It's fairly simple to create your own fragrance.

How to Mix Perfumes

by Erica Loop

Whether you're going out on date night with your hubby, having an evening out with the girls or are putting on your finest for a fancy family dinner, a baby formula-fingerpaint combo is most likely not your ideal scent. If you are looking for that signature scent, but can't seem to find that one perfect perfume, mix up your own concoction that fits your specific needs and personality. Even if you aren't a cosmetics pro, you can still create your own perfectly prepared perfume that makes you -- and those within smelling range -- smile.

Choose your scents. Perfumes aren't just singular scents. Instead, they typically combine top notes -- the first or sharpest scent that you smell -- middle notes -- the next scent that you will smell after the top notes begin to fade -- and the base notes -- combining with the middle notes, this part of the fragrance creates the body of the perfume's smell. Consider that perfumes on their own are already mixtures of several scents or notes when choosing ones to combine together. Just because you have three perfumes that you want to mix doesn't mean that you have three distinct scents. Most likely you have nine or more scents that will all mix together.

Experiment with your scent combinations. Create your own science lab in which you mix and match different perfumes in different amounts. Use measuring cups and spoons to piece out different, but precise, quantities of each perfume. There is no absolute right or wrong way to mix your batch. The specific scent combinations or quantities that you use is up to your nose. For example, you may enjoy the smell of a mixture that includes a small top note citrus scent that you combine with equal parts of lavender and vetiver, while your BFF can't stand it. Mix the scents directly in the measuring cup with a thin rod. Take a sniff as you mix. Assess your scents and make any changes that you see fit. For example, if you feel that the citrus smell is far too faint, add in small increments of that scent until you reach the desired amount.

Pour your mixture into a thoroughly washed and dried perfume mister bottle. Avoid using a bottle that already has traces of another scent in it, as this will mix with your new fragrance.

Spritz your perfume on. Spray pulse points such as your neck, wrist or behind the ears. Assess your fragrance after it is on your skin. Keep in mind that the top notes will disappear first, leaving behind the meat of the perfume -- the middle and base notes. Some fragrances may smell ideal at first, but dissipate into a completely undesirable smell. Wait for the top notes to lessen before you make your decision to keep or change your mixture.

Make any changes that you see as necessary. For example, if you think that the scent could benefit from the addition of vanilla, mix in a drop or two of a different perfume.

Label your perfume. This will help you to create a repeat fragrance after you finish this one. Write the scents and quantities on a piece of white paper. Cut the paper to fit the bottle. Tape it to the front of the bottle.

Items you will need

  • Two or more perfumes
  • Glass perfume bottle
  • Slim mixing rod
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • A pen


  • According to Women's Health magazine online, vanilla, musk, marine and florals are the most universal scents. Choose a combination of two or more of these to start with.
  • Consider using perfume oils. These may provide you with a less complex way of mixing in comparison to using ready-made perfumes that each contain multiple scents.
  • Make it easy and avoid mixing the perfumes in a bottle. Layer a few favorite scents directly onto your body by spraying them on.


  • Never reuse the mixing cups or spoons for cooking. Keep this set for perfume-only projects.
  • Avoid using two or more strong scents that may fight to take the top spot. Some scents, such as fruit fragrances, will work well together to make a perfume with continuity.

About the Author

Based in Pittsburgh, Erica Loop has been writing education, child development and parenting articles since 2009. Her articles have appeared in "Pittsburgh Parent Magazine" and the website PBS Parents. She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.

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