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Homemade Hair Perfume

By January 27th, 202131 Comments

Adrien, a CurlyNikki reader and frequent contributor, shared this awesome recipe with me. I thought you gals would want to check it out:

Homemade Hair Perfume
Here is a homemade hair scent I came up with for those of us that like our natural hair to smell pretty without the drying effect certain perfumes or sprays can have. It’s really simple.

You will need:

  • One small cosmetic container with a screw on lid. I found mine at walmart in the “mini’s” section.
  • Aloe vera gel.
  • An oil with a light or no scent (I prefer grapeseed oil).
  • Your favorite scented essential oil. (I’m in love with lemon verbena right now!)


  • Mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel and 1 teaspoon of oil in the container. Stir it up well until it becomes a white smooth cream.
  • Add about 5 drops of essential oil. It’s a lot, but you want it to be very concentrated so that a little goes a long way. If you are using a light scented E.O. use more until it’s fairly strong. Mix well.
  • Add cap and let sit overnight.

To use:

Rub a little between your palms and lightly massage into your hair. I rub some on my twist out before I put my loc soc on for bedtime and in the morning when I shake it out, it smells SOOO good! You can use it as the last touch on a just completed hairstyle, or to freshen up an old style.

You can also use a little behind your ears and wrists like perfume (if you have sensitive skin you may want to test it before applying it directly on your skin first)!



  • Anonymous says:

    It was really easy for me when I used a wisk in a bowl and then later funnelingthe mixture into my container. I love the smell and so do the boys at my highschool! I use sweet orange.

  • Tracey Joy says:

    @Anonymous 12:14pm Rose Water hope that helps

    I want to try this recipe myself. Thank you for sharing Adrien = )

  • Anonymous says:

    Can't wait to try this….hey where can I find the Rose water?

  • Anonymous says:

    Where did you find Lemon Verbena essential oil? The only thing I was able to locate was Lemon oil.

  • WaterBaby says:

    I cannot wait to try this! I hope it works for me.

  • do pheromones work says:

    I was looking for a gorgeous fragrances that fill your world with sensory pleasure even though I am not good for a fragrance descriptions but I wanted to have a perfume collections. Anyway,thank you so much for bringing up this so informative.


  • Anonymous says:

    can this be made into a spray? using distilled water and conditioner?

  • adrien says:

    @ naturallyme4mebyme – i'm glad you like it!

  • naturallyme4mebyme says:

    I just want to THANK YOU soo much for this idea… I love it!!! I have used Lemon grass, now Im on to peppermint..(btw I just started this regime about 4 days ago…) can anyone say addicted. LOL. Next fragrance is hmmmm whatever makes my nose happy. My bf says my hair smells like potpourri… he is so cute.

  • Something New says:

    I use my water bottle. I add a few drops of Rose water to it and sit back and wait for the "you smell good" compliments.

    When I use Aloe Vera Gel I dont mix it. I have had issues with the Gel mixing with other hair products and causing white balls to form in my hair.

  • Tara Shenéa says:

    Yeah buddy! If this works for me, I will stop purchasing Jane Carter's EXPENSIVE Nourish & Shine pomade. It is a decent butter but so not worth the price when I primarily use it as a hair perfume – awesome addictive fragrance. I rub it down my twists before twisting them out. Hope this works and thanks for sharing.

  • Sharmer says:

    Anon 7:06

    From what I have been told, it is best to mix AVG with other products. Using it by itself is almost like just putting gel formed water on your hair. Try mixing it with conditioner, water, and olive oil in a spray bottle as a curl refresher.

  • Anonymous says:

    Am I the only person who gets these results with aloe vera???

    Aloe Vera Gel + my protein sensitive hair = dry brittle 4b hair that eventually starts to split/break.

  • adrien says:

    i like them but flowery scents (rose, ylang ylant, gardenia…)can be cloying to me and after a while they make my stomach turn. i love the smell of lavendar, but citrus scents work best for me.

    @ breanna – you're welcome :o)

  • Breanna says:

    To anon 4:37pm

    Have you tried grapefruit oil that smells really good?

    To Adrien 4:06pm

    Thank you so much for replying back to me with the helpful information I will definitely follow those steps. :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Am I the only one who finds the smell of essential oils a bit foul in hair? I don't know what it is but to me they end up smelling like hair pomades and products from the drugstore aisle. I've tried lavendar, rosemary, and tea tree oil. Perhaps some other scents fare better? My husband only likes "fresh" scents (basically out of the shower conditioner) so that also makes it hard….

  • adrien says:

    and Thanks Nikki for letting me share :o) hope it works out for you all.

  • adrien says:

    @ breanna – i use the bottome of a spoon or rat tail comb to stir, just because it's small enough to fit in the containter without pushing the product out all over. i'm sure any clean solid narrow object will work. no wisk needed.

    it looks kind of clumpy at first but just keep stiring until you get the creamy consistency.

    and the amount i make is so small that mine has not gone bad before i use up a batch. you can refridgerate it if you like to preserve it better but i have not.

    do make sure you close it up after each use or the aloe vera will evaporate.

  • Kristen says:

    I like that. I may just have to try that. Smells good and is good for the hair!!! :o) Sounds like a winner to me!!!!

  • Breanna says:

    That sounds like a good technique to try, just curious do you use a spoon or a whisk to blend those products in together? Also, is this product to be referigerated or just left out in the open? How long does it last before going bad, or making another batch? Also did you guys here about the "9 Month Old Baby That Got A Relaxer,Has A Large Bald Spot By Age 3" if not here is a video link for it from sistersnaturally fellow youtuber.

  • DvaAuNaturel says:

    This sounds awesome. I'll definitely be giving this a try. Thanks for sharing such a great tip!

  • elitebeauty13 says:

    I must try this. I love hair that smells good all the time.

  • The Chocolate Loveliness That Is Fraña says:

    Hmm… I am SO trying this one! Thank you for the advice!

  • GGmadeit says:

    I am all over this! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful says:

    This is great.
    Will try it.

  • MelMelBee says:

    This is perfect! I just thought that I needed something like this, as my hair smelled like fried chicken the other day after visiting my aunt's house…LOL. Now, I'll have to go sniff some essential oils, to see which I like the best…Any suggestions?

  • Unknown says:

    im gonna try this!! sounds like a definite do!

  • AusetAbena says:

    This is great. I myself love to have great smelling hair. It always attracts compliments.

  • Unknown says:

    Great idea!

  • Tiffany says:

    I am all over this one.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  • Sharmer says:

    Neat idea! I may have to try this

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