6 Fresh DIY Perfumes with Whisky

British singer Rita Ora said, "For me, a fragrance is another way of leaving an impression on somebody."


Scents are powerful - they can evoke a wave of memories and spark a series of associations and emotions from deep within our subconscious. Research suggests that we are more likely to remember something we get a whiff of, than something we hear, see or even touch. No surprise then, that perfumeries across the world thrive on this ageless concept.

Did you know the oldest perfumery dates all the way back to the Bronze Age, and was discovered on the Island of Cyprus? The word ‘perfume’ is a derivation of the Latin 'per fumum', which literally means ‘through smoke’. It is believed that ancient Egyptians used it to please the gods. Perfume is made of essential fragrant oils and aroma compounds, which lend it its scent.

Fragrances are experiences. Today, the perfume industry is experimenting with scents inspired by various new types of food, spices and cocktail bar ingredients. You read that right! Trends have moved towards notes of different liquors being used as essential components of some perfumes. Whisky-laced scents and colognes are ringing the cash registers of several enterprising perfumers.

It is not just connoisseurs who celebrate the ‘water of life’, but all of us. We keep finding new ways to imbue it into our lives. We even dress up our meals, cocktails and sauces with it. This versatile amber liquid also lends itself to perfumes which smell wonderful. Whisky-inspired fragrances are a recent phenomenon that has captured the attention of both perfume and whisky aficionados. The elegant whisky with its sharp, peaty flavours has a pivotal connection to the woody, smoky notes in certain manufactured perfumes. Such heady fragrances are very much in vogue, with leading brands launching a diverse variety of alcohol-scented perfumes. But the prices of many on the market may put a heavy dent in one’s pocket!

Fragrances don't have to be exorbitantly out of reach like some commercially sold perfumes. You can try a few of these natural and simple-to-make whisky-infused fragrances listed below. These can be customised to suit your preferences, and are devoid of toxins and chemicals such as phthalates that one finds in synthetic fragrances.

  1. Floral Perfume - Fill a perfume bottle with 120 ml coconut oil. Add in 15 - 17 drops each of blood orange and ylang ylang essential oils with a dropper, followed by 5 ml whisky. Put the lid on and shake gently. Voila! You’ve just made a light, floral scent from the comfort of your home. Spritz or roll it on.
  1. Solid Perfume - A naturally scented solid perfume is extremely handy and rules out the possibility of spillage. Nourishing oils such as virgin coconut and sweet almond are prime picks. Place a saucepan partially filled with water over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons beeswax pellets, and 15 ml carrier oil into a glass bowl, and place it on top of the saucepan. Let it melt. Remove the bowl off heat, stir the liquid, and pour to store it. As it cools, add 10 drops of whisky, and 40 – 45 drops of essential oil. Let the perfume solidify before use and apply it to your wrists for an intense scent that will blow you away!
  1. Wild Walk In The Woods Roller Perfume - To any nourishing oil such as almond or coconut, add 5 drops of lemon, 6 drops of lavender, 10 drops of whisky, and 3 drops of vetiver in a roller perfume bottle. Shake it and rub away.
  1. Musk For Men Perfume - Another de-stressing blend can be concocted by mixing 4 - 5 drops of lavender, 4 drops of lime, and 3 – 4 drops of Copaiba into a roller bottle. Top it up with a carrier oil and bid goodbye to the moody blues.
  1. Fresh and Fruity Perfume - Add 11 - 12 ml whisky into a dark glass bottle followed by all the essential oils poured in one at a time with a dropper; 4 drops orange, 10 drops lemon, 5 drops Tangerine, and 3 drops Neroli. Give it a stir with a glass rod and let sit for a few days.
  1. Woody Body Mist - In a dark glass bottle, add 30 ml musk essential oil and 70 ml Scotch whisky. Give it a gentle stir and allow to rest for about 2 days. Add 5 ml distilled water to it and let rest for 2 more days. Strain your perfume through a coffee filter and store for use.

Handmade perfume makes for a wonderfully personalised present. Let your favourite whisky inspire you to channel your creativity into these DIY perfumes. The boozy aromas are sure to make your senses soar.