguided young man whose only talent in the world is his incredible nose and he uses it to make perfume. Those were the days when perfume was actually made from the steam distillation of flowers (which is how essential oils are made) with no added chemicals or ingredients. It was real, natural, botanical perfume.

Now that I’ve been getting rid of toxins in our lives to everything from cleaning supplies, to lotion, to shampoo, to laundry detergent, perfume was the next thing on the list. So, I’ve lost my long-time love of perfume (been wearing it since I was a teenager and now I’m, well, in my very early thirties (smile)). I had to create one I’d like just as much as what I used to spend half a weeks’ worth of groceries on – and now I have!

Chemicals In Store-Bought Perfumes

According to this article from Scientific American, perfumes contain petrochemcials, which are chemicals derived from petroleum or natural gas, and many other hazardous synthetic chemicals. Take one of my old favorite perfumes – J’Adore by Christian Dior. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) gives it a 7 rating out of 10 for toxicity, with moderate concerns for cancer and high concerns for endocrine disruption (which effects breast cancer, thyroid, hormones and more). Eek, not good! According to this article from the EWG,

A new analysis reveals that top-selling fragrance products—from Britney Spears’ Curious and Hannah Montana Secret Celebrity to Calvin Klein Eternity and Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce —contain a dozen or more secret chemicals not listed on labels, multiple chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions or disrupt hormones, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety by the beauty industry’s self-policing review panels.

Sorry, more bad news. And I learned that second-hand scents are also harmful. Some of the chemicals even make their way into fat tissue and breast milk – NOT good for our babies. To me the scariest part is companies do not have to divulge all of the ingredients in their perfumes to protect their trade secrets, so consumers cannot find out what exactly they are getting into.

So, let’s get to the fun part! This is the same ratio of essential oils I’ve used in my homemade room deodorizer recipe. I just can’t get enough of the scent – I’m crazy about cedarwood and orange these days! I’ve also made a blend similar to the one in my homemade bath salts recipe.

How To Make Your Own Perfume

  • 100 proof Vodka – please read my note below about this OR water OR a carrier oil (like jojoba (where to buy), olive (where to buy), grapeseed, etc.)
  • Your favorite essential oils (see below for suggestions) (where to buy high quality essential oils)
  • Glass spray bottle (essential oils will eat plastic)
    I got my bottle at my local natural foods store, but Amazon sells lots of adorable, vintage-style perfume bottles (where to buy).

Note about vodka: 100 proof is best to fully dissolve the essential oils, but all we can find at the liquor store is 80 proof, so I do have to shake it up before each use. My husband likes when I’m in a perfume mood so he can take a swig every now and then! If you use water or a carrier oil, you will also have to shake the bottle before each use.

Choosing your favorite blend of essential oils…

is really very different for each person – one oil might smell completely different from person to person as it reacts with your skin, so experiment and find a few you like! To do it correctly, you need 3 notes – top, middle and base. The top note is experienced first, then the middle, then the base. Each essential oil evaporates at different rates, so it takes knowledge of each rate to create a proper perfume – it’s really quite an art! I’m just a beginner at it myself, but am learning a lot as I go. To read more about it, see this article from Aroma Web where they list all the top, middle and base notes. I suggest choosing one from each category to start!

Essential Oils are Powerful…

and should be used sparingly as perfume/cologne. Some are not safe to be used on the skin.

So, here are some blends I really like!

Make with 2 tablespoons of vodka or water, for larger quantities you may want to add more oils.

Forest Fairies Blend

  • 40 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 20 drops cedarwood oil
  • 10 drops peppermint oil
  • 5 drops rosemary oil

Click here to buy high quality essential oils!

Romantic Flower Garden

  • 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 10 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 5 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • 5 drops bergamot essential oil

Or just buy a blended oil from Young Living like Stress Away, Valor, or Peace and Calming. These all smell AMAZING!

Click here to buy high quality essential oils!

Mountain Rose Herbs has a great post about how to make perfume from actual herbs, plants and flowers if you’d like to go that route.

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.

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Comments

  1. Do you have a recipe for “Chance” perfume?
    Any help would be great.

    Thanks,
    Tammy

  2. J’Adore is my signature scent as well. Have you found a way to replicate it?

    • Hi Jeriesha! No, I haven’t tried to make the same scent. Once I got into Young Living’s essential oils and their amazing blends, I haven’t even cared about replacing my old favorite perfumes! I just use the blends – like Stress Away, Lady Sclareol and several others. They help with stress, balance hormones, keep my immune system working well and smell SOOO good!

  3. Hi Sara,

    Just came across your site in search of a recipe based on “white” flowers. I love reading your “Homemade All Natural Parfum” article. My favorite scent is CHLOE by Karl Lagerfeld but unfortunately it has been replaced by his new version which I don’t like at all as it’s not even nearly similar to the scent of previous Chloe. Do you by any chance know how to replicate it? Or do you have any mild yet long lasting scent recipe based on jasmine or any other white flowers?
    Your help is much appreciated. Thank you in advance 🙂

    • Hi Jacqueline! I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with that scent at all. However, you can buy a Jasmine essential oil from Young Living. Jasmine is in quite a few of Young Living’s blends, too, like Harmony (which I LOVE the scent!), Forgiveness, and Inner Child (another great one for a perfume). I love their blends so much now that I haven’t tried to replace any of the old perfumes I used to love.

  4. Hi! I’d like to make a perfume with just one essential oils (probably Jasmine), how many drops in how much water/carrier oil do you think that I should use?
    Once it’s mixed is it ready or do I need to let it sit for some time before using it?
    Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Bianca! Well, if you’re using a 10 ml bottle (which is about 1 tablespoon), you’ll probably just need 10 drops of essential oil to 10 ml. of carrier oil. Once it is mixed, it is ready to go and you just roll or spray on!

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