Quick and easy recipe of solid DIY perfume with essential oils:

  • 4 gr of vegetable wax
  • 20 gr of coconut oil
  • 6 drops of bergamot essential oil without furocoumarins (no reaction to the sun)
  • 5 drops of salvia sclarea essential oil
  • 4 drops of vetiver essential oil

1. Melt the vegetable wax and coconut oil in a water bath.

2. Add the essential oils and transfer to a clean jar and disinfect.

3. Apply your perfume on your skin.

Don’t be afraid to test and try out various compositions. If this is something new to you, simplicity is a good approach. A composition of only 3 essential oils will be a good approach for beginners.

Making perfumes requires the development of skills, experience and creativity. First of all, you have to understand the rule of 3:

  1. Top note – this is the first scent you will smell when you put on your perfume. It is often fresh, light and disappears very quickly. It can be citrus fruits or herbs like pin, bergamot, grapefruit, mandarin, mint.
  2. Middle note – is a heart note. This note is strongly linked to our feelings, emotions and brings warmth. It stays on the skin longer and the scent is often flowery like geranium, neroli, jasmine, rose, salvia sclarea, ylang-ylang, chamomile, lavender.
  3. Base note is the scent that will stay on the skin the longest thanks to the heat you produce. Its fragrance will diffuse throughout the day. This scent is often suave and earthy. It is rooting for excellence and centring. It can be ambrette, benzoin, sandalwood, cistus, incense, patchouli, vanilla, vetiver.

These few keys will give you an understanding of making a natural homemade perfume and desire to develop new compositions. 

Since I started doing my own perfume, I find it super fun. Moreover, I can prepare small quantities and change more often, especially according to seasons. You can even make some for your sweetheart (this a great zero waste and very personalized gift) or some activities with your children.

Always check if essential oils are compatible with children and pregnant women.

Here are some basic recipes from CHRISTIANE BERGER’s book “Natural Perfumes” that will help you get acquainted with essential oils and the world of perfume:

For women:

1st recipe

  • sandalwood 3 drops
  • orange 4 drops
  • ylang-ylang 2 drops

2nd recipe

  • sandalwood 2 drops
  • coriander 2 drops
  • tangerine 2 drops 
  • patchouli 3 drops

For kids: 

1st recipe

  • mandarin 5 drops
  • vanilla 3 drops
  • neroli or petit grain 2 drops

For men:

1st recipe

  • sandalwood 4
  • lemon 2
  • pin 2
  • rosemary 3

2nd recipe

  • benzoin 3
  • pink 2
  • grapefruit 3
  • vetiver 2

Try and share your experience in comments!!