DIY Earthy Perfumes: An Introductory Guide for Beginners

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For those embarking on the exciting journey of DIY perfume crafting, creating an earthy fragrance provides an opportunity to express a grounding and deeply resonant scent profile. Crafting your own perfume allows you to customize your fragrance to your preference and ensure the ingredients are in line with your personal health and wellbeing.

Understanding the 'notes' of a perfume is essential to successful perfume making. These notes refer to the layers of scents that make up a perfume. Top notes are the initial scent, the middle or heart notes form the body of the perfume, and the base notes provide a lasting fragrance.

To create a predominantly earthy scent, consider base notes like patchouli, cedarwood, or vetiver. For the heart notes, you could opt for floral elements such as lavender or geranium. The top notes could be more refreshing scents like bergamot or lemon.

Here's an easy recipe for beginners to try:


  • 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil (Top note)
  • 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (Heart note)
  • 15 drops of Patchouli Essential Oil (Base note)
  • 2 tablespoons of Jojoba Oil (Carrier oil)
  • A dark glass dropper bottle for storage


  1. Add your essential oils to the dropper bottle, starting with the base note (patchouli), then the heart note (lavender), and finally the top note (lemon).
  2. Fill the rest of the bottle with your carrier oil (jojoba oil).
  3. Secure the lid and gently shake the bottle to blend the oils.
  4. Let the perfume rest for at least 48 hours before using. This resting phase allows the scents to meld together beautifully.

When using your homemade perfume, apply sparingly to pulse points – the inside of your wrists, the base of your throat, behind your ears, and behind your knees. The body heat in these areas will help diffuse the fragrance.

To store your homemade perfume, keep it in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and heat, which can degrade the essential oils over time. A dresser drawer or a cabinet is a perfect spot.

Sharing your homemade perfume can be a personal and meaningful gift. Consider using smaller dark glass bottles, and personalizing with handmade labels or tags.

Embarking on the journey of DIY perfume making can be a creative and rewarding process. Patience is key when crafting your own scent, so take your time, enjoy the process, and allow your creativity to flow.

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