How to Make Kids' Perfume

Updated April 17, 2017

Kids' perfume is a novel product that works perfectly for playing dress up, and, as long as the scent remains subtle, perfume can be an age-appropriate and fun way to help kids feel a little more grown up. Liquid perfume is the best scented product for kids in terms of strength and safety. Perfume oils and solid perfumes are much more likely to result in a mess. The oils and solids take too long to absorb into the skin, making it easy for a child to dirty her hands and leave stains on everything she touches.

Pour 2 tbsp vodka, 4 drops strawberry-scented oil, 3 drops bubblegum-scented oil and 2 drops lemon-scented oil into plastic bottle. Place lid on bottle and shake to mix.

Add 1/3 cup distilled water and shake to mix.

Test perfume and adjust scent as needed by adding oil to strengthen the scent, or distilled water to dilute it.


Kids' perfume leaves tons of room for creativity. Scented oils come in so many aromas that you should be able to customise your kids' perfume with ease. From cotton candy-scented oil to cucumber-scented oil, any aroma can be found. Try picking your child's favourite fruit, dessert or floral scent to customise a perfume just for her. Scented oils and essential oils are the two types of aromatic oils you can use to create perfume. Synthetic scented oils are the best choice. They are cheap, safe and come in many aromas. Essential oils are expensive and tend to be much too strong for a child's sensitive skin. It's best to use a small plastic spray bottle to store the perfume. The spray top allows easy use without the chance of spills. The plastic bottle also withstands abuse, such as dropping, without breaking. An adult or older child should do the measuring and pouring when making the perfume. Allow younger children to go wild shaking the perfume to mix it up.


Never allow young children to use perfume by themselves. If the child is young enough that he might drink or spill the mixture, he is too young to use it. The perfume is intended for children at least 8 years old. Always test homemade perfume before using it. Spray a tiny amount of the perfume on a small patch of skin on the child's arm. Wait 24 hours for a reaction. If no reaction is noted, then the recipe is probably safe for your child to use.

Things You'll Need

  • Tablespoon
  • Vodka
  • Strawberry-scented oil
  • Bubblegum-scented oil
  • Lemon-scented oil
  • Small plastic bottle
  • Measuring cup
  • Distilled water
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A writer since 2000, Aya Pauli has covered a variety of topics including food, fashion, beauty, health, parenting, education, decor and crafts. Her award-winning recipes have been published in food magazines such as "Taste of Home," and she is also the author of a salad cookbook. Pauli's craft projects appear in major manufacturer websites, including Dow Styrofoam. She also holds a CDA in early childhood education and works as a preschool teacher in Wyoming.