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essential oil roll on perfume recipes

Essential Oil Roll On Perfume Recipes Plus How to Make Them

March 23, 2019

Making your own essential oil roll on perfumes is a fun way to explore new scents. And while making custom scent blends can seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be! Keep reading to discover my favorite recipes for rollerball bottle perfumes. Not only do I share how to make roll on perfumes, but I also teach you how to formulate your own custom essential oil blends for perfumery. Therefore, you’ll learn about fragrance notes as well as how to to use essential oil fixatives with your favorite scents to make your DIY fragrances last even longer.

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Natural Essential Oil Perfumes

To be honest, whenever I’ve tried to blend my own combinations of essential oils to create essential oil roll on perfumes it’s mostly failed. The whole base, middle, top note thing always throws me for a loop. So normally, I’ll buy natural fragrances online either through Etsy or a small artisan perfumery. I tend to fall for earthier fragrances when making a purchase, however I also love bright, fruity scents. The one scent blend I can’t tolerate, unfortunately, is anything with florals. So many florals give me a throbbing headache. (So, I’m really not sorry that I never have to make tuberose scented soap again.) The same can be said for fake vanilla.

One of my favorite natural fragrances is Audition by Theater Potion. It contains a sensuous blend of chocolate and patchouli that I love. (And this from the girl who used to think patchouli smelled terrible.) It’s a wonderful mysterious scent with notes not just of chocolate and patchouli, but also coffee (another win!) tobacco, clary sage and cedar. Artfully crafted with a number of natural perfume fixatives (patchouli, cedar and clary sage) this natural fragrance lasts all day, much to my delight.

If you struggle with finding natural scents you enjoy wearing, and would like to learn how to make essential oil roll on perfumes, then keep reading! Getting started creating DIY fragrances is easy when you have the right information at hand. The following tutorial will guide you through the process of how to make custom perfumes. Discover my favorite perfume essential oil blends for roller ball bottles. Plus gets tips on using fixatives to make your natural scents last longer.

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Understanding How to Blend Essential Oils

If you want to formulate your own custom, essential oil perfume recipes to use in roll on bottles, then you first need to learn the art of blending essential oils. As with fragrance oils, you can’t just throw any scents together that you like. They need to work well with another so you get a pleasing aroma.

Essential oils come in a variety of scent notes straight from nature. They can be woodsy or herbal, citrus or grassy, floral or spicy. Learning which essential oils blend nicely together does take some research, however. There’s no magical way to know what essential oils blend well together without taking the time to learn. An easy way to discover which essential oils blend well is to conduct an internet search. You can also purchase books on essential oils that teach you the basics of essential oils and blending. 

Perfumery Essential Oil Notes

When using essential oils for natural perfumery to formulate your own roll on essential oil perfumes, you need to choose your essential oils based on their rate of evaporation, or what is called their volatility. The volatility of essential oils are separated out into three categories. These categories are known as top notes, middle notes and base notes.

Top Note Essential Oils

Top note essential oils evaporate the fastest as they contain the smallest molecules. While, middle note essential oils typically last several hours. The base note essential oils, on the other hand, contain the largest molecules and therefore evaporate the slowest. The natural fragrance of base note essential oils can last a full day or more.

When formulating custom essential oil perfume recipes, you’ll want your recipes to consist of all three notes for the longest lasting scents and a complex aroma. This can vary depending on your formulation of essential oils used — some essential oils are much stronger than others — as well as personal preference. However, there is a loose guideline for blending top, middle and base note essential oils.

Your top notes in your essential oil roll on perfume recipes should consist of 10%-30% of the essential blend. While the middle notes, which are the heart of your perfume, should make up anywhere from 30% to 50% of your perfume blend. Finally, the base notes should consist of 15%-30% of your perfume recipes. Many base notes are also fixatives, such as patchouli essential oil. 

Top note essential oils are typically more light and airy essential oils. They introduce you to the scent of your essential oil perfumes. Usually thin and mobile, top notes often display diffusive, sharp, penetrating, uplifting, refreshing or light properties.

Common examples of top note essential oils include the following:

  • Basil essential oil
  • Bergamot essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Fir & Pine essential oils
  • Galbanum resin
  • Juniper essential oil
  • Laurel Leaf essential oil
  • Citrus essential oils such as Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Tangerine & Orange
  • Neroli essential oil
  • Palmarosa essential oil
  • Mint essential oils such as Peppermint & Spearmint
  • Petitgrain essential oil
  • Sage essential oil
  • Verbena essential oil
  • Yuzu essential oil

Middle Note Essential Oils

As previously stated, the middle notes are the heart — and most important part! — of your roll on essential oil perfume recipes. These essential oils should be the focal of your essential oil perfume blend, with the other essential oils being chosen around these middle notes. As your middle notes are often full bodied and complex, you want your top and base notes to harmonize, balance and complement with the middle notes you choose.

Popular middle note essential oils used in essential oil perfume recipes include:

  • Black Pepper essential oil
  • Cardamom essential oil
  • Carnation essential oil
  • Cassia essential oil
  • Chamomile essential oil
  • Cinnamon essential oil
  • Clary Sage essential oil
  • Clove essential oil
  • Coffee essential oil
  • Cypress Leaf essential oil
  • Fir essential oil
  • Balsam essential oil
  • Geranium essential oil
  • Ginger essential oil
  • Helichrysum essential oil
  • Jasmine essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Lemongrass essential oil
  • Lotus essential oil
  • Melissa essential oil
  • Orange Blossom essential oil
  • Rose essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil
  • Tuberose essential oil
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil

It’s important to keep in mind that black pepper, cinnamon and clove essential oils are skin irritants. Therefore, they should be used in very small amounts as part of your perfume formulations.

Base Note Essential Oils

The foundation of your essential oil roll on perfume recipes are the base notes. These essential oils tend to have dense, heavy and strong aromas that support your overall perfume formulation. Deep and tenacious, these essential oils may also include your fixatives. 

The following essential oils, absolutes and other botanical aromas are popular base notes as part of formulations for essential oil perfume recipes:

  • Agarwood essential oil
  • Fossilized Amber Oil
  • Ambrette essential oil
  • Amyris essential oil
  • Angelica Root essential oil
  • Balsam of Peru essential oil
  • Cedarwood essential oil
  • Cistus essential oil
  • Cocoa absolute
  • Elemi essential oil
  • Fir essential oil
  • Balsam absolute
  • Frankincense essential oil
  • Labdanum resinoid
  • Liquidambar essential oil
  • Liquidambar Oleoresin
  • Myrrh essential oil
  • Oakmoss essential oil
  • Orris root extract
  • Patchouli essential oil
  • Sandalwood essential oil
  • Tobacco absolute
  • Tonka Bean absolute
  • Vanilla absolute
  • Vetiver essential oil
  • Violet Leaf absolute

If you’d like to learn more about creating custom essential oil perfume recipes for rollerball bottles, then check out this post on how to create custom essential oil blends from Mountain Rose Herbs, as well as this post from Hello Glow on how to blend essential oils. Additionally, this article on essential oil blending factors from Restorative Aromatics is also incredibly helpful.

Alternately, for a more guided instruction, I highly recommend the natural perfumery course from The Herbal Academy. This course includes all the information you need to start blending your own botanical perfumes at home. It includes 20 essential oil perfume recipes, a special collection of perfumery plant monographs, simple rituals for incorporating them into your lifestyle, expert guidance, and beautifully illustrated downloads for safety, sustainability, and techniques.

Once you’re ready to start creating your own roll on essential oil perfumes, these printable worksheets with essential oil blending factors are a great resource to help you get started making your own roll on perfumes with essential oils.

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What Are Essential Oil Perfume Fixatives?

While blending scents is not my strong suit, using a fixative in perfumery is much easier to understand. So what exactly is a perfume fixative?

Basically, perfume fixatives are materials incorporated into a perfume formulation to slow down the degradation of more volatile oils used in your perfumes. This results in fewer changes to the scent as you wear it. Used in trace amounts, natural essential oil fixatives not only help retain the scent of the perfume by slowing down evaporation rates, they also add their own unique scent note.

You’re likely familiar with perfumes that boast a strong scent straight out of the bottle. However, you’ve found that you’re soon disappointed when that scent fades away faster than expected. A natural perfume fixative can slow down the evaporation rate of more volatile essential oils and fragrances. So they linger longer for your enjoyment.

