DIY Hair Perfume

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When you’re in-between shampoos and need to freshen up, a DIY Hair Perfume is the perfect, natural solution. This beauty product has turned out to be one of my most used DIYs not to mention, it’s extremely versatile. 

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 DIY 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!

DIY 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.

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!

DIY Hair Perfume


You might recall I did a post on DIY perfume a LONG time ago. 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

You might also want to check out my Body Splash recipe!

Choosing A Hydrosol

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.  

Essential Oil Suggestions

My personal favorite combination is 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).  

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!  Plus, check out my hair growth spritzer recipe!  This is a great way to use these oils for hair loss without making your scalp greasy!

Ways to Use DIY Hair Perfume

  • Hat freshener
  • Spray deodorant 
  • Yoga mat spray
  • Body perfume
  • Stinky foot spray

**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!

Mountain Rose Herbs Essential Oils

xx, Jenni

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Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 7 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on living a natural lifestyle.

5 thoughts on “DIY Hair Perfume”

  1. 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?

  2. Oh my! This is the best idea! I have long hair and when I work in the garden in a hat, I sweat. I love the hair perfume I made with vanilla, palma rosa, frankincense, orange, myrtle, and cedar wood. It smells fresh, healthy , and not overpowering. Thank you for such a wonderful solution!

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