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Be a perfume genius

Hmm, what’s that you’re wearing? Create your own signature scent at home.

Smell is so important to all of us. It’s one of the first things we notice when we meet someone and it plays a big part in attraction. Smell can trigger memories and leave a long-lasting impression. If perfume is your thing, then read on and learn how to make your very own fragrance at home!

Origins of perfume

Perfume has been around for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians were the first to use perfume in their culture, followed by the Chinese, Hindus, Arabs, Greeks, and Romans. And, the first glass perfume bottles were made by the Egyptians.

Ancient Egyptian women enjoying perfume

How to make perfume

Watch this video on how to make perfume using essential oils. Learn about how much alcohol, essential oils, and other ingredients you need to create your fragrance.

Learn how to make perfume at home
Source: YouTube

Know your ‘notes’

Perfume is made up of notes – top notes, middle notes, and base notes. Let me explain. So, when you first put perfume on, it’s the top notes (bergamot, orange, grapefruit, lemon, basil) that you smell first. Once that first smell fades, the body or middle notes (lavender, rosemary, black pepper, geranium, juniper) after about 30 minutes on your skin. Then, the base notes ( vanilla, sandalwood, cedarwood, jasmine patchouli) the ones that add depth and intensity to your fragrance and evaporate slowly over the day.

‘Note’ lesson over – it’s time to get started, choose which smells you like for each note, and be that perfume genius we know you are!

Follow this recipe below using essential oils.

DIY Perfume using essential oils

What you’ll need

  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil (grapeseed, jojoba, sweet almond or anything of your preference)
  • 6 tablespoons of vodka (100 proof vodka)
  • 2.5 tablespoons bottled water
  • 30 drops of essential oil (9 for your top notes, 15 for your middle notes, and 6 for your base notes)
  • A small funnel
  • Coffee filter
  • 2 clean dark glass bottles with airtight lids


  1. Pour your carrier oil into one of the glass bottles. Add your base, then the middle, and then the top notes.

2. Add the alcohol.

3. Tighten the lid, and let your perfume sit for 48 hours. The longer you let it sit, the stronger the scent.

4. Once you’re happy with the strength of the scent, add the water, and shake the bottle vigorously for 1 minute.

5. Use your filter and funnel to transfer the scent to the other bottle.

No essential oils at home?

We came across this essential oil kit to get you started at home. Check it out on Amazon.

Remember, there are lots of other ideas for making things at home that will do your mind and body some good. Enjoy!

By Ciara Foskin

Hi! I've been creating content for many years for all sorts of companies, big and small! I enjoy writing the odd poem in my spare time and am an avid music fan, karaoke enthusiast, food lover and adventurer

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