Which essential oils are used as fixatives in natural perfumery? A guide to making essential oil perfumes the easy way. Discover my favorite essential oil roll on perfume recipes. Plus learn how to make your natural essential oil perfumes last longer through the use of fixatives. An overview of fixatives used in natural perfumery. Plus recipes for making your own natural essential oil perfumes and fragrance blends.

Which Essential Oils Are Fixatives?

If you’re wanting to avoid synthetic fragrances and perfumes, a fixative is essential in making your favorite scents last longer. But which essential oils are used as fixatives in natural perfumery? Following is a list of common plant extract and essential oil fixatives. (Don’t worry if it seems overwhelming! I actually have a simple trick for using a fixative with ANY essential oil roll on perfume — old or new!)

  • Ambrette Seed oil: Used for its lifting effect, this essential oil is best known for is sweet floral fragrance and musky wine like scent. Often used as a musk substitute, this natural essential oil fixative blends well with rose, neroli, sandalwood, clary sage, cypress, patchouli, oriental and other sophisticated scents. It is best used sparingly.
  • Amyris essential oil: A common fixative in perfumery, this essential oil is often used as an affordable alternative to sandalwood essential oil. It boasts a rich, warm woody aroma that blends well with a number of other essential oils. Amyris essential oil works best as a natural fixative in milder perfume formulations and blends well with cedarwood, citronella, conifer oils (like balsam fir or pine), cypress, frankincense, geranium, jasmine absolute, lavender, lemon, oakmoss, patchouli, sweet orange, tangerine, ho wood, rose absolute, vetiver, ylang ylang and sandalwood. (Learn more about amyris essential oil and discover recipes to try here.)
  • Angelica Root essential oil: Used sparingly, this essential oil is best used as a base note fixative. Its scent is sharp, green and herbaceous with peppery overtones and has robust staying power and diffusive qualities. You’ll find it blends well with patchouli, oakmoss, clary sage, vetiver and citrus blends.
  • Peru Balsam essential oil: A more commonly known essential oil, peru balsam is a wonderful fixative for floral essential oil based perfumes such as rose, heliotrope, magnolia, and lilac. It has a rich, balsamic, sweet vanilla-like undertone and adds a resinous note to a blend in perfumery. You’ll find that the soft aroma of peru balsam essential oil blends well with black pepper, ginger, jasmine, lavender, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood and ylang ylang.
  • Atlas Cedarwood essential oil: Another common (and affordable!) essential oil, atlas cedarwood has a long history of use as incense and perfume. The wood was burned by the Greeks and Romans for its sweet tenacious, woody-balsamic scent with a warm camphor-like top note. This essential oil blends well with a number of essential oils bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, jasmine, juniper, lavender, neroli, palmarosa, petitgrain, rosemary, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang and other floral essential oils or bases.
  • Cistus essential oil: Also known as Labdanum, cistus essential oil is used in natural perfumery for its rich aroma. A naturally strong fixative, its warm, sweet, dry and rich herbaceous fragrance blends well with bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, lavender, juniper, oakmoss, opopanax, patchouli, pine, sandalwood and vetiver.
  • Clary Sage essential oil: Clary sage has an extensive history in perfumery and works well as a fixative for perfumes of a more delicate bouquet. Its somewhat heavy scent is reminiscent of balsamic,tobacco, sweet hay and tea leaves. Used as a fixative for natural perfumes, clary sage adds a warm note to perfume oil blends. Additionally, you’ll find that clary sage blends well with bay, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cedarwood, chamomile, coriander, cypress, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon balm, lime, mandarin, patchouli, petitgrain, pine, rose and sandalwood essential oils.

