How to Use Essential Oils to Make Your Own Perfume

Many of us work hard to make good choices when it comes to our foods. We know this is important – and we try to avoid hormones and GMOs, and eat organic products when possible.

But, are we doing the same thing with our personal care products?

You may be surprised to learn that research indicates there could be some danger in the synthetic fragrances used in our air fresheners, shampoos, soaps, perfumes and more.

Whether you are looking for healthier alternatives to synthetic fragrances or simply want to try a new scent, essential oils can be used to create natural perfumes with a variety of aromas that will delight your senses.

The Dangers of Synthetic Perfumes

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One of the biggest problems with synthetic perfumes is that their harmful chemicals can be absorbed directly through the skin and into the body.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), more than 75% of products listing “fragrance” as an ingredient contain phthalates, a known carcinogen that has been banned in toys in the United States. Phthalates have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, reduce sperm count, cause reproductive malformation and have been linked to liver and breast cancers, diabetes and obesity. Reference: EWG

If you’re on a natural journey and looking to clean up your beauty routine, many health experts recommend avoiding products with “fragrance” on the label. 

Natural Perfume Alternatives


The good news is that you don’t have to avoid wearing perfume. In fact, you can use essential oils to create an endless variety of delightful blends that after a pleasant and mood enhancing aroma.

Plus, as these oils are inhaled and absorbed into your body, you may experience a few other added aromatherapy benefits, too. They may help lift your mood, improve energy, relax you, and more.

We believe that wearing essential oils is a great way to enjoy a beautiful aroma through a natural perfume.

Essential oils are highly concentrated versions of the natural components in plants that possess potent therapeutic qualities used in your natural personal care products, essential oils can also offer additional wellness benefits.

How to Make Natural DIY Perfumes with Essential Oils

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The easiest way to apply essential oils topically to the skin is with a nourishing carrier oil.

Jasmine Oil Perfume

Jasmine oil can be applied topically to your wrists, neck, and temples for a feminine aroma that is delicate and sensual. This floral oil is sourced from the exotic farms of Madurai, and can inspire feelings of euphoric love and joy.

For a floral blend, jasmine mixes well with frankincense, rose, and lavender essential oils.

To use, add 3 drops of the oil in 1 ounce of jojoba oil. Skin patch test with sensitive skin.

Bulgarian Rose Perfume

The aroma of Bulgarian rose oil can evoke visions of a spring walk through a beautiful rose garden. It offers a pleasant aroma that can be worn during the day or night.

Similar to jasmine, Bulgarian rose mixes well with other florals, but you can also create a light body mist. For a basic mist, spritz the rose water or hydrosol. Or,
just 10 drops of the very luxurious and expensive Bulgarian rose essential oil along with 10 drops of rose geranium essential oil can be added to ½ tsp of liquid castile soap. Then, add the rose/soap blend to a 4-ounce spray bottle of distilled water. 

All you need to do is shake well and then spritz on the skin as desired.

Fresh Unisex Perfume Recipe

If you would like to experiment with creating a perfume that is as unique as it is versatile, try this fresh perfume recipe.

  • 20 drops of bergamot essential oil
  • 5 drops of cedarwood essential oil
  • 10 drops of black pepper essential oil
  • 1 drop of lavender essential oil

Mix this blend of essential oils with 14 ml of carrier oil. Choose from: fractionated coconut, or sweet almond, oil or jojoba carrier oil. Mix well in a glass 15 ml roll-on or spray container.

The perfume should set for at least a night before use, and it is recommended to let it set for at least a month, so the perfume can mature. For those with sensitive skin, conduct a skin patch test on a small inconspicuous area before use. Discontinue use if any irritation occurs.

Basic Body Spray

We really love this body spray recipe. because it can easily be adapted to a variety of essential oil blends, getting the exact aroma to fit your mood.

  • ½ tsp of liquid castile soap
  • 7 ounces of distilled water
  • 1 ounce of witch hazel
  • 20-30 drops of essential oils (our favorite combinations are below)
For Application:
  • A spray container
First, combine your essential oils with the liquid castile soap. Then, pour the water, witch hazel, and oils into the spray bottle, seal, and shake well before each use. Enjoy!

For an energizing essential oil blend, try 15 drops of grapefruit oil and five drops of lavender in this basic body spray recipe.

For a romantic aroma that may also have some aphrodisiac properties, 10 drops of cedarwood, 10 drops of sweet orange, 2 drops of jasmine, and 1 drop of cinnamon leaf essential oil in your spray.

Surprisingly, you may dislike the way one specific essential oil smells, but find you enjoy a blend that includes its aroma. Plus, slight modifications to a blend recipe can significantly change an essential oil blend for the better or worse. What smells best is always up to you and your personal preferences.

Romance Essential Oil Blend Perfume

If you love the idea of a blend, but don’t want to wait for the oils to mature, another option for a simple perfume is to combine our romance essential oil blend to your jojoba, sweet almond or fractionated coconut oil.

This dreamy mix is exotic and spicy, including ylang-ylang, Amyris, ginger, rose, jasmine, and cardamom essential oils.

Ylang-ylang key to this perfume blend offers a heady, warm, seductive note. The ylang-ylang plant is commonly referred to as the perfume tree. Its name means “flower of flowers” due to its powerfully sweet aroma. It is found in several high-end perfume products, and is one of the key ingredients in the widely popular Chanel No. 5 cologne.

Adding ylang-ylang to our romance blend might just spark feelings of love and attraction, while relieving nerves and tension. It is perfect for a date night or to use as your evening perfume.

To lighten this blend for daytime wear, you can also make a body mist by following the basic body spray recipe found earlier in this article.

Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace


If you have a favorite essential oil or oil blend, you can easily enjoy its benefits throughout the day by putting a drop or two into a diffuser necklace or carrying a portable essential oil diffuser.

This provides you with the aroma of perfume without having to put anything directly on your skin or clothing.

If using natural products is an important part of your beauty routine, we hope you’ll enjoy the information in this guide to make your own perfumes and body fragrances.

These natural perfume alternatives may enhance your wellness while offering less harsh ingredients.

And remember, when you’re purchasing essential oils for wellness, it’s important to ensure that you’re using the highest quality products possible.

This is not a concern when using GuruNanda products. All our essential oils go through a rigorous quality-control process and are even Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) tested for authenticity.

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