Essential Oil Perfume DIY for Holiday Parties and Gifts

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DIY Essential Oil Perfume for Holiday Parties (or Gifts!)

The season of holiday parties is upon us. Even though it’s not recommended to diffuse essential oils in a crowd or during public events, you can still enjoy them — trust us!

One of our favorite ways to get all the benefits of your beloved oils is to create your own essential oil perfume. Today we’re sharing this recipe for a sweet, citrusy spray you’re going to love.

Vanilla Orange Blossoms DIY Essential Oil Perfume

Plant Therapy vanilla orange blossoms perfume DIY instructions

What you’ll need: 

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To make this perfume, add all your ingredients to your spray bottle or roll-on bottle and apply as desired.

Don’t forget to check out our blog DIY page for even more great ideas!


107 thoughts on “DIY Essential Oil Perfume for Holiday Parties (or Gifts!)”

  • I would love to try this. Two questions: 1. if I used everclear instead of witch hazel, how does the recipe change (do I still need the polysorbate 20?) and 2. what’s the shelf life?

    1. Liberty, using everclear is a great idea because it is known to help preserve the aroma of your blend longer if you’re wearing it. You also do not need to use the polysorbate if you go that route. The shelf life is going to depend on the essential oil that has the lowest shelf life, which in this recipe is the Blood Orange, with a 1-2 year shelf life.

  • Ugh. Too early for me. I just made this and used Everclear instead of the witch hazel. I was going to go ahead and add an emulsifier, even though it probably wasn’t needed. Instead I added Optiphen ND (my preservative). Other than a waste of Optiphen, is it still ok to use?

    1. Absolutely! Even if you didn’t make the recipe quite like you intended, it is still A-OK to use 🙂

  • Would love to try this. Just wondering if witch hazel is added so that it would evaporate? Water is not suitable as it would be wet?

    1. Lynzie, the witch hazel in this recipe is intended just as the water base, but you can use just water if you would like 🙂

      1. Thanks for the clarification Katrina. But if I were to add an emulsifier and preservative to water or hydrosol, will it still work? Coz I can’t find high proof alcohol where I live.

        1. Absolutely — an emulsifier and preservative would work just fine. You can also blend these essential oils in with a carrier oil, eliminating the need for the emulsifier and preservative, just keep in mind that the fragrance will not last quite as long 🙂

  • Is there a good substitute for ylang ylang? My husband doesn’t care for the smell, but this sounds wonderful to try!

    1. If you have Jasmine Absolute that would be a fantastic replacement. However, any sweet floral would work very nicely here. Magnolia Flower would be another great one to replace the Ylang Ylang with, or Palmarosa. You may need to experiment with some different sweet oils to find the one you and your husband like the best 🙂

  • This sounds so yummy! I think I might try to make this! I’ve always wanted to try to recreate an orange creamscicle but the addition of ylang ylang sounds perfect!

  • This sounds amazing! I made a few vanilla sweet orange inhalers for teacher Christmas gifts. They smell so refreshing and uplifting!

  • Do you plan on selling vanilla oil again or just the oleoresin? I prefer making roller bottle perfumes and would love to use vanilla in them.

  • I just made this perfume roller as directed, but with sweet orange instead of blood orange (due to what oils I already had). It smells amazing!

  • I am excited about this combination.I like concentrated perfumes so I will probably increase the drops.I will also use everclear and skip the Polysorbate 20. Yum!

  • I would think one could do without both the Polysorbate 20 and the alcohol if just used in a roller bottle with carrier oil.

  • OMG!!! I just pinned this recipe and have orange blood in my cart!!!! This is going to be something I make very very soon… I am a little concerned about the polysorbate because when I looked it up it just did not sound like something that should be used as it is a carcinogen but I am going to do some more research on it!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  • I was hoping to find a liquid perfume idea and here it is. I may just try this over the holidays. Sounds very simple.

  • This is an excellent DIY project, I made this last week and it smells absolutely amazing. Another excellent project by plant therapy!

  • I just noticed this blog! What a wonderful idea for a gift! I have perfume bottle that I have not used yet. ( was a mystery gift from last year I believe) Would this work in that bottle?

    1. Nora, we recommend the polysorbate as an emulsifier for this recipe. Without it, you may find the essential oils sitting on top of the witch hazel 🙂

  • This sounds amazing! I have all the ingredients but the polysorbate 20. I’m ordering it today, can’t wait to try this!

  • I have all of these products, guess who’s going to try this;) I really dislike ylang ylang, so I hope with the addition of the other oils it will make a nice combination.

  • I’ve been toying with the idea of making perfume and I think this is going to her me started now. I think this would smell amazing!

