Make Your Own Homemade Perfume and Aftershave

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It’s quite easy to make your own homemade perfume with essential oils and alcohol. Using good quality base oil and a selection of essential oils, you can create some wonderful scents that will suit your personality and can be given as a lovely homemade gift.

The effectiveness of plant oils (essential oils) has been found to be antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral. Their uses will stimulate the body’s immune system and also have an effect on moods and attitude, so your homemade perfume can be scented and therapeutic.

In the 19th century, a French man named Piesse decided that scents should be referred to in scales (similar to musical notes) resulting in the whole subject becoming quite complicated. Thankfully today the system has since been simplified and perfume scents have been divided into just three groups, top, middle and bottom notes, a good balanced perfume should include a blend of all three (see the piesse scale below).

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Creating A DIY Perfume Recipe

The hardest part of making your own perfume recipe is choosing your essential oils. There are a dizzying number of essential oils available, and an almost infinite number of recipes combining them for various purposes.

You will have to try several by themselves or in combination to figure out what you like. But don’t worry you will soon begin to recognize all the different smells and discover which scents you like best.

To get you started, I’ve listed some of my favourite homemade perfume blends under The piesse scale further down the page.

How To Make Your Own Basic Perfume

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This is a natural oil based diy perfume recipe, so for best results dab a little on the pulse areas of the body (behind the ears, on the wrists and neck).

Unlike a cologne or Eau de Toilette spray the fragrance from this perfume will last all day, so a little goes a long way once applied.

What you will need:


  1. Choose 3 or 4 essential oils. Using the basic rules of choosing at least 1 from each note, top, middle and base (see list 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 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil into the glass bottle using a funnel or eye dropper if needed, each teaspoon equals 40 drops.make homemade perfume
  5. Add your essential oils. You will need about 20 drops of essential oil in the proportions you have worked out.
  6. Cover and then give it a good shake and then sniff to test, correct if needed adding only one extra drop at a time until you reach your desired fragrance.
  7. Leave the homemade perfume to blend and mature in a cool dark place for 12 hours before using.

Perfume Scents – The Piesse Scale

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.
Bergamot, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Spearmint, Peppermint

Middle notes:
Form the main body of the perfume. They have a lasting fragrance that becomes noticeable after the top note.
Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon Balm, 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.
Frankincense, Jasmine, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang

Here Is A List Of My Favourite Blended Oils

Sweet and Exotic with a trace of Citrus

Jasmine 8 drops – Lemon 4 drops – Patchouli 4 drops

Fresh and Sweet

Neroli 4 drops – Lavender 4 drops – Spearmint 2 drops

Oriental with a touch of Lemon

Sandalwood 4 drops – Lemon 3 drops – Musk 4 drops – Frankincense 2 drops

Floral with a bite of Spice

Jasmine 6 drops – Orange 3 drops – Sandalwood 2 drops

Rich and Sweet

Rose 8 drops – Jasmine 4 drops – Bergamot 2 drops

Sweet and Floral

Ylang Ylang 6 drops – Clary Sage 3 drops – Lemon 2 drops – Lavender 2 drops

Woody and Sensual

Musk 8 drops – Sandalwood 4 drops – Oakmoss 3 drops – Patchouli 2 drops

Fresh and Citrusy

Grapefruit 3 drops – Lemon 3 drops – Spearmint 2 drops – Bergamot 1 drop

Homemade Cologne and Eau De Toilette Spray

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If you prefer to use a spray perfume then this section is for you.

Using a slightly larger bottle with a spray nozzle, you can easily recreate your favourite perfume blends from above into a cologne spray by simply adding 1/2 cup (4 floz) of vodka or ethyl alcohol.

Then follow the same procedure as with the diy oil perfume recipe keeping in mind that it’s easier to add more of the essential oil to the alcohol than it is to add alcohol to the oils.

If you are still finding the cologne a little too strong then you need to go with the milder eau de toilette water. Once again this is easy just add 1 cup of distilled or spring water when adding the cup of vodka or ethyl alcohol.

To clarify the different strengths:

Here are some lovely combination homemade perfumes that I have made.

Romantic and Sensuous (Love potion)



  1. Pour the alcohol/vodka into a spray bottle or a small jar with a tight fitting lid.
  2. Add all of the essential oils and then give it a good shake.
  3. Allow to sit for a week before using.
  4. For best results spray on pulse spots (or use in a diffuser).

Calming and exotic (Whispering Rain)


  • 2 cups of distilled water
  • 3 tablespoons of vodka or ethyl alcohol
  • 5 drops of sandalwood essential oil – Sedative and aphrodisiac
  • 10 drops of bergamot essential oil – mood enhancer and reviving
  • 10 drops of cassis essential oil – refreshing and invigorating


  1. Pour the water and vodka/alcohol into a spray bottle or a small jar with a tight fitting lid, add the essential oils and shake well.
  2. Leave over night to allow everything to settle before using.
  3. For best results spray on pulse spots (or use in a diffuser)

Rich and Sweet (Scents of roses)


  • 1 cup vodka or ethyl alcohol
  • 1/2 cup rose water
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary oil – warming and stimulating
  • 2 tablespoons rose oil – soothing and aphrodisiac
  • 1 tablespoon sandalwood – Sedative and aphrodisiac

Pour all the ingredients (in the order they are shown) into a glass jar or bottle. Shake well and wait 24 hours before using.

DIY Perfume Diffusers

Not only can you indulge yourself with these wonderful smelling homemade Eau De Toilette sprays, they can also make really good room diffusers.

Simply place a few reed sticks into a bottle or narrow necked jar along with the toilette water.

The reeds will then absorb the water and diffuse the fragrance throughout your room. Every few days turn over the reeds to refresh the fragrance.


Now that you know how to make your own perfume, try making a solid perfume or some homemade aftershave for a loved one.

Or learn what combinations work with our organic carrier oils and essential oil use chart.

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Angela Wills
Angela Wills
Hi, I’m Angela, I make most of the homemade things here at Savvy Homemade. I'm an experienced soap maker, skincare formulator, author, busy Mom of 3, and recently a Grandma! "Every day I share my experience while crafting something new, it’s fantastic".

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