How to make homemade oil-based perfume

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How to make homemade oil-based perfume
Oil-based perfumes have a moisturising effect on the skin. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Homemade oil-based perfumes are unique, personalised fragrances that have the added benefit of being free of chemical preservatives. Store-bought perfumes can be expensive, but you can create your own perfume at home for a fraction of the price. Plain unscented oils, such as jojoba or almond oil, make great bases for perfumes, while a blend of pure essential oils will create the perfume's aroma. All the ingredients required to make homemade oil-based perfumes can be purchased from aromatherapy stores or online retailers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Small glass bottle and lid
  • Jasmine essential oil
  • Rose essential oil
  • Bergamot essential oil
  • Sandalwood essential oil
  • Jojoba oil, apricot oil or almond oil (for the base)
  • Funnel
  • Teaspoon

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  1. 1

    Insert the funnel into the opening of the small glass bottle. Measure 2 tsps. of your chosen base oil and pour it into the funnel. Remove the funnel from the bottle.

  2. 2

    Use the built-in dropper in the lid of the essential oil to measure 2 drops of bergamot directly into the glass bottle. If the essential oil doesn't come with a dropper, you can use a disposable plastic dropper to measure the oil.

  3. 3

    Add 1 drop of jasmine essential oil. Close the lid of the bottle and shake gently to mix the solution.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the lid of the bottle and add 1 drop of rose essential oil. Close the lid and shake the bottle to mix the solution.

  5. 5

    Unscrew the lid and add 2 drops of sandalwood essential oil. Close the lid and shake the mixture.

  6. 6

    Store the oil-based perfume mixture in a cool, dry place and shake it 2 to 3 times a day for 10 days. The perfume can be used immediately, but leaving the oils to fuse together for 10 days will create a more powerful fragrance.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with different essential oil combinations to create your perfect perfume.
  • Store your glass bottle in a cool dark place to prolong the life of the fragrance.
  • Pure essential oils can stain clothing and wood.
  • Some essential oils should be avoided by pregnant women.

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