  • Ylang ylang is my nemesis (anything with ylang ylang gives me an instant headache) so I swapped it out for jasmine. Smells wonderful! I’m sure I’m not he only one who just can’t use ylang ylang, so I wanted to give a good smelling alternative.

    1. That is a great suggestion, thank you! Ylang Ylang can be overwhelming because it is so intense. Personally, my stomach can’t handle it when diffused, but I absolutely love smelling it out of the bottle. Weird!

  • Ooooo this sounds so amazing and yummy, just like my fav orange dreamsicle! I wish I had all these oils to make it, dang.

  • Excited to try this, since I got some bottles as my mystery gift:) Need to buy a few of the ingredients though but they should be here soon you guys really ship out everything quick.

  • Heading out to find Polysorbate today….have all the other ingredients and so excited to make this one!! Appreciate the recipe!

  • This sounds like an orange creamsicle, yum! I’m going to use the Love Vanilla synergy and orange together for this.

  • I love that you include if this is KidSafe, so there are no arguments when we are setting up our spa craft nights!

  • This perfume sounds amazing! Now I just need to get my hands on some Polysorbate 20 and Vanilla. I’ve been wanting to make perfumes for quite some time now. Thanks Plant Therapy!! 🙂

  • What would be a good replacement for Ylang Ylang? I’m looking for a perfume blend with Vanilla, and I’m sure this is lovely. But I’m allergic to Ylang Ylang.

    1. April, contact our aromatherapists at [email protected] to discuss your particular allergy issue and they will be able to point you in the right direction! I would hate to recommend a certain essential oil without knowing what your allergy is 🙂

    1. Vivian, polysorbate is added because it is an emulsifier. As for the safety of this chemical, we encourage you to research it and make a personal choice for yourself and family whether or not to use it 🙂

  • Ohhh!! This sounds awesome!! I really need to take the plunge and buy the Vanilla Oleoresin!! This recipe opens up all sorts of ideas for perfume!! Thanks Plant Therapy!!

  • I’ve been looking for a reason to use the pretty roller/spray bottles I won from the last Mystery Gift! I can’t wait to make this!!

  • I used EVERCLEAR instead of witch hazel.No need for the polysorbate 20. But wow…you have to let it sit for a few days….that alcohol is STRONG!

  • Sounds amazing. I have been looking to make a perfume blend. This sounds like a good one to try as I LOVE vanilla and citrus. Yum.

    1. Yes you can, Shelly. However, we recommend Polysorbate 20 for many water-based DIYs, like sprays, but 80 should still work just fine 🙂

  • I imagine that this smells heavenly. I will definitely be purchasing all of these ingredients and trying it out. Sounds like s good bday present to myself next month.

  • This sounds lovely, I usually do a mix of orange and vanilla. I need to check the age appropriateness of ylang ylang.

      1. I asked this question because it appears that Polysorbate 20 is mentioned in this blog post as a preservative. I think that it may be an inadvertant slip, like I do on a daily basis, lol!

        1. Thanks for letting us know, Candace! I do not see that mention on this blog, so perhaps it has already been taken care of 🙂

  • I have already tried mixing Vanilla with Ylang Ylang before, and it’s beautiful! Now I will try adding Blood Orange to the blend, really excited! Thank you for the recipe!

  • I just received the beautiful spray and roller bottles. I have never tried to make a perfume so wish me luck…lol. I am assuming you can use any EO that you like..

  • Polysorbate 20??? Where the heck do you find that? What else can be used instead that is readily available? Can it be omitted?

    1. Kacie, Polysorbate 20 is an emulsifier. Honestly, it’s easiest just to order Polysorbate 20 on Amazon or another online retailer, but you may also find a local craft store that sells it 🙂

    2. I make my perfumes with vodka or 100% grain alcohol (you cant find vodka over 80 proof in CA because its illegal but you can buy it in other states, or 100% grain alcohol in Mexico) I know PT doesn’t recommend that because they feel an emulsyfier should be used. But the whole reason I use oils to make my own products is to avoid things like that! Alcohol preserves things, and all you have to do is shake your spray bottle before use to blend everything together. People are always telling me how much they love the perfume I wear!

    3. I’m concerned about this additive. I Googled it, and it says it is a carcinogen. I tried to find a way to ask a question about it on here and can only see how to reply to someone else’s question.

  • I absolutely cannot wait to give this one a try. I think I’m going to go ahead and finally give in and order the vanilla oleoresin! This will make perfect gifts this season!

    1. Vanilla is worth it, in my opinion. I have never met anyone who did not like the aroma of vanilla, unless it was fake. This vanilla is real and very comforting.

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