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Make Your Own Perfume

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    University of Washington

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Make Your Own Perfume

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


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