DIY Essential Oil Roll-On Blends + An Uplifting Perfume Blend

I have never been one to like perfume or anything artificially smelly. They make me feel like I am suffocating and I quickly need fresh air to survive. I also can’t stand breathing stagnant air like when I’m under covers or intercepting someone else’s hot breath — even if it’s my husbands.

And don’t even get me started on being in small enclosed spaces with people who have a heavy dosage of perfume or cologne on, like airplanes and elevators. Or walking by the candle store at the mall.

Must. Have. Fresh. Air.

You get the picture — I’m not one for artificial smelly stuff and I have this weird thing about fresh air.

We all have our weird quirks, right?

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So how did a weirdo who has issues with smells like me end up playing with different essential oil blends which ultimately led to creating a perfume blend?

It started because Andrew has had this wicked cold that does not want to go away.

Since I can’t get the kid to take anything that will actually help him, I started getting desperate — that’s usually when the “Aha!” moments come to me. I forgot I had a medicine cabinet full of KidSafe oils and realized there was probably a blend suitable for Andrew’s congestion.


So I rushed to my cabinet, sorted through my KidSafe oils and found one called Sniffle Stopper. Since I don’t have a diffuser, I mixed a few drops of the oil with some almond oil and rubbed it on his chest. The only problem was that I had leftover oil and had to keep it in a glass dish in my bathroom. Even though it’s not a HUGE deal, I wondered if there was a better solution and there is!

Two-ish words: Roll-on bottle

I put about 20 drops of Sniffle Stopper in a roll-on bottle and filled the rest with fractionated coconut oil. Now, all I have to do is roll some on him and I can take it with me wherever we go. Isn’t that fantastic?

Then it got me thinking.

With the holiday quickly approaching, I had better start thinking of things I could give/make as gifts for my loved ones. A roll-on bottle filled with a non-artifically-smelly smell would be great! Everyone loves pretty smells that don’t make you feel like you’re suffocating AND have therapeutic benefits, right?

So, I grabbed some of my favorite scents and got to mixing.

I did a little researching and came across this post that talks about various notes (base, medium, top) and which scents make up the notes. Interestingly enough, creating perfumes is not as simple as putting a few smells together and magically creating the perfect scent. There is a lot of trial and error and I found this out my first try.

The first blend I created was a mixture of Sandalwood, Bergamot, and Geranium. After creating this blend, I realized that I do not prefer floral scents. For the next batch, I swapped out the Geranium for Frankincense and it was much, MUCH better. It’s a bit woodsy and sensual, with the tiniest whiff of a very soft citrus smell (which comes from Bergamot — my new favorite essential oil smell).

I also blended a really simple combo of Sandalwood and Bergamot. Out of all three blends I’ve tried, this one  by far is my favorite. It’s uplifting and peaceful — the smell almost reminds of you the fresh smell after rain. I love Frankincense in the blend, but it can be a little musky for some women. By removing the Frankincense, I’ve found that the Sandalwood adds a little bit of depth and earthiness, while the Bergamot adds a fresh, uplifting, and slightly sweet finishing smell. LOVE! Find the recipe below.

If you want to blend some oils together to create a perfume, I suggest starting now (especially if you’ll be making them as gifts). This way, it gives you time to smell the scent every day to make sure you’ve hit all the right notes you prefer. You can find more info on creating perfume, here.

Really, the possibilities are endless.

There are so many ways you can create different DIY essential oil roll-on blends but honestly, sometimes simplicity is the best choice.

If you have a favorite scent or love a particular therapeutic quality in an oil, you can simply put 20-40 drops in a roll-on bottle, fill it with fractionated coconut oil and call it a day. If you have a favorite blend, you can pre-dillute it yourself in a roll-on bottle and take it with you whever you want.

I love the roll-on bottle idea because it enables you to make the most use of your essential oil bottle (singular or blend). Since you almost always have to dilute your essential oil when applying it topically, the roll-on bottle really makes doing this super convenient.

Use the oil and/or blend in your diffuser, in a homemade beauty product, or put some in a roll-on bottle for sheer convenience. If you don’t feel like experimenting with blending your own scents, Plant Therapy has pre-blended essential oil roll-on bottles that you can buy.

With just one bottle of your favorite blend, a few roll-on bottles, and some fractionated coconut oil, you could make quite a few essential oil blends to give as gifts this year for the holidays or to treat yourself to some non-artificial smells.

*Please note: after a commenter experienced a rash because of the high concentration of oils, I have cut back the quantities per essential oil by half. Please start at that point and work up if needed.

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DIY Essential Oil Roll-On Blends + An Uplifting Perfume Blend
Necessary Equipment
Ingredients for Uplifting Perfume Blend
  • 9 drops Sandalwood
  • 15 drops Bergamot
  • Fractionated coconut oil
Ingredients for Woodsy Perfume Blend
Ingredients for a Floral/Woodsy Perfume Blend
  1. If using a glass dropper, suction in desired essential oil from bottle and drop desired amount in an empty roll-on bottle
  2. If not using a pipette, carefully drop desired amount of essential oil into an empty roll-on bottle
  3. Fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil
  4. Place the roller ball on the top, and screw tight
If testing perfume scents, place only a few drops of each essential oil into the empty roll-on bottle, close the top, and roll it in between your hands for about 30 seconds to warm up the oils. This will give you a better idea of what the scent smells like. So, if you're doing the first uplifting blend, place only 3 drops of Sandalwood and 5 drops Bergamot.



