Lilacs are a beautiful addition to the garden, producing an abundance of early-spring to mid-summer flowers ranging in color from white to pink to many shades of purple. But whatever the color, lilacs are known for providing a lovely scent that’s popular in perfumes. If you enjoy the light, spring-like fragrance of lilacs, you can create your own lilac perfume right at home for a fraction of the cost that you’d pay for a designer scent. With a few ingredients and a simple recipe, you’ll be creating lilac perfume straight out of your garden in no time.

Things You'll Need

Harvest a large bunch of lilacs flowers and remove the stems and leaves.

Line a large bowl with a piece of cheesecloth. Make sure the cheesecloth is big enough so that the edges drape over the sides of the bowl. Place the lilacs on top of the cheesecloth in the bowl and pour 2 cups of distilled water over the lilacs. Make sure the lilacs are completely submerged in the water.

Cover the bowl with a plate and let sit overnight.

Gather the edges of the cheesecloth and bring them together, twisting the cheesecloth into a sachet with the lilacs in the middle. Secure the sachet with a piece of string.

Pour the lilac water into a pot and bring to a simmer. Place the sachet in the simmering water and allow it to cook for about an hour, or until it is reduced by half. Allow the perfume to cool completely.

Pour the perfume into a decorative bottle.

Add 4 drops of glycerin. Secure the lid and shake to combine.


  • If you wish, you may add other scented essential oils to your lilac perfume to make a combination scent.