How to Use Essential Oils to Make Your Own Perfume

If you’re interested in essential oils, you have probably already done some research on what can help and hurt you when it comes to your health.

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

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


The biggest problem with synthetic perfumes is that their harmful chemicals are being absorbed directly through the skin and into the bloodstream.

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. They 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. 

There is also research to suggest that perfumes have tens to hundreds of neurotoxins and synthetics that are linked to cancer as well.

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. You also may want to avoid products that say “fragrance-free” or “unscented,” as these products sometimes use chemicals to mask the scents of other chemical ingredients.

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 amount of delightful blends that create a pleasant aroma for any mood you are in (or want to create).

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, set the mood, and more.

Mental focus and a fresh, citrusy body mist? A win-win every day!

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

Essential oils are highly concentrated versions of the natural oils in plants that possess potent therapeutic qualities, and are absorbed well by the skin. Used in your natural personal care products, essential oils may also heal, soften, and nourish.

How to Make Natural DIY Perfumes with Essential Oils


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

Jasmine Essential Oil Perfume

Jasmine essential 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 essential oil, rose essential oil and lavender essential oil, too.

Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil Perfume

The aroma of Bulgarian rose essential oil can evoke visions of a spring walk through a beautiful rose garden. Just two or three drops of this oil can help hydrate and brighten your skin while giving off a pleasant aroma that can be worn during the day or night.

Similar to jasmine, Bulgarian rose essential oils mix well with other floral oils, but you can also create a light body mist. For a basic mist, we recommend adding 10 to 15 drops of Bulgarian rose essential oil 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 unique as it is versatile, try this fresh perfume recipe from Essential Bazaar.

  • 20 drops of bergamot essential oil
  • 5 drops of sandalwood essential oil
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop of lavender to enhance all the scents
  • For Application:
  • Any carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil)
  • 5 ml roll-on recipient or dropper
Combine all the oils and roll the bottle to mix them together. The perfume should sit for at least a night before using it, and it is recommended to let it sit for at least a month, so the perfume can mature.
To apply to the skin, mix a few drops with your carrier oil into a roll-on bottle.

Basic Body Spray

We really love this body spray recipe from Thank Your Body because it can easily be adapted with other oils to get the exact aroma to fit your mood.

  • 8 ounces distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • 20-30 drops of essential oils (our favorite combinations are below)
For Application:
  • A spray container
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 to use in this recipe, try 15 drops of grapefruit oil and five drops of lavender in this basic body spray.

For a romantic aroma that may also have some aphrodisiac properties, try 10 drops of cinnamon leaf essential oil and 15 drops of sweet orange essential oil in your spray.

And, of course, if you find that you don’t like the way a certain essential oil smells, feel free to leave it out of a combination and add one of your favorites instead! 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 apply one drop of our Romance Essential Oil Blend to your wrists, neck, or temples for a refreshing aroma.

This dreamy blend is a natural mixture of ylang-ylang, Amyris, ginger, rose, jasmine, and cardamom essential oils.

Ylang-ylang is key to the perfume-like qualities of this blend because the ylang-ylang plant is commonly referred to as the perfume tree. Ylang-ylang means “flower of flowers” and was given this name due to its sweet aroma. It is often found in traditional perfume products and is actually one of the key ingredients in the widely popular Chanel No. 5 cologne.

Adding ylang-ylang to our Romance Blend was intended to spark feelings of love and romance 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 this one a body mist by adding 10 to 15 drops to a 4-ounce spray bottle of distilled water and spraying on the skin as desired.

Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace


If you have a favorite essential oil or oil blend, you can easily get the benefits of these oils 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 a 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 use the information in this guide to make your own perfumes and body fragrances.

These natural alternatives can keep you safe while also providing you with the additional health benefits that may come from using essential oils in your daily routine.

When you’re purchasing essential oils for healthy use, it’s important to ensure that you’re using the highest quality products possible.

This is never a concern when using GuruNanda products. All of our essential oils go through a rigorous quality-control process and are even Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) tested for authenticity.

You can shop any of the essential oils we mentioned here: