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How to create perfumes from essential oils

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Maria Hrefna Hjalmarsdottir Ringdalhttps://herb-woman.com
I live on a small farm in Rogaland, where I tend to my garden following permaculture principles, which suits me perfectly as a herbalist. My garden thrives with plants that most gardens unfortunately lack. I graduated as a herbalist in the fall of 2023. Unfortunately, I have recently been diagnosed with cancer, leiomyosarcoma. This makes life a bit challenging for me these days (March 2024), and I expect to undergo surgery and chemotherapy, with uncertain prospects for the future. I have otherwise been more or less sick for about 19 years, which led me to become a herbalist. I have consulted countless doctors, often hitting a wall and not receiving help or being heard. However, this does not apply to all doctors I have seen, but a significant portion, which surprises me. This drives me to help those struggling with health issues. If I can contribute to someone feeling better, then I have gained a lot from life.Please reach out if you believe I can assist you through my studies in herbal medicine. I have less time now as I undergo cancer treatment, but I hope to become more available over time. Regardless, feel free to contact me if you wish. ... And yes, I am originally from Iceland and have backgrounds in marketing, IT, skincare therapy, viticulture, aquaculture, and most recently regenerative agriculture. I never stop educating myself; it's as important as breathing.

Creating a perfume from essential oils involves blending top, middle, and base notes with a carrier such as witch hazel instead of alcohol. Here’s a detailed guide:


  • Essential Oils: Choose from top, middle, and base note oils.
  • Witch Hazel: Acts as a carrier.
  • Distilled Water: To dilute the mixture.
  • Glass Spray Bottle: For storage.


  1. Gather Materials:
  • Top Notes (15-25%): These evaporate quickly and give the initial impression of the perfume. Examples: Bergamot, Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Eucalyptus.
  • Middle Notes (30-40%): These form the heart of the perfume. Examples: Lavender, Rose, Geranium, Chamomile, Clary Sage.
  • Base Notes (45-55%): These last the longest and provide depth. Examples: Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Vanilla, Frankincense.
  1. Blend the Oils:
  • Combine the essential oils starting with the base notes, followed by middle notes, and finally the top notes. A typical ratio might be 3 drops of base note, 2 drops of middle note, and 1 drop of top note.
  1. Add Witch Hazel:
  • Pour 1 tablespoon of witch hazel into the glass spray bottle. Witch hazel helps to blend the oils with water and acts as a preservative.
  1. Dilute with Distilled Water:
  • Fill the bottle with 2 tablespoons of distilled water. Shake well to mix.
  1. Let it Mature:
  • Allow the mixture to sit for at least 48 hours, preferably up to a month, to let the scents meld together.
  1. Test and Adjust:
  • After maturing, test the scent. You can adjust the balance by adding more of the essential oils as needed.
  1. Store Properly:
  • Store your perfume in a cool, dark place to preserve its fragrance.

Example Recipe:

  • 3 drops Sandalwood (Base Note)
  • 2 drops Lavender (Middle Note)
  • 1 drop Bergamot (Top Note)
  • 1 tablespoon Witch Hazel
  • 2 tablespoons Distilled Water

Shake well and let it mature before use. Adjust as necessary.


  • Record Your Blends: Keep notes on your recipes for future reference.
  • Patch Test: Always test a small amount on your skin to ensure there are no allergic reactions.

This method allows for the creation of a personalized perfume with a unique blend of scents.

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