Essential oils are perfect for self care. Whether you inhale them, diffuse them, let them fill the room around you or rub them directly onto the temples, they can have an amazing effect on your body and your mind.
You can use essential oils in a variety of ways for many different purposes, from calming your nerves, reducing stress all the way to improving your sleep cycle.
If you’ve got favorite essential oils that you use, then you know how amazing and incredible these scents are.
So, why not make your own essential oil perfume that you can spray on your skin and wear all day? With this guide, we’re going to show you how to make your own essential oil perfume spray with simplicity and ease.
But first, what is essential oil exactly?
What Is Essential Oil?
Essential oils are natural oils that are extracted from plants, leaves, barks and roots. These oils are distilled in order to gain the essence of the plant, and then used for various healing, calming and relaxing purposes.
There are many different types of essential oils and each have their own uses and purposes.
For instance, you will find that lavender is useful for relieving stress, whereas sandalwood is best for calming nerves and helping you focus.
Others, such as peppermint can boost energy, whereas chamomile can help you relax. What we’re trying to get at is that different scents can be used for various reasons and can either be uplifting, calming or healing.
So, if you want to create your own scent, you’ll need to use essential oils that compliment each other.
In that sense, let’s take a look at the different types or categories of essential oils, so you can see what they smell like, and which ones have similar notes to others.
This can give you a feel of what kind of aroma you’re looking to create.
Aroma Categories For Essential Oils
- Herby Aromas: Sage, Fennel, Angelica
- Spiced Aromas: Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove
- Woody Aromas: Eucalyptus, Pine, Cypress, Juniper
- Citrus Aromas: Lemongrass, Orange, Bergamot, Grapefruit
- Floral Aromas: Neroli, Jasmine, Geranium
- Resin Aromas: Frankincense, Myrrh, Balsam Fir Needle
- Exotic Aromas: Sandalwood, Palmarosa, Ylang Ylang
If you want to know exactly what each one smells like, then we would recommend purchasing a mixed set of essential oils such as this one: Radha Beauty Aromatherapy 18 Essential Oils so that you can get a feel for each one, and play around with them to find your favorites.
How To Design Your Own Essential Oil Perfume
When it comes to designing your own essential oil perfume, you’ll want to use the right scents to ensure that it smells amazing, and no one will know that your perfume is handcrafted and homemade.
That being said, you can use any essential oil that you like in order to make your perfume, but if you plan it out with the right base notes, middle notes and top notes, you can really make it smell amazing.
This is so the smells compliment each other and don’t overwhelm each other.
The base note is the bottom note. When choosing a base note, you’ll want one that has a strong scent, as a base note needs to be lingering so that your perfume lasts.
When designing your perfume, the base note should be about 20% of your finished perfume/oil blend.
The most common base notes are:
- Ylang Ylang
Middle notes tend to bond well with the base notes, lasting longer than the top notes but not as powerful as the base.
This is the part of your perfume that should be the largest, making up about 50% of the DIY essential oil perfume mixture. The most common middle notes are:
- Black Pepper
- Tea Tree
The top notes are the ones we smell instantly when we pick up a scent or aroma. These are often the most pleasant scents, as the smell will be strong and hit you straight away.
However, these are the scents that do not last long at all, which is why you will need a good combination of all three; base, middle and top.
When it comes to top notes, you should use these as 30% of your homemade perfume mixture. The most common top notes are:
- Clary Sage
- Tea tree
If you’re unsure which ones to use, here’s a quick guide that you can use to find which family or category the essential oil is from, and what notes they have.
Or, check out this quick and handy list:
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How To Make Your Own Essential Oil Perfume Spray
Now, when it comes to making your own essential oil perfumes, you’ll need to know which scents to use. With the above guide, you should have some knowledge of which ones go well with each other.
The simplest way to create a perfume spray is to stick to the rules and just use three essential oils, a base note, middle note and top note.
However, the more you do it, the more different combinations that you can try to see what scents and aromas you like combined together.
Now, to create the perfume itself, there are a few things that you’ll need to gather. You can either use large perfume bottles or small atomizers, it’s up to you, but this recipe will be specifically for a 30ml perfume bottle, adjust as needed depending on bottle size.
You Will Need
Making your own perfume out of essential oils is so easy. Once you’ve chosen your base, middle and top notes, you just have to put it all together.
To create your own perfume, the first step is to gather your essential oils. Then, take the mini funnel and use it to fill the perfume bottle with 1 part witch hazel.
Next, add the base note essential oil (5 drops, which should make up 20% of the perfume. Then, add the middle note to make up about 50% of the perfume, before adding the top note which should be 30% of the perfume.
The final step is to add 2 parts of distilled water and let it mix together. And that’s it!
Which Essential Oils Smell Best?
Of course, everyone likes different scents, but some of the best and most favored scents are lavender, for its calming, aromatherapy properties, along with lemon for its refreshing and mood boosting properties.
Others prefer sandalwood as it has a stronger scent that can be calming and soothing. Then, there’s scents like cinnamon, that are quite warming and inviting, or cedar wood and balsam fir needle oils that are very aromatic, and smell just like a woodland forest.
How To Make Perfume Sprays Last Longer?
If you want your perfume to last as long as possible on your skin, then we do have a little tip for you.
If you ensure that your skin is clean, and moisturized with a fragrance free moisturizer, then the essential oils will absorb better in the skin and you can keep the scent for longer.
When your skin is dry and dehydrated, it can lose fragrance really quickly, so keep that skin soft and silky smooth!
How Long Do Essential Oil Perfume Sprays Last?
For the most part, a homemade essential oil perfume spray will last and remain fresh for anywhere between 2-3 weeks when stored properly.
What Do You Mix With Essential Oils To Make A Spray?
If you want to make your own essential oil spray, whether it’s a room spray or perfume, the recipe is simple. You just need to mix your favorite essential oils with some purified or distilled water, and you should be good to go!
To summarize, making your own homemade perfume has never been easier. All you need is a few of your favorite essential oils, witch hazel, some distilled water, and our handy guide to see which notes work best together, and you’re all done!