DIY Stocking Stuffer Idea: All-natural Perfume

Vanessa Dixon
by Vanessa Dixon
9 Materials
10 Minutes

Homemade perfume makes a great DIY stocking stuffer that your friends and family will really appreciate.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to make all-natural perfume so you can stuff some Christmas stockings with a personal, chemical-free gift that is affordable for you! This homemade perfume recipe is super easy.

I love this blend of essential oils because it’s nice and sweet, and that’s my preference. But of course, you can switch up the oils to make your all-natural perfume however you or your friends like it.

That’s the magic of personalized homemade perfume!

Tools and materials:

  • Vetiver essential oil
  • Frankincense oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Lavender oil
  • Wild orange oil
  • Alcohol (e.g., pure vodka)
  • Mixing bowl and spoon
  • Measuring cup and measuring spoon
  • Dark bottle, with diffuser or mister
Materials for all-natural perfume DIY

1. Know your perfume terminology

The scent you get from perfume comes from three levels:

The top notes are the scents that you detect right away.

Then come the middle notes – the scents you notice after the top notes have faded away.

And finally, you’ll pick up the base notes – those lingering scents that stay with you after the top notes and middle notes have evaporated.

Vodka for all-natural perfume

2. Mix your perfume with this recipe

Starting by pouring 30 ml (xx ounces) of alcohol into a bowl.

The alcohol simply helps to preserve your homemade natural perfume. 

I use pure vodka because it is odorless, but if you don’t want to use alcohol, you could use jojoba, grapeseed or sweet almond oil.

Mixing all-natural perfume

Add your perfume ingredients starting with the base notes, then the middle notes, and then the top notes. Here are the proportions you need: 

For the base notes:

  • 2/3 teaspoon vanilla extract (with or without alcohol)
  • 4 drops of vetiver essential oil
  • 12 drops of frankincense

For the middle notes:

  • 12 drops of lavender 

For the top notes:

  • 6 drops of wild orange
Mixing all-natural perfume

Blend the mixture with a spoon.

Bottling the DIY all-natural perfume

3. Bottle the perfume

Pour the perfume into a bottle with a diffuser or mister cap and let it sit for at least a few days so the scents can blend together. 

Optimally, store your perfume for about one month in a cool, dry place that isn’t exposed to sunlight to let the scents optimally intensify.

Roller ball all-natural perfume

Tip: I demonstrated putting the perfume in a clear bottle, but really you want to use a dark bottle. The dark bottle will keep your perfume from going rancid. 

All-natural perfume

When you are ready to use your homemade natural perfume, just give it a little shake before you spray it on. Then enjoy all those notes that you now know to look out for!

All-natural perfume

I hope you try this yourself. Really, all-natural perfume is so much healthier than store-bought perfumes that contain chemicals and toxins.

If you do make some, drop me a comment to let me know how you like it, and what oils you chose to use.

Will you gift this, or keep it for yourself?

Suggested materials:
  • Vetiver essential oil
  • Frankincense oil
  • Vanilla extract
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Join the conversation
  • Eileen Eileen on Nov 25, 2022

    Thanks so much for this video and instructions. I can wait a month but that seems like a long time to wait to smell what you've concocted. I can imagine being very disappointed if you don't like the mixture. Is there any way to get a "sense" (hahahha) of what the scent will smell like first???

  • Shannon Cantu Rzasa Shannon Cantu Rzasa on Dec 08, 2022

    I saw a roller ball bottle, is that acceptable as well? I feel like it's so much easier to control how much you use.