DIY Fall Hair Perfume

Bring the outdoors in…to your haircare routine! 

Hair is incredibly porous and, as such, holds onto scents very well. After a night huddled around the campfire, it seems to take ages before that woodsy smell begins to leave your being (luckily, this smoky smell happens to be a pleasant one). Since fall has officially arrived, I wanted to create a perfume mist that you can spray directly onto your hair,  leaving a beautiful, woodsy-scented trail wherever you go.


Step 1: Choose your scent. The key to developing a lasting scent is to choose a blend containing a top-, middle- and base-note. I chose lemongrass, clary sage and vetiver.

Other scent suggestions that complement the season:

Top notes: bergamot / anise / lavender / lemongrass / eucalyptus

Middle notes: rosemary / thyme / clary sage / geranium / jasmine / pine

Base notes: cedarwood / sandalwood / vetiver / patchouli / myrrh

(FYI: This is a great resource for creating your own blends!)


Step 2: Gather your materials. You’ll need..

2-oz glass atomizer bottle

1.75 oz filtered water

1 teaspoon aloe vera gel or jojoba oil

15+ drops essential oil blend


Step 3: Mix! I decided to put three tiny quartz crystals in my bottle to raise the vibration of the mixture. You can take it or leave it – I just love playing with energy in that way. Fill your bottle almost to top with filtered water, then add the aloe vera or jojoba (this will add a bit of moisture to your hair), and finish off with your essential oils. Screw on the top and shake well. Some oils have a stronger scent than others, so start out with a few drops, test out the spray and add more as needed.

HairPerfume_5As long as you store it in a cool, dark place, this mixture should stay fresh throughout the entire season…but you’ll probably use it up before then ;)

+For those of you joining the fun, let us know what scent mixture you’re making!

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  1. Could you substitute jojoba or aloe vera gel with another carrier, like sweet almond oil or coconut oil? I’m excited to try this!

  2. Sophia – You could definitely do sweet almond or another carrier! I think I’d avoid coconut just because it might harden within the mixture. Have fun!

  3. I love making my own essential oil blends! My favourites for hair are rosemary and patchouli, two extremely hair-loving and moisturizing oils. For my hair, I also add a few drops of conditioner to help lock in moisture, keep frizz away and make it super shiny.

  4. so do we use 15+ drops of each essential oil or all together? Thank you so much for sharing this!! I’m obsessed with essential oils, but have a hard time figuring out what blends work well together and what to use them for.

  5. I’d be adding a wee bit of preservative to that, or you’ll be spraying god only knows what bacteria onto your hair. Something like Liquid Germall Plus.

    Anything with water or water-based products in it (like Aloe Vera, either gel or liquid) always – always – requires a preservative.

    I had a girlfriend once who wondered why her hair was suddenly falling out by the handful – and this turned out to be the reason why. She’d followed an uninformed blog site about making hair products, which never discussed preservatives, and well – the rest is history. She learned her lesson.

    Preservatives can be purchased from any cosmetic raw materials/soap supply shop online. Better to be safe than sorry.

  6. Jason what can we use as a preservative for DIY hair perfumes/products. If you could name a few that we can find fairly easy and ones that aren’t too expensive We would appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance!

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