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  • Green Cognac essential oil: A specialty oil for perfumers, cognac essential oil is produced from the wine precipitate known as ‘lees’ – the yeasty residue left at the bottom of oak barrels after the fermentation and aging of Cognac. It’s commonly used to add lift and fresh, fruity natural notes to men’s colognes and aftershave fragrances. However, it’s also a tenacious fixative. Used as a middle note in natural perfume formulations, cognac has a strong fruity yet green herbaceous odor and blends well with ambrette seed, bergamot, clary sage, coriander, neroli, galbanum, jasmine sambac, lavender, lotus pink absolute, rose maroc absolute, rose otto and ylang-ylang.
  • Frankincense essential oil: Frankincense, like cedarwood essential oil, has a long history of use in incense and other perfumery applications. This oil boasts a fresh, woody, spicy, balsamic fragrance with a citrus top note. When used with citrus blends, frankincense modifies the sweetness of the scent in a unique way. Commonly used in conjunction with heavier fragrances, this natural essential oil and fixative blends well with basil, black pepper, bergamot, galbanum, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, orange, melissa, neroli, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood and other spice oils.
  • Galbanum essential oil: Galbanum essential oil also has a long history of use as incense. While the resin may be burned, the oil is often used as a natural essential oil fixative in perfumes. A wonderful modifier with a fresh, woody, spicy and balsamic damp woods scent, this essential oil blends beautifully with lavender, oakmoss, fir, elemi, jasmine, liquidambar, frankincense, palmarosa, geranium, ginger, rose, verbena and ylang-ylang.
  • Myrrh essential oil: A common fixative in the fragrance industry, myrrh essential oil has a dry, creamy and resinous aroma. Think smoky woody or warm sweet balsamic with a slightly spicy medicinal odor. You’ll find that myrrh is an excellent fixative for heavy floral essential oil perfume blends. It’s especially nice when blende with violet, white rose, and lavender. However this essential oil also works well with frankincense, sandalwood, oakmoss, cypress, juniper, mandarin, geranium, patchouli, thyme, mints and spice oils.
  • Oakmoss absolute: Extracted from the lichen that grows on oak trees, oak moss has a heavy earthy, bark like aroma. Its tenacious fragrance has a high fixative value and blends well with most other oils to add body and rich natural undertones. However, this oil is particularly nice when mixed with anise, bay, bergamot, clary sage, eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, lime, orange, palmarosa, tea tree, vetiver or ylang ylang.
  • Orris Root essential oil: Orris root essential oil has an extensive history of use in perfumery dating back to the 1700s. Prior to that, however, the root was used by ancient Egyptians as a body spice, incense and perfume. Its delicate aroma boasts a sweet floral woody scent that blends well with carnation, cassie, cedarwood, bergamot, vetiver, cypress, geranium, mimosa, labdanum, clary sage, rose, violet and other floral based oils.
  • Patchouli essential oil: Best known as an incense and base note in perfumery, patchouli essential oil possesses a strong, rich earthy odor that is considered to improve with age. It can be used in oriental bouquets as well as natural blends that contain bergamot, black pepper, cassie, cedarwood, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, elemi, frankincense, galbanum, geranium, ginger, jasmine, labdanum, lavender, lemongrass, myrrh, neroli, oakmoss, orris, rose, rosewood, sandalwood or vetiver.
  • Sandalwood essential oil: Sandalwood also has a long history of usage in natural perfumery. However, as traditional Indian Sandalwood has been considered a vulnerable species since 1998 due to disease, fire and exploitation through illegal activity. Australian Sandalwood represents an ecologically responsible alternative to traditional Indian Sandalwood. Sandalwood essential oil is a base note with a soft, woody balsamic and extremely tenacious aroma. It blends well with violet note perfumes in addition to bergamot, black pepper, cassie, clove, geranium, jasmine, labdanum, lavender, myrrh, oakmoss, patchouli, rose, rosewood, tuberose, and vetiver.
  • Vanilla absolute: A staple in natural essential oil perfumery, vanilla absolute, this base note boasts a rich, sweet, balsamic and vanilla-like aroma. A staple in the fragrance industry, this natural fixative lends an unrivaled richness and depth to a variety of sweet-floral or heavy amber bases. Additionally, this absolute blends beautifully with sandalwood, vetiver, balsams and spice oils as well as cassie, lavandin and lavender for a unique addition to your essential oil roll on perfume recipes. (Tip: Benzoin resin oil is a cost effective replacement for vanilla in essential oil roll on perfume recipes.)
  • Vetiver essential oil: Vetiver has had a multitude of uses over the years. In addition to natural perfumery, this essential oil has also been used to scent fabric. While vetiver root is often woven into baskets, mats and window coverings. Its scent is best described as woody, earthy and heavy with sweet undertones. You’ll find that vetiver blends well with frankincense, patchouli, oakmoss, sandalwood, violet, ylang-ylang, galbanum, geranium, jasmine, lavender, clary sage, cassie and rose.
  • Violet Leaf absolute: This pleasant green absolute is widely used in the perfumery industry for its grassy cucumber-like scent. Its dry, strong, fresh green leaf odor has a subtle floral undertone. Even in when used in low concentrations it offers tremendous diffusion and adds elegance to certain floral blends such as hyacinth, muguet and high-class chypres. This natural plant extract blends beautifully with sandalwood, frankincense, lavender, rose, jasmine, tuberose, clary sage, cumin, basil and most citrus oils.

