DIY Perfume with Essential Oils

40 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

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  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!





  • Britney Barlow February 5, 2017 - 3:21 pm Reply

    I am getting ready to host a make & take party for my friends & wish I had all these oils! <3 I'm so excited!

  • Maria February 4, 2017 - 4:07 pm Reply

    Frankincense, Ylang-Ylang, and maybe Jade Lemon! I can’t wait to try this. What I great idea! To get one more yuck product out of our house.

  • Patti Pitkin February 2, 2017 - 12:35 pm Reply

    The young male YL service rep I just spoke to saw my first order for Cedar Wood and said he loves it combined with Myrrh and Purification! I loved the tip, and then saw this blog!

  • Heidi Flores February 1, 2017 - 5:43 pm Reply

    I am going to make my perfume with my 3 favorite oils Patchouli, jasmine and bergamot. Watch out here I am!!

  • Aisha January 30, 2017 - 12:50 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing such kind of post! I have gone through with your article, the data are given in a very good manner. I’ve received what since I searched to know more about perfume with essential oil. An essential oils and oil blends take you on a sensory journey that can instantly soothe, enliven, or balance both body and mind.
    Keep on sharing!

  • leslie January 29, 2017 - 12:42 pm Reply

    What types of oils can I use? Do they have to be a certain type?

  • Stephanie January 28, 2017 - 8:54 pm Reply

    Idaho balsam fir, jasmin, and orange. I would have to smell it before I named it or just go with steph’s scent. Thank you for this!! I can’t wait to try these combos.

  • Gina Fabiani January 28, 2017 - 10:00 am Reply

    I am going to use Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang and Cardamom. wondering what category cardamom would fall under? anyone??

  • Charlene service January 27, 2017 - 4:26 pm Reply

    I like all the combos but i dont have a lot of the oils yet, but try what i do have. And let you know.

  • Lorena Calin January 26, 2017 - 6:43 pm Reply

    Absolutely love the idea !
    Would try Patchouli, Ylang-ylang and Bergamot as my 1st personalized essential oils perfume.

  • Mary C. Dark January 26, 2017 - 5:05 pm Reply

    Stress Away, Bergamot and Patchouli is DIVINE ♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡

  • Rebecca January 26, 2017 - 5:38 am Reply

    Patchouli, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang!! It smells so good!!

  • Rose Karluk January 25, 2017 - 8:06 pm Reply

    Love this

  • Lisa Jirikovic January 22, 2017 - 8:22 pm Reply

    Just saw this idea, so made up 3 roller bottles, and like each of them. 1) patchouli, rose, cinnamon. 2) cedar wood, jasmine, orange. 3) cloves, rose, orange. All smell really nice. If I make another one, will try patchouli, rose, jasmine, and orange.

    • Erika January 23, 2017 - 8:22 pm Reply

      Oh my gosh- I saw this and had to try patchouli rose cinnamon. Thank you for the inspiration! 🙂

  • Jennifer Schilling January 22, 2017 - 1:36 pm Reply

    This is awesome – I wanted to have something like this as I have been asked and I have always wanted to understand what goes best with what.

  • Cindy January 22, 2017 - 12:46 pm Reply

    What about suggestions for men’s colognes?!?

    • Angela January 26, 2017 - 10:28 pm Reply

      Shutran on its own is great!

    • Tomi Ward February 1, 2017 - 7:45 pm Reply

      I love Northern Lights Black Spruce for my husband! Also he likes Shutran. I like it after it has ‘faded” a bit. It is very strong at first.

  • Tina Louise January 22, 2017 - 9:52 am Reply

    I’m having fun with this. My first using these was Patchouli, ylang-ylang abd grapefruit. My second I used Frankincense, neroli and bergamont. I like.

  • Erika Baburins January 21, 2017 - 11:48 pm Reply

    I’ve never made my own perfume blend with the oils, so I’m excited to try! Maybe Frankincense, Geranium, and Lavender 😊

    • Kaili January 23, 2017 - 2:42 pm Reply

      This is also a great blend for skin! Add it to your moisturizer 🙂

  • Susan Wilders January 21, 2017 - 6:18 pm Reply

    This is something I’ve been looking for – I’m going to try Myrrh, Ylang Ylang and Bergamot. (fingers crossed!!

    I LOVE my Young Living Oils!!!!

  • Lisa Picciano January 21, 2017 - 12:29 pm Reply

    Oh No! I don’t have any of the ‘middle’ notes in my stash. A quick order it is!

  • Aimee Boyer January 21, 2017 - 9:58 am Reply

    Patchouli, Ylang-ylang and Orange are what I’m going to try! This is great, love the custom labels!

    • noel January 23, 2017 - 5:50 pm Reply

      lavender, orange, and ylang ylang is one of my favorites! I bet patchouli would be great added.

  • Carol January 21, 2017 - 7:35 am Reply

    To many choices but thinking Cedarwood, Ylang ylang, and Bergamont

  • Christine Bodzianowski January 21, 2017 - 6:10 am Reply

    I am going to try Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot! These combos will make very fun gifts for my coworkers and help me reuse my empty YLEO bottles!!