This post is sponsored by Plant TherapyHowever, the opinions and photos are of my own. Authenticity is important so I would never promote any brand or product that I wholeheartedly don’t believe in.


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'DIY Essential Oil Roll-On Blends + An Uplifting Perfume Blend' has 50 comments

  1. November 29, 2014 @ 10:18 am Naturally Loriel / How to Ensemble the Perfect Stocking Stuffer Gift Bag - Naturally Loriel

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  2. November 30, 2014 @ 4:36 pm Misty

    Great ideas, but aren’t those a little strong? 90 drops in a 10mL bottle would be 30-45% (depending on which chart you use) dilution. I would cut that way back, especially if its something you are using as a perfume on a daily basis.


    • December 1, 2014 @ 12:32 pm Retha

      Misty that normally would be more than I would recommend. A general rule is about 3-5% but that is for full body applications. Since you are most likely only applying a small amount to your wrist, this wouldn’t be too strong of a dilution. However, I always recommend that you start out with less and add more if you need or want it to be stronger.


      • December 3, 2014 @ 10:34 am Loriel

        Thanks for replying Retha. I’m new to this and will definitely keep this in mind for future concoctions.


      • August 25, 2017 @ 3:12 pm Karen

        Is there an ingredient to add to rhe roll on perfume so it will not be so “oily”. My teenage daughter is biracial and doesn’t like the oil to be so visible. Does that make sense? Also, do you recommend colored or frosted bottles? Thank you!


    • June 26, 2015 @ 10:26 pm Karen

      I was thinking the same thing but used it anyway. Got a bad rash on my wrists and arms where I used it 🙁


      • June 29, 2015 @ 1:58 pm Loriel

        I’m sorry you got a bad rash Karen. I will change my dilutions now.


        • June 29, 2015 @ 5:23 pm Karen

          Thank you-just trying to be helpful 🙂


          • June 30, 2015 @ 7:28 am Loriel

            I really appreciate it!

      • October 6, 2017 @ 11:49 am Kelly Samolis

        The rash might be because 100% pure oils actually can be mixed with chemicals you must be using 100% therapeutic grade oils to avoid any rashes or reactions to the skin!


        • October 6, 2017 @ 9:38 pm Karen

          My oils are from plant therapy so I know they are pure. I’ve used the same oils before in a much much lower dilution and had no problems. 90 drops for 10ml is insane. She has changed the ratio to a much safer dilution in case anyone is confused.


  3. December 1, 2014 @ 12:27 am McKenzie

    This looks like it will smell amazing! I was wondering where you bought the roller bottles? I’ve been looking for 10ml Amber glass rollers with the metal ball and can’t seem to find any!


    • September 2, 2016 @ 10:20 am Tera

      They have every kind imaginable on Amazon and they are great. I use the blue cobalt with the silver lids, so pretty, but they have all colors and many to choose from. Reasonable prices as well. I hope this helps and you find the perfect one for you!


  4. December 2, 2014 @ 2:40 pm Renee Kohley

    Ohhh! Ok! I love this! I haven’t worn perfume in YEARS and I dab on lavender here and there but this sounds awesome! Thank you!


    • December 3, 2014 @ 10:33 am Loriel

      Glad you enjoyed it!


  5. December 2, 2014 @ 2:52 pm Tina @ Oh Snap! Let's Eat!

    I feel like I definitely should try this out. I hear a lot about essential oils and still haven’t gotten around to it!


  6. December 2, 2014 @ 3:20 pm Sarah McLain, RN

    Oooh, I LOVE bergamot! Love your choices for your blends! I’ve never tried Plant Therapy, I will definitely look into trying out some of their oils after reading this, thanks! 🙂


    • December 3, 2014 @ 10:33 am Loriel

      I had never smelled Bergamot up until recently and it really is one of my favorites.


  7. December 2, 2014 @ 3:23 pm Jennifer Margulis

    I wear essential oils as perfume. They wear off quickly but I love the way they smell. I am really sensitive to synthetic odors. Can’t stand the perfume most people wear…


    • December 3, 2014 @ 10:33 am Loriel

      Oh my gosh, you and me both. I really can’t handle strong perfume.


  8. December 2, 2014 @ 3:53 pm Rachel @ day2dayjoys

    Great idea to make your own blends! AND your photos are beautiful!


  9. December 2, 2014 @ 4:37 pm Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    These are fabulous! I love the different blends you came up with. I love the smell of frankincense.


    • December 3, 2014 @ 10:32 am Loriel

      Frankincense is one of my favs too!


    • December 3, 2014 @ 10:36 am Loriel

      Thank you!


