DIY Perfume with Essential Oils

68 January 19, 2017 - Diffusion Blend Ideas, Diffusion Ideas, DIY, Essential Oils, How to Use Essential Oils, Personal Care, Sharing Essential Oils, Young Living Gifts, Young Living Lifestyle, Young Living Personal Care

Scents carry with them a wave of memories and associations. Maybe a classic department store perfume reminds you of your grandmother or the squeaky clean scent of bar soap reminds you of your mother. Our essential oil perfume opens up options for personal scents you’ll be remembered for, without scary ingredients. Plus, this DIY perfume is easy enough to make, tweak, and remake for years to come.

First, let’s dive into a couple essentials that you should know, like the “notes” of the essential oil blends that make up your perfume. Typically, you’ll smell the quick-evaporating top notes first, followed a moment later by the middle notes—the heart of the perfume. Finally, you’ll catch the base notes, which complement the top and middle notes.

When selecting botanicals for your perfume, start with the base note, soften with a middle note, and finish with a top note that makes a positive first impression.

Base note essential oils:

Patchouli Essential Oil - Young LivingIdaho Balsam Fir Essential OilMyrrh Essential OilFrankincense Essential OilCedarwood Essential OilCedarwood Essential Oil

Middle note essential oils:

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil - Young LivingGeraniumJasmine Essential OilRose Essential OilNeroli Essential Oils

Top note essential oils:

lime essential oilTangerine Essential Oil - Young LivingYoung Living Grapefruit Essential OilBergamot Essential Oilorange essential oilBasil Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oilthyme essential oilJade Lemon Essential OilCinnamon Bark Essential OilCoriander Essential Oils


Young Living DIY Perfume Printable Labels

Click to view custom labels


  1. Combine 10–15 drops each of your selected oils in the empty bottle until your essential oil blend is balanced.
  2. Once you’re happy with the blend, fill the rest of the bottle with V-6.
  3. Put the roller fitment and cap on.
  4. Print custom labels.
  5. Wrap label around the bottle and apply transparent tape.
  6. Roll on to your neck, wrists, or anywhere you apply perfume.


Which combinations are you excited to try? What would you name your blend? Share your ideas in the comments below!





  • Raymond April 14, 2017 - 8:50 pm Reply

    I absolutely loved your article! this article helped me do my research on the best essential oils for allergies. Especially the balance between the aromatic and therapeutic properties of different essential oils! Just wanted to drop by and give a shout out for you guys!

  • Jean April 6, 2017 - 7:44 am Reply

    Love the label templates that you provided. It would be really cool if somehow we could print out an entire page of the same one. Blending is definitely an art, but also a science and it’s amazing how various fragrances can be created and just changing one ingredient can make a BIG difference. So fun!!! Thanks for the great blog post!

  • Maralys Kulstad March 30, 2017 - 8:45 am Reply

    I thought we couldn’t use a YL label on our DIY? Just checking, I want to be compliant!

  • Angel March 30, 2017 - 5:10 am Reply

    Can’t wait to make mine. I have been looking for perfume DIY . Thanks young Living 😊

  • Adelle March 29, 2017 - 4:45 pm Reply

    Still learning, I’m collecting more oils but really excited about trying some for perfumes, want to learn more about the product

  • Donita Frederick March 6, 2017 - 5:43 am Reply

    Thank you. I’ve been wanting to develop my own scents for a long time. I’ve discovered that as I age, the perfumes that I loved don’t smell as nice on me. Looking forward to exploring!

  • Rhonda Martin March 3, 2017 - 8:29 pm Reply

    Patchouli, clove, ylang-ylang and tangerine. I think patchwork is a good name.

  • Kelly Schott February 28, 2017 - 8:50 pm Reply

    Is there something else other a vegetable oil to use as the carrier? I like to put the scent behind my ears or the back of my neck, but don’t like to see my hair get greasy.

    • Young Living March 3, 2017 - 10:02 am Reply

      Hi Kelly, Other carrier oils can be used with this DIY recipe. We suggest reviewing our post for other options that may better suit your preference. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

    • Barbara Abadam March 22, 2017 - 8:14 am Reply

      I use grapeseed oil

      • Tammy March 29, 2017 - 4:44 am Reply

        I use avacado oil

    • Jean Dukes April 6, 2017 - 7:46 am Reply

      V6 is very light and absorptive.

    • Lianne Soller April 9, 2017 - 10:35 am Reply

      I use Sweet Almond Oil 🙂

  • Michelle February 26, 2017 - 1:18 pm Reply

    Thank you for this post. 🙂 I have been wanting to make my own perfume for a long time but wasn’t sure which scents,oils, to put together. I would love some examples for a men’s cologne. 💗

    • Lori March 14, 2017 - 1:37 pm Reply

      YL already has some great blends and singles that smell good on men – Abundance, Shutran, Idaho Blue Spruce, etc…

  • Gloria February 24, 2017 - 11:29 am Reply

    How do I know what would be considered a top note, middle note, or bottom note?

    • Young Living February 27, 2017 - 10:19 am Reply

      Hey Gloria, thanks for stopping by! We suggest looking up essential oils online and simple searches will allow you to find information on specific essential oil notes. Hope this helps!

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