How To Make Parfum At Home Using Essential Oils

How To Make Parfum At Home Using Essential Oils

Eau de parfum, sitting next to some wood

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Here’s how to make parfum using citrus and woody notes which, when combined, create a wonderfully rich and rustic fragrance. It’s a perfume that I’ve made many times, and I’ve noticed that the more it matures, the better it smells. 

As with all perfumes and colognes, store-bought or homemade, they can smell differently on each individual.

I remember being told once by a perfumer that you should spray the perfume up in front of you and walk into it rather than spraying it straight on yourself. I’m not a hundred percent sure why, but I’m guessing that it gives you a wider spread of perfume. 

DIY Eau de parfum, sitting next to some wood

Making Eau de Parfum

Eau de parfum is one of the most common types of perfume. It is made using around 15-20% essential oils and therefore has an intense aroma. This type of fragrance usually lasts for around five hours making it a great choice to wear for brunch with friends, or an evening out with your significant other. 

I always find that Eau de parfum is a good middle ground, not too overpowering like a neat perfume but stronger than an Eau de toilette or cologne.

Watch How To Make Parfum

Why Alcohol?

I have used alcohol in this perfume recipe, however, if you would prefer not to, take a look at my all oil perfume recipes.

Most designer perfumes on the market are made using alcohol. The reason for this is to dilute the ingredients so that they are suitable for use on the skin. Alcohol is less likely to affect the formula and also helps to disperse the perfume molecules. The alcohol will allow your perfume to be smelled by others more effectively, as opposed to an all oil perfume that stays close to the body. 

The Essential Oils 

In this recipe, I will be working solely with essential oils to keep it as natural as possible. Most store-bought perfumes contain a mixture of essential oils and synthetic aroma chemicals, mainly to keep the price down! 

A Fruity Citrus Blend

  • Lemongrass
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Bergamot 
  • Orange

The citrus notes within this perfume bring a fresh and zesty scent which is ideal for springtime. Citrus fragrances are known for making you feel happy by relieving stress and anxiety as well as aiding digestion.

Resinous

  • Benzoin

Benzoin comes from the bark of styrax trees and has a rich sweet and smoky aroma. It is a great fixative and so is very popular within the perfuming industry. 

Woody

  • Cedarwood 

Cedarwood Is one of the oldest essential oils to be used in perfumery. It’s a very grounding oil that combines wonderfully with citrus notes by providing a warm undertone.

Eau de parfum, sitting next to some wood

Golden Grove – A DIY Eau de Parfum Recipe

Here's how to make parfum with a wonderfully rich and rustic fragrance. It's a perfume that I've made many times, and the more it matures, the better it smells.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Maturing Time: 21 days
Total Time: 21 days 20 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
Yield (adjustable): 30 ml
Author: Angela Wills
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Ingredients

Equipment

Instructions

  • Pour your alcohol into the container
    alcohol being added to a glass beaker sitting on digital scales
  • Add the essential oils to the alcohol
    Essential oil is being added to the alcohol in a glass beaker
  • Stir slowly ensuring the oils are completely dispersed
    The perfume mixture is stirred
  • Leave for around 3 weeks to allow the perfume to mature. It's best to use a tinted glass jar with a lid for this, otherwise store in glass or PET plastic and out of direct sunlight (somewhere cool and dark is best)
    The perfume mixture is poured into a tinted glass jar
  • Filter the perfume through a coffee filter to get rid of any sediment, I found that sometimes it has some sedimentand sometimes not, so best to filter to be on the safe side.
    The mature eau de parfum filted with a coffee filter
  • Use a funnel to pour your perfume into your glass perfume bottle. Your perfume is now ready for use.
    The perfume is poured into a 30ml glass perfume bottle, using a funnel
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Making Eau de Toilette

Eau de toilette contains a lower percentage of essential oils, usually between  5-10%, making it a cheaper option. 

It is also a very popular type of perfume but it does not last as long, probably around three hours. 

If you would prefer to try an Eau de toilette then you will need the same ingredients and the method is the same. You just need to amend your drops of essential oils as below:

  • 15  drops Lemon essential oil
  • 10  drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 10 drops Orange essential oil
  • 5 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 5 drops Lemongrass essential oil
  • 4   drops Benzoin essential oil
  • 2   drops Cedarwood 

Making Cologne

Cologne is predominantly used for masculine scents as it has a lower essential oil percentage, about 3-5%, which produces a lighter fragrance. However, any perfume can be made milder by reducing the essential oil content. 

A cologne typically lasts for around two hours. The general method for this is no different from any of the other perfume recipes on this page. I have a full tutorial and video on how to make a cologne, but for the purpose of this recipe, you just need to amend your drops of essential oils as below:

  • 8  drops Lemon essential oil
  • 5  drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 5 drops Orange essential oil
  • 3 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 3 drops Lemongrass essential oil
  • 2   drops Benzoin essential oil
  • 1   drops Cedarwood 

Final Thoughts

The Eau de parfum should be strong and long-lasting due to its high percentage of essential oils and alcohol content. 

It’s great for the springtime with its elegant and refreshing top-note citrus. The citrus top note blends perfectly with the woody base note bringing richness and warmth to the fragrance. 

If you want to learn more about how to make perfumes, take a look at some of my other DIY perfume recipes.

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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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    • Hi Chan,

      Unfortunately not. Although it does sounds very cool indeed! I think, if I were to take this further, I would try my hand at steam distillation. There’s so many youtube videos to follow, I just need to get round to it at some point.

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