  • Jaime Williams January 21, 2017 - 12:41 am Reply

    I love the explanations behind the note layers! I’m going to try Cedarwood, Geranium and Lavender. I’ll have to wait on a name until I try it out 🤗

  • Jeanette Phippin January 20, 2017 - 11:41 pm Reply

    Sandalwood, ylang ylang, rose, and orange. I’d call it Orange Rose

  • Lisa eidman January 20, 2017 - 10:04 pm Reply

    Where’s the Patchouli? I wear it by itself but have to be careful. I’ve gotten too much before. I’ll try diluting, but thought it would be on this list.

    • Deby Clark January 21, 2017 - 7:04 pm Reply

      It is on the list as a bass note!

  • Elaine Pinar January 20, 2017 - 9:34 pm Reply

    Mine will be Bergamot, Geranium and Idaho Balsam Fir. I’m excited to try this!

  • Angela Neubert January 20, 2017 - 8:38 pm Reply

    Patchouli, Rose, Lavender

  • Christina B January 20, 2017 - 5:04 pm Reply

    I just made a blend with Frankincense, bergamot & lavender. I immediately got a comment at work about how good it smelled.

  • Shelley Kidwell January 20, 2017 - 9:49 am Reply

    I’m going to try Cedarwood, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot,& Cinnamon Bark!

  • Jodi January 20, 2017 - 7:38 am Reply

    Will fractionated coconut oil work? I am not able to use V6 because I am allergic to sesame. Thanks 🙂

    • Sarah Matson January 25, 2017 - 11:12 am Reply

      I’m sure that would work great! 🙂

  • Peppiina January 20, 2017 - 7:03 am Reply

    Idaho Blue Spruce, Jasmin and Lavender! <3 That's gonna be my first try. 🙂 Thank You so much for this post!!!

  • Sharyl Sikora January 20, 2017 - 6:41 am Reply

    Joy Citrus Fresh Valor Release Bergamot and aPro + is my “Happy Mommy” roller!!

  • Chantalle Lavorato January 20, 2017 - 4:57 am Reply

    Love the smell of essential oils, unfortunately, so many people are sensitive to smells where I work. Every once in awhile I will dab a couple drops of my favorite scent on my wrists and I hear comments around me like, “what’s that smell?” is someone wearing perfume?” “ugh, it’s suppose to be a scent free building” I don’t do it often but sometimes I just can’t help it 🙂

  • Stacy January 19, 2017 - 10:47 pm Reply

    Love this idea!! Thank you for the info. Sandalwood is one of my favourite scents. Would it be a base note? What other notes would it blend well with? Thank you!

  • Judi O'Brien January 19, 2017 - 10:04 pm Reply

    Thank you Young Living….This will be fun!!

  • Shelley Kidwell January 19, 2017 - 9:19 pm Reply

    I’m going to try Cedarwood, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Clove, Sandalwood, & Bergamot!

  • Tammy Andrade January 19, 2017 - 8:54 pm Reply

    I think Cedarwood, Jasmin, and Bergamot would smell pretty amazing! And since I have all of them, I will give it a try!! I could call it Bergajazwood!! Lol

  • Clay January 19, 2017 - 8:20 pm Reply

    Any ideas on making a masculine smelling cologne using this technique? Many of the base note oils seem to have a masculine scent, but I’m not sure about the middle or top notes. Any help is appreciated!

  • Carolyn Lowe January 19, 2017 - 8:02 pm Reply

    I’m going to try frankensence, jasmine & lavender!

  • Crystal Lewis January 19, 2017 - 7:56 pm Reply

    I want to try Cedarwood, Jasmine & Lime!

  • Sarah Enquist January 19, 2017 - 7:19 pm Reply

    Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, & Lime

  • Gail January 19, 2017 - 6:49 pm Reply

    Frankincense. Jasmine and Jade Lemon will b my1st creation if the sample seems scentsible 😉🍃

  • Emily Burton January 19, 2017 - 6:08 pm Reply

    Idaho Balsam Fir, Ylang Ylang, and Orange or Patchouli, Geranium, and Bergamot

  • Mollie Dirig January 19, 2017 - 6:04 pm Reply

    What would you use if you don’t have (or like) any of the middle notes shown above? Could you use two base notes?

  • brindi January 19, 2017 - 5:58 pm Reply

    i’d love if you could put out some top, middle, and base note oils for a men’s cologne!

  • Beth Hebert January 19, 2017 - 5:48 pm Reply

    I actually have made perfume with Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang and Orange. It’s delightful!

  • Anita Hand January 19, 2017 - 5:39 pm Reply

    Cedarwood, Neroli, Cinnamon

  • Jill Moeggenborg January 19, 2017 - 5:27 pm Reply

    It’s all about that Base, ’bout that Base, ’bout that Base!

    • Mary Buccellato February 13, 2017 - 8:13 pm Reply

      I agree it’s all about the base ’bout the base…….. I’m still learning, collecting more oils and really trying to learn about this amazing product !!

  • Connie Correll January 19, 2017 - 4:15 pm Reply

    I love Jasmine with Stress Away! There are a bunch of combos up there I would love to try!

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