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Natural Perfumes, Colognes

Basic Perfume Recipe

This is one of the simplest recipes for perfume making you can do at home.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh chopped flower blossoms

In a bowl place a cheesecloth where the edges are hanging over the bowl. Fill with 1 cup of flower blossoms of your choice. Pour water over the flowers until they are completely covered. Cover and let sit overnight.

The next day using the edges of cheesecloth pull it out of the bowl and gently squeeze the scented water into a small pot. Simmer the water until about 1 teaspoon is left. Cool and place into a small bottle. Making perfume this way has a shelf life of about 1 month.



Some suggestions for flowers: Lavender, Lilac, Orange Blossoms or even Honeysuckle. Anything that is highly fragrant works best.

Enchanted Gardens Perfume Recipe

  • 3 parts Sandalwood
  • 1 part Violet

in 10 ml Carrier Oil

Exotic Perfume Recipe

  • 8 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 8 drops Bergamot
  • 4 drops Rose
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba Oil

Ylang Ylang, an exotic floral fragrance of the South Seas, stimulates a desire that longs for release. As the fire of the male is said to heat the water of the female, so this intoxicating perfume both quickens and quenches the flame.

Misty Passions Perfume

  • 3 drops Passionflower essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang essential/fragrance oil
  • 3 drops Neroli essential/fragrance oil
  • 1/2 pt (300ml) 70 percent alcohol or vodka

Pour the alcohol into a dark bottle or jar. Add the oils and shake well. Leave for one week.

Mystic Perfume Recipe

  • 25 drops Sandalwood
  • 3 drops of either Rose, Jasmine or Neroli
  • 1 tablespoon of Jojoba carrier oil

Blend all oils together well and store in an airtight dark-colored glass container. Dab a drop onto your pulse points. Please note that this blend has a heavy concentration of essential oils and is meant to be used sparingly. As with any new oils and blends that you use, do a skin patch test prior to using regularly.

Hawaiian Flowers Perfume

Equal amounts of each (suggest 6 drops each)

  • Tuberose FO (Fragrance Oil)
  • Gardenia FO
  • Plumeria FO (a.k.a. Frangipani)
  • In 10 ml carrier oil

Gothic Belladonna Perfume

(a very “Gothic” scent)

  • 12 drops sandalwood
  • 6 drops rosewood
  • 2 drops myrrh
  • 1 drop rose
  • 1 drop patchouli

Autumn Rose Perfume

  • 10 drops cedar oil
  • 5 drops rose absolute
  • 2 drops vanilla fragrance oil
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 2 tbs distilled water

Mix, let sit for 3 to 6 weeks and strain with coffee filter. Mist on beautiful!! A rich rose scent in the top note, mellows to a dusty sweet vanilla and the dry down is a powdery fall scent like roses in autumn. Enjoy! For a stronger version repeat the amounts 3-4 times in more water vodka mix.

Goddess Magick Perfume

  • 3 Parts Rose Oil
  • 2 Parts Musk Oil
  • 1 Part Patchouli Oil

in 10 ml Carrier Oil

Arabian Nights Perfume

  • 4 parts Sandalwood
  • 2 parts Bergamot
  • 1/4 to 1/2 part Jasmine

in 10 ml Carrier Oil

Amaze Perfume Recipe

  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 5 drops hypericum perforatum essential oil (St.John's wort)
  • 10 drops Cypress essential/fragrance oil
  • 10 drops Rosemary essential/fragrance oil

Mix all the ingredients together, shake well. Place in a dark bottle. Then allow the perfume to settle for at least 12 hours. Store in a cool dry area.

Falling Stars Perfume

Easy to make and truly inspired, our Falling Star Perfume recipe is soon to become your favorite. Catch your falling star.

  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 5 drops lavender essential/fragrance oil
  • 10 drops chamomile essential/fragrance oil
  • 10 drops valerian essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together, shake well. Place in a dark color bottle. Then allow the perfume to settle for at least 12 hours. Store in a cool dry area.

Blossom Groves Perfume

  • 8 teaspoons Grapeseed oil
  • 6 drops of Orange Blossom essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops Lemongrass essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops Neroli essential/fragrance oil

Blend ingredients well, warm up oil before doing any massage including your fingertip.

