How to.. Make your own perfumes

Like everything else with personal style, your scent should be unique and distinctive. You'd be surprised how easy it is to create your own perfumes!

You need:
  • 100% Essential Oils of your choice (NOT fragrance oils)
  • Low percentage clear, perfume free alcohol OR 100 proof Vodka - thats the truth, it works just as well and is easier to get your hands on!
  • Glass bottle to mix perfume in 
  • Droppers (one for each scent you are using)
  • New perfume atomizer - you can buy them online here
You can get essential oils from some health food or new age stores, and you will be able to get fragrance free, low percentage alcohol from the pharmacy, as well as the glass bottle and the droppers.

The ratio is basically 30% Essential Oils to 70% Alcohol. So for every drop of oil you use, you need 2 or 3 drops of alcohol.

All you do is drop the essential oils into your glass vial until you have a scent you like, then add the alcohol and shake it up!

Here's the important part: Creating the scent.
You can make it however you'd like, there are no rules.
But there are a few things to remember in order to create a well rounded perfume.

That's what they call the 'notes' of a perfume. There should be the heavier, deeper scents, offset with a lighter fruiter note. The top notes are what you smell first, and as the scent wears, the base notes will remain. 

Top Notes
Middle Notes
Base Notes
(Top to Middle)
BayBalsam Peru
(Top to Middle)
Black PepperCassia
(Base to Middle)
(Base to Middle)
Clary Sage
(Top to Middle)
Coriander(Top to Middle)Fennel(Middle to Top)Frankincense
(Base to Middle)
GrapefruitHo LeafJasmine
(Top to Middle)
Ho WoodMyrrh
(Middle to Top)
(Base to Middle)
Lemongrass(Top to Middle)JuniperOakmoss
(Middle to Top)
Mandarin /
(Top to Middle)
Melissa(Middle to Top)Rosewood
(Base to Middle)
OrangePalma RosaVanilla
PetitgrainRosemaryYlang Ylang

I approach making perfumes (as I do with many things in my life) like a piece of art. A song or an image. Art work that moves you has depth, substance and isn't always as it first appears. There are nuances and subtleties that remain with you long after you experience it. In order to create a well rounded piece, you need to offset the immediate subject matter with a lighter tone to balance it.

If you want to create a more masculine scent then focus on base notes and if you want it to be more femmmee then focus on the top notes.

Some nice deeper notes I like are Sandalwood and Patchouli, and usually mix with a top note of lime and a teeny bit of spearmint.

Have fun with it :)