How would you like to have your own signature scent that lingers in a room or in the mind of that special someone long after you’ve taken your leave? It is exciting to know that your personal fragrance is unique to you and that no one else will ever be able to go out and buy the same scent. Making your own perfume is easier than you might think. With the right ingredients and a simple formula, you’re well on your way to that one-of-a-kind essence that represents you and only you.

Things You'll Need

Choose the right essential oils. You will need some to be your perfume’s base, middle and top “notes.” You will also need an essential oil to act as a bridge or binder for the other three. Perfumes are blended according to a formula that includes three parts or notes. The base note is the strongest and longest lasting, while the top note is the lightest and first to dissipate. When selecting your essential oils, you can use as few or as many as you like, but the use of three separate fragrance layers with a binder is the generally accepted structure for building a perfume. Here’s a partial list of essential oils categorized as binders, base, middle and top notes. Base: cedar, cinnamon, patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla. Middle: clove, geranium, lemongrass, bottle nutmeg, neroli and ylang-ylang. Top: bergamot, lavender, lemon, lime, neroli, rose, jasmine and orchard. Binder: vanilla and lavender.

Place 8 drops of your base-note essential oil, followed by 8 drops of your middle note and finally 8 drops of your top note into 2 1/2 oz. vodka. Ultimately, your fragrance should follow the following formula: 15 to 30 percent essential oil, 70 to 80 percent pure grain alcohol (vodka works best) and 5 percent distilled water.

Add a few drops of binder oil to the mixture if your selection of essential oils does not already include some.

Let the mixture sit for at least 24 hours. The longer the mix stands, the stronger the fragrance will be. Let it stand for as long as you need to in order to achieve the right combined fragrance of the oils.

Add 2 tbsp. distilled water to the essential oil-vodka mixture. Mix well.

Add a few drops of glycerin as a fixative to help the fragrance last longer. Mix well.

Before the mixture can settle, pour it into a perfume bottle through a coffee filter. The filter will act as a strainer for any particulate matter left behind from the oils and extraction process.


  • When selecting the essential oil fragrances that appeal to you, be careful–at least until you gain some experience working with essential oils. The oils are the essence or fragrance essence of the thing they are extracted from. They are extremely strong in their pure, undiluted form. A little of the oil goes a very long way.

  • Your sense of smell can sometimes seem overwhelmed when sampling multiple essential oils. To cleanse the nasal palate, hold coffee beans or coffee grounds approximately 6 inches from your nose and breathe in several times. The coffee clears the nasal cortex of scents it has absorbed.