Essential Oil Blend for Romance

  • 5 drops Geranium
  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 3 drops Rose
  • 4 drops Clary Sage
  • 1 drop anise
  • 2 drops palmarosa

Place in 4 oz carrier and roll with it!

Earthy Rose Perfume

  • 3 drops Rose EO
  • 6 drops Bergamot EO
  • 6 drops Lavender EO
  • 5 drops Patchouli EO
  • 1/2 ounce Jojoba Oil

Fresh Dew Perfume

You should add Fresh Dew to your perfume list! You just mix:

  • vanilla extract (6 drops)
  • lemon juice (1/4 cup)

Boil it with 1 cup of water covered for 2 minutes, then boil again after it is chilled in the refrigerator for 5 minutes. Right after you take it off the burner, QUICKLY put it in a glass then into the refrigerator for 1 hour. Pour into a bottle and you' re ready to go!

Tropical Scent Perfume

  • 3 parts Sandalwood
  • 3 parts Mango
  • 2 parts Coconut
  • 2 parts Vanilla
  • in 10 ml Carrier Oil

Whispering Rain Perfume

  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 5 drops Sandalwood essential/fragrance oil
  • 10 drops Bergamot essential/fragrance oil
  • 10 drops cassis essential/fragrance oil

Mix all the ingredients together, shake well. Place in a dark bottle. Then allow the perfume to settle for at least 12 hours. Store in a cool dry area.

Come Hither Perfume

  • Orange, 3 drops
  • Neroli, 3 drops
  • Sweet almond oil or
  • unperfumed body lotion, 1 tbsp

The fragrances from the fruit and flower of the delicate orange blossom tree have an irresistibly seductive scent that softly whispers, come hither.

Bay Rum Perfume

  • 50 drops Bay Rum essential oil
  • 10 drops Bitter Orange essential oil
  • 5 drops Clove essential oil
  • 1 ounce Jamacian rum

Blend all ingredients together; shake well before using.

Sweet and Yummy Perfume

  • 1 1/2 Tbl. Tangerine EO
  • 1 tsp. Nutmeg EO
  • 1/4 tsp. Vetiver EO

in 10 ml Carrier Oil

How to Make Orange Scented Water

This is a formula for creating a mini-spa at home, using natural ingredients that promote relaxation.

  • 3 cups distilled water
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 10 to 12 tablespoons dried orange-peel slivers
  • Orange essential oil
  • Mason jar
  • Strainer
  • Funnel
  • Decorative bottles

Combine distilled water and vodka in a jar with a tight-fitting lid (the vodka acts as a fixative to hold the scent). Add orange essential oil and stir, then add dried orange peel. Set the mixture aside, with the lid on tightly, for four weeks. Using a strainer, decant, and funnel into decorative bottles. Add more dried orange slivers, if desired.

You can make lemon water, rosewater, etc., using this same process. Add scented water to your bath to add fragrance without oil, or use as a light cologne.

Romantic Encounters Blend

  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 2 drops Jasmine
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 1 tablespoon Massage Oil or Body Lotion

A super-sexy scent for lovers who crave communion as well as release, this aromatic blend is renowned for facilitating both union and reunion after times of separation or sadness.

Indian Summer Perfume

  • 1 drop Lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 2 Black Currant buds
  • 4 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 3 drops Rose essential oil
  • 2 drops Nutmeg essential oil
  • 3 drops Rosewood essential oil
  • 3 drops Vanilla essential oil
  • 2 drops Sandalwood essential oil

The sunny mood of a quiet day is captured in this sensuous blend of flowers, wood and spices. Add the oils to 1/8 of an ounce of Jojoba oil for an oil-based perfume; add oils to 1/2 ounce of ethyl alcohol for a lighter alcohol-based fragrance. Shake well each time before using to disperse oils.

Summer's Eve Perfume Recipe

Equal amounts of…

  • Cassie Absolute
  • High Altitude Lavender
  • Tobacco Absolute

Please remember to dilute properly if wearing on the skin (as opposed to using aromatherapy jewelry.)

Refreshing Summer Cologne Blend

Just because artificial fragrances can be harmful to our health doesn’t mean we can’t still smell delicious without them. This cologne formula is light and very refreshing — just the thing for warm summer days — and it uses all-natural ingredients. Not only that, some of them are thought to be cheering, Concentration-enhancing, and relaxing!

