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“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” ― Coco Chanel

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I love perfume, I’ve worn it for as long as I can remember.  Well, come to find out, like everything else, it’s toxic.  Out of all the beauty products we wear on a daily basis, perfume is the most toxic!  Artificial fragrances have all kinds of side effects.  The big one is hormone disruption!  Smelling good on the outside while your hormones are making you a raging you know what on the inside is no longer going to work.  After having my 2nd baby, my hormones don’t need any help being out of balance!  Upon doing research, making perfume is easy.  BUT-I will warn you before you read on, it takes 6 weeks to fully mature.  You can cheat and use it within 48 hours, but you will not have as good of a fragrance.  If you choose to wait the 6 weeks, you CAN NOT open your perfume.  The oils work together to form a scent that is at it’s best after 6 weeks.  So, why don’t we make real perfume AND I’ll include a recipe for solid perfume that we can use immediately for instant gratification?


3 tsp. Jojoba Oil (you could also use Sweet Almond oil)
2 TBSP. Vodka (the higher quality the less odor)
1 TBSP. Distilled Water
70 drops of Essential oils
1. Add Oil
2. Add 27 drops of Base Note
3. Add 25 drops of Middle Note
4  Add 18 drops of Top Note
5. Add Vodka
6. Shake bottle for 2 minutes
7. Let set for 48 hours-6 weeks
8. Add water and shake
9. Filter through a coffee filter and transfer into dark glass bottle(s)
OR-if you are not comfortable using alcohol you can substitute the alcohol for witch hazel.

*Always add your base note first, then middle note, and last top note.  If you don’t, the fragrance will actually be different.  Always take notes and write down exactly what you do in case you come up with something that you love and will need to make more of!*

A little background about Essential Oils and Perfume making-

The Frenchman, Piesse classified the scents of essential oils in the 19th century according to musical scales, and this is where the top, middle and base notes came from.
Typically top notes make up 15 – 25% of the blend. Middle notes make up 30 – 40% of the blend. Base notes make up 45 – 55% of the blend.  How poetic, huh?  Your perfume is like a musical chord!  All the oils should “harmonize” together.  I love that!

Top notes

Top notes tend to evaporate very fast and normally have anti-viral properties.
They tend to be light, fresh and uplifting.  Top notes give the first impression of a perfume but usually don’t last long.
Here are a list of essential oils considered to be Top Notes

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary Sage
  • Coriander
  • Eucalyptus
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme

Middle notes

Middle notes typically have a balancing effect on the perfume.  They are the body of the scent.
The smells of middle notes are not always immediately evident and may take a couple of minutes to come into their own right.  They are normally warm and soft fragrances.
The following essential oils are considered middle notes:

  • Black Pepper
  • Cardamom
  • Chamomile
  • Cypress
  • Fennel
  • Geranium
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Melissa
  • Myrtle
  • Nutmeg
  • Palma Rosa
  • Pine
  • Rosemary

Base notes

The base notes tend to be heavy.  They will evolve over time and will slow down the evaporation of the top notes.  They are rich and relaxing and anchor the perfume while their scent lingers.
The following essential oils are considered base notes:

  • Cassia
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Frankincense
  • Ginger
  • Jasmine
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Rosewood
  • Sandalwood
  • Vanilla
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang Ylang

How interesting was that?!  Get creative and mix oils that make sense to your senses!  You are going to have to takes some risks here because we can’t know for sure how it will blend and mature over those 6 weeks.

My favorite trio is TOP NOTE-Lemon MIDDLE NOTE-Lavender and BASE NOTE-Sandalwood.  Absolutely heavenly to my nose!

Be sure to use quality essential oils that are PURE and undiluted.  This is imperative to a quality, long lasting perfume.  I suggest Spark Naturals.  If Spark doesn’t have the oils you are looking for, Mountain Rose Herb essential oils is the next best thing.

 “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. ”
― Christian Dior

As promised, there is a simple recipe for solid perfume.  It’s a salve of sorts.  I made mine because it will be great to take on vacations or keep in my purse.  No worries of spills and when I need a boost of scent or a mini aromatherapy session it’s right there!

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 Solid Perfume

20-25 drops Base Note
20-25 drops Middle Note
10-15 drops Top Note

Melt beeswax and oil in a double boiler.  Once beeswax is completely melted, remove from heat and add essential oils.  Pour into containers.  This recipe makes 1 ounce.

Don’t forget, this would make a creative gift for friends and family!

Use the coupon code JENNIRAINCLOUD at Spark Naturals to receive 10% off your essential oils purchase!


  1. Any other combinations you enjoy?

    • Brenda-Hi! Lavender mixes well with Rosemary and/or Bergamot. Tea Tree is a bit medicinal but can be mixed with lavender, lemon and Frankincense for a really fresh scent. Bergamot and Lemon are really light and happy. Ylang Ylang is really sweet and girlie-you can tart it up with lemon and/or Lavender. Jasmine is way too sweet and flowery for me but most people love it as a perfume! Hope this helped!

  2. Very interesting! Thanks so much for sharing this. I do have one question about cinnamon being listed as both a top note and a base note. Can you please clarify this? Love following your posts! Thanks again 🙂

  3. Thank you for the great post! I would love to experiment with this in the coming year. What bottle storage do you use for the final product (not the solid perfume, but the one with the vodka)?

  4. When making the solid, could you use a lip balm tube and make a stick perfume? Would that work?

    • Diane-Absolutely! In fact, that’s what I’ve done! It’s perfect for vacation as long as it doesn’t melt.

      • Perfect. Can’t wait to try! I love your recipes. Do you forsee a book in your future? Or can you recommend a book that has similar recipes? I like the idea of carrier oils, castiile soap, beeswax, essential oils, etc. While I love natural DYI skincare, I am not into using fresh fruits, yogurt, etc.

        • Diane-I am the same way-I like to make things that will last a bit longer then a hot second! I do see a book in my future-not sure when. I unfortunately don’t know of a book that has recipes like mine. I do know Mommypotamus has an e-book with beauty recipes. You can find it easily when you go to her site. Thanks!

  5. Do you know of any combinations that are “dupes” for or similar to a popular perfume?

    • Raya-I don’t-I sure wish I did though. I will keep my eyes open for that though-it would be a fun post! What perfume are you trying to recreate?

      • I really love the popular Marc Jacobs perfumes (Dot, Honey, Daisy). I think in Sephora, it tells you the base, middle, and top notes but I’m not sure and wouldn’t know how to use that information (match it to essential oils?) I hope you do a post on that it would be amazing! Thanks so much!

  6. I love jasmine and want to use as the base note. What top and middle notes would compliment the jasmine?

  7. I love everything about this post! Thank you. It’s super helpful to me especially since a friend was just asking me how to DIY your own perfume the other night. 😀

    Just one question: What’s the reason for putting the liquid perfume through a coffee filter before bottling it?


  8. Hi, Jenni! Quick question: Have you ever blended more than one each of top, middle, and base notes? My favorite perfume says it contains cinnamon, clove, quince, magnolia, mahogany, amber, and cognac; now, who knows what they actually put in it, but that’s more than three scents!

    Love these instructions; I’ve read them so much I’m dreaming about them, and I haven’t starting mixing perfumes yet!


    • Laine-I think you can do whatever smells good to you. I rarely follow rules-lol! There’s no right or wrong. I just wanted to post what I had researched as a guideline. Good luck!

  9. Lynnette Cretu says:

    I love your blog. Such great information. I am looking for Jasmine essential oil and I’m having trouble finding it. Spark Naturals doesn’t have it, is there another brand you trust?

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