We always talk about the benefits of essential oils for wellness, aromatherapy and DIY household cleaning but that’s not all that they offer. Essential oils have been used for centuries in perfumery; you might be surprised to learn that essential oils have been added to many of the designer perfumes and colognes you can buy in department stores today.
Essential oils are a natural alternative to chemicals; they have a lasting effect and work well with our body’s own natural chemistry. Essential oils can act as a powerful aphrodisiac and incite a positive response in those around you while giving you the powerful benefits from the oil itself. And they simply smell wonderful!
Before we get to the recipes there are a few things you must know before using essential oils as a perfume:
- Essential oils and fragrance oils are two completely different things. You want to ensure you are buying 100% pure essential oils. If the product says fragrance or perfume on it anywhere, it’s not a natural essential oil. Know what you’re buying.
- Oils will smell differently on one person than they might on another. Each person has unique chemistry in their body’s that affect the aroma of the oils. It’s natural and might take a couple of attempts to find a blend that’s perfect for you. Don’t give up.<
- Most essential oils will need to be diluted prior to applying topically. Essential oils are potent and even a small amount can cause skin irritation when not combined with a good carrier oil. For perfumes I recommend avocado oil because it doesn’t have a scent that will alter the aroma of the oil. For a slight sweet touch, go with Grapeseed oil.
- Consider how you wish to apply it; my personal favorite is by using as a rollerball(you can grab some here) but other alternatives include a diffuser necklace,(learn to make your own here) a DIY balm, lotion or mist might work for you.
Now that we’ve covered the Need to Know stuff, here are my some of the best essential oil blends for homemade perfumes:
Start all blends that you will put in a roller ball or directly on the skin with a base of 1 tablespoon carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil and 1 tablespoon of Vodka. If you are planning on putting it in a diffuser, or on a necklace, no vodka or carrier oil is necessary.
5 drops Bergamot
4 drops Grapefruit
1 drop Geranium
8 drops Grapefruit
1 drop Geranium
1 drop Ylang Ylang
5 drops Coriander
5 drops Bergamot
4 drops Neroli
3 drops Rose
2 drops Jasmine
10 drops Rose
5 drops Lime
4 drops Vetiver
7 drops Grapefruit
5 drops Lavender
4 drops Sweet Orange
2 drops Clary Sage
1 drop Roman Chamomile
These basic recipes are a great start to essential oils for perfume and smell fantastic! Don’t be afraid to start with essential oils that you already know and appreciate and build from there. As you gain more experience with oils there is tons to learn about recipes and blending and I bet it’ll make a great hobby for you. Meanwhile, save money on the expensive stuff and try out some of these wonderful blends. Others will notice and you’ll love every minute of it!
Do you make your own perfumes? Be sure to pin this for later!