- At Home
While commercial perfumes may contain upward of 200 ingredients, you can create simple perfumes at home with the two core ingredients of water and fragrance. Before starting a homemade perfume recipe, take the sniff test of various flowers, essential oils and other natural ingredients to determine your preferences. In general, perfumes may have musky, floral, aquatic, spicy or fruity scents. To emulate your favorite commercial concoctions, blend light and fresh top notes with richer, heavier base notes.