Wondering how to find a perfume that is 100% you? You may have luck creating your very own custom essential oil perfume roll on. If custom perfume sounds expensive and complicated, take heart. You don’t need a huge budget or your own laboratory to mix one. In fact, making your own perfume is affordable, easy, and fun.
Why Would You Want To DIY Perfume?
Creating a custom blend of roll-on perfume comes with many potential benefits. Here are a few:
- It may help save you money.
- Many synthetic fragrances contain ingredients, like alcohol, that might irritate your skin.1 Creating your own natural perfume allows you to leave out irritants if you wish.
- You can be sure that the fragrance is 100% natural and non-toxic.
- You can control the amount and consistency. Make a small batch for your roll on bottle or add beeswax to create a solid perfume — the choice is yours.2
- You can create a specific scent that you love by blending different fragrances and trying different perfume recipes.
- Essential oils may be soothing, restorative, calming, uplifting, or relaxing.3 When you create your own blend, you can take these therapeutic benefits into account.
The Basic Recipe For DIY Essential Oil Perfume In A Roll On Bottle
Creating homemade perfume is simple. You really only need two ingredients: a carrier oil and a blend of essential oils.
- .5 oz of a carrier oil
- 10-15 drops of various essential oils (you’ll choose three or more)
- A clean roller ball bottle
- Drop in your selection of essential oils, one after the other.
- Close the top, and roll the bottle between your hands for 5-15 seconds to blend.
- Remove the cap, and fill the rest of the bottle with your carrier oil.
- Close the top, and roll the bottle between your hands for another 30 seconds to blend.
- Your perfume is ready to roll.4
Carrier Oil Options
Carrier oils are neutral, plant-based oils. Their purpose is to dilute essential oils so they can be safely applied to the skin.5
When you select the carrier oil for your fragrance, you’ll want to keep these factors in mind:
- Odor: For the most part, carrier oils are unscented or very lightly scented. However, some carrier oils have a distinct aroma that might change the scent of your fragrance. For the best results, you may want to choose a carrier oil with little to no scent.
- Skin absorption: Your skin may absorb some carrier oils more quickly than others. If you don’t want to feel a hint of oil on your skin, you may want to choose a carrier oil with a high absorption rate.
- Skin type: Some carrier oils may irritate specific skin types.
- Shelf life: Carrier oils all come with different shelf lives. Consider how long you plan to store the oil when selecting your carrier oil.6
Here are some of the most popular carrier oils and their properties:
Jojoba oil is one of the best and most popular carrier oils for perfume. It’s odorless, colorless, quick-absorbing, and it doesn’t clog pores. Jojoba oil has a long shelf life.7
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is another popular carrier oil for homemade perfume. It has a slightly sweet, nutty aroma. This oil is lightweight and absorbs relatively quickly. It leaves a slight hint of oil on the skin. Sweet almond oil should not be used by people who have nut allergies.8
Apricot Kernel Oil
This is a mild oil derived from apricot seeds. It absorbs easily into the skin and has a slightly sweet, nutty scent.9
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated coconut oil is an odorless form of coconut oil that stays liquid at room temperature and lower. Fractionated coconut oil is nourishing, easily absorbed, and has a long shelf life.10
Choosing A Blend Of Essential Oils
After you choose your carrier oil, your next step is to pick your blend of essential oils. The oils you choose will give your fragrance its own unique scent. To create a balanced fragrance, you’ll want to choose a mixture of top, middle, and base notes. You’ll typically add them in this ratio:
- 30% top notes
- 50% middle notes
- 20% base notes11
In perfume recipes that call for 10 drops of essential oils, you would add:
- 3 drops of a top note
- 5 drops of a middle note
- 2 drops of a base note
The type of note has to do with how quickly the fragrance reaches your nose, and how long the scent lasts.
Top notes are the first scent to hit your nose and the first to fade away. They tend to be fresh and sharp. Here are some popular top notes:
- Citrus, like lemon
- Like fruits, like berries
- Herbs, like clary sage12
Middle notes, or heart notes, appear after the top notes fade away. These full-bodied notes make up the dominant aroma of the fragrance. Here are some popular middle notes:
- Aromatic florals, like jasmine
- Spices, like cinnamon
- Some light woodsy scents, like pine13
Along with the middle notes, base notes form the foundation of a fragrance. They linger the longest and add depth by boosting lighter notes. The scents of base notes tend to be deep and rich, for example:
- Woodsy scents, like sandalwood and cedarwood
- Musks, like patchouli14
When creating essential oil blends for your roll-on perfume, you’ll want to ensure that you choose at least one oil from each category. This will help you create a balanced scent that lasts on the skin.
Creating A Blend That Works For You
If you’re creating your own perfume, you may already have an essential oil that you love. You can use that as a starting point and add coordinating top, middle, or base notes to round it out. If you’re starting from scratch or you need a little inspiration, here are a few example perfume recipes:
- Fresh and zingy: grapefruit, ginger, and vetiver
- Sweet and light: geranium, lavender, chamomile, cardamom, and cedarwood
- Refreshing and bright: lemon, peppermint, rosemary, sage, and juniper
- Woodsy: cedarwood, spruce, juniper, vetiver, and bergamot
- Spicy and rich: vanilla, clove, lavender, nutmeg, and ylang-ylang15
When you create your own perfume with essential oils, you can continue to experiment until you land on something you love. Who knows, maybe a strange-sounding combination will be perfect for you. Play around, have fun, and enjoy your new perfume.
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