Perfume Making


Perfumes give a pleasant smell to a person — some people like strong scents, others like the mild ones. It can be expensive, too. But do you know that you can make one on your own? Here’s how to create your own bottled scent.


You will need:

  1. 2 tbsp distilled or spring water
  2. 1/2 ounce sweet almond or jojoba oil
  3. 2 1/2 ounces of alcohol
  4. Coffee filter
  5. glass bottle (dark-coloured)
  6. 25 drops essential oil – will consist 6-7 drops top note, 7 drops middle note, 7 drops base note and a couple of drops of bridge notes

The essential oils are the main part of your perfume. Essential oils have different notes. Notes are characteristics of oils and tells how fast or slow they evaporate. The top notes evaporate the quickest while the base notes fade slowly, and the middle note comes in between. The bridge notes disappear at an average rate and act as a scent binder.

Top notes oil can come from lemon, lime, lavender, jasmine, and rose. Sources of middle note oils include lemongrass, ylang-ylang, geranium, neroli and nutmeg while you can get base note oils from vanilla, cinnamon, cedarwood, sandalwood, and fern. Vanilla and lavender can be bridge notes.


It is essential to note the sequence of the ingredients added because it will affect the scent, and it will already be easier if you want to make another bottle.

  1. Pour in the sweet almond or jojoba oil into a bottle.
  2. Mix in the essential oils starting with the base notes, followed by middle notes, and lastly the top notes.
  3. Put in the alcohol.
  4. Mix all the ingredients by shaking the bottle for 2 minutes then let it stand for 48 hours up to 6 weeks. Check the scent as it changes and if it is at the scent you like, drop 2 tbsp. of spring water into the bottle. Shake the bottle thoroughly and use the coffee filter to strain the mixture. Then, transfer it to a dark-coloured bottle.
  5. Put a name on your creation.


The different scent may come from various sources. Here is a list of essential oil you can choose from to get your desired smell.

  1. Vetiver and patchouli give off an earthy scent.
  2. Use sea salt to get that sea scent.
  3. Woodsy scent can be from sandalwood, cassia, pine, cypress and cedar
  4. The herbal scent may come from basil, chamomile, peppermint, lavender and rosemary.
  5. Ylang-ylang, jasmine, geranium, violet and neroli gives a floral scent.
  6. The fruity scent comes from grapefruit, lemongrass, lime, orange and mandarin.
  7. Get that spicy scent from cinnamon, juniper, ginger, black pepper, nutmeg and cardamom.


  1. Store your perfume in a tightly sealed dark bottle to avoid exposure to light and air so it can maintain its scent and power longer.
  2. Add water if the perfume is too strong.
  3. Add a spoonful of glycerin to make the scent last longer.