DIY All-Natural Essential Oil Perfume: Solid and Roll-On

If there’s one thing I really miss since adopting a non-toxic lifestyle…

It’s perfume. (OK and if I’m being totally honest, junky “cheese” crackers too.)

Nearly all perfumes on the market today contain a chemical cocktail of synthetic fragrance, most of which act as endocrine distuptors. This means that they interfere with the body’s natural hormones and can lead to a slew of health issues from hormone imbalance like estrogen dominance to increased risk of cancer.

Synthetic fragrances are also known to irritate allergies and cause headaches, nausea, and dizziness — I’m sure we’ve all had the unfortunate opportunity of being in an elevator or car with someone wearing far too much perfume or cologne and can attest to this!

Luckily, we have essential oils to naturally perfume our lives.

Not only are essential oils gloriously fragrant, but they also impart various health and wellness benefits from reducing stress and regulating hormones to fighting bacteria.

For this reason, they’re a staple in every natural medicine cabinet, cleaning supplies cupboard, and beauty bag. What would we do without them!?

The best part: with essential oils you can make a totally customizable scent that’s unique to you!

If you’re a DIY enthusiast like myself, this is JUST. SO. EXCITING!

Sure, you can go ahead and combine those essential oils you know you love.

If you want to get fancy…

… and pretend to be a budding perfumier (italicized to denote that it should be read in your thickest French accent!), you’ll compose your scent of a combination of top, middle, and base notes. You’ll also want to include “fixatives,” which slow the rate at which the other essential oils evaporate, and so make your scent last longer. I had no idea certain essential oils had this characteristic until recently and am so excited to know it! Game changer.

Top notes are the scents we first pick up when smelling a fragrance. They introduce the perfume and are uplifting, refreshing, and light. Middle notes are more full-bodied and complex, and balance the top and bottom notes. Base notes are very dense and strong. Notes in either three groups may also be fixatives.

A well-balanced fragrance blend’s composition will be:

  • 10-30% top notes
  • 30-60% middle notes
  • 15-30% base notes

And it will have no more than 3 of each note to keep things from getting too complicated (though I will say that I have yet to make a combination with more than 5 essential oils total).

Top Notes

Basil, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Fir, Galbanum, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Pine, Petitgrain, Rosewood, Sage, Tangerine, Verbena

Middle Notes

Angelica, Cardamom, Carnation, Cassie, Clary Sage, Chamomile, Coffee, Cypress, Fir Balsam, Geranium, Ginger, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lotus, Melissa, Orange Blossom, Rose, Rosemary, Tuberose, Ylang Ylang

Base Notes

Agarwood, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Labdanum, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver

Fixatives

Agarwood, Angelica, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Fir, Frankincense, Myrrh, Oakmoss, Orris Root, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Vanilla, Vetiver

So how do you choose when scents to combine?

Start with a scent you already know you love, then head on over to Mountain Rose Herbs (where I like to buy a lot of my DIY supplies, including essential oils) and search for that essential oil. Scroll down the page to the “Blends Well With” section of the product description.

If you own a few oils that are said to blend well with each other, open the caps and hold them a few inches under your nose to get a whiff of what they smell like together. If you don’t yet own many essential oils, head to a local health food store — they often have open bottles as “samples” that you can smell before purchasing.

My two favorite combinations so far are 1) Lime, Orange, Cypress, and Cedarwood, and 2) Lemon, Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang, and Vetiver. Cedarwood and Vetiver are two of my all-time favorite scents (they’re woodsy yet uplifting), and I like the way the citrus balances them out. The Cypress makes the first blend stronger while the Ylang Ylang makes the second blend lighter and more floral.

DIY All-Natural Perfume:

DIY All-Natural Solid Perfume

Ingredients:

Directions:

Drop your essential oils of choice into the jar and set aside. In a double boiler (or makeshift double boiler using a heat-resistant measuring cup or bowl), melt the beeswax. After the wax has melted, add the coconut oil. Pour the mixture into the jar over the essential oils, then give it a little stir with a a toothpick or clean butter knife. Place the jar somewhere where it will sit undisturbed for a at least an hour for it to solidify. And voilà! You have yourself an all-natural homemade perfume.