Some of us like to keep this delightfully fresh cologne in the fridge for a cooling, uplifting spritz when we need one.

  • 1/2 part essential oil blend
  • 1 1/2 parts water
  • 8 parts vodka, rum, or brandy

Essential Oil Blend

  • 10 parts Lemon essential oil
  • 10 parts Rosemary essential oil
  • 5 parts Lavender essential oil
  • 5 parts Bergamot essential oil

Combine ingredients thoroughly. Pour into a glass jar with a screw lid, and allow to sit for 3 to 6 weeks. Decant finished cologne into a spritz bottle or a blue or amber glass bottle.

Peace Cologne

(Combats fatigue due to stress, tension and anxiety)

  • 3 drops Bergamot essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops Frankincense essential/fragrance oil
  • 3 drops cedarwood essential/fragrance oil
  • 1/2 pt (300ml) 70 percent alcohol or vodka

Pour the alcohol into a bottle or jar. Add the oils and shake well. Leave for one week. Don't forget to try and make your own scents as well, after all you're unique…shouldn't your cologne be too? And don't forget to give it a name…maybe something that sounds like your personality…so if you're a strong type then “Un Soldier” or “Journey”, you get the point.

Voodoo Perfume

  • 3 parts Patchouli
  • 1 part Gardenia
  • in 10 ml carrier oil

Solid Perfume Recipes

Make a solid base out of sweet Almond oil, Beeswax and a couple of drops of Vitamin E. Heat up the oil so it's good and warm, melt the Beeswax in it, take it off heat and let it cool slightly, stir it so it thickens, then add the Vitamin E.

To this you can add any scent, put in little containers, and it will harden up. To make a lip Balm, all you need to do is add honey to this blend!

Solid Perfume 1

  • ½ oz. melted Beeswax
  • 1½ oz. Myrrh infused oil
  • ½ oz. Clary Sage infused oil
  • 25 drops Clary Sage
  • 10 drops Patchouli
  • 8 drops rose
  • 5 drops Chamomile

Add infused oils to jar and add wax; stir well. Add essential oils and pour into containers (lip gloss tins work well)

Solid Perfume 2

  • 3 parts sweet Almond or Jojoba
  • 2 parts white Beeswax
  • 1 part scent

Melt all over double boiler pour into containers.

Heaven Scent Jasmine Perfume

By Annie B. Bond, Author of Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999). http://www.care2.com/

The smell of Jasmine transports me to moonlit summer nights with the soft, sensual scent of Jasmine wafting through the night air. It is no surprise, given that in India Jasmine is called “queen of the night,” because the scent is stronger after sunset.

The scent is known to be comforting, calming, and certainly sensual, and I also always associate it with romance.

(Read the full essential oil profile for jasmine)

Try this homemade Jasmine perfume formula to open the doors of romance, to calm, and uplift the mind. Known as a Fertility oil, it is healing for sexuality and even known to ease the trauma of giving birth.

Cupid was known to tip his arrows with Jasmine blossoms, to help inspire love and desire! Jasmine oil is also antidepressive, being mildly euphoric. Make sure you buy a pure jasmine oil that is produced through the purest process, without the use of solvents.

“Absolute” oils are those that derive the oil through solvent extraction rather than stream distillation. The purest jasmine oil of all is derived from the old-fashioned enfleurage process using oil extraction, traditionally made of animal fat.

To make a perfume add a few drops of pure jasmine oil to 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, such as Avocado or sweet Almond. Stir to blend, and dab on your body.

HELPFUL HINTS: For more about jasmine as an aid to aromatherapy, read Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, by Gabriel Mojay.

Get your dried, organic herbs, organic essential oils, bulk spices, loose leaf organic teas and aromatherapy supplies at the place where we shop – StarWest Botanicals!

DIY Massage Oil Blends

Seductive Massage Oil Recipe

  • 1 drop Geranium
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Marjoram
  • 2 teaspoons base oil

This recipe is from “Aromatherapy For Women” by Maggie Tisserand.

Valentine's Day Massage Oil

  • 4 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
  • 10 drops Jasmine
  • l5 drops Patchouli
  • l3 drops Cardamom
  • l2 drops Petitgrain

Blend ingredients and allow to rest for a few days so that the scents mingle.

