Make Your Own Perfume Oil!

Words by
Georgina Reid
Images by
Georgina Reid
| November 24, 2014

I have a thing for fragrance. In fact, if I were not the head hunter of this here plant hunting establishment, I like to imagine I would be somewhere in the south of France, rolling around in fields of lavender, picking flowers for my latest perfume concoction. Anyway, I’m not. And now I don’t need to, because I’ve discovered how to make my own perfume oil. It’s a ridiculously easy and rather magical process.

My favourite mix so far is an earthy, sweet, rich and warm combination of soothing and sort-of sexy scents – it will either get you and/or the person/people you like to be unclothed with HOT under the collar, or put you to sleep. Either way, it’s quite lovely.

Here’s the recipe for The Planthunter’s Passion Potion No.7. Watch out, Chanel No.5.


  • Cedarwood: 30 drops
    Cedarwood is known to calm anger, ease nervous stress and tension.
  • Rosewood: 10 drops
    Rosewood is grounding and relaxing. It’s also a great for skin conditions?!
  • Clary Sage: 10 drops
    Clary Sage is calming and slightly sedative. It’s also known as an aphrodisiac
  • Rose Geranium: 10 drops
    Rose Geranium is great for your skin, as well as having a calming and soothing effect.
  • Sandalwood: 10 drops
    Sandalwood has anti-inflamatory and anti-bacterial qualities. Its also a natural calmative and relaxation agent.
  • Almond/Jojoba/Rosehip oil: 50 drops
    Carrier oil – any of these oils are very good for your skin.


Use a clean 10ml bottle and drop the required amounts of the oils into it. (This recipe is designed on the assumption that 1ml of oil = 20 drops, and makes around 6ml of oil)

Once you have put all the essential oils in the bottle, seal and leave for a few days. This will help the fragrances combine. Smell it, and make sure you like it, before adding the carrier oil. Again, if you can control yourself, leave it for another few days/week to evolve, and then it’s ready to use.


This recipe is a starting point only… don’t just follow it, go and get yourself a bunch of oils and start making up your own. The great thing about essential oils is that as well as smelling great, their healing qualities are quite phenomenal too. Now, I don’t claim to know too much about this but there’s lots of literature around regarding different oils and their purported benefits. I love the idea of making my own mixes to be used for different moods.

If you do decide to make up your own recipes, make sure you document them. If you don’t, and the mix is really amazing, you won’t be able to replicate it.

If you are keen on making your own perfumes, you will need to get a basic understanding of the different notes associated with the creation of a perfume. Here’s a basic intro:

Perfumes comprise of three notes, a base, middle, and high note.

Base note: This  provides the foundation for the finished scent. These are usually the heavier, deeper scents such as cedarwood, sandalwood, patchouli, jasmine, vetiver.

Middle note: This is a more mellow, sweeter scent, used to mask the sometimes strong first impression of the base note. Middle notes include lavender, geranium, rose, pepper, pine, juniper.

High note: These are the more ephemeral scents. They have a strong first impact but don’t last as long as the middle and base notes. They are lighter, fresher, and engaging and include scents such as grapefruit, orange, sage, neroli, and bergamont.

This is just a basic intro to the idea of making perfume oil. There are plenty of great online resources on the subject. I found this one particularly useful.

Happy smelling!

PS. I bought the essential oils and bottles used for this project here.