Learn how to make your own DIY essential oil perfume spray. This guide will help you to understand the basics of perfume making along with how to come up with the perfect blend by layering the different types of notes. Look for the seasonal essential oil perfume recipes at the end of this post!
I almost never used to wear perfume. Mostly because I could never find a scent that didn’t make me feel like coughing the whole time I was wearing it!
Using essential oil body sprays, I actually enjoy wearing perfume again. Essential oils don’t smell as “heavy and fake” as synthetic fragrances do. This might just be my own personal preference, but I don’t think perfume should be immediately noticeable to everyone around when you walk into a room.
Essential oil perfume sprays are easy to make with just a few ingredients, but first you’ll need to understand a little bit about how perfume works. Perfume is made up of three different levels of scent called “notes”.
These notes work together to create the a unique blend that is long lasting and lingers in your mind even after the smell has worn off. Perfume isn’t just a flat, one note smell, but a multi-layered, beautiful creation of scents.
And the great thing about making my own essential oil blend is you get to play around with your favorite scents to find a combination you truly love!
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why you’ll like Making Essential Oil Perfume Spray
all natural ingredients
Commercial perfumes usually contain phthalates that make the scent last longer. These synthetic chemicals have MANY health risks, including (but not limited to) birth defects, cancer, reproductive problems and stunted brain development.
Using this essential oil perfume spray, you can feel good about what you’re breathing in and putting on your skin. You only need 3 ingredients that are 100% natural and safe.
Have you tried making beeswax candles with essential oils?
customize your very own signature scent
This is the best part! You can play around with your essential oils collection to come up with your very own “eau de parfum“. Play around with seasonal scents for different times of year, go with fruity or floral, deep and moody or light and fresh…the possibilities are endless!
easy to make
It takes all of 5 minutes and 2 easy steps to make you own DIY perfume. Add the three ingredients to a spray perfume bottle, give it a little shake, and it’s ready to use!
I don’t need to tell you that store-bought perfume is expensive. And while essential oils aren’t cheap either, when you do the math, homemade perfume is only a fraction of the cost of traditional perfumes.
what you need to make Essential Oil Perfume Spray
- witch hazel – witch hazel acts as a solvent, evaporating quickly without leaving a residue. The solvent in perfume carries the scent through the air, making it possible to smell it.
- jojoba oil – adding a carrier oil to your perfume will help it to stick to your skin, making the scent last longer. Jojoba oil is my favorite carrier oil to use in a liquid mixture since it has a very long shelf life and does not go rancid quickly. Other carrier oils will work, but your perfume might have a shorter shelf life if you do.
- your favorite essential oils – layering the oils the right way will give you a stronger more long lasting scent. This is the brand of essential oils I use in all of DIY recipes. Scroll down to the “FAQ” section of this post for help picking the perfect blend of essential oils for your perfume.
- glass spray bottle – this recipe makes enough perfume to fill a 10ml spray bottle.
- small funnel – a funnel isn’t necessary, but it makes things easier and less messy.
How to make Essential Oil Perfume Spray
combine – Using a small funnel, combine the jojoba oil and essential oils in the spray bottle. Replace the lid and shake well.
finish – Fill the bottle the rest of the way with witch hazel. Replace the lid and shake it up well to combine.
tips for success
to store – The best way to store your perfume is in a dark place at room temperature for up to 6 months. If you use an amber or dark colored glass perfume bottle, you don’t have to worry about it being kept in the dark.
to use – Test your homemade perfume on your wrist to make sure you don’t develop any kind of skin irritation from it. Don’t continue using it if you notice any reaction.
substitutions – Vodka can be used in place of witch hazel. Sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil can be used as the carrier oil, but this might affect the shelf life of your perfume.
FAQ about Essential Oil Perfume Spray
what are the three levels of perfume?
Perfume is made up of layers of scents known as notes. When these three notes are blended together, they create the perfume’s fragrance.
The top note (or head note) is usually the first one you smell and the last to fade away. The top notes last for about 10 minutes. They are the lightest scents, such as citrus and herbs.
Some common top notes:
- sweet orange
As the top notes evaporate, the middles notes are the next ones you smell. They are also known as the heart note of the perfume’s scent. It is usually a more full fragrance. Top notes last about 30 minutes. They are the ones you remember the most after the perfume wears off.
Some common middle notes:
The base notes are the last scent that you can smell as the top notes have completely disappeared. They mingle with the middles notes to make the main fragrance of the perfume. The base notes linger much longer than the other notes, up to 6 hours! You can smell them after the other notes have worn off. They are usually rich and deep scents.
Some common base notes:
what essential oils go well together for perfume spray?
Here are a few essential oil combinations for seasonal perfume sprays:
springtime perfume blend
- top note – 3 drops of tangerine oil
- heart note – 5 drops of lemongrass oil
- base note – 2 drops of peppermint oil
summertime perfume blend
- top note – 3 drops of lime oil
- heart note – 4 drops of vanilla oil
- base note – 3 drops of sandalwood oil
autumn perfume blend
- top note – 5 drops of orange oil
- heart note – 2 drops of cinnamon oil
- base note – 3 drops of cedarwood oil
wintery perfume blend
- top note – 5 drops of orange oil
- heart note – 2 drops of cinnamon oil
- base note – 3 drops of rosemary oil
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I hope you love this post on how to make essential oil perfume spray! If you make some yourself, I’d love for you to come back and leave a comment and rating so that I know how you like using it!
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I love the sound of the autumn and Winter sent combinations, but I have a friends who’s allergic to cinnamon… could you recommend a “heart note” substitute for these to combos?
Hi Cassie! I wish I could be of more help, but I don’t have any experience with the “heart note” oil. If it smells like cinnamon though it should work!