Pack your preferred personal scent into a roller ball bottle to have on hand throughout the day. Note that the provided measurements will give a concentration of around 5 percent essential oils. You shouldn’t use more than 2 drops of absolute per 0.35 ounces (10 milliliters) of carrier oil.
- 10 drops essential oils and absolutes (see “Oil-Based Perfume Variations,” below)
- 0.35 ounces (10 milliliters) jojoba oil
- A colored-glass roller-ball bottle
- Add your heart notes directly into the bottle, and smell as you go, in case you need to adjust.
- Next, add the base notes, and, again, remember to smell after every drop. You can always add more, but you can’t subtract.
- Finally, add your top notes.
- When you’re happy with the aroma, fill the bottle to the shoulder with jojoba oil, fit on the roller ball and lid, and invert the bottle gently several times to thoroughly distribute the oils in the jojoba.
- Give your composition a name, label the bottle, and note the formula.
Oil-Based Perfume Variations
Essential oils are extremely concentrated, and must be sufficiently diluted in a carrier oil to be used safely on your skin. Don’t adjust the proportion of aromatics to carrier oil in these recipes. All the following quantities are calculated for 0.35 ounces (10 milliliters) of liquid perfume.
Top: 2 drops lime
Heart: 3 drops ylang-ylang
Base: 5 drops sandalwood
Variation: Use vanilla-infused jojoba as the carrier for a creamy effect.
Top: 3 drops bergamot mint, 2 drops rose, and 2 drops lavender
Heart: 1 drop rose geranium, 1 drop Roman chamomile, and (optional) 1 drop lavender absolute
Base: 1 drop patchouli or vetiver
Top: 2 drops bergamot and 2 drops neroli
Heart: 2 drops frankincense
Base: 2 drops myrrh and 2 drops sandalwood
Learn more about the art and science of natural fragrance in Natural Perfumery.