Make Your Own Perfume for Spring

woman holds blue bottle to the cameraWant to avoid phthalates? Make your own perfume. Those pesky toxic chemicals have been linked to obesity, among other health problems. And because fragrance manufacturers don’t have to tell us what’s in their formulation there can be as many as 3,000 different chemicals in one bottle of perfume, many of which are phthalates. One way to make sure you know exactly what’s in your signature scent is to make your own perfume, as I started doing last year.  But after a few Mommy Greenest readers commented with worries about my vanilla-base perfume staining clothes and skin, I figured out a new recipe, a rose-scented number that’s perfect for spring. And it’s clear! Want to make your own perfume? With a few minutes and a few easy-to-get ingredients, you can!

You’ll need:

  1. One clean spray bottle like this pretty cobalt blue one; the dark glass blocks UV rays so your perfume stays stable longer.
  2. Food grade rose water like this USDA Certified Organic Bulgarian Rose Water.
  3. One or more small bottles of organic essential oil—I love Rose Geraniumand Lavender,but you can experiment to find out what you like best.

Just pour the rose water into the spray bottle about 3/4 of the way, add drops of the the essential oil(s) until you get the scent you like, shake and spritz. Here’s my recipe. What’s yours?



  1. Zyxomma says:

    My most recent scent is Tunisian patchouli, Moroccan musk, frankincense, myrrh, orange blossom, and lotus. I’ve been making my own for about 45 years, and everyone always loves the way I smell. Health and peace.


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