How to Make Perfume with Essential Oils Without Alcohol

How To Make Perfume With Essential Oils Without Alcohol

A lot of people will appreciate someone who smells good. However, most perfumes out there contain alcohol. For some people, perfumes that contain alcohol can cause irritation which makes it unpleasant for them to wear perfume. These irritations can be skin rashes or uncontrollable sneezing. However, it is entirely possible to be able to have a fragrance that does not have alcohol. That is where oil-based perfumes come in.

Oil-based perfumes can be purely made from essential oils. It has recently gained popularity because it does not have the unwanted side effects of fragrances that contain alcohol. Essential oils also take the health benefit of their origin. They are as organic as one can get. This makes them a better alternative than alcohol. 

Oil-based perfume can sometimes be more expensive than an alcohol-based fragrance. However, you can actually make your own perfume with essential oils. With the power of DIY, you will be able to save a ton and smell unique while doing so. Also, by making your own perfume, you can customize it based on your preference. That said, here are eight easy steps on how to make perfume with essential oils without alcohol.   

Ingredients that You Will Need

  • 3 tablespoons of solvent
  • 10 drops of top notes essential oil
  • 10 drops of base note essential oil
  • 5 drops of middle note essential oil
  • 15 ml of Jojoba or coconut oil
How to Make Perfume with Essential Oils Without Alcohol

Materials to Be Used

  • Ceramic pot
  • Dropper
  • Stirrer
  • Spray bottle or a rollerball jar

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Gather All Your Materials

For smooth and seamless work, prepare all the listed ingredients and materials beforehand. All these can be sourced in your local craft store. However, if these are not available, you can always order online. Still, if that option is not available or if you think the prices are too high, you can have to option to make your own essential oil. You can follow these steps to make it from scratch: 

  • Choose an herb, fruit, or flower such as mint, basil, or orange. 
  • Release the fragrance by pounding your choice of herb, fruit, or flower.
  • Combine the pounded item with coconut oil.
  • Store away from the sun for 24 hours
  • Separate the liquid by straining it.
  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 and mix it with the juice from step 5. 
  • Let it sit for another 12 hours.
  • You now have the essential oil that you can use in making perfume. 

Alternatively, you can watch and follow this video by gaetanproductions on how to distill herbs to make essential oils at home.

2. Choose Your Oils

There are so many essential oils out there, and the numbers can be confusing. To help you with that, we have categorized them into four groups according to their scents. They’re as follows:

  • Floral scents – If you like smelling like fresh flowers, then florals scents are for you. You can achieve this scent by using mixing lavender, bergamot, and lilac oils or by merely using one strong smell such as rose oil.
  • Citrus Scent – The citrus scents are perfect for those who want an increase in energy. To achieve this scent, you can use lemon and ginger, orange and cardamom, and lime. However, always keep in mind that these are strong scents. Always take a sniff after a few drops to avoid adding too much. Remember that adding is so much easier taking deducting in liquid formulas.
  • Herbal Scent – For a calming effect, herbal scents are the best. Mint, rosemary, bergamot, and sage are some of the well-known ones. They also have other health benefits such as soothing skin irritation and managing nausea.
  • Warm Scent – If you like a mix of gentle and robust scents, then warm essential oils are best for you. You can use ginger tuberose, cedarwood, patchouli, and neroli.

Everyday Essential Oil Collection by Young Living

3. Choose Your Blend

What a good perfume needs are a well-blended top, base, and middle note. Now that you know which type of scent you would prefer to achieve, you now decide on what your top, base, and a middle note will be. Here’s a list of suggested notes:

Top notes

  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon

Base notes

  • Chamomile 
  • Vanilla
  • Mint 

Middle note

  • Lavander
  • Palmarosa
  • Geranium

4. Combine 

Combine three tablespoons of solvent and 15ml Jojoba oil or coconut oil in a ceramic pot. 

5. Add in Essential Oils

Using a dropper, add 10 drops of top notes, 10 drops of base notes, and 5 drops of the middle note of your choice. 

6. Mix Thoroughly

Mix the liquid gradually using the stirrer. 

7. Transfer to Your Container of Choice

You can use a spray bottle or a rollerball jar. A spray bottle is better if you prefer even distribution of the perfume. On the other hand, a rollerball jar is better if you prefer to apply the perfume in specific areas such as your neck and risk. 

8. Leave Unopened for 10-12 Hours

For the perfume to set, leave it unopened for 10-12 hours. Make sure to store it at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. Not doing so can cause your perfume to spoil or smell differently.

How to Make Perfume with Essential Oils Without Alcohol

Read more about how to use essential oils here: Easy Ways On How To Use Essential Oils In The Shower

Tips and Tricks

  • You can adjust the scent of your perfume by adding more of the oil that you prefer to make it stand out.
  • Avoid using a metallic stirrer as it can affect the scent that you are making due to chemical reactions. You have to use a wood or glass stirrer instead.


Going organic and using what nature has to offer is so much better. By using essential oils instead of alcohol, you can avoid unwanted side effects. Also, by making it at home, you can also calibrate it based on your preference. That way, no other person will smell like you. Doing this also helps you save because perfumes can retail at a high price. You will also enjoy the process of making it. 

With the steps stated above, you can easily make your perfume without alcohol. All the things you need and ingredients are so accessible. Let us know in the comments how your perfume making went and share your mix of essential oils used to make your scent.