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

Idaho Balsam Fir essential oil

Myrrh essential oil

Frankincense essential oil

Cedarwood essential oil

Clove essential oil

Middle Note Essential Oils

Ylang Ylang essential oil

Geranium essential oil

Jasmine essential oil

Rose essential oil

Clary Sage essential oil

Top Note Essential Oils

Lime essential oil

Tangerine essential oil

Grapefruit essential oil

Bergamot essential oil

Orange essential oil

Basil essential oil

Lavender essential oil

Thyme essential oil

Jade Lemon essential oil

Cinnamon Bark essential oil



  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!

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