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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8 years ago

I have never even thought about making hair perfume, or perfume for that matter. This is a very interesting post, thank you!

4 years ago
Reply to  Michelle

I’ve been making them for a few years once I started working with essential oils. It’s so much cheaper then buying it in he stores. Plus you can make it the way you want. Choose your scents, and make it as strong or weak as you like. I love it. And it’s fun! I make them for my family as well.

8 years ago

Great DIY! I love the idea of using Aloe Vera Gel or Jojoba Oil in the hair perfume.

8 years ago

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

FP Brigette
8 years ago

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!

4 years ago
Reply to  FP Brigette

You don’t even need to use any carrier oil. I make mind with witch hazel, distilled water and essential oil(s) of my choice. That works just fine. And won’t make hair greasy. There’s many different ways to make it.

4 years ago
Reply to  Gigi

I’ve just started the “no poo” journey with my hair, and this recipe sounds perfect for me. Thank you.

4 years ago
Reply to  FP Brigette

Fractionated coconut oil is what one would use, not regular coconut oil. You can find it on amazon and it can be used for everything. It’s amazing and so healthy for skin and hair. It even works great at removing waterproof mascara. Just put it on eye lashes and rub gently. Wash off with a face wash. You can even put a few drops on eye lashes before bed every night to help them stay soft and the nutrients in the oil help make your lashes fuller and they’ll grow thicker and longer over time. Research it. It’s amazing and I couldn’t live without it since you can use it for so many things.

Sarah D.
8 years ago

I love this idea! It would also be great with some cinnamon essential oil mixed in. You would smell like Christmas! Love your DIY ideas for homemade bath and body products.

8 years ago

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.

8 years ago

Bridgette’s baaaccckkk!! Yay I’ve missed these kind of posts. Keep it up :) xx

Sounds dreamy! I have an essential oil blend called mountain high that creates this same effect! I love using it with my yoga students!!

2 years ago

Awesome! Can you send the recipe?

8 years ago

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.

7 years ago

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.

7 years ago

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!

4 years ago
Reply to  Gigi

Could we use a few drops of grapefruit seed extract (Nutribiotic) to keep the spray from going bad?

7 years ago

What botanicals can you put in?

4 years ago

Thank you so much for posting this! I just started a “no shampoo” journey. And this will at least help me with adjusting to no more scents in my hair and keep me from being unpleasant to be around :)