How to Craft your Own Perfume with Essential Oils

by | Natural Health & Beauty, Simple Lifestyle & Homesteading Skills

These essential oil perfumes are so good I could almost eat them. Rather than spending loads on store-bought perfumes, you can simply mix and match essential oils until you find what you like best.

Essential oils are renowned for their therapeutic qualities, so this is something to also consider when you choose the right oil for you. If you’re looking to pep up your life, for instance, you don’t want to choose a calming oil like lavender. In that case, go for something like Ylang Ylang or grapefruit essential oils.

If you’d like an in-depth thorough look into learning how to make your own essential oil perfumes, perhaps consider taking an online essential oil course — fun and incredibly useful for overall health.

What Are Essential Oils

If you’re not familiar with essential oils, let’s learn about them first. Basically, essential oils are compounds extracted from plants and flowers. These oils capture the plant’s scent and flavor, or “essence.” The most common or known are oils like lavender, peppermint, tea tree, rosemary, patchouli and eucalyptus.

To extract the beautiful essential oils, you have to steam or press various parts of a plant (flowers, bark, leaves or fruit) to capture the compounds that produce the fragrance. To do this yourself, you’ll need a whole lot of plant — several pounds or kilos — to produce one bottle of essential oil.

Many people use essential oils for therapeutic benefits in the practice of aromatherapy, a centuries-old holistic healing treatment that uses essential oils to promote health and well-being.

The idea is that the scent of the essential oils travel via the nose to the amygdala, the collection of cells near the base of the brain where emotions are controlled: given meaning, remembered and attached to associations and responses.

In addition to impacting your emotional response, essential oils can also be absorbed by the skin. If you have tight muscles, for instance, a massage with a couple of drops of wintergreen oil will help to relax tight muscles.

For a soothing soak, try a couple of drops of lovely lavender oil in your bath for a calming and soothing soak.

Pure and Powerful Perfumes

There are so many beautiful mixtures of essential oils to make your own perfumes — the list is almost endless. Apply a couple of drops to the base of your neck and the insides of your wrists, or even give away small bottles for gifts to friends or family!

To get started, you’ll need a few supplies at home. First of all, you’ll need certified pure therapeutic-grade essential oils. You’ll also need alcohol, distilled water, fractionated coconut or jojoba oil and a few small amber-colored droplet, rollerball or spray containers (the amber color is best to keep out sunlight).

Deciding on the exact fragrance that suits you best, you’ll have to do some serious sniffing. It’s best if you can visit a shop that allows you to smell each scent, and then it’s best to gently wave the open bottle below your nose so you can catch a waft of the specific scent. In between smelling a bottle, it’s best if you can neutralize your nose by smelling some coffee beans.

If you’d like an in-depth guide in to how to create gorgeous essential oil blended perfumes, have a look at “The Ultimate Guide to Making Essential Oil Perfume Blends.”

Favourite Essential Oil Blends for Perfume

There are so many blends to choose from, it’s not easy to pick only a couple. But, we’ve done just that — picked a few of our favourites to share with you. Have fun and once you get the hang of mixing and matching essential oils, you’ll be able to come up with your own individual blends that you love,

Spicy and Soothing Perfume

For a lovely spicy scented perfume, try mixing together the following essential oils:

Warm and Luxurious Perfume

A cozy, beautiful essential oil perfume is made with lavender oil. The whole waiting process will last just over two months, but you’ll be so pleased with the result that the waiting time will be a piece of cake. You’ll need:

You’ll also need a small knife to cut open the vanilla pod seeds; a glass jar with a lid; a small strainer; and a spray bottle.


  1. Slice open the vanilla beans (but don’t scrape out the seeds).
  2. In your glass jar, add both the sliced vanilla bean pods and lavender flowers.
  3. Pour your vodka into the glass jar and tighten the lid.
  4. Next, you’ll have to wait. The mixture has to be infused for at least seven days.
  5. After the seven days, strain the mixture and discard the flowers and the vanilla beans.
  6. To the strained mixture, stir in the vanilla extract, glycerin and lavender essential oil.
  7. Allow the perfume to mature for up to six weeks before straining and transferring to your spray bottle.

Hectic Day Reset

If you’re in need of a calming, anxiety-reducing essential oil blend to carry you through the day, try this recipe. It’s best in a rollerball version, so you can apply it to your feet, wrists, temples, and back of the neck.

To a small rollerball bottle, you’ll need:

Add all of the essential oils to the bottle, then fill up the rest with almond oil. You can use this blend immediately or keep it for those days when you’ll really need it. You can also add this blend to your cool-mist diffuser and you’ll enjoy a lovely restful night of sleep.

A few other essential oils that are helpful for anxiety include lavender, bergamot, vetiver and ylang ylang. To help with a better night’s sleep, try one of the following essential oils: chamomile, sweet marjoram, clary sage, valerian or sandalwood.

The Endless Joys of Essential Oils

In the world of essential oils, there’s so much out there — try mixing and matching, or even keeping it simple, to find the fragrance that you like best.

If you’d like to try some essential oils that have nothing to do with your health, but rather with your farm — have a look at the “30 Essential Oil Hacks for Homesteading article on the Prairie Homestead website. You’ll be surprised at all the wonderful uses of essential oils around your farm!

We’d love to hear about how you use essential oils, and which mixtures you like best. Please leave your recipes or thoughts in the comments below.

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    Can you give some tips for storing and preserving homemade perfumes made with essential oils? I want to make sure they maintain their fragrance over time.

    Thank you.


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