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How to make homemade perfume with essential oils
How to make homemade perfume with essential oils

Making your own perfume blends with essential oils is simple. Get started with our guide to successful blending, recipes, tips and more.

Essential Oils for Perfume: A Blending Guide

Essential oils can be categorized by their aromas into olfactorily related families. Each family has analogous and complementary relationships with certain other families. A spirit of creativity and willingness to experiment are the only hard and fast rule.

Group # Aroma Oils Top, Middle or Base Note Complimentary Groups
1 Fresh, Herbal, Camphor Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Spike Lavender, Thyme, Camphor, Wild Marjoram Top 2, 5, 4
2 Musty, Herbal, Tobacco Sweet Marjoram, Chamomile, Sage, Clary Sage, Hyssop Middle 1, 5, 7
3 Herbal, Earthy Carrot Seed, Patchouli, Vetiver, Ginger Base 2, 5, 7
4 Herbal, Lemon-like Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Tea Tree, Citronella, Palmarossa Top 5, 1, 6
5 Fruity, Citrus Lemon, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot Top 4, 5, 6
6 Lavender, Lavender-like Bergamot BF, Coriander Seed, Lavender, Lavender Tea Tree Top 5, 4, 9
7 Rose, Rose-like Geranium, Rose Absolute, Rose Otto Middle 6, 5, 9
8 Floral Jasmine Absolute, Mandarin Orange, Neroli, Ylang Ylang Middle 9, 5, 3
9 Spicy, Fruity Anise Seed, Fennel Seed, Peru Balsam Middle 10, 5, 6
10 Spicy Allspice, Bay, Cassia, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud Top 9, 5, 11
11 Spicy, Woody Cardamom Seed, Nutmeg, Myrtle, Tea Tree Top 10, 5, 1
12 Woody, Foresty Cypress, Pine, Juniper Berry, Balsam Fir Needle Top 13, 5, 14
13 Woody, Balsamic Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Blue Cypress Base 12, 5, 14
14 Balsamic, Resinous Frankincense, Myrrh Base 13, 5, 1

To make a rose petal perfume mist, combine 24 drops rose otto or rose absolute essential oil with 2 fluid ounces water in a mist bottle. Shake bottle and mist exposed skin, avoiding eyes.

To make a vetiver perfume body oil, combine 24 drops vetiver essential oil with 2 fluid ounces sweet almond oil. Shake until well blended, then massage into skin.

To make a ylang ylang roll-on perfume, combine 10 drops ylang ylang extra essential oil with 2 teaspoons jojoba oil in a roll-on bottle.

To make a lavender perfume body splash, combine 48 drops lavender essential oil, 3 fluid ounces of water and 1 fluid ounce of witch hazel extract in a 4-ounce bottle. Shake until well blended, then mist body.

To make a jasmine perfume bath oil, combine 24 drops jasmine absolute with 2 fluid ounces of apricot kernel oil. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to hot bath water and swish water to disperse.

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