DIY Hair Perfume

DIY Hair Perfume

The summer heat has gotten to my hair.  It’s so incredibly hot lately that a shower seems to do no good!  Plus, wearing hats at the pool doesn’t help either!  I decided to whip up hair perfume that will not only hydrate hair but also freshen up the scalp.  This is a very simple DIY but it has definitely come in handy lately and I’m already on my second batch!  Plus, this DIY will not only be useful in the summer months, I see it being great all year to freshen hair when in-between shampoos.  And with most DIY sprays, it’s multi-purpose.  Depending on the ingredients you choose, it can double as an under arm refresher or even a room spray!  How’s that for triple duty?!  Plus, I figured a multi-purpose DIY deserved a cute label!

Basic Hair Perfume Recipe:

*If you choose vodka, be aware that the higher the quality the less smell you’ll have contributing to your final scent.

DIY Hair Perfume

You might recall I did a post on DIY perfume a LONG time ago. Go HERE for that. Just to refresh that information, I’ve copied and pasted info. below that will be useful when it comes to determining which essential oils you choose.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

A trick to this recipe is choosing the scent of your hydrosol.  There are so many to choose from.  Rose, Lavender, Blood Orange, Cucumber, Eucalyptus, Lemon Verbena, Lime, Neroli, Peppermint, Rosemary and Ylang Ylang are actually just a few!  Find all scents HERE.

I personally chose Rose because I love the scent and the essential oil is incredibly expensive.  Using Rose Hydrosol gives my hair perfume a strong scent of Rose.  I also added 20 drops of Lavender for my middle note and a mix of lime, lemon and bergamot for my top note (about 8 drops of each).  My finished product smells amazing.

Another option is using Lavandin Hydrosol as the middle note with Vanilla essential oil as the base note and Orange essential oil as the top note.

Don’t forget rosemary and cedarwood essential oil for thinning hair!  Learn more about that HERE.  This is a great way to use these oils for hair loss without making your scalp greasy!

Honestly I haven’t tried aloe vera gel but I think it’s a great idea.  I do use it in my DIY detangler and it works great!  Aloe is protective and hydrating and would be a great addition in place of the witch hazel!

As a bonus, this spray can be used to freshen up your baseball cap too!  Occasionally wearing a ball cap is a staple as a busy mom but wearing it in 100 degree heat is the worst!  This spray helps disinfect as well as deodorize your hat, keeping your hair and scalp smelling a lot less like sweat!

Just so you know, when making DIY perfumes, the scents do take 6 weeks to fully mature.  I mixed mine up and used mine immediately but if you want to make a legit perfume, mix your base, then middle and lastly top note.  Then add your carrier.  Store in a dark cabinet and leave it alone for 6 weeks.  After 6 weeks, add your hydrosol and spritz away!

Be sure to use quality essential oils that are PURE and undiluted.  This is imperative to a quality, long lasting perfume.  I love and trust Mountain Rose Herb’s essential oils.  They are organic and unadulterated.  Go HERE to check them out!

Feel free to double or triple this recipe.  I certainly would if you plan to wait the 6 weeks!

xx, Jenni


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DIY Hair Perfume

Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. August 10, 2017 / 4:11 am

    Thank yօu a lot for tһis post! It is a very relevant information!

  2. Rd
    May 10, 2020 / 12:52 pm

    Hi. Great article. Question : can I also use top, middle and base note. And still add hydrosol as well? Looking for bergamot, lemon, myrhh abd neroli combined with witch hazel. Can I add neroli hydrosol to this recipe? Or should I replace neroli oil with hudrosol?

    • Jenni
      May 18, 2020 / 6:48 pm

      RD-Absolutely! Honestly-I really don’t believe in rules when it comes to creating scents!

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