How to Dilute Perfume Oil

When you first start using perfume oil, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the strong scent. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling a beautiful perfume oil, you know how intoxicating it can be. However, one downside to these perfumes is that they can often be quite expensive.

How to Dilute Perfume Oil

If you’re looking for a way to get the most out of your perfume oil, diluting it may be the solution for you. This article will show you how to dilute perfume oil without compromising its quality or effectiveness. We will also discuss the benefits of cutting perfume oil and provide tips for safety. Keep reading to learn more!

Step by Step Guide: How to Dilute Perfume Oil

Step 1: What You Need

If you want to create great perfume, always use a glass bottle with a glass eyedropper and an orifice reducer. You can find reusable bottles, but make sure to sterilize them between uses to prevent mold and other grossness from growing.

Step 2: Preparing Bottles

You will need a clean bottle for every perfume oil you plan on making. To avoid the chance of mixing scents, we always use separate bottles for my scents. You don’t have to do this, but it does make things easier when organizing your oils.

Step 3: Add the Alcohol

Take the lid off your bottle. If you use a 4-dram vial, fill it to the first line with alcohol. The orifice reducer should have three lines on it. Fill it until the second line is visible. Once again, this is not necessary, but it does help to keep smells separate if they are all lined up correctly.

Step 4: Add the Oil

Perfume oil is added to a bottle that already has alcohol in it. The oil should not come up too high in the bottle, or else it will be difficult to use later. A dropper with a small hole at the end can be used to control the amount of oil that is added.

Don't Overfill It

Step 5: Add Your Scents

Now, carefully pour your scents into their respective bottles. You will want to leave at least 1/4″ between the oil and the top of the bottle. This way, you won’t have any spillage when mixing. Try not to let one scent run into another, but if you happen to mix them up a bit, don’t be alarmed.

Step 6: Let It Age

Take the lid back off of your bottle and let it sit for a couple of days. The alcohol will evaporate out, leaving you with pure perfume oil. It is now ready to use! Some people like to wait longer, but I find that a minimum of 3 days usually does the trick. If you have the patience, wait longer, as the perfume will only improve with age.

Now that you’ve made your own fragrance, go ahead and wear it proudly! And when people ask you what kind of perfume it is, just tell them, “Oh, this? They’ll be impressed for sure!

Step 7: Shake Vigorously

This step is essential! You have to shake your bottle well. This allows all of the different notes to mix and bloom into a beautiful fragrance for you to enjoy! You can use your perfume as is or add it to unscented lotion, body butter, bath oils, etc.

Step 8: Add Water and Glycerine

Add 1 oz of water to every dram of perfume oil. So, if you used 4 drams, add 4 oz of water. Add 1 tsp glycerine per 4 drams as well. Shake all the ingredients together until incorporated, and the lotion will be ready to use!

Step 9: Let it Set and Age.

The longer you let the lotion sit, the better it will be. It does need some time to mature and allow all of those lovely notes to blend. This is not an exact science, but as you gain experience diluting perfume oils, you will be able to tell when your lotion is ready. Once it is, pour it into lotion bottles and enjoy!

Step 10: Finishing Up

Now you have an excellent new lotion to enjoy! The main thing to remember here is that this is not an exact science. You may find that your finished product has too much of one oil or another. This is easy to fix if the scent isn’t right.

Mix it with unscented lotion and re-do the process. You may find that you need to use less alcohol or glycerine. The hardest part of this process is finding the right balance for your needs.

Mix It With Unscented Lotion

We hope that this quick tutorial has been helpful! As we said before, don’t be afraid to experiment. It’s all about finding what works best for you and your family.

Some Tips and Suggestions

Here we have given some tips and suggestions on how to dilute perfume oil.

1. If you are making perfume for personal use, you can combine essential oils and fragrance oils to create a unique perfume.

2. If you want to test the scent of your perfume, use unscented soap as a base, then add one drop of your fragrance oil blend at a time until it is strong enough for you to smell in the finished product. Find out what type of soap base you want to use. You can purchase a ready-made soap base, or make your own. Melt the soap base in a double boiler over low heat, stirring occasionally until it is melted. Stir in the fragrance oil blend, one drop at a time, until it is strong enough for you to smell in the finished product. Pour the soap into molds and let it cool completely.

3. Remember that some essential oils can cause skin irritations, while others are safe for undiluted use on the skin. So check the safety information for each oil you use before directly applying it to your body or clothes.

4. Be sure that you are familiar with the properties of each ingredient in your perfume before combining them. Essential oils and fragrance oils have different properties to behave differently in your perfume.

5. Make sure you use all of each raw material purchased for your perfume blend, as some components will go bad before others, leaving the remaining ones less potent than you had initially planned on.

6. You can also save money by making perfume from fragrance oils.

7. Fragrance oils are concentrated, so you only need a few drops to make an entire bottle of perfume.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Diluting Perfume Oil

1. Using too much carrier oil. This will cause the scent to be faint or weak when it needs more oil.

Using Too Much Carrier Oil

2. Using too little carrier oil. Generally, if not using a pre-blended base (such as perfumer’s alcohol), only use about half of what you think you should. The other half is for reapplication.

3. You should mix your perfume oil with a pre-blended base, such as perfumer’s alcohol. However, the perfumer’s alcohol has been diluted too many times, and you lose the scent after applying it to the wrist/neck/back of the knee, etc.

4. Blending your perfume oil with another oil. Oils already have a scent of their own, making the original scent weaker or different.

5. Put perfume oils directly on the skin without diluting it first, especially if you wear other scented items (perfume, lotion). The effects of the scent will collide and be less enjoyable.

6. Adding all of your carriers to the perfume and not reapplying. Although, perfume oils are like pure wine (not that you would drink it) and need similar care and storage, unlike other alcohol-based perfumes, perfume oils need to be diluted, allowed to breathe, and then reapplied, especially after washing your hands or perspiring.

7. Put your diluted perfume oil in a closed container. Perfume oils need air to stay strong and true to their scent; otherwise, it will change.

How Can I Get Rid of Watery or Overly-diluted Perfume Oils

There are various ways to fix your watered-down or “greasy” perfume oil. Assuming that the perfume oils haven’t separated, several methods are below. Please note that these methods are for perfumes made with jojoba oil. These methods may not work with perfumes made with fractionated coconut oil.

Before applying it to your neck or chest, we recommend always testing your perfume in a small area, such as on the inside of your wrist or behind your ear. Please note that fragrances formulated with jojoba oil may reappear over body heat and pressure points if they are not prepared with nitro musks, which can kill the scent after a while.

Testing Your Perfume in a Small Area

What Is the Best Way to Dilute Perfume Oil

The best way to dilute perfume oil is a matter of personal preference. You can employ several methods, depending on the degree of strength desired and the application method. Also, the ingredients used in perfumes can vary from natural components such as jojoba oil to synthetic materials such as diethyl phthalate.

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, diethyl phthalate is used as a solvent in perfume base formulations containing natural ingredients because it has a low odor and is colorless. In contrast, the natural ingredients themselves may have strong odors. In addition, Diethyl phthalate can irritate mucous membranes if inhaled or ingested.


Always dilute your perfume oils in a carrier oil before using them. This will help lessen the risk of any irritation and make sure you use less product to get the same amount of fragrance on the skin.

We hope that this article has been helpful for those who were not aware of these risks and provided some great tips for how to dilute perfume oil properly! If there is anything else we can do to help, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Jennifer Branett
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