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How to Use Fixatives with Natural Essential Oil Perfumes

If you’re still gun shy about incorporating fixatives into your natural essential oil roll on perfume blends, don’t worry. You don’t have to come with your own scent recipes. Nor do you need to invest in expensive essential oils you may use only once or twice. There’s actually an easier, more affordable way to add a fixative to your existing stash of fragrances! How? By purchasing a pre-made natural perfume fixative.

Wild Veil Perfume sells an entire line of ready made perfume fixatives. They come in little tins like lip balms or salves, with a similar consistency. Formulated ahead of time so there’s no guesswork, you simply apply a perfume fixative to pulse points before adding your favorite essential oil roll on perfume or fragrance.

What is basically a primer for natural essential oil based perfume and colognes, Wild Veil Perfume’s creamy fixative compounds contain their own fragrance composed exclusively of base notes, in an organic emulsion of raw beeswax, cold pressed natural oils, and unrefined, raw butters. Available in an extensive variety of base notes, these fixatives not only slow down the evaporation rate of your favorite perfumes, they double as a moisturizer. Simply apply and wear them alone or in layers with your favorite roll on perfume essential oils.

How to Formulate Essential Oil Blends for Perfumery

An easy way to get started formulating your own essential oil blends to make perfume is to pick an essential oil you enjoy to be the heart of your essential oil roll on perfume recipe. A popular choice, for example, is lavender essential oil. Then look up what essential oils blend well with lavender. You’ll get a long list of all the essential oils that blend well with the one you’ve chosen when you search. This gives you a good idea of where to get started in choosing the essential oils to blend with the lavender to compliment the scent.

For example, Mountain Rose Herbs, a popular source for certified organic essential oils, tells me that lavender essential oil blends well with bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, marjoram, oakmoss, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, pine, rose, rosemary, tea tree, thyme and vetiver essential oils. It also tells me that its aroma is sweet, floral and herbaceous — information that can help me decide how to formulate the essential oil perfume blend.

Unfortunately, blending essential oils is a lot more complicated than that. (And one of the reasons why, as a beginner, you may want to start by using existing essential oil blends for your essential oil roll on perfume recipes.) In short, you need to choose top and base note essential oils that are harmonious with lavender essential oil, which is your middle note.

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How to Make Custom Perfume Essential Oil Roll On Blends

1. Choose Essential Oils Based On Fragrance Notes

To make your own essential oil roll on perfumes, you should choose at least three essential oils, each with a different fragrance note. Of course, this is only a guide. However, it’s an easy way to get started formulating your own blends. You can choose more than three essential oils with varying fragrance notes, though it’s best to start simple. As essential oils tend to be expensive, you don’t want to invest in making a complex blend and have it not work out.

I highly recommend using a base note and/or a fixative in your blends. This allows your fragrance to last longer, whether you are using it in a diffuser or to create natural perfumes. Otherwise, you may be disappointed to find that the scent of your winter essential oil blends fades quickly.

2. Pick Essential Oils That Compliment One Another

In addition to choosing essential oils for your blends based on their fragrance notes and staying power, you should also choose essential oils that compliment one another. I recommend choosing an essential oil with a fragrance you like. You can then search for that essential oil on google, or an essential website, such as Mountain Rose Herbs. The results should tell you which essential oils blend well with the essential oil you’ve chosen. You can then use this information to choose essential oils with corresponding fragrance notes needed to complete your winter essential oil recipe blend.

3. Use Small Glass Bottles to Experiment with Scents

As previously mentioned, essential oils aren’t cheap. Therefore, I use small, amber glass bottles to make my blends in small quantities. By using small glass bottles and adding just one or two drops at a time, you can experiment with ratios to create the perfect winter essential oil blend, without wasting any unnecessary product if you make a mistake.

