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Christmas is one week away. Do you have your presents sorted? Me neither. So here is an easy way to show your inner circle that you care enough to customize signature scents for each one of them. Everybody loves a monogrammed/personalized/unique-as-a-snowflake gift, and they charge hundreds of dollars to personalize scents in French ateliers. Except this is WAY cheaper. In order to make your own DIY natural perfume oils you’ll need fragrant essential oils, carrier oils, dried flowers, and little glass bottles. If you’re DIY-inclined then you may already have some of these supplies bursting out of your craft supply drawers, or if you’re me, under your bed.

I should disclose that I didn’t come up with this DIY on my own, I just helped my friend and colleague Evelyn, Social Media Manager and YouTube guru extraordinaire, film it for her YouTube channel. I’ve discovered that I am much happier behind the camera than I am in front of it, and also that collaborating can be so much more fun than creating on your own. Especially when you collaborate with naturally gifted creators like Evelyn (stop shrinking into yourself if you’re reading this Evelyn). She wrote the script, did the math, formulated the scents, creatively named them, and, most tedious of all, edited the video that you see here so if you’re into it, subscribe to Evelyn from the Internets on YouTube.


Evelyn dreamed up Calming Creamsicle and Bearded Bae on her own, but if you want to improvise your own custom scents then feel free. Choose a bright fruity or citrus essential oil as your top note, a floral essential oil as your heart note, and a woodsy essential oil as your base note. Just make sure you follow the same ratio (2:1:2) that we used below so that your scents are all in agreement. When deciding on your perfect mix, you can place drops of your essential oils on a cotton round to get an idea of how those oils will smell together.

I recently wrote a blog post about my sensitive sniffer and the discovery of top notes, middle notes, and base notes, but here’s a refresher course:


Top notes are the first scent you smell when you put on a perfume, but also the first scent that will evaporate. Top notes are typically citrus or fruity scents.


The middle note, also known as the heart note, lasts a bit longer than top notes, and they are typically floral.


Base notes last the longest, and are usually woods or resins.


We put Calming Creamsicle into a 10 ml roll-on bottle, but if you have a larger 30 ml roll-on bottle then multiply those amounts by 3, or follow the formula below.




  • Step 1 – Add your base note into the bottle, the base note should always go in first.
  • Step 2 – Add your middle note into the bottle. Swirl the bottle to mix.
  • Step 3 – Add your top note. Swirl the bottle to mix these three together.
  • Step 4 – Smell your mixture, and at this point you can tweak the scent to your liking by adding drops where you see fit.
  • Step 5 – Fill the rest of the bottle to the top with equal parts of the carrier oils, we used sweet almond and apricot seed. Put the top on and shake until well mixed.
  • Step 6 – Add in dried flower petals until it looks just right, and then pop on the roller ball and lid.

It’s really easy, makes a beautiful gift, and you can flex your creativity with your scents and names.  I’m going to try my own mix of orange oil (top note), jasmine oil (middle note) and amber oil (base note) because they’re my favorites. If you want to figure out if an oil is top, middle or base then you can check this list.

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