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How To Make Perfume: {Recipes & Tips}

Ever wonder about making unique perfumes and favorite scents? Here’s a collection of goodies to get things started. I have a free ebook download as well as a collection of online resources and tips. Enjoy!

Here’s a 28 page report (pdf) [1] to download, I found this sitting in some long forgotten folder on my computer and saw it came with full rights to distribute as I wish (including give it away free).

The chapters include:

  1. Introduction
  2. History
  3. What Can It Be Made From?
  4. The First Steps
  5. How To Go About Making Your Own
  6. What Supplies Do You Need And Where Do You Get Them
  7. Some Simple Recipes
  8. Selling Your Homemade Product

Here’s a sample from the report, the ingredients needed are as follows:

Now for the directions:

  1. In a bowl, put a cheesecloth (make sure that the edges of the cloth hang over the side of the bowl). Fill this with 1 cup of flower blossoms and then pour water over them until they are completely covered.
  2. Cover the bowl and allow it to sit overnight. The following day, take hold of the edges of the cheesecloth hanging over the side of the bowl and lift it up, then gently squeeze the water produced into a small pot. Now place this water into a pot and allow it to simmer until there is about 1 teaspoon left of the liquid. Allow the solution to cool, and place it in a small bottle. This should have a shelf life of about 1 month.

The report is pretty basic and might provide more info than needed (like the history or setting up a business to sell it), but it provides a great start for those wishing to delve into this as a hobby.

Here’s a recipe for a solid version that I have kicking around:

1/2 oz Beeswax
4 oz Vaseline
1/4 oz Fragrance Oil Concentrates (or use EO in amounts to aroma preference)


From indiefixx.com [2]: Includes a pdf download, supplies needed to get started: 3 essential oils, pipettes or glass droppers (one for each oil, plus one for carrier oil).

From howstuffworks.com [3]: Demonstrates how a used makeup compact can be turned into a carrying case (for solid version).



Locket [4]: A solid version using beeswax, olive oil and choice of EO.

Assorted [5]: Three different colognes made with an assortment of spices, citrus peels, vodka, EO and fresh or dried flowers: Orange Spice, Citrus, Fresh Floral. Also three different perfumes: Woodland, Sweet Summer, Refreshing.


Here are a few quick tips to help them last longer:

The longer it lasts, the less that’s needed (and that saves cash!).