DIY All-Natural Roll-On Perfume

Ingredients:

*I know I used clear bottles here, but cobalt or brown glass is better because they prevent light from degrading the essential oils, which causes them to lose their scent.

Directions:

Take the top off your dropper bottle. Drop your essential oils of choice into the bottle and top it off with the fractioned coconut oil. Put the top back on the bottle and give it a little shake. Ta da! That’s it!

Do you have a favorite essential oil scent combination?

Please share with us!

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  1. Thanks for the perfumier recipe. I have tried in the past but was never successful at making the smell last. I also did not use beeswax. Looking forward to trying. Thanks again.

  2. Can you suggest another oil replacing coconut oil?
    People with nut allergy cannot use coconut oil and as a teacher it is not allowed to wear coconut oil in schools. what would you suggest?

  3. I explain this a bit right under where it says “If you want to get fancy…” Fixatives fall into any of the other note categories (though I think most are middle or bottom notes), they’re just special in that they help extend the scent. So in the combos I like and made, cedarwood, cypress and vetiver are the fixatives. I give a whole list of fixatives right after the list of bottom notes.

  4. I think grapeseed oil would be a good alternative since it sinks into skin quickly. It does have a faint scent but it’s sweet and one I actually really love!

  5. I’d like to know if the same recipe could be used as a spray perfume. If not, what would the components be? I look forward to hearing from you.

  6. I am confused. How much of the fixatives should we use in each of the recipes? You state how much top, middle and bottom notes, but not how much of the fixatives.
    Thanks!

  7. Hi, Beverly. I truthfully haven’t come across a defined amount of fixitives to use (% of total combo or whatnot) – if you find info on this in your research, please do let me know! But fixitives are also middle and bottom notes, so I’d just take into account how much of those notes should be added.

  8. Nadia,
    After reading through several other websites, I am going to start with 5 to 20 drops of a fixative and see how that works.
    Thank you for the recipe!

  9. I would like to make a “manly” scent for my hubby to wear. He had to quit wearing regular cologne due to chemical sensitivities. Do you or a reader have suggestions for a woodsy/outdoorsy scent recipe? I will have to order these EO’s and need to narrow down the range of choices. Thanks.

  10. Hi…
    Im grateful you shared this recipes with us. Im so excited to give it a try. I wonder how much fixatives require as it’s doesn’t been mentioned in the direction. Hope to hear from you.

    Good day.

  11. 3 tsp = 1 tbs = 15 mL = 0.5 oz

    The solid recipe makes 1 oz and the roller ball recipe makes 10 mL

  12. Hi! I want to make the roll on but i have a huge doubt… i have always known that citric essential oils can stain your skin if exposed to the son..so how can i do one without that happening?!

  13. I became interested in using essential oils as perfume when I combined bergamot, jasmine, and sandalwood. I loved it, and the smell lasted a long time. I’m not surprised that it fits your recipe, and I can’t wait to make the whole mix.

  14. Yes, that is true. If you’re concerned, I suggest making a blend without any citrus essential oils.

  15. HI! Thanks for sharing all of these great suggestions. I noticed under solid perfume you suggest 50 drops, but 10, 18 & 12 add up to 40. Would you add 10 of a fixative or disperse the missing 10 among all 3 categories(top, middle & bottom)?

  16. Hi! Thanks for all your useful tips. I wanted to ask about the fixtures when and how r we supposed to add them to a blend to make the smell lasts longer? Thanks

  17. I used bergamot, lavender, vanilla, and vetiver. omggggg it makes me so happy. thank you!

  18. Hi!!

    I love this idea and I’m so excited to try it. However, I was wondering what’s the reason behind adding coconut oil? Can I also leave coconut oil out? And if not, can I use jojoba / almond oil instead?

  19. Awesome!!

    I’d choose jojoba – it has a longer shelf-life than almond, which goes rancid pretty quickly and will start to smell a little off.

  20. I’m excited to use your formula to create my own signature scent; but, I think I’ve read other places that 10 drops total in a 10mL roller bottle is the safe limit for adults and even less if your young daughter wanted to try.