Tutti Fruity – A Roll On Perfume Made With Essential Oils

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When I first started playing around with fragrances and essential oil blends, I had no idea what I was doing. I’d mix together random oils, just to see what they would smell like. I didn’t know it at the time, but these were my first steps in the world of perfumery. 

Since then, not too much has changed, except my understanding of how fragrances work when making perfume has come on leaps and bounds. So today I thought I’d share how to make perfume with essential oils. This is one of my favorite perfume blends, one that is the product of years of hard work.

Two perfumes made with essential oils sat next to an orange


I’ve used a roll-on bottle again here, in a similar fashion to the Island Haze Perfume in my last post.

This fruity scented perfume is made using delectable notes of citrus smelling Grapefruit and Orange, earthy Patchouli, and floral Ylang Ylang. It is great for everyday wear and smells good enough to eat! 

I also think it’s important to show people how to make perfume without alcohol. Not everyone can tolerate the harshness of alcohol in many store bought perfumes. But perfume should be for everyone, and this roll on, all oil perfume is perfect for anyone with dry or sensitive skin

What Goes Into The Tutti Fruity Perfume?

Peach Kernel Oil

Peach Kernel oil is a pale yellow liquid which is odorless, making it a great carrier oil to use in perfumery. It is fine in texture and therefore does not leave an oily residue on your skin, therefore it is perfect for the roller bottle application. It is also naturally high in vitamin E, meaning that it will prolong the life of your perfume. 


We are using grapefruit as a top note in this perfume recipe and it will give it a vibrant, fruity fragrance. Grapefruit essential oil can help to lift your spirits by rebalancing your mood and relieving anxiety symptoms.   

Sweet Orange

Who doesn’t love the smell of sweet orange? Its light and refreshing scent mixes well with the Grapefruit giving this perfume a real citrus blast. Sweet Orange is a top note in this perfume recipe and it brings a refreshing vibe through its fruity scent. Its fragrance is also very uplifting, which can help to boost your mood. 


Patchouli has a deliciously sweet and musky aroma that comes through after the citrus notes have started to melt away. I always find that perfumes with patchouli get better with age so I tend to leave them to mature for a good two or three weeks before using them.  

Patchouli is often used in meditation blends to help balance the mind and relieve stress. 


You will probably notice that I use Ylang-Ylang a lot in my perfumes, I just love its exotic scent that comes through the finished perfume. It’s another relaxing essential oil that works great with the patchouli as base oils.  

Thankfully Ylang Ylang has come down in price a lot over the last few years and so I no longer have to worry about the high price tag on this perfume.  

The Bottle

I found these fun colorful glass roll on bottles on amazon that are perfect for keeping the perfume fresh and potant. They come in lots of different colors so you can literally match the color to the perfume.

Two roll on perfumes sat next two halves of an orange

Tutti Fruity Roll On Perfume Recipe With Essential Oils

So today I thought I’d share how to make perfume with essential oils. This is one of my favorite perfume blends, one that is the product of years of hard work.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 Perfume
Difficulty Level: Easy
Author: Angela Wills

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  • Pour the Peach Kernel oil (or sweet almond oil) to fill your roller bottle to just over ¾ of the way up. This can be a bit tricky to pour so you might prefer to use a funnel or pipette dropper.
    9 grams Peach Kernal Oil, 1 Glass Roller Bottle
    Sweet almond oil being added to a roller bottle
  • Add your drops of essential oil to the bottle
    6 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil, 4 drops Orange Essential Oil, 3 drops Patchouli Essential Oil, 3 drops Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
    Essential oil being added to a roller bottle
  • Place the roller ball onto the bottle, ensuring it's clipped on securely. Pop the lid on.
    The top of a roller bottle being put in place
  • Shake well so that the oils are thoroughly mixed together. Then leave in a cool dark place, for around two weeks before using. This will give the essential oils time to develop.
    See below if you would like to have a go at formulating your very own roll on perfume blend.
    A roller bottle is shaken to ensure the ingredients are well combined
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Difficulty: Easy

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Choosing Your Own Essential Oils

  1. As a basic rule, choose 3 or 4 essential oils using at least 1 from each note, top, middle, and base from the perfume scents Piesse Scale below.
  2. Place a few drops of your chosen oils in the proportions that you wish to use them onto a strip of blotting paper.
  3. Leave for about 5 minutes then take a sniff to see if you have reached your desired effect, then correct if needed.
  4. Pour the 2tsps of your chosen carrier oil into the glass bottle using a funnel or dropper if needed, each tsp equals 40 drops.
  5. Add your essential oils. You will need about 10-15 drops of essential oil in the proportions you have worked out.
  6. Place the roller ball onto the bottle, ensuring it’s clipped on securely. Pop the lid on. 
  7. Shake well  and then sniff to test, correct if needed adding only one extra drop at a time until you reach your desired fragrance.
  8. Leave in a cool dark place, for around two weeks before using. This will give the essential oils time to develop.

Perfume Scents – The Piesse Scale

For more info on essential oils and their uses: Essential Oil Use Chart

Top Notes:
Are light and fresh smelling, they are usually the first scent that you will detect in a blended perfume, and often the most volatile.
Anise, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Spearmint, Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Petitgrain.

Middle Notes:
Form the main body of the perfume. They have a lasting fragrance that becomes noticeable after the top note.
Angelica, Bay, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Chamomile, Cypress, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Neroli, Palmarosa, Pine, Rose, Rosemary.

Base Notes:
Are rich and heavy, although they are the last to detect in a perfume they linger the longest and work as a fixative to the lighter top and middle notes, helping them to retain their aroma for longer.
Benzion, Carrot Seed, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Violet, Ylang Ylang.

Final Thoughts

Perfumery, like all art forms, requires patience and practice. But that doesn’t mean you can’t dive straight in and try out some of my tried and tested fragrance blends.

In time, as you begin learn how to build a blend that not only smells great but is balanced and long lasting, you’ll have way more freedom to construct your own perfumes.

In the meantime, take a look at some of my other perfume recipes. Also, did you know that your essential oils also have amazing benefits for your skin? Take a look at our essential oil use chart to see how to get most out of your essential oils.

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How to Make Perfume At Home – A Guide For Beginners

Sit back and relax as I show you how to make perfume using my tried & tested blends. Each recipe comes with its own video, I love them, and I hope you do too.

Author: Angela Wills

Title: Founder and Author - Savvy Homemade

Expertise: Beauty Recipes, Skincare Formulation, Soapmaking, DIY Crafts, Parenting


Angela Wills is an author, founder, and the driving force behind Savvy Homemade. With over fifteen years of experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to every post she writes. She is fearlessly dedicated to creating tried and tested beauty recipes, skincare formulations, soap recipes, and many other DIY crafts that will work for everyone. Angela has a Diploma in Skincare Formulation, is a proud member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, and infuses each DIY product with her passion and expertise.

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