Make Your Own Perfume

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In this activity about olfaction (7th activity on the page), learners use natural ingredients to concoct their own perfume. This resource contains three different perfume recipes and a link to background information about the sense of smell. Note: the recipes require that the solutions sit overnight.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
4 to 24 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Water
  • Bowl(s)
  • Cup of fresh chopped flower blossoms (lilac, lavender, orange blossoms, honeysuckle, etc.)
  • Coffee filters
  • Dash of vanilla flavoring
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • A few cloves
  • Spices such as mint, rosemary, and orange peel


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Smell
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • smell
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.


  • All rights reserved, Eric H. Chudler, 2009