DIY Perfume 101: 25 Tips, Videos & Articles to Learn to Create Your Own Fragrance

DIY perfume is a fun project that can become a full-blown hobby or a one-time experiment. When it goes right, you’ll end up with a custom fragrance that hits all of the lovely notes you love to sniff when perusing spices, candles or fresh flowers. There’s no limit on what scents you can mix together, so play wizard and come up with a unique concoction that’s as individual as your personality.

Tips for Creating a DIY Fragrance

Making your own perfume is fun, but it’s not as easy, breezy as one might think. Have the right tools and set-up before you start mixing to prevent a mess.

1. Set up a work station. This doesn’t have to be ultra fancy. Just a clear counter top where you can measure ingredients with ease and not spill on anything important.

2. Wear an old shirt. If you’ve ever dropped olive oil on a shirt, you know any type of oil stains with what looks like a permanent watermark. Leave your good shirts in the closet and conduct your DIY perfume while wearing a ratty T-shirt.

3. Have bottles for storing DIY perfumes. If you’re just starting out and aren’t sure what your fragrances will end up like, you can store them in any type of glass container with a top. For those who want to get fancy, hit a local craft store for empty atomizers and glass bottles to store perfumes. All bottles should have an airtight lid.

4. Be patient. In order for the scents to come together, you have to let the fragrance sit for at least 48 hours. Don’t dismiss a recipe upon first sniff, just because it doesn’t tickle your fancy right away. It may need to sit at least a week to thoroughly mix.

5. Shake it up. If two days isn’t long enough for the perfume to sit, be sure to shake it up every couple of days until you reach a week. This disperses the contents evenly, giving the scents a chance to marry.

Videos to Create Your Own Fragrance

If you think making your own fragrance is too much to handle without a crash course, check out these helpful videos to give you an image of what the process should be like.

6. Make Your Own Perfume Kit Put together a perfume kit, so you always have a mix of scents to play with create a unique fragrance that’s in tune with the season.

7. Recipe for Making Perfume Oils If you want to go hardcore and make your own perfume oils, this video shows you what you need and how to mix them. It also gives a thorough explanation of notes.

8. How to Know the Difference Between Perfume and Cologne Typically we associate one with the female sex and the other with males, but this video explains what it really means for a fragrance to be dubbed either a perfume or cologne.

9. How to Make Your Own Perfume Check out this video of a gentleman making a fragrance to get tips on how to measure the correct amount of each ingredient.

10. How to Make a Perfume with No Alcohol The strongest, most high quality perfumes contain no alcohol at all. Here’s how to create your own luxe fragrance at home.

11. Maybelline Roller Bottles as Perfume Bottles?! This innovative DIY-er has made a new use for her Maybelline roller bottles, perfect for toting your homemade perfumes around in style.

12. SoapQueenTV – Fragrance and Essential Oils A quick lesson in fragrances and essential oils to understand what’s going into your perfumes or any scented products you decide to try.

13. Miriam Discusses Perfume Notes This fragrance professional takes the time to explain top, bottom and middle notes and how they join to create a scent.

14. Perfume and Blending Basics Learn the 101 on blending scents to give yourself an idea of how a perfume will smell after it settles for a few days.

15. Directions for Making Perfume Watch this instructional video to see how to make your own perfume and adjust the ingredients after the fragrance has set. If it isn’t what you love, no worries because most recipes can be played with until it’s the perfect scent for you.

Articles and Blog Posts on DIY Fragrances

Learn to whip up a DIY fragrance with the help of these articles and blog posts. Remember to always allow perfume to settle before going in and adjusting the notes. Sometimes less is more.

16. Preparedness Pro – Essential Oils 101 Here’s the starter guide to understanding essential oils and the role they play in creating the perfect DIY fragrance.

17. I Love India – How to Make Perfume Here’s a simple starter recipe for those making perfume for their first time. It’s easy with accessible ingredients that can be found at a health food store.

18. Reader Tips – Making Your Own Perfume or Cologne Before you start mixing and matching ingredients, here’s a look at the basic things you need to know to get a scent that actually smells nice.

19. EcoBites – DIY Natural Perfume Here’s a look at what you need when making perfumes and home and a few tips on scents that commonly work well together. Remember you can always get creative after you’ve mastered the art of mixing.

20. Pioneer Thinking – Perfumes This page has links to many articles explaining notes, how to mix your perfume and basic recipes that result in universally-loved scents.

21. How to Make Your Own Fragrances Blog This blog hasn’t updated in years, but it has a wealth of knowledge for those looking to learn how to create their own perfumes and profit from them. There are unique DIY perfume recipes posted on the site too.

22. Aromatherapy at Home – Make Perfume with Essential Oils This site has a failsafe formula for creating a custom scent, all you have to do is fill in the blanks with the essential oils of your choice. It also points out what ingredients conjure up a certain scent.

23. Heal with Oil – Essential Oils: Understanding Notes When Making Perfume Unless you want to end up with a weird balance in your fragrances, it’s important to understand notes before you start mixing oils. This blog post shows you how to place notes in a category to figure out ingredients that will compliment each other.

24. Basenotes This blog revolves around fragrances of every type, but has extensive information on DIY and all-natural perfumes. Learn what’s hot and trendy in the world of mainstream fragrances too.

25. Beauty2morrow – Fragrance Notes for Popular Perfumes and Colognes If you aren’t sure where to start when mixing ingredients, check out this site for a list of popular fragrances and see what their notes are to give you direction in what you’ll want in your custom scent.

Learning to make your own fragrances means spending a lot less on a unique scent. High end perfumes easily top $100 per bottle and if you take a look at the primary ingredient, it’s more often than not, alcohol. Stop paying for filler ingredients and take matters into your own hands (literally), but mixing oils and creating a stellar custom scent that can become your signature.

Posted on 7 December '10 by , under Uncategorized.