How to Make Perfume with Essential Oils?


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To make perfume with essential oils you will need to follow a few basic steps. First choose a dark bottle to preserve your perfume longer by keeping the light out.

Second choose a carrier oil such as jojoba or sweet almond oil and mix it with your essential oils. The recommended concentration of essential oils is no more than 20%.

1When mixing your essential oils start with the base notes then add the middle tones and finally the top notes3. The top note is what you smell when you first smell your perfume and then you are gradually able to smell your others. You’ll need to add oils in this order.

A good rule of thumb is to use 20% from top notes 50% from middle notes and 30% from base notes2. Once you have mixed your oils let the perfume sit for a few days to allow the scents to blend together. Finally test your perfume and adjust the scent as needed3.


What are some examples of base middle and top notes in perfume and how do they contribute to the overall fragrance?

Perfumes are composed of fragrance notes that are categorized into three classes: top/head notes middle/heart notes and base notes. These notes are the building blocks of a fragrance and contribute to its overall scent profile.

The top notes are the first scents that are perceived immediately upon application of a perfume. They consist of small light molecules that evaporate quickly and form a person’s initial impression of a perfume.

The scents of this note class are usually described as “fresh” “assertive” or “sharp”. Examples of top notes include citrus and ginger scents.

The middle notes also known as heart notes are positioned between the fleeting top notes and the lingering base notes. They contribute significantly to the complexity and depth of a perfume.

Examples of middle notes include floral scents like rose and jasmine. The base notes are the scent of a perfume that appears close to the departure of the middle notes.

The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. Examples of base notes include musk vanilla and ambergris.

These notes are created with knowledge of the evaporation process and intended use of the perfume. The perfumer chooses between natural and synthetic raw materials to compose the perfumes.

In general the perfumer will make a choice between 1000 raw materials in total between natural and synthetic to compose his perfumes.

Can you recommend some popular essential oil combinations for creating different types of perfumes such as floral citrus or woody scents?

Here are some popular essential oil combinations for creating different types of perfumes:

Floral scents:

  • Jasmine Vanilla: 5 drops sweet orange 2 drops organic lime 2 drops jasmine absolute in jojoba oil
  • Floral: roman chamomile jasmine and neroli
  • Floral Essential Oil Perfume Recipe: 10 drops Lavender essential oil 15 drops Jasmine

Citrus scents:

  • Citrus Aromas: bergamot sweet orange verbena and lemongrass
  • Roller Recipe Perfume: 5 drops tea tree oil and 5 drops lemongrass to a 10 ml roller bottle with jojoba oil
  • Citrus: lime lemon bergamot orange

Woody scents:

  • Earthy scents: patchouli vetiver
  • Essential oils with woody aromas such as sandalwood combine well with one other essential oil such as vanilla absolute rose absolute or
  • Woodland Aromas: cedarwood juniper

It’s important to note that blending essential oils is a personal and creative process and it may take some trial and error to find the perfect combination for your desired scent.

Are there any safety considerations or precautions to keep in mind when working with essential oils to make perfume especially regarding allergies or skin sensitivities?

When working with essential oils to make perfume there are several safety considerations and precautions to keep in mind especially regarding allergies or skin sensitivities. Here are some important points to consider:

  • Essential oils can cause skin sensitization and skin discoloration in bright light. Some essential oils can even be poisonous if absorbed directly through the skin.
  • Before using any essential oil it’s important to consider your age underlying health conditions medication and supplement use.
  • The method you use to apply the oil is based upon the desired effect. Are you looking for mood-altering effects (aromatherapy)? Are you looking to treat a skin ailment or relieve pain (topical)? Or are you looking to treat a medical condition (oral or aromatherapy)? .
  • Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts so it’s important to use them with caution and to follow proper dilution guidelines.
  • Not all essential oils are safe for everyone. Young children and the elderly may be more sensitive to essential oils and some oils should be avoided altogether such as birch and wintergreen.
  • Look for a trusted producer that makes pure oils without anything added. You’re more likely to have an allergic reaction to oils that have other ingredients.
  • Misuse of essential oils can cause serious poisoning. Many essential oils can cause rashes if used on the skin and can be poisonous if absorbed through the skin or swallowed.

Essential oils are natural but that doesn’t mean they can be used without taking precautions. It’s important to be aware of the potential risks and to use essential oils safely and responsibly.