Homemade Perfume

Updated: Apr 2, 2021

Have you made perfume? Do you know why it is very expensive? What do you know about how it is made?

Perfume is expensive because of the ingredients they use and the time it takes.

A perfume typically has three accords: top, middle, and base. The base is often wood or amber-like oils. If you would like to learn more about accords and good oils, read The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood. Perfume is in chapter 15, Fragrant Care for Your Home. The section for perfume starts on page 447.

First, you need to add a base accord and leave it for several days. Add this accord into a separate bottle. A professional perfumer would leave it for 4-6 weeks. Swirl it every day in a circular motion to keep the oils blended.

After this time has passed, you can add your middle accord. The middle accord is the middle scent of your perfume. Make sure you add it into the same bottle as the base accord. Leave for the same time you did when you made the base accord, and swirl every day.

After this time has passed, you can add your top accord. Add the oils into the bottle you are using with the oils still inside. Leave it and swirl every day(remember that you can leave for several days, while a professional often leaves it for 4-6 weeks).

Using the essential oils I already had at home I created a perfume which provide an initial scent of geranium with a long-lasting citrus/woody scent. My perfume recipe was:

Perfume Essential Oil Blend

Top Accord: Floral - lavender, geranium, yang ylang

Middle Accord: Citrus - bergamot, orange, lemon

Bottom Accord: Wood - cedarwood, cypress.


Perfume (30ml bottle)

6ml perfume essential oil mixture

20ml ethanol (denatured)

4ml distilled water

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