Scent is one of our most powerful senses–it can trigger memories and stir up emotions. This might be why we love perfume so much! Unfortunately, store-bought perfumes don’t always love us back: some contain harmful chemicals like parabens, while others are simply too synthetic or overpowering. That’s why you should try to make your own diy perfume that will fit your personality!
Luckily, DIY perfume is surprisingly simple to make. Creating a perfume at home means you can keep your fragrances skin-friendly and all-natural. Best of all, DIY means total customization–you can pick combinations of all the scents you love most. Take a chance on homemade perfume with one of these tutorials.
1. DIY Grapefruit and Lavender Body Spray
If you like citrusy scents that remind you of summer, you’ll love this simple tutorial from Gimme Some Oven. A touch of lavender softens the sharpness of the grapefruit, making this body spray light and well-balanced. Best of all, it only uses three ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Lavender essential oil. This USDA certified organic option is made with lavender from Bulgaria.
- Grapefruit essential oil. Look for one that’s 100 percent pure, like this one manufactured by Healing Solutions.
- A 2-ounce spray bottle to store the finished product. These are available in glass or plastic.
2. DIY Natural Rose Perfume
Rose is a classic, timeless scent that’s perfect for those who prefer floral notes in their perfumes. Beautylish has a DIY perfume tutorial that uses real rose petals to achieve a light and pure fragrance. You’ll need:
- 3/4 cup fresh rose petals. Any color will work, but if you use red petals your finished product will be the prettiest shade of cranberry pink.
- 2 1/2 cups distilled water. Distilled water is free of any trace elements that might mess with the clarity of your fragrance.
- 1/2 cup 80- or 100-proof vodka. Any kind will work.
- A big glass jar or bowl with a lid. It needs to hold at least five cups of liquid.
- A perfume bottle. Find a pretty one if you want to display your handiwork.
3. DIY Rose Water
Even DIY perfumes can be too harsh for sensitive skin if they contain alcohol. Do you love the idea of a rose perfume but hate the thought of spraying vodka on your skin? Rose water is a gentle, alcohol-free alternative with a lighter but similar fragrance. Leave it to boho brand Free People to put together a rose water tutorial that’s easy to follow. Their ingredient list is similar to Beautylish’s list of supplies for rose perfume and includes:
- Fresh roses. Classic rose water is pink, so pink or red roses are recommended.
- Distilled water.
- A large pot. Make sure it has a lid.
4. Honeysuckle Solid DIY Perfume
While many DIY perfume tutorials focus on liquid perfumes like oils and body mists, it’s totally possible to make solid perfume at home too. Solid perfumes are great for travel–no worries about suitcase spills–and some can even double as lip balms. This option by Soap Queen is enhanced with the prettiest pink shimmer thanks to a secret ingredient: rose gold mica. To make it, you’ll need:
- 2 ounces solid perfume base. Soap Queen recommends taking a shortcut by buying a pre-made base, like this one that uses coconut oil, beeswax, sweet almond oil, and avocado oil.
- Honeysuckle fragrance oil. This one is strongly floral with hints of pear and a sweet finish.
- Rose gold mica. This option is safe for eyes, lips, and skin.
5. Unique Solid DIY Perfume
Now that you’re getting the hang of these DIY fragrances, you might be ready to graduate to a more advanced solid perfume, created completely from scratch rather than with a pre-made base. Crunchy Betty does a great job of explaining the steps required for homemade solid perfume. As a bonus, the tutorial breaks down the process of figuring out the right combination of top, middle, and bottom notes to create a scent that’s perfectly personalized to your taste. This time, the fragrance is entirely up to you! You’ll need:
- Beeswax. Pellets are small and melt easily.
- A carrier oil. These oils carry the concentrated fragrance from the essential oils safely to your skin. Sweet almond is best but jojoba or grapeseed work too.
- Essential oils of your choice. The sky’s the limit.
6. DIY Perfume Roll On
Another option for portable, travel-friendly fragrance is roll-on perfume. Hotel Wilderness puts dried botanicals in her DIY perfume roll-on as a pretty finishing detail. To follow her very simple tutorial, all you need is:
- A 1-ounce glass roll-on bottle. Make sure to pick one with clear glass if you plan to use dried botanicals for decoration.
- A carrier oil. Hotel Wilderness prefers grapeseed or sweet almond for their low viscosity and light fragrance.
- Essential oils. This tutorial uses ylang ylang, lavender, cypress, blue yarrow, and sweet orange, but you’re encouraged to experiment.
7. DIY Himalayan Sea Salt Body Spray
The therapeutic benefits of sea salt, which is mineral-rich and nourishes the skin, make it a perfect ingredient to add to homemade body spray. This tutorial from The Chic Site recommends pairing sea salt with vanilla. To make your own, you’ll need:
- 3 teaspoons Himalayan sea salt. Coarse-ground is best.
- 2 teaspoons vodka.
- 5 to 7 drops vanilla essential oil. Choose one that is safe for topical use.
Recommended Read: If you want to pair this perfect body spray with a diy deodorant, check out our tutorials!
8. DIY Cucumber Green Tea Body Spray
Like sea salt, green tea is touted for its therapeutic properties. The antioxidant-rich body spray in this DIY by Hello Glow not only smells divine but helps cool down skin and repair sun damage. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
- 1 bag green tea.
- Half a cucumber.
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel. This one is certified organic.
- Peppermint essential oil. Optional but recommended.
The fragrance is ultimately personal–everyone gravitates to different scents. DIY lets you customize to your preferences to create a perfume that’s as unique as you are. Whether you’re crazy for citrus or prefer soft florals, whether you like your fragrance in liquid or solid form, these tutorials can help you achieve perfume perfection.