Essential Oil Perfume Blends: 9 Decadent Perfume Recipes
These essential oil perfume blends spell out exactly what essential oils make good perfume. So you don’t waste a single drop!
Do you have trouble finding a perfume scent that feels like you? Or do you like mixing it up – matching your fragrance to your mood? Make your own! With less than a handful of ingredients, you can craft a one-of-a-kind fragrance and save oodles of money compared to name-brand perfumes.
Essential oil perfumes are fairly simple to make and completely customizable. I love making my own perfume so much that I even make hair perfume spray! I swear the scent stays for days!!
And if you are looking for an alternative to store-bought perfumes with “iffy” ingredients you’ll find these natural essential oil perfume recipes are just the thing!
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What Essential Oils Make A Good Perfume?
When it comes to deciding what essential oils make a good perfume, honestly any essential oil is fair game. But, the best perfumes are crafted with top, middle, and base perfume notes. Not only does this make a perfume more appealing it also lasts longer.
Find a free printable perfume notes chart in the Oily Chic Library.
Perfume top notes are the “head” of the perfume. It’s the first fragrance your nose picks up, but also the first note to fade. Citrus scents are the most common top notes but other herbal, spicy, and floral notes make their way into this tier too.
Top notes ideally make up 30 percent of an essential oil perfume blend. And they last about half an hour on your skin before they fade.
The middle note of a perfume recipe is the “heart” of the fragrance. It’s the second scent that hits your senses and lasts longer than the top note. These typically include heavier floral and herbal scents.
Middle notes account for the largest portion of the perfume at 50 percent. They are known to last two to three hours after application.
Perfume base notes are referred to as the “legs” of a perfume blend. They are the last scent you’ll pick up and are the last scent you’ll smell at the end of the day. Base notes are often rich, deep, and musky.
Base notes should make up 20 percent of your perfume recipe. And you can expect them to last all day!
Do keep in mind some scents overlap between not levels. These dual-note essential oils give us more flexibility when designing a fragrance of your own.
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What scents smell best together?
The next step to crafting an incredible essential oil perfume blend is understanding what scents smell best together. It’s a fact some essential oils will not blend well with others. And no one wants to waste essential oils on a perfume that isn’t pleasing to the senses.
So, it’s important to go the extra step and reference your perfume note choices to a blending wheel of aroma categories. You can print a blending wheel from the Oily Chic Library as well for quick reference. To give you an idea, here’s an example of aroma categories.
Essential Oil Aroma Category Examples:
- Citrus Aromas: bergamot, sweet orange, verbena, and lemongrass
- Herbal Aromas: fennel, spearmint, angelica, and clary sage
- Woodland Aromas: cedarwood, juniper, eucalyptus, and pine
- Floral Aromas: roman chamomile, jasmine, and neroli
- Exotic Aromas: ylang-ylang, sandalwood, and vetiver
- Resin Aromas: frankincense, balsam fir needle, and myrrh
- Spice Aromas: clove, nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom
Combining essential oils into a perfume blend takes a little trial and error. And it’s O.K. to break the rules. Plus, there’s definitely something to be said for a perfume customized to your likes, wants, and needs.
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So, How Do You Make A Perfume Recipe Using Essential Oils?
There are many ways to make a perfume with essential oils. I like to keep things simple with as few ingredients as possible. You’ll find each of these perfume blends includes a top, middle, and base note. And result in a decadent fragrance comparable to store-bought perfumes.
Each is designed for a 10 ml bottle. So you can apply them with a roller bottle or a mist bottle. For larger bottles such as 30ml bottles triple the recipe and so on.
9 Decadent Essential Oil Perfume Blends:
15 drops jasmine
10 drops sandalwood
5 drops fennel
12 drops juniper
10 drops clove
4 drops orange
16 drops lavender
8 drops ylang ylang
4 drops orange
10 drops sandalwood
15 drops vanilla
5 drops lime
4 drops grapefruit
14 drops geranium
6 drops ginger
7 drops angelica
16 drops cypress
5 drops spearmint
16 drops neroli
4 drops tangerine
8 drops jasmine
16 drops bergamot
8 drops geranium
4 drops vetiver
16 drops lavender
10 drops vetiver
4 drops basil
Get them all and many more essential oil resources in the Oily Chic Library!
How to Make Essential Oil Perfume:
Choose from these essential oil perfume blends or craft your own using our aroma category guide and perfume notes chart. Then add it to the base perfume recipe below.
Use a 10 ml bottle or larger. Just aim for a total of 25 to 30 drops of essential oil for smaller bottles. And 35 to 50 drops for larger bottles. I love this variety pack of gypsy swirls, geometric, and wooden rollers. Find even more options in the Oily Chic Look Book.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
10 ml Glass Perfume Roller or Bottle
2 parts Distilled or Purified Water
1 part Witch Hazel
25 to 30 drops of Essential Oils
Perfume Recipe Instructions:
- Using a mini funnel fill a perfume bottle with 1 part witch hazel.
- Next, add your essential oil blend. Starting with the base note, then the middle, and last the top note.
- Lastly add 2 parts of distilled water.
- Allow the perfume to rest for a week so that the essential oils can fully infuse together before use.
Just a Tip –
Ideally, store your homemade perfume away from direct sunlight. Fill a roller bottle or two and keep one in your handbag and vanity drawer. If you’re gifting a custom perfume slip them into a linen bag or add a simple tag.
Once you’ve used up your perfume make it again or try a new recipe from the nine decadent essential oil perfume blends above.
MORE ESSENTIAL OIL DIYS:
- Rosemary Diffuser Blends
- Essential Oil Coffee Scrub Recipe
- DIY Terracotta Clay Diffuser Stones
- Summer Essential Oil Blends Recipes
- Eucalyptus Diffuser Blends
P.S. Don’t forget the free printable charts above! Tag #oilychic on Instagram to share your essential oil DIYs with us.