DIY Perfume With Essential Oils

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Perfumes are pricey and often contain harmful chemicals.  This DIY Perfume is easy to make and has endless fragrance possibilities!

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Why Make Your Own DIY Perfume?

Making your own perfume is quick to do and offers several benefits!

1. Healthier

When you make your own perfume, you’ll eliminate the chemicals that come in store bought perfumes.  These chemicals can have a serious effect on your health overtime.  

The strong fragrances used in store bought perfume can also negatively affect your sinuses & respiratory system

When you make this DIY perfume, you’ll not only save your respiratory system from chemicals, but you can choose to incorporate essential oils that benefit your respiratory system!

2. Customizable & Cost Effective

Along with the health benefits, you’ll also be able to customize your own perfume into many different fragrances!  

I love having a few options to choose from in perfume, so it is really cost effective to make my own into the fragrances I love.  

You could double or triple a batch if you know you’ll use it over a period of time.  You can also make a seasonal smell that you wouldn’t normally use year round without having to spend money on an expensive bottle of store bought perfume.

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What Do I Need To Make My Own Perfume?

This recipe uses some basic ingredients as your base: vodka, water, & a carrier oil.  You can choose any blends of essential oils that you like for your fragrance.

I have two go-to recipes that I use for perfume: Lemon Coconut & Mint Mojito.  They are uplifting smells and do a great job with covering any body odor during a hard working day.

brown perfume & essential oil bottle next to palm leaf

What Essential Oils Should I Use for DIY Perfume?

I like the brand Eden’s Garden for essential oils, especially when it is just for the fragrance.  The brand is reasonably priced and good quality compared to other brands I’ve used before.

The essential oils I use to make DIY perfume:

How Do I Make My Own DIY Perfume?

Making your own perfume is very easy. You’ll just need a few tools:

1. Make Your Perfume Base

You’ll start by mixing the base in a mason jar:

1 Cup of Vodka

½ Cup of Water

1 Tbsp of Carrier Oil (such as fractionated coconut oil)

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    2. Add Essential Oils

    After you have your base combined, you can choose a blend of essential oils to mimic a fragrance that you enjoy.  You’ll typically need 50-70 drops total for the perfume.

    There is a science behind the “notes” in essential oil, but I’m not well-versed in it.  If you want to get really technical, you can learn more about essential oil fragrance notes & concoct your own fragrance blend.

    I personally love Lemon Coconut & Mint Mojito, so here are the combinations I use:

    -Lemon Coconut (30 drops Lemon, 25 drops Coconut, 15 drops Vanilla)

    -Mint Mojito (30 drops Lime, 20 drops Spearmint, 10 drops Vanilla)

    3. Let Sit & Rest

    After you mix everything together, place the lid on the jar & let it sit for 24-36 hours as the fragrance becomes stronger.  You’ll notice that the fragrance is stronger over time & the alcohol smell diminishes. 

    Check the smell after a day or two to see when it is at the level of potency that you like.

    If it isn’t strong enough after a few days, you can add a few more drops of each essential oil so it becomes stronger in smell.

    4. Bottle & Enjoy

    When the smell is the potency you like, funnel the perfume into your spray bottle.  I store the excess under my bathroom sink & refill the bottle after it starts to get low. The excess will fill the bottle up almost 2 more times.

    brown bottle of perfume

    How Long Does DIY Perfume Last?

    This particular recipe will refill a 2 oz bottle almost 2 times.  I use a lot of perfume because I love the smell so much and it pairs nicely with the all-natural deodorant I use.

    This recipe will last me about 4-6 months if I’m consistently using it everyday.  I haven’t experienced any loss in the fragrance while I use it up over the 4-6 months.

    DIY Perfume & All-Natural Living

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    DIY Perfume

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    Make your own all-natural DIY perfume with this recipe. The fragrance possibilities are endless!

    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Additional Time 1 day
    Total Time 1 day 5 minutes


    • 1 Cup of Vodka (or another clear liquor)
    • ½ Cup of Water
    • 1 Tbsp of Carrier oil (I use Fractionated Coconut Oil)
    • 50-70 Drops of Essential oils (See my favorite blends below):
    • -Lemon Coconut (30 drops lemon, 25 drops coconut, 15 drops vanilla)
    • -Mint Mojito (30 drops lime, 20 drops spearmint, 10 drops vanilla)


    1. Combine all ingredients in mason jar & let sit for 24-36 hours.

    2. When the perfume smells fragrant enough, use a funnel to pour into your spray bottle.

    3. Refill spray bottle with excess when necessary.


    • The smell strengthens over time.  You’ll notice the perfume is more potent after a few days.
    • You can make your own fragrance combinations with whatever essential oils you have on hand. 
    • Start off small.  You can always add more essential oil drops later if you want more fragrance.
    • It’s universal!  Use like a perfume, spritz on hair, or freshen towels & linens with it.
    • If you don’t have vodka on hand, I’ve seen others use witch hazel instead.

    Nutrition Information:

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0

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