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How To Make Perfume: {Recipes & Tips}

Posted By Tipnut On February 3, 2011 @ 8:37 am In Home Spa | 43 Comments

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!

BottlesHere’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:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cup fresh chopped flower blossoms (such as lavender, lilac, orange blossoms or honeysuckle).

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)

  • Melt beeswax and vaseline over low heat in a glass or enamel pan (could also place in a large pyrex measuring cup and heat in oven slowly–stir while melting).
  • Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  • Stir in oil.
  • Pour into container and let air dry until firm.




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:

  • First rub in a dab of vaseline to the area, then spray or dab on the fragrance. The vaseline will moisturize the skin which helps hold the scent longer than dry skin will.
  • Create layers: Use scented soaps, shower gels, lotions or even dusting powders as a first layer, then apply perfume. Either choose products that are from the same brand or a scent that will compliment what you will be wearing.
  • Apply to pulse points (wrists, behind ears, neck, behind knees, etc.).
  • Lightly spray hair, hair holds the fragrance longer than skin.

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

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[1] 28 page report (pdf): http://tipnut.com/files/2012/45465765.pdf

[2] From indiefixx.com: http://indiefixx.com/2009/08/11/guest-blog-learn-how-to-make-your-own-perfume-by-meredith-tucker-of-sweet-anthem/

[3] From howstuffworks.com: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/style/perfume-compact.htm

[4] Locket: http://www.glamourandgraceblog.com/2011/diy-perfume-locket/

[5] Assorted: http://mountainroseblog.com/making-botanical-perfumes-colognes/

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