  10. December 2, 2014 @ 4:50 pm Marjorie

    I love the different blends! I always wondered how to do this 🙂


  11. December 2, 2014 @ 4:53 pm Erin Smith

    Thanks for sharing your recipes! You are SO right when it comes to making variations that actually smell good … then I get mad that I just wasted those essential oils. lol So for now on I use other people’s combos. 🙂


    • December 3, 2014 @ 10:32 am Loriel

      Right? That’s my issue with DIY type stuff. It’s always good to be inspired from other people’s recipes and then tailor it to your likes.


  12. December 2, 2014 @ 5:40 pm linda spiker

    What a beautiful post! I could almost smell the oils from here!


  13. December 2, 2014 @ 6:08 pm Jessica

    I love these blends….I am a bit of an EO addict.


    • December 3, 2014 @ 10:31 am Loriel

      I’m becoming one…


  14. December 3, 2014 @ 9:46 am Megan Stevens

    I love the little roll-on bottles and total side note: I love -ish words. 😉 These look lovely, such an epiphany for everyone, especially those of who hate commercially made perfumes. I love bergamot and your blends sound great. Thanks for sharing. Pinned.


    • December 3, 2014 @ 10:31 am Loriel

      LOL! -Ish words are the best. Glad you like the post and thank you for sharing!


  15. December 24, 2014 @ 9:54 pm T

    Where do you get the roll on bottles


  16. December 30, 2014 @ 12:50 pm Amber Wilson

    Hi Loriel, the blends sounds amazing, must try! Have you considered using doTERRA brand EOs? I love using these pure and therapeutic grade oils because they are beyond organic and figure if I’m wearing them as my perfume I might as well reap the health benefits. I also use them on my massage clients, extra bonus for us both. If you’d like to sample the oils I’d be happy to send you some, just shoot me an email 🙂
    Wellness & Blessings- Amber


  17. December 30, 2014 @ 2:59 pm Beth

    I love your photography! I have made my own essential oil blends for perfume to and I love it! Such a fun diy because you can make it however you like it. I did a vanilla rose blend and it smelled so good:)


    • December 30, 2014 @ 3:30 pm Loriel

      Thank you so much Beth! Oh man, that vanilla rose blend DOES sound heavenly!


      • May 4, 2016 @ 9:32 am charles

        loriel you are the best. I love your Recipes.


  18. January 9, 2015 @ 1:50 pm CaraBear

    Jojoba oil can also be used in perfume blends, instead of the coconut oil as its technically a wax rather than an oil, it will have a long shelf life. Other recommendation for essential oil perfumes is the essential oil Vetiver (earthy scent) which will act as a fixative for the perfume and help the scent last longer


  19. May 16, 2015 @ 3:00 am marie

    Hi, Loriel my son is 4. He gets sick all the time. Every 3 or four month I have to take him to to The doctor for cough and congestion. I like the idea of using essential oil. I was not sure o Which brands. A lot of them are fake even they stated pure. So plant therapy is an organic brand and not adulterated. If you want to make a spray perfume what would to the mix.


  20. June 18, 2015 @ 2:48 am Eva

    —Here is my favorite recipe for making roll on headache relief—-
    10 drops Peppermint essential oil
    5 drops Frankincense essential oil
    10 drops Eucalyptus globulus essential oil
    10 drops Lavender essential oil
    10 drops Chamomile essential oil
    A carrier oil of your choice
    1 roll-on bottle

    Remove the top of the roll on bottle and the roller stop.
    Pour the essential oils into the roller bottle first.
    Add just enough carrier oil to reach the top.
    Put the roller stop back in and tightly cap.
    To use: roll carefully on skin on back of neck or at temples.


  21. July 23, 2015 @ 8:19 am Shaundra

    The dilution on these are incredibly high! Though I do like the combination of scents, I would cut back to a 2-3% dilution for safe daily use. So, for a 10ml roller bottle, there should be 6-9 total drops; for a 20ml, 18 total drops (fill the rest of the way with carrier). Maybe up to 5% if I want the smell a little stronger and don’t plan to use every day, 15 total drops for 10ml and 30 for 20ml. has a ton of great safety info


    • August 31, 2015 @ 11:55 am Christina Smith

      Since these are perfume blends, I anticipate that it will be applied in a single spot (or perhaps 2) and only once a day. For these reasons I don’t think the dilution rates are unreasonable. However, if you intend to use them more often or in larger areas of the body, you should reduce the dilution a bit. The essential oils used in this perfume are considered safe and carry no maximum dilution recommendations. As always, only do whatever you are comfortable with for yourself and your family.


  22. December 1, 2015 @ 6:53 pm The Nova Studio

    We love jojoba oil for our roll-ons, when we can afford it! It has a VERY long shelf life and feels great on the skin. Give it a try!


  23. June 10, 2016 @ 4:45 am NURUL HUDA

    Hi dear.may i know tips to tighten the roll on head with the body?as mine keep on is frustrating since it leaks a lot.appreciate if you could help to advise


  24. October 2, 2016 @ 8:37 pm Nicole Lenox-Riggs

    Make sure if you’re using Bergamot that it is the kind that is safe for topical use. They make different kinds. I can’t remember what it removed, but it will mention it on the label.


  25. November 30, 2016 @ 12:49 am DIY Perfume Ideas | DIY Tutorials 

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