DIY : Let’s Talk About Perfume… – Emily Franz – Medium

I haven’t worn perfume in probably 8 years. At first, it’s because I was a new college graduate in the field of social work and may paychecks just didn’t have any room for fun little items like perfume in them. Then, I was married, and unless someone gifted me a little body spray or scented travel lotion I didn’t have the money then either. Yes, I know — first world problem!

Then, I had my first son, and felt compelled to start learning more about product ingredients. Once I rolled into the world of synthetic fragrances I was fully stoked I had been too poor for years to wear perfume.

There are soo many chemicals + hormone disruptors hidden in our homes + beloved products. If you are new to this natural wellness lifestyle and are wanting to go more chemical free, I totally recommend you download the Think Dirty App as well as the EWG App to your phone. Start scanning the products your already have in your home and start to become more aware of what their ingredients. Knowledge is power!

But…is perfume really that bad?

There‘s a lot of secret ingredients that come in perfumes and colognes that are not disclosed on the labels…no, really. Some of them are so harmful that they have are the equivalent of spraying your body with cigarette smoke or car exhaust.

You may be thinking, “Emily, there’s essential oils in perfumes too, duh.” The fragrances in most conventional perfumes are completely synthetic and are made in a lab. Side note: Just always be wary of the word “fragrance.” what am I supposed to do now?

You can ALWAYS get a roller bottle and mix your favorite oils together and top off with carrier oil and use that as a perfume. This is what I currently do!

If you prefer, homemade perfumes are usually your choice of oils in an alcohol base. When you smell a perfume, top notes are typically the first to reach your senses, followed by the middle notes, followed by the base.

➕Here are some great examples of base notes:
Vanilla extract (homemade is best!)
Sacred Sandalwood
Ylang Ylang

➕Some examples of middle notes:
German Chamomile

➕Aaaand some examples of lovely top notes:

This is a super short list! Keep doing your own research to develop the kinds of scents that you want — that’s the point anyway right? Your own signature scent!

It’s fun to experiment with different combinations of scents when you make your own perfumes. The thing is, what might smell good when you first start filling your bottle will change over time as the oils infuse with one another, and with the alcohol. So what started as something you loved may change to something you’re not so sure about, and the other way around–a scent you’re not 100% on may smell perfect after it has had time to infuse with the alcohol. (something to keep in mind as you’re experimenting).

After you‘ve mixed your oils into your perfume holders (you can find these on Amazon) it is recommend you let the oils just sit together on their own for up to 48 hours, allowing them to infuse. After that 48 hours is up, you can add the alcohol of your choice…

➕Here are some recommendations:
Spiced Rum

Since you’ll be spraying this on your skin, and our skin is our largest organ and absorbs what we put on it, you want to make sure you use something that won’t harm your immune system.

After adding the alcohol, it’s best to give your perfume a month to REALLY set and infuse *I know, but all good things require time, right?*. The oils will thoroughly mix with the alcohol, and the alcohol itself will lose whatever scent it may have had on its own (so you aren’t walking around leaving the scent of booze behind ya!).

If you’ve ever made your own perfume before, drop your favorite “recipe” in the comments!

Email me at to learn more about a personalized walkthrough of this crazy, plant based world of essential oils….+ BE WELL!


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