Fragrant Wild Fields Massage Oil

  • 6-8 teaspoons Grapeseed oil
  • 6 drops of Chamomile essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops rose essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops Rosemary essential/fragrance oil

Blend ingredients well, warm up oil before doing any massage including your fingertips.

Exotic Patchouli Massage Oil

  • 10 teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • 7 drops of patchouli essential/fragrance oil
  • 4 drops jasmine essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops rose essential/fragrance oil

Blend ingredients well, warm up oil before doing any massage including your fingertips.

Echos of the Wild Massage Oil Recipe

  • 10 teaspoons safflower oil
  • 5 drops of orange blossoms essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops jasmine essential/fragrance oil

Blend ingredients well, warm up oil before doing any massage including your fingertips.

Oriental Innocence Massage Oil Recipe

  • 8 teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • 6 drops of orange blossom essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood essential/fragrance oil
  • 1 drop jasmine essential/fragrance oil

Blend ingredients well, warm up oil before doing any massage including your fingertips.

Aphrodisiac Massage Oil Recipe

  • 1 drop Jasmine
  • 1 drop Rose
  • 2 drops Sandalwood
  • 1 drop Bergamot
  • 2 teaspoons Massage Oil

Sensational Massage Oil

  • 10 teaspoons Safflower oil
  • 5 drops of Lavender essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops Violet essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops Chamomile essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drop Frankincense essential/fragrance oil

Blend ingredients well, warm up oil before doing any massage including your fingertips.

Exotic Massage Oil Blend

  • 2 fluid ounce bottle of Almond oil
  • 16 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • 12 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 10 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 8 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 6 drops Clary Sage essential oil

Add essential oils to the bottle of Almond oil, shake gently until thoroughly mixed.

Man of the Sands Massage Oil

  • 10 teaspoons Olive Oil or Grapeseed oil
  • 6 drops Sandalwood essential/fragrance oil
  • 4 drops Cedarwood essential/fragrance oil
  • 4 drops Bergamot essential/fragrance oil

Blend ingredients well, warm up oil before doing any massage including your fingertips.

*NOTE: Do not go out in the sun for at least 6 hours after using this particular recipe. Bergamot oil can cause skin irritations if exposed to sun.

Exquisite Sandalwood Massage Oil

  • 8-10 teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • 6 drops of sandalwood essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops rosewood essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops rose essential/fragrance oil

Blend ingredients well, warm up oil before doing any massage including your fingertips.

Scented Body Rub – to massage him:

added to one tablespoon of your favorite carrier oil.

Scented Body Rub – to massage her:

  • 1 drop Jasmine (we'd use Auriculatum or Grandiflora)
  • 3 drops Ylang ylang Extra

Add to your favorite Carrier Oil.

Fall Harvest Massage Oil Recipe

  • 12 teaspoons Grapeseed oil
  • 6 drops of Bergamot essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops Cardamom essential/fragrance oil
  • 2 drops Jasmine essential/fragrance oil
  • 1 drop Orange Blossom essential/fragrance oil

Blend ingredients well, warm up oil before doing any massage including your fingertips.

Relaxation Massage Oil

  • 4 drops Lavender per tbls of Carrier Oil
  • 1 drop Petitgrain per tbls of Carrier Oil
  • 1 drop Frankincense per tbls of Carrier Oil

This blend may be added to a warm bath (about a capful of the massage oil blend). or, you can blend the essential oils in the same proportions and use in an Aromatherapy Diffusers.

DIY Lavender Massage Oil

  • 1/2 cup Sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup Grape Seed oil
  • 1/2 cup sweet Almond oil
  • 3 TBSP dried Lavender Blossom
  • 20 drops Bergamot essential oil

Using a glass measuring cup, measure out the 3 base oils and pour them into a small saucepan. Place pan over low heat; stir continuously with nonporous utensil until oils are completely blended. Remove pan from heat. Add Lavender blossoms; let blossoms steep in hot oil for 10 minutes. Filter oil through cheese cloth into a 2 cup glass container, discard blossoms. Add 20 drops of Bergamot oil to filtered oil.

Using a wire whisk, thoroughly mix oils to combine. Let perfumed oil cool. Pour into glass bottles with tight lids or stoppers. For a variation, substitute 3 TBSP of dried Mint leaves for the Lavender blossoms and 30 drops of Grapefruit essential oil for the Bergamot.

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