New Year, New Fragrance (tutorial)

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:5-10 minutes
  • Yields:3 mini-bottles

Have any plans for this evening? Here’s what I’m up to (yes, yes, you guessed it: difficult to get a baby sitter on New Year’s Eve). Recently I made a wonderful spray perfume for my mom that smelled amazing using a blend of different fragrance oils. However, it’s not always necessary to blend fragrance oils. A quick and easy way to get a perfectly lovely scent is to use a fragrance oil that is already a bit complex on it’s own. All the blending is done for you, and you can get on with your fancy New Year’s Eve parties and champagne toasts at midnight!

Sweet and Easy Perfume


10 mL Cyclomethicone

9 mL DPG (Dipropylene Glycol)

10 mL 91% Isopropyl (Rubbing) Alcohol

1-2 mL Fragrance Oil

3 Mini Spray Bottles

Droppers with Suction Bulb

Small Funnel (optional)

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ONE: Using the marked Droppers with Suction Bulb, measure out 10 mL Cyclomethicone into a container. Next, add the DPG, then in goes the 91% Rubbing Alcohol. Now you have a generic perfume base!

Adding DPG

TWO: To your base, add 1-2 mL of a fragrance oil of your choice. I made three versions of this perfume, one using Cherry Blossom Fragrance Oil, one with Cucumber Melon Fragrance Oil, and one with the newest additions from our S.O.A.P. panel, Waterlily Orange Fragrance Oil! Cherry Blossom and Cucumber Melon were both plenty strong with just 1 mL of fragrance oil added, but with the Waterlily Orange I wanted to make sure the delicate notes showed up well so I added a total of 2 mL of fragrance oil.

Adding Fragrance OIl

THREE: Carefully pour the perfume into the  mini spray bottle. I had to use a small funnel for this part, but that may not be the case for you. One batch of this recipe will fill three spray bottles a little more than 3/4 full. And, that’s it! Cap and dance the night away.

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33 Responses to “New Year, New Fragrance (tutorial)”

  1. Sharon says:

    Thanks!!!!!! Another good one!!!! BTW, Does this require shaking before using????? I’ve seen some recipes that will require the bottle to be shaken before each use.

  2. Sara says:

    Will it work without DPG?

  3. I love the little mini spray bottles, they are so cute. I can see someone making a super cool business out of these in mini packs of coordinating blends. Love it!

  4. Zala says:

    Happy 2013 to you and your family, Anne- Marie! May this year bless you again with a healthy and beautiful new life!

    About this recipe; I don’t have Dipropylene Glycol, but I do have Propylene Glycol. Do you know if it would be possible to use that instead?

    Thank you for this new recipe and thank you so much for all the recipes, tips, ideas and uplifting words of the past year. I do appreciate it very much!

  5. Wow, this is amazing. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at perfumes, and coming up with my own “signiture scent”, but it intimidated me. You de-mystified it for me, thanks, I can’t wait to try it! Also, I love Brambleberry’s Almond Biscotti FO so much. I bought one bottle and made SO many bath treats for my family for Christmas. This scent really goes a long way, great value.
    Thanks, Anna

    • Anne-Marie says:

      Thanks for the positive note Anna. I’m so glad that you were able to make delicious treats for your family with Almond Biscotti. It is such a yummy scent isn’t it?! =)

  6. Sharon says:

    O.K.. one more question, is DPG ok to use on the skin?

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  8. edie says:

    Does this need a preservative? I noticed in one of the SQVs that Optiphen was used – of course, I saw that after I had placed my order!

    • Hi Edie!

      What a great question! You don’t need to use a preservative in this perfume, because there is no distilled water in it. In our other perfume recipes, we used a preservative (like Optiphen) because we included distilled water as an ingredient. Any time you have water in your recipe (except CP soap) you will want to add a preservative to make sure no microbes or bacteria start growing. I hope this helps! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  9. Tracy says:

    Is there anything else you can substitute for DPG? I like to use more organic substances and try to stay away from anything that is a biproduct of propylene glycol.

  10. Tracy says:

    Where do you find the 91% alcohol?

  11. Marcy says:

    What works best to color perfume?

    • Good morning, Marcy!

      Typically we don’t color perfume, but if you are wanting to, I’d try out a little bit of an oil-soluble colorant. You might check to see if there are any frosting colors are oil soluble. We don’t sell any that are liquid but that’s what you’re looking for.

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  12. Nina says:

    Hi Anne-Marie, what do cyclomethicone and DPG do in this recipe? I don’t have DPG, can I replace it by Polysorbates?

  13. Nina says:

    So you have showed 2 ways of making a spray perfume; (1) cyclomethicone and DPG and rubbing alcohol and FO; (2) water and polysorbate and rubbing alcohol and FO. How do these products differ (I mean in texture, skin feel or the time the fragrance leaves on skin etc…)? And why don’t you use preservative in the White Ginger and Amber recipe although there is water? Thank you!

    • Hi Nina!

      Either perfume recipe is going to be wonderful on the skin, and it really depends on personal preference. I liked the DPG/Cyclomethicone recipe, while some of the gals in the office swear by the rubbing alcohol, water and polysorbate recipe.

      I’d make a small batch of the water/polysorbate/rubbing alcohol recipe since it sounds like you have the ingredients for it, and if you like it, you can stick with it. If it doesn’t work for you, then you can try the other recipes.

      The reason we don’t use a preservative in the White Ginger and Amber recipe is because of the alcohol (it makes it pretty impossible for any mold or bacteria to grow). But, you could of course add in a preservative to be extra safe. We suggest adding it in at around 1% of your recipe.

      I hope this helps! :)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  14. Liz says:

    Hi Bramble Berry,
    I ordered one of your perfume kits and read through your little booklet for making the perfume. I was wondering about how you can judge which of your fragrance oils are top, middle, and bottom notes? You talk about that in your booklet but it is not really clear in your different descriptions of your FO on BB what they are. I researched it a little on the internet but they only give that kind of info for essential oils.

  15. Liz says:

    Hi Soap Queen,
    I have been having fun formulating perfumes with your perfume kit. I was wondering about the perfume base. Can I buy it separatly on BB or can I make a base that is similar to it. When I looked at your perfume base to buy it seems you only sell the solid base. I would really like to be able to get the liquid one.
    Thank You, Liz

  16. Amanda says:

    Thank you for the recipe !!! I’m just wondering if I can make some adjustment. What is the purpose of alcohol ? I followed this recipe & mine smelled too much alcohol when I first spray it masking the fragrance oil I added. Can I substitute the alcohol portion with DPG & Cyclomehicone ? Do I need to put any preservative if I do that ?

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