You can use a clean 15 mL essential oil bottle, but I like to use 5 mL bottles. They are smaller, and make more sense for experimenting. Be sure to label your bottles so you know what’s inside each one, once you’ve created your blend. I also recommend using an essential oil journal or notebook to keep track of your essential oil recipes.

4. Consider Essential Oil Blending Factors

To blend essential oils for your rollerball bottle perfumes, you should also consider their blending factors. A blending factor is a scale from 1 to 10 that states how strong a scent is. You use blending factors and some math to determine how many drops of each oil to use. I do use blending factors often, but you do not necessarily need to use them to create your own winter essential oil blends.

Peppermint, for example, has a blending factor of 1. This means that you should use it in the least amount in an essential oil blend. However, if you really like peppermint, you can use more than what is suggested. Blending factors are handy when creating essential oil blends, but ultimately you should create a blend that you like and want to wear.

You can learn more about blending factors here. Alternately, you can also take a perfumery course for more in depth information.

5. Create Essential Oil Roll On Perfume Blends

With your empty bottle and a notebook, start by adding 1 drop of each essential oil that you choose into the bottle. Then add more drops of each oil until you get the scent that you like. Write down how many drops of each oil you add to create your roll on essential oil perfume blend.

Once you’re satisfied with the scent, place a drop of the blend on a perfumer’s testing strip or piece of paper. Then give your nose a break and smell some coffee grounds to reset your sniffer so to speak. Smell the blend on the paper right away, after an hour, and after two hours. Make notes of the scents you smell each time in your journal. You may need to adjust how much of each oil you use to create your winter essential oil blends. But this is why you start small.

If you do need to make adjustments, repeat the process again. You may have to make several adjustments several times to find the right recipe for your roller bottle essential oil blends.

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What Carrier Oils Are Used to Make Essential Oil Roll On Perfume?

When you make essential oil roll on perfumes, you need to include an additional ingredient to dilute the essential oils. This is because essential oil should not be applied neat, or directly to skin. Doing so may can skin sensitivity or irritation. Therefore, the perfume essential oil blends are mixed with a carrier oil for this purpose.

You don’t want to use a carrier oil with a noticeable fragrance when making perfume. Doing so can muddy the scent you’re trying to achieve and result in an unpleasant smell. Therefore, when choosing a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils in your DIY perfume blends, be sure to opt for one that has little to no scent. In addition, I also recommend that you choose a carrier oil with a long shelf life to prevent the oil from going rancid before you have a chance to use up your natural perfume.

Here are the most common carrier oils used to make natural perfume recipes in rollerball bottles:

Other Ways to Dilute Essential Oil Rollerball Bottle Perfumes

Carrier oils aren’t the only way to dilute the essential oils in your homemade perfumes. You can also use an ingredient called cyclomethicone. Cyclomethicone is a synthetic liquid silicone. It’s similar in a lot of ways to dimethicone, which you may familiar with from the cosmetics you use. It’s often a primary ingredient found in face primer. Both of these ingredients are a clear, odorless liquid. They are insoluble in water, However, they are alcohol soluble and are dispersible in both oils and fats. In addition, they have a non-greasy feel, so they don’t feel oily when applied.

These properties make cyclomethicone ideal for making homemade perfumes to be used in roller ball bottles. As this ingredient  is odorless, it won’t disrupt the scent you’ve formulated. It also has a long shelf life. Therefore, there’s no need to worry about the product going rancid and smelling bad.

Cyclomethicone can be used to make roll on perfumes using either essential oils or fragrance oils. You can also use a blend of both. To use cyclomethicone to dilute the fragrance you’ve chosen for your DIY perfume, you may use it to replace either all or half of the carrier oil in your perfume recipe.

How Many Drops of Essential Oil Should I Use in a 10mL Roller Bottle?

Whether you’re making essential oil roller bottles as aromatherapy roll ons or for natural perfumes, there are some important guidelines to follow for essential oil safety.

If you are making a 10mL essential oil roller bottle for kids, you should not use more than 2 drops of essential oil diluted in a carrier oil. This equates to a 1% dilution rate. In addition, you also need to ensure you are using only kid-safe essential oils.

