The DIY EO Perfume Experiment

Have you ever thought about making your own DIY EO Perfume? Since I joined the oily train over 3 years ago, I have enjoyed getting rid of toxic products in my home. I walked by my dresser full of perfumes and colognes (which I don’t use anymore) and I thought, why haven’t I made my own perfume?

So I got to work. Did you know there is a proper way to blend the oils to create a pleasing aroma. Creating your own perfume blend can be compared to putting musical notes in the right order when you play the piano.

Let’s Learn Blending Basics

You can classify essential oils into categories based on the way they smell. Some of the ways you can divide them up could be into the following groups:

florals, woodsy, earthy, minty, herbaceous, camphorous, oriental, citrus and spicy. As in music, there needs to be harmony within your perfume bottle.

What do musical notes have to do with EO’s?

We have top, middle and base notes within the essential oil aroma categories. These notes have to do with how quickly an oil may evaporate. As an oil evaporates it will change the way you perceive the aroma. This can be compared to the notes of a musical scale. A famous perfume maker Septimus Piesse said it best.

” This unique figure in the history of the science created what he called an “odophone.” The odors were like sounds, he pointed out, and a scale could be created going from the first or lowest note, the heavy smell to the last or highest note, the sharp smell. In between there was an ascending ladder. Each odor note corresponded to a key on his odophone, and in the creation of a happy mixture of many different odors, which we call a “bouquet” and which every finished perfume must be, the creator seeks not only to hit the right notes, but to strike those notes which go with one another. His perfume must not be out of tune.” [Edward Sagarin, The Science and Art of Perfumery (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1945), 145.]

Have you ever put on an oil and after you had been wearing it awhile it may have smelled differently to you? Now you know why it could change.

Common Oily Notes



Let’s Make Some Perfume!

Grab a 10ml spray atomizer or a 10 ml roll on for this recipe. You can use any size you just need to do the math to figure out the percentages for the base, middle and top notes accordingly.

I did two varieties as a trial and they both turned out pretty delish. I used the 10-mL stainless steel roller top bottles because that is what I had available. I may try some fancy atomizers next time so I can have some pretty decorative perfumes for my dresser again, but this time non-toxic.

Tinge of Mint Delight

Add 5 drops of peppermint for your top note, 10 drops of rosemary for your middle note and 6 drops of Hawaiian Sandalwood for your base note. I added just a drop more of the Sandalwood because the mint was quite strong at first. You then fill up your bottle the rest of the way with vodka. The mini funnels work perfect and 1 1/2 teaspoon was a perfect amount. Now shake, shake, and shake some more. Then when you see the bottle shake again. As time goes on the oils will meld and your scent will arrive.


My second bottle I named Sweet Nothings…it turned out pretty sweet! Add 5 drops orange (top note), 10 drops jasmine (middle note) and 5 drops frankincense (base note). Add your vodka and shake. This one was really sweet and I may go in and add a bit more frankincense to tone the sweetness down.




This is a fun and easy project. Let me know what oils you put together. Next up…a cologne for my man!