DIY Cruelty Free Perfume

Ever stopped to sniff a perfume sample at a mall? Did it smell amazing? Maybe. Did it cost an arm and a leg? Definitely!

Hundreds of dollars can be spent on a scent that is packed with unnatural and harsh chemicals and that is tested on animals and/or contains animal products.

What if I told you that with only a few basic supplies and ingredients, you can make your signature scent that is:

  • Cruelty free
  • Adventurous
  • Fun
  • Unique
  • Fragrant
  • Long Lasting
  • And very, very cost effective?

All you need is:

  • Some vodka! Go for 80 – 90%!
  • A few of your favorite essential oils (you will need a good blend to get a well-rounded scent—more about that further down)
  • A spoon or other tool that you can use for blending
  • Some glass bottles with spray or roll tops (you can get them super cheap on Amazon)
  • A Little Bit About Notes

    A perfume has three different notes—base notes, middle notes, and top notes. This is why perfumes “change” during the day as you wear them. Initially, once you apply it, you smell the top notes. These are also the scents that fade the fastest. As the day wears on, the middle notes will come through, and finally, the base notes—which last the longest on our skin.

    Different essential oils will be needed for these notes. Here are some options, but keep in mind that there are many more!

    Top Notes: great oils for top notes include grapefruit, cajuput, cinnamon, lemon, lime, mint, mandarin, verbena, and bergamot.

    Middle Notes: Try lavender, ylang ylang, rosemary, pine, juniper, cardamom, chamomile, and rose.

    Base Notes: Sandalwood, cedar wood, jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, clove, and rosewood.

    Some Advice  

    Certain oils are not safe or recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is a wise practice to check if oils are safe to use if you are suffering any ailments or using medication.

    Getting to Business

    All your perfumes should be added to the vodka in the correct order—that is base notes first, then middle notes, and lastly, the top notes. They should all be mixed together well.

    Flower Power

    For a feminine floral scent, mix the following together in a bowl.

    • 1 cup of vodka
    • 5 drops of patchouli
    • 3 drops of vanilla
    • 10 drops of ylang ylang
    • 5 drops of rose geranium

    Once mixed, transfer to your glass perfume bottle, close, and shake the contents altogether. Store away in a cool, dry, and dark place for at least two weeks, although it is better to wait a month to let the fragrance settle. This way, the scent can “take shape,” blend into the alcohol more, and will last longer.

    More wonderfully fragrant ideas can be found at

    It is a good idea to have a pen and paper handy, so that you can label your bottles and jot down your unique combinations as you get creative with what works best for you!  




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