For adults you have two options. For regular or everyday use, you should restrict the amount of essential oil to 4 drops, or a 2% dilution rate. 

However, if you plan to make perfume roll on recipes in a 10mL roller bottle, for occasional use, you can increase the amount of essential oil to 10 drops, or 5% dilution. This is perfect for those who enjoy a strong perfume fragrance, but don’t wear perfume everyday.

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Essential Oil Roll On Perfume Recipes

Now that you know the secret to making your natural fragrances last longer, why not try creating your own essential oil roll on perfume recipes? Following are a few of my favorite essential oil blends that you can use to create natural perfumes. Once you’ve created an essential oil blend with the desired fragrance, you would the mix the essential oil blends with a carrier oil to create a natural perfume.

Grapefruit Citrus Crush Roll On Perfume Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Perfume Recipe

Rose Blossom Roller Ball Bottle Perfume Recipe

Tropical Fruit Essential Oil Roll On Perfume Recipe

Lovely Lavender Roll on Perfume Recipe

Totally Chill Essential Oil Perfume Recipe

  • 18 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 8 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
  • 4 drops Clary Sage essential oil
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil

Lemon Crush Roll On Perfume Recipe

  • 15 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 9 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 6 drops Neroli essential oil

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Paradise Bliss Essential Oil Roll On

  • 18 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 8 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
  • 5 drops Clary Sage essential oil
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil

Unisex Woodland Spirit Roll On Perfume

  • 20 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
  • 10 drops Virginia Cedarwood essential oil
  • 6 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 4 drops Rosemary essential oil

The Spice of Life Roller Ball Perfume Recipe

  • 15 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 12 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 6 drops Vanilla absolute
  • 3 drops Clove essential oil

Men’s Essential Oil Cologne Recipe

  • 12 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 12 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 6 drops Vetiver essential oil
  • 6 drops Bay Laurel essential oil
  • 2 drops Neroli essential oil
  • 2 drops Ginger essential oil

Grounded Earth Natural Fragrance Roll On

  • 12 drops Virginia Cedarwood essential oil
  • 9 drop Palmarosa essential oil
  • 9 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 3 drops Neroli essential oil
  • 3 drops Vetiver essential oil

Love is in the Air Essential Oil Blend

  • 20 drops Rose essential oil
  • 10 drops Vetiver essential oil
  • 10 drops Lime essential oil

The Sensuous Woman Essential Oil Roll On

  • 12 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 10 drops Coriander essential oil
  • 8 drops Neroli essential oil
  • 6 drops Rose essential oil
  • 4 drops Jasmine absolute

Perfume Essential Oil Blends for Roll On Perfume

For more essential oil blends you can use to make rollerball bottle perfumes, be sure to check out these other ways to blend your favorite scents:

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How to Make Essential Oil Roll On Perfumes

Here is how to make your custom roll on fragrances:

1. Start by simply adding the essential oil blend you created directly to a 15 mL roller ball bottle using a dropper or pipette. Alternately, you can add 10 drops of your favorite blend to a 10 mL roller ball bottle.

2. Once you’ve added the natural fragrance blend to the roller ball bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil of your choice. You can use a fresh dropper or pipette for this step to avoid spilling the product.

TIP: I recommend using either fractionated coconut oil or organic jojoba oil when making rollerball bottle perfume recipes.

TIP: Be sure to leave room at the top for the roller ball.

3. Then cap the bottle by popping the rollerball onto the top of the container and screwing on the lid.

4. Shake the mixture to combine, then apply to pulse points to use.

TIP:  This essential oil mixing kit makes it easy to get started making your own natural scents blends and custom fragrances using essential oils.

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How to Use Roll on Perfume

Just like regular spray on perfumes and solid perfume fragrances, it’s easy to use an essential oil roller ball perfume. Simply shake the bottle to mix, then roll the essential oil perfume onto your pulse points. This may be on wrists, inside your knees or elbows, and behind your ears.

Where to Buy Essential Oil Roll On Perfumes

As with even commercial synthetic fragrance blends, perfumes comes with a cost. And investing in the essential oils to make your own can get expensive fast unless you’re slowing growing your collection over time.  If you’re not ready to dive into a huge investment of formulating your own essential oil roll on perfume recipes, you can buy a wide array of essential oil artisan perfumes to fit your unique tastes. 

Need more information on how to turn essential oil blends into roll on perfume? You can learn more about how to make custom, essential oil perfume recipes here. Or take the natural perfumery course from The Herbal Academy. This course includes all the information you need to start blending your own botanical perfumes at home. It includes 20 essential oil perfume recipes, a special collection of perfumery plant monographs, simple rituals for incorporating them into your lifestyle, expert guidance, and beautifully illustrated downloads for safety, sustainability, and techniques. Sign up here.

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16 Comments

  • Irena

    March 23, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    I will definitely make citrus crush and tropical fruit, they must smell heavenly.

    1. Debbie K.

      April 27, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Hi, great information. How many drops of fixative would you add to a 10ml bottle.
      Thank you, Debbie

      1. Rebecca D. Dillon

        April 28, 2020 at 1:18 pm

        This really depends on the specific recipe and oils used. It’s kind of experimental to work toward the scent you want. Some scents will always last longer than others. If you use a solid fixative perfume and layer your perfume oil on top, then it takes that guesswork out of the process.

  • [email protected]

    March 24, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks for the shout out! I’m so glad that people like you understand the nature of perfumery and the work, and in investment that it is. Lucky for me, I love it! Seems like you do too! ❤

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      March 25, 2019 at 7:39 am

      You’re welcome!

    2. Bird

      January 8, 2021 at 9:21 am

      How do you make fragrance oils (perfume replicas) like lady millions how would I go about making large amounts of this product?

      1. Rebecca D. Dillon

        January 8, 2021 at 10:34 am

        Fragrance oils are typically synthetic and formulated in a lab. That’s way out of my scope of knowledge. You’d have to consult a chemist for that one.

  • Kara Mathys @Wellnessgrit

    April 19, 2019 at 9:51 am

    I love the citrus oils and rosemary; so uplifting and brighten my day! Also, prefer frankincense oil that has anti-inflammatory effects that may help reduce joint inflammation caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Barbara

    June 28, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Thank you so much for the help. I’ve just started making my own perfumes (roller ball bottles, essential oils, jojoba oil). Love the smell but in 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours, nothing left.

    I have the top, middle, and base notes. But I never heard of the fixative. That may well be the missing piece.

    The first time I tried 20 % essential oils tp 80% carrier oil. The second time i tried 30/70. But I am still letting that one wait and matutre.

    Do you or anyone know is the greatest amount of essential oils that should be used in a perfume?

    Thanks again,

    B.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      June 28, 2019 at 7:58 am

      Each essential oil has a different maximum safe exposure amount. Cedarwood for example can be used at up to 100% in perfume while anise eo is only .1%, black pepper eo is 5% and basil eo is .01%. Therefore how much eo you use would depend upon each individual formulation.

  • Julia Stearns @ Healthirony

    July 8, 2019 at 5:54 am

    I think ylang-ylang oil is most commonly used as an ingredient in fragrances, perfumes, and cosmetic products, due to its unique and powerful smell.

  • Kathy Carmody

    January 1, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    I see your recipes and would like to try some but not all of them have a fixative listed. Can you elaborate?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      January 2, 2020 at 9:49 am

      A fixative will change the scent of your finished perfume. Therefore, it’s really about experimentation to find the right fixative for the blends you love. You may find it easier in the beginning to start with a pre-made fixative base. You can get an idea of where to get started by searching for what your desired essential oils that blend well with. Then I recommend picking up a book on how to blend natural perfumes. All perfumes should have top, middle and base (or fixative) notes. This information gets pretty detailed and can take a while to learn, therefore it’s not included in this article. I hope this helps to provide some direction in getting started.

  • Christie

    June 23, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    This is such a wonderful idea as I can’t wear perfumes and I really enjoy essential oils way more! Thanks for sharing!

  • Agnes

    January 2, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Would you have a recipe to make an Aveda scent? Specially the no longer sold Alanara hair aroma. I read it smells like Shampure but not sure. The Alanara label says it has sandalwood, rose, frankincense and other flower and plant essences. Would you happen to have a recipe? I love the scent and really want to make the blend to diffuse.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      January 3, 2021 at 2:59 pm

      I do not.

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