10 Best Perfume Recipes Using Essential Oils

If you’re looking for an alternative to those store-bought perfumes, you’ll love these recipes! There are many ways to make perfume recipes using essential oils, but I know that you’re probably just as busy as I am and don’t want to buy a whole lot of ingredients. So I’m making these as simple as possible. These are perfect for a gift for Mother’s Day, too!


These essential oil perfume recipes are SO simple and perfect for a gift or finding your signature scent!

10 Best Perfume Recipes Using Essential Oils

I’ve been experimenting with some essential oil combinations for perfume. There are a few things to consider, such as whether a oil provides a base note, middle note or top note, as well as their intensity in relation to each other. It’s been a fun process! 🙂

I’ve provided 10 DIY blended perfumes that you can try yourself, as well as a list of pre-blended oils that would make perfect perfumes themselves, once diluted. And of course, they’re ALL therapeutic! 

As you use more essential oils you can sort of imagine the scents and blends before making them. But if you’re new it can be a little trickier. It helps to remember that not only does note matter, but types of aroma can help you craft your perfume. Here are the ones we use most in the combinations below: 

  • Earthy scents (patchouli, vetiver)
  • Floral (geranium, lavender, etc.)
  • Woodsy (sandalwood, cedarwood, etc.)
  • Citrus (lime, lemon, bergamot, orange, etc.)

Note that these are about a 3% dilution. For children and pregnant or nursing moms, be sure to check the safety for each ingredient oil and start with a drop less for each – about a 2% dilution rate. 


DIY Blended Perfumes

(I buy my oils from Rocky Mountain Oils – free shipping, pure and high quality, and great service!) Combine these oils together with the indicated number of drops in parenthesis. 

  • Palmarosa (8), Geranium (1), Ylang Ylang (1)
  • Lavender (5), Orange (4), Ylang Ylang (1)
  • Lavender (6), Vetiver (2), Lemon (2)
  • Rose (5), Lime (3), Vetiver (2)
  • Sandalwood (6), Patchouli (1), Orange (2), Jasmine (1)
  • Lavender (4), Mandarin (4), Juniper (2)
  • Bergamot (4), Geranium (4), Vetiver (2)
  • Frankincense (4), Sweet Orange (4), Geranium (2)
  • Sandalwood (4), Grapefruit (5), Ylang Ylang (1)
  • Cedarwood (5), Lavender (3), Chamomile (2) 

Pre-Made Blends for Perfume (Use 10 drops):

  • Unwind – This is what I use! Copaiba, Cedarwood, Lime, and Vanilla
  • Embrace – Cedarwood, Bergamot FCF, Orange, Rosewood, Sandalwood
  • Blossoms – Frankincense, Lime, Orange, Balsam of Peru, Sandalwood, Patchouli, German/ Roman Chamomile mix, Pink Grapefruit, and Ylang Ylang
  • Tranqulity – Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, Lime, Blue Tansy, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, and Citronella
  • Love – Lemon, Orange, Geranium, Bergamot, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang, and Rose

How to Make a Perfume Recipe Using Essential Oils

To make the recipes, you’ll need 10ml roller bottles and a carrier oil. You put the essential oils drops from the recipe into the bottle and fill the rest with the carrier oil. I use fractionated coconut oil most often, but you can also use other carrier oils such as jojoba or grapeseed. It’s also best to use a dark blue or brown roller bottle to help it last longer. Store your perfume in a cool, dark place. 
If you’re making these as a gift, consider some simple tags tied on with twine, or bundle a variety of your DIY perfumes into a pretty carrying case! I personally love the handmade ones from Karman Creates. But you can also find some good cases on Amazon
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These essential oil perfume recipes are SO simple and perfect for a gift or finding your signature scent!


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This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Hi! Can I add vodka to above recipes if yes then how much??

    1. You could but it likely changes the promotions. I have not tried that yet!

    2. Vodka can be used..(100% vodka is recommended), but I’ve been advised to use EVERCLEAR brand grain alcohol instead at 195 proof .I’m in the process of converting to EVERCLEAR to see if indeed it produces a more distinct blend than Vodka. We’ll see.

  2. Have you tried an atomizer instead of a roller? I am looking for some recipes to also use atomizers. Thank you!

    1. I have heard people have good luck using just water (use the same ratios) and shake before each use or use an alcohol like vodka assuming it isn’t for daily use. If I try some myself I’ll report back!

  3. If you should make 2 ml roller bottles for gifts what amounts of essential oils would you use!?

    1. I would use 2-3 drops total.

  4. Hi Tauna, thank you for sharing these blends. I am fairly new to essential oils but can’t wait to try them.
    In the blends that you’ve listed , what do the numbers in brackets represent? Also that size roller bottles are you using?
    Thanks again.

    1. Oh! Sorry about that. I updated to post to indicate that those numbers are the number of drops for each oil in that blend recipe. I use a 10ML roller bottle.

  5. Would witch hazel work in a perfume blend instead of vodka?

    1. I’ve done that and it seems to work just fine. I’d try it out on a small bottle and see!

  6. For example u are make an 100ML of perfume how many percent of essential oil and vodka can make a bottle of 100ml? Thanks u.

    1. It depends on the dilution rate you prefer. I use about 9-10 drops EO in a 10ml bottle, which is a 3% dilution rate. So if I put 90-100 drops of EO in a 100ml bottle and fill the rest with carrier, it would be about the same dilution rate.

  7. For a 2 ml bottle isn’t the ratio about 30 drops of essential oil and then add the carrier or vodka/run?

    1. My preference is for a light perfume (3% dilution). For a 10ml roller bottle that is about 9-10 drops EO and the rest carrier oil. I’m not sure what you mean by a 2ml bottle. A standard roller bottle is about 10ml and putting 30 drops of oil in a 2ml roller bottle would be an unsafe dilution rate for pretty much anyone, I think. Unless I’m not understanding what you mean about the sin of the bottle and amount of carrier oil you’re using.

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