Homemade Perfume Recipes 

Homemade perfume recipes can be amazingly simple to make!  I'm one of those people that are extremely sensitive to chemicals and do my best to avoid walking through the perfume section in department stores.  Did you know that 95% of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum. They include benzene derivatives, aldehydes and many other known toxics and sensitizers - capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions!  Ish!!  By making your own personal scent your body will be much happier and so will you're sensitive friends!

All that's needed are a few natural ingredients to make homemade perfume or a non-toxic air freshener.  In fact, they can serve as both!

Natural Eau De Cologne Recipe

Here is one of the simplest homemade perfume recipes you'll find.  Eau de cologne is French for "water of cologne".  It was originally made by stepping flowers in a jar with alcohol and a small amount of oil but with your favorite essential oil you can make this in a jiffy!  You'll need;

  • 1/4 cup vodka (there's even some organic vodka's out there now!  I use Prairie Organic Vodka, made right here in MN!)
  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil - So many to pick from!  Try lavender, sandalwood, bergamot, rose, ylang-ylang, jasmine or patchouli.

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a clean spray bottle or a pretty, glass splash bottle.  Note that the fragrance will be enhanced if you let it sit for a couple days but you can use it right away.  Shake well and spray or splash unto your skin and/or hair to smell naturally wonderful! 

No Alcohol Cologne Recipe

For those who wish not to use alcohol this personal scent recipe is for you!

  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1/8 teaspoon castor oil
  • 6-8 drops of your favorite essential oil

Simply mix together and shake well!

Vanilla Orchid Cologne

 One of my all time favorite scents is vanilla!  This fantastic orchid seed not only smells wonderful but is said to repel mosquitos also.  For this one, you need;

  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon dried rose petals
  • 1 teaspoon orange peel
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/8 teaspoon glycerin or castor oil or orrisroot powder

Combine all ingredients in a glass or ceramic container and cover with a lid or plastic wrap.  Place in a cool, dark area and let sit one week before using. 

Once transferred into a spray bottle or a pretty perfume bottle you can spray it on or dab it on pulse points such as behind the ears, knees, wrists or inside the elbows.  You'll smell like a tropical princess!    

Victorian Handkerchief Cologne

 It was all the rage back in Victorian days for ladies to carry scented handkerchiefs but this homemade perfume recipe can be used however you like!

  •  1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
  • 5 whole allspice seeds
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/8 teaspoon glycerin or castor oil or orrisroot powder

Process the same way as the Vanilla Orchid Cologne! Combine all ingredients in a glass or ceramic container and cover with a lid or plastic wrap.  Place in a cool, dark area and let sit one week before using.  

You can find essential oils, natural perfumes, herbs, bottles and more at Mountain Rose Herbs!  Just click the link below...

Organic Essential Oils

Solid Homemade Perfume Recipe

 Solid perfumes are much stronger than colognes but still easy to make and a little goes a long way.  You need;

  • 1 teaspoon beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons of any cold pressed oil (organic olive oil or sweet almond oil is fine)
  • 20 drops of your favorite essential oil

Combine the oil and beeswax then melt in a small glass measuring cup or dish set into a pot of very hot water (you could use a small double boiler or bain-marie instead)  Once the mixture is melted completely and stirred together, leave it to cool until just before it sets or turns opaque.  Then add your 20 drop of essential oil and blend well.  Quickly pour the mixture into a small glass container and leave to cool completely.  It will solidify in the jar.  Cap only after it's totally set.  TahDah! You've made your first solid perfume!


If you don't want to use essential oils you can learn how to make your own infused oils here!

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