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How to make perfume (Includes Alcohol)

It is always essential to make a statement with your scent because You can tell a lot about a person based on their scent. Sometimes finding the perfect scent can be hard, and no one likes the feeling of buying a perfume that can’t be tested in a shop only to get home, open it and discover it isn’t the scent you wanted. Elistatus is here to help if you are in that position. You can make a simple perfume in the comfort of your home without any stress or hassle.

The best perfume work with your body chemistry and just a whiff of it can be a whimsical experience. You can use different scents and ingredients from the supermarket or convenience store to make your very own non-toxic, signature perfume right at home. These DIY perfume recipes are straightforward and can be great gift ideas for friends and loved ones.

Before we delve into making a simple perfume oil at home, here are some crucial facts you need to know about the basics of perfume notes. Perfume notes are  separated into three classes:

Top notes represent the first impression of your fragrance. They’re generally the lightest of all notes and fade the quickest. The most common ones include citrus, herbs, and bright fruits like berries.

2. Middle notes:

The ‘heart of your perfume,’ or the middle notes, make an appearance once your top notes evaporate. They last longer and have a strong influence on the base notes to come. The heart could be anything from rose to lavender and geranium to lemongrass.

3. Base notes:

The final fragrance notes that appear once your top notes evaporate are the base notes. These mingle with the middle notes to create the full body of your scent. These are often rich notes and linger for hours. Typical base notes include vanilla, musk, cedarwood, patchouli, and so on.

Items Needed

  • Vodka (the higher percentage of alcohol, the better)
  • Essential oils*, fragrance oils**, infused oils, even flavor *** extracts (make sure it’s pure) such as vanilla extract
  • Distilled or spring water
  • Glycerine (supermarkets or pharmacies sell this)
  • Pretty glass bottles to put the finished product in, preferably colored glass, reuse bottles, or find them at the dollar store.
  • Glass jar for mixing fragrance in
  • Measuring cup/spoons
  • A dropper (optional)
  • Funnel
  • Aluminum foil or wrapping paper if you are using clear glass bottles
  • A pencil and paper for jotting down your latest recipe


  • Wash and sterilize the bottles and jars, especially if you are reusing bottles. They need to be clean and sterile.
  • Measure 1/4 cup of vodka/Everclear and pour into a jar.


To add approximately 25 drops of essential/fragrance oil, take one scent at a time. Follow the process below:

  • add a few drops
  • swirl
  • smell
  • add more or continue on
  • write down the name of the oil used and the number of drops
  • Take the next scent and repeat as above until you have added the approximate number of drops. Feel free to add more or less to create the desired fragrance.

Please note that if you are starting and you don’t know which scents to try. You can divide the alcohol into smaller volumes, try a different combination, experiment, be creative, have fun with it.

  • When you are satisfied with the fragrance that you have created, it is time to let it age. Please place it in a cool dark location for a minimum of 48 hours, up to a month.
The process of aging your fragrance allows the scents to incorporate better and also become more potent. Once you have aged your perfume for the desired length of time, smell it again, the process may have changed the overall scent, so feel free to add a few more drops of fragrance to tweak it (Please note that you will need to age it again if you add more scent).

Now that the fragrance is ready, you must dilute next.

  • Add two tablespoons of distilled/spring water. If you are making a perfume spray, add more water.
  • Next, add approximately five drops of glycerine; this helps preserve the fragrance.

Finally, Pour the perfume into your bottle, use a funnel if you need to. If you are using clear containers, you will need to cover them with aluminum foil or wrapping paper (your fragrance needs to be protected from the light, or it will go off). Feel free to add a label if you want to so that it has a fancy name.

You can choose to use fragrance oils in place of essential oils as essential oils are more expensive. Many perfumes have food flavors in them, so you can find a way to incorporate them into your creations by using extracts. Please leave a comment if this post was helpful.

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References: https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/how-to-make-your-own-perfume/