DIY Beautiful Perfumes that don't cost a Bomb


I love perfumes. I love they way they add to another layer to who we are and how we use them to match our personalities. My favourites over the years have been Carolina Herrera's Chic and 212, and Paloma Picasso's sexy, evocative scent. The first time I wore it, I was on a date and kept thinking to myself "God, I smell amazing!' Oh, yes and it worked...

If I could, I would buy bottles of perfumes - one for each facet of me and how I'm feeling on any day, but since I'm on the less is more road, I decided to work out how to make my own. And I'm taking you with me.

So, let's do it. 

Before you begin, it’s a really good idea to decide the type of scent you’re going for, so here’s a list to give you some direction:


2 tablespoons carrier oil (like jojoba, sweet almond, coconut, or grape seed) 6 tablespoons 100-proof alcohol - I went on a search to find out why you have to add alcohol to the mix - it helps to merge all the oils and aromas together
2.5 tablespoons bottled water 30 drops essential oils (9 drops top notes, 15 drops middle notes, 6 drops base notes) coffee filter
small funnel
2 clean dark-glass bottles with air-tight lids

•    Pour the carrier oil into one of the bottles. Add your base, then middle, then top notes. Add the alcohol.

•    Secure the lid, and let the perfume sit for 48 hours. The longer you leave it, the stronger the scent. (You can leave it for up to 6 weeks.)

•    Once you’re happy with the scent, add the bottled water, and shake vigor-ously for 1 minute. Use the coffee filter and funnel to transfer your scent to the other bottle.

•    You never smelt so good!