DIY Floral Perfume Recipes

People that making perfume is a long and complicated process that takes chemicals and alchemy, and who knows what all else. That is not at all the case. It is rather easy to make your own perfume. In this article, we will be focusing on DIY floral perfume scents.

Perfume Fun Facts

  • The first uses of perfumes go back the ancient Egyptians for religious rituals.
  • Around the time of the New Kingdom (1580 to 1085 BC) perfume usage spread to Rome, Greece, and Islamic regions
    • The growth of Christianity brought the use almost to a total stop
    • Better trade in the 1100s brought the use of perfume back.
  • The ancient Chinese perfumed clothes with incense rather than perfuming their skin with liquids
  • Most perfumes now have an alcohol base while the first perfumes had an oil base
  • It is possible to recreate perfumes that were used by the Greeks and Romans
    • This is possible because of a mural that was found in Pompeii of how to make perfume
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It’s likely that even Cleopatra used perfumes like these


Oil + Perfume = A Match Made in Heaven

Before we get started with how to make DIY floral perfumes, there is something that should quickly be noted. There are different kinds of oils. There are base essential oils, middle toned oils, and top note oils. Under each category, there are varying oils that can be best to choose from. Not every perfume you make is going to call for this kind of tier system, but it is worth mentioning.  

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These notes every so slightly can change the smell and consistency of your perfume. Keep this in mind as you use the DIY floral perfume recipes below or as you experiment with your own perfume recipes.

DIY Floral Perfume Recipes

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The best part about making your own perfume is that you can customize the scent!

Lavender Lemonade

Not only does this perfume smell good, but it can also work as a soothing (sandalwood and lavender oils) mood lifter (lemon oil). You only need a glass bottle and five ingredients.


  • A tablespoon of vodka
  • Five drops of both sandalwood and lavender essential oils
  • One-half cup of either boiled water or orange flower water
  • 20 drops of lemon essential oil
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Lavender oil is a common homemade perfume ingredient


All you have to do in order to make the perfume is to combine all of the oils, the vodka, and either kind of water in the glass bottle and shake it well before using it. It’s as simple as that!



Roses have a beautiful scent to them, and the perfume uses real rose petals make it. This perfume does take a couple of days to make, however. It should be worth it when you are done.


  • 2.5 cups distilled water
  • 2-4 drops of rose essential oil (optional)
  • Glass perfume bottle
  • 1/2 cup of 80 or 100 proof vodka
  • A large glass jar with a lid
  • 3/4 cup of fresh rose petals
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You can use whatever color rose petals you want for this perfume, so long as they are fresh.


Making the perfume, as mentioned, is going to take a couple of days. It is not hard, it just takes a lot waiting and a step a day.

  1. You want to take the large glass jar and put the rose petals and vodka in it before closing the jar and storing in a darkened place for 24 hours
  2. After the first 24 hours, take the jar out of its darkened place and mash up the petals with a long spoon, then add in the distilled water before putting it back in the darkened place for seven days.
  3. Throughout the seven days, you want to take the jar out just long enough- each day- to mash up the petals again.
  4. Once the seven days is up, strain the concoction of the petals and the perfume should fit into two perfume bottles.
  5. Make sure to shake the perfume every time before you spray it.

Vanilla Rose

This perfume can be calming while smelling absolutely amazing. And the best part? You need very few things to make it.


  • Vodka
  • A handful of dried lavender and rose petals
  • A single vanilla bean
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Fresh or dried vanilla beans will work for this perfume


In a mason jar, you want the vanilla and flowers with just enough vodka to cover them (at least an inch in the bottom of the jar). As the flowers are in the vodka, they will sink because of the vodka they’re taking in. Leave the jar closed and on a shelf for anywhere between two and six weeks, shaking every now and again. After the desired number of weeks, you just strain out the flowers and pour the liquid into a spray bottle.


Jasmine Perfume

Jasmine perfume is another easy one to make. Like most of the rest, you have to let it sit for a few weeks, but mixing everything together is pretty easy.


  • A glass bottle
  • Two tablespoons vodka
  • Five drops of vanilla and lavender essential oils
  • 30 drops of jasmine essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange blossom water or distilled water
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No fresh jasmine flowers are needed for this perfume, but you can add some for aesthetics if you like


In the glass bottle, you want to mix all of the oils and the vodka into and let it sit to blend for two days. After the two days, add in either kind of water and gently make sure it is well mixed. This is where the letting it sit in the dark and cool spot for four weeks comes in. Lastly, after the four weeks shake it gently and pour into a spray bottle.

Patchouli Perfume

Patchouli perfume only has to sit for two days before you can use it. This one takes a good amount of essential oils, but the easiness of it as well as the scent should make it worth it.  


  • A tablespoon distilled water
  • A dark glass bottle
  • Two tablespoons vodka
  • 10 drops of cedarwood essential oil
  • 10 drops of patchouli essential oil
  • 5 drops of bergamot essential oi
  • 5 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil
  • 20 drops of sweet orange essential oil
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Patchouli essential oil gives this perfume its namesake scent


Mix together the essential oils in a separate little glass container. Mix the distilled water in the dark glass bottle with the vodka. Now, the idea is to stir the essential oils in one drop at a time so that it blends in all that much better, and this probably why you can use it after only two days. Chances are you could put the essential oil mixture in at once, stir them nicely, and then put it in a dark place for four weeks. If you do stir the essential oils in a drop or two at a time, then you just put it in a dark place for two days and shake it a little before using it.

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Which of these DIY floral perfume recipes are you most excited to try out? Comment below!



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