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Best Carrier Oils for Homemade Perfume and Essential Oils

Carrier oils.

Carrier oils.

What Is Carrier Oil?

Carrier oils are vegetable oils that do not evaporate and are extracted from fatty parts of plants. Oils can be extracted from the plant by five different methods:

  • Cold Pressed
  • Expeller Pressed
  • Refined
  • Partially Refined
  • Unrefined

Each of these methods produces a different quality of oil.

Uses in Aromatherapy and Perfume

Homemade aromatherapy mixtures and perfumes use carrier oils or dilute essential oils as a base. Many homemade perfume recipes use carrier oils to carry the fragrance to the skin.


Always use caution when trying ingredients that are unknown to you. Persons who are allergic to nuts should ask a medical doctor before coming into contact with oils from nuts or other nut products. Read the labels of the products you use on your skin.

Remember, essential oils are extremely concentrated. A very small amount can cause harm—a burn or an allergic reaction. Please use them correctly. Don't apply undiluted essential oils directly to your skin.

There are over 50 different carrier oils on the market. When it comes to homemade perfumes or aromatherapy mixtures, the five below are the most often recommended:

  • Jojoba Oil
  • Apricot Kernel Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Oil
Jojoba nut.

Jojoba nut.

Jojoba Oil

Best For: Homemade perfumes

The recommended carrier oil for making homemade perfume is Jojoba oil. It moisturizes the skin and is absorbed quickly without leaving any greasy effect. Jojoba oil is odorless and colorless.

Jojoba is a shrub that grows in dry regions of northern Mexico and the southwestern US. The seeds of the jojoba plant incorporate as much as 60% of their weight in oil. The oil is best isolated by cold pressing of the seeds. The raw extract is called "jojoba wax," and removing the glycerine leaves jojoba oil.

Jojoba oil has many uses:

  • moisturizer
  • hair care products
  • anti-aging creams
  • softening cuticles
  • restoring natural skin oil balance
  • removing makeup
  • acne treatment and prevention

Jojoba oil mixed with essential oils is perfect for making homemade perfume; it will give any perfume recipe that little extra touch.

 Apricot kernel.

Apricot kernel.

Apricot Kernel Oil

Best For: Homemade perfumes, aromatherapy

Apricot kernel oil, also called apricot oil, is also a good carrier oil used in making homemade perfumes and aromatherapy fragrances.

Apricot kernel oil is fine-textured and absorbed quickly through the skin without leaving an oily residue. It is not odorless, having a faint smell, and it is not colorless; it has a pale yellow color that may stain light-colored clothing. Apricot kernel oil is used in anti-aging formulas and helps with inflammation. It contains vitamins A, C, and E.

Apricot kernel oil comes from the fruit of the apricot tree, a small tree about 8-12 m tall. Turkey is the largest leading apricot producer in the world followed by Iran and Uzbekistan. In the US, apricots are grown in California, Washington, and Utah. The dry seed of the apricot is cold-pressed to yield the oil.



Almond Oil

Best For: Homemade perfumes, aromatherapy

Almond oil is another great carrier oil for homemade perfume and aromatherapy recipes. Almond oil effectively delays aging processes, and it helps lighten dark skin. Almond oil reduces inflammation, irritation, and skin rashes. It soothes sore and itchy skin and is a good moisturizer for chapped and dry lips. Almond oil contains Vitamin E, Vitamin D, and minerals like calcium and magnesium.

The almond tree is native to the Middle East and South Asia. The US, Spain, and Iran are the largest producers of almonds.



Avocado Oil

Best For: Homemade perfumes, aromatherapy

Avocado oil is another great carrier oil for homemade perfume and aromatherapy recipes. It is rich in vitamins A, D, and E, maintaining healthy skin and helping to relieve eczema. Avocado oil decreases the effects of aging and is an ideal moisturizer and skincare agent.

The avocado is the fruit of a tree native to Mexico and Central America. Mexico, Chile, and the Dominican Republic are the biggest producers of avocados.



Coconut Oil

Best For: Homemade perfumes, aromatherapy

Coconut oil is another good carrier oil for homemade perfume and aromatherapy mixtures. It contains fatty acids like lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid. It also has Vitamin E. Coconut oil is commonly used to treat skin and nails because the fatty acids it contains are anti-fungal, anti-oxidizing, and anti-bacterial.

The coconut palm is found in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. The Philippines, Indonesia, and India are the world's largest producers of coconuts.

Dilution for Aromatherapy Massage Mixtures

When making homemade perfume and aromatherapy mixtures, the best way to dilute essential oils is by mixing them with a carrier oil. Aromatherapy massage mixtures use this dilution method:

  • 1% dilution: 5-6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil
  • 2% dilution: 7-14 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil
  • 3% dilution: 15-18 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil

Equivalents for Measuring Oils

Essential Oil Measurement Equivalents

100 drops 1 tsp5ml1/6 ounce

200 drops

2 tsp


1/3 ounce

300 drops

3 tsp


1/2 ounce

400 drops

4 tsp


2/3 ounce

500 drops

5 tsp


5/6 ounce

600 drops

6 tsp


1 ounce

Below is a simple homemade perfume or aromatherapy oil recipe that you can use. It has a nice lavender base with a touch of vanilla for sweetness.

Try using different carrier oils to see which ones you like the most.

Lavender essential oil

Lavender essential oil

Sweet Lavender Perfume

  • 1 ounce of carrier oil, water, or alcohol
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop of vanilla essential oil

Try Different Oils

As you can see there are several benefits to each of these carrier oils, from skin moisturizing to eczema relief. Most have vitamins and minerals in them that helps revitalize the skin. When you make aromatherapy mixtures, experiment to find which carrier oils you like the most. And remember you can replace carrier oil with water or alcohol in homemade perfume recipes.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 William Ziegler


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Can I DIY with VODKA. and what is a ratio of measurement.

Also when adding water, which preservative and how much . PLEASE advice, Thanks on March 28, 2019:

When adding water, which preservative and how much of it is recommended.

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Candy Ortega on January 12, 2017:

I live in Arizona an would like someone to tell me where can i purchase the base an oils. Thank you. An bottles.

Laura on December 01, 2016:

I've created my own escential oil formula that I want to make into a moisturizing body spray.

Can I use a vitamin e moisturizing mist as my base? Do you know where I can purchase a base spray to carry my oils? Thank you

janelle on August 28, 2016:

I have 15ml bottles using jojoba and coconut oil can anyone help with a recipe on how to mix with fragrance

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