Homemade Perfume Recipe with Essential Oils

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This homemade perfume recipe with essential oils is easy to make and smells amazing.

Homemade perfume recipe

Homemade perfume recipe with essential oils

For me, smelling great is always something I like to do. That is why I always have this homemade perfume recipe with essential oils ready to go! 

Making your own homemade perfume recipe with essential oils is one of the best ways to smell really good and keep harmful toxins out of your home. 

Synthetic fragrances are one of the top offenders for toxins in personal care products. We are so much better off just avoiding them. 

Sometimes it’s still fun to have a perfume though. You can use all natural products to make a homemade perfume for yourself – all you need is a few ingredients! 

Ready to make your own? Keep reading to learn my favorite homemade perfume recipe…

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Homemade perfume with fruit

Making your own perfume with fruit is possible, but a bit more labor intensive. It requires taking the skin of the fruit, letting it dry, and extracting the oils on the stovetop. It’s easier to use a few drops of essential oils.

Homemade perfume with flowers

If you want to make a homemade perfume with flowers, simply add flower petals to a jar of vodka and let it sit for 48 hours. Then, using a spoon, smash the flowers in the vodka to release any oils. Let sit for another 7 days and you are good to go! 

Of course, you can save yourself the time and always use essential oils. That’s what I chose to do in the recipe below. 

Homemade perfume without alcohol

To make perfume without alcohol, you can use witch hazel. Just be aware that the witch hazel may impact the finished fragrance in a way you weren’t expecting. I prefer vodka or rum because these actually enhance the essential oils, help them to blend nicely, and bring out their fragrances more.

What is a perfume?

Perfume is a mixture of essential oils traditionally used to give an agreeable scent. Hundreds of years ago, before running water, people created their own scents to cover up any odors before their next bath. 

Nowadays, it is believed that scents can have a profound impact on our moods. Whether it is to calm anxiety or increase energy levels, scents are a powerful tool. 

How does it work?

Perfume is essentially molecules that are light enough to evaporate at room temperature. When you spray on your perfume, the liquid evaporates but the molecules that smell remain. 

Not all molecules smell though (like carbon dioxide), which is why adding essential oils is so important when making your perfume! 

Not that you understand the science behind perfume, it’s time to make our own! Scroll down for the recipe…

How do you make a homemade perfume?

This is my favorite recipe to make beautiful, all natural perfume. Whether I am making it for myself or as a gift, taking a few minutes to whip up a homemade scent is one of my favorite activities. 

Grab your essential oil stash and get ready to make a personalized fragrance. 



  1. Begin with your Base Notes First by adding the vanilla to the bottle.
  2. Next, add your middle tones by adding the rose and lavender essential oils.
  3. Finally, add in your top note by adding the grapefruit essential oil.
  4. Fill the remaining of the bottle with the alcohol base.
  5. Put the cap on and shake to combine.

Tips in making a homemade perfume

  • As the bottle sits, the scents will blend together. If possible, let it sit for 4-6 weeks so that the essential oils have time to meld and really blossom. 
  • If you are nervous about making your own perfume blends, try a premade blend first. I love the ones from Plant Therapy (keep reading to learn why). 
  • When you choose to make a perfume out of a premade blend, add 65 drops.
  • It is best to use a bottle with a darker tone, like amber or cobalt. This makes the perfume last longer because the ingredients are protected from UV rays. I have my favorites linked in the ingredient list. 

What are the best essential oils to use?

For me, using pure essential oils is important for me and my family in all areas, but especially when we are using products on our skin. That’s why I only use Plant Therapy, because they are so high quality. 

For what scents to use, the recipe listed above is my personal preference. Here are a few other suggestions if you want to get creative: 

For the Base Notes, think heavier, warm scents like:

  • vanilla
  • cedarwood
  • frankincense
  • sandalwood

For the Middle Notes, I found that your typical floral fragrances work well here. I prefer:

  • rose
  • lavender
  • jasmine

Lastly, you will add your Top Notes. That means that you will finish things off with uplifting top note fragrances, such as:

  • orange
  • grapefruit
  • bergamot

When choosing your scents, try mixing a variety until you find a blend that really speaks to you! 

What is the best alcohol to use in making a homemade perfume?        

It is recommended that you use either vodka or spiced rum for homemade perfume.  

Personally, I prefer to use spiced rum in the colder months. The scent brings on a warmer tone for the body spray. Vodka, on the other hand, has a less strong scent. Therefore I prefer using it in the spring and summer to help spruce up my outfit. 

The scent of alcohol will fade relatively quickly, so don’t worry too much about it.     

How much does it cost to create a homemade perfume?

On average, a drop of essential oil is a few cents. That means that the overall cost of the perfume is around a few dollars. 

Considering the cost of a perfume bottle could cost you up to a few hundred dollars, this is the perfect way to save money in your house, and avoid toxins!

Keep reading to learn some tips and tricks for making your perfume smell the best for the longest…

How long does a homemade perfume last?

Once made, your homemade perfume should last 1-3 years, depending on how you store it. After you let it sit for a few weeks (ideally a month), the oils have been infused with the alcohol and you can use it whenever you’d like. 

I like to make a few bottles at a time, since they last so long. That way I have a few to give away and I am ready for any events that may be coming up. Whether it is a wedding or a girls night out, I have my favorite perfume ready to go. 

Things to do to make it last longer

There are a few tips and tricks that you can use to help your perfume last longer

  • Store it at room temperature (that means out of the bathroom – the heat from your shower can damage the scent molecules).
  • Apply directly to your pulse points.
  • Do NOT rub the skin after the perfume has been applied.
  • Understand that the average perfume duration is 4 hours. If you need it for longer, bring a travel sized bottle with you! 

What are the actual ingredients that make the perfume last?

The key ingredient to truly making your homemade perfume last long? A quality essential oil.

Using a pure essential oil like Plant Therapy will bring you the freshest, most long lasting scent. Not only is it concentrated, but Plant Therapy only supplies oil from the best ingredients. 

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Have you ever tried making your own essential oil based perfume?

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Yield: 1 fl. oz.

Homemade Perfume Recipe with Essential Oils

Homemade perfume recipe

This homemade perfume recipe with essential oils is easy to make and smells amazing.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 oz  glass spray bottle or roller bottle
  • 20 drops of vanilla essential oil or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Add 15 drops of rose essential oil
  • Then 15 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil
  • Vodka or spiced rum


  1. Begin with your Base Notes First by adding the vanilla to the bottle.
  2. Next, add your middle tones by adding the rose and lavender essential oils.
  3. Finally, add in your top note by adding the grapefruit essential oil.
  4. Fill the remaining of the bottle with the alcohol base.
  5. Put the cap on and shake to combine.
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