May 4, 2010

How to Make Lilac Perfume at Home

How to Make Lilac Perfume at Home

By Jen Raskin, eHow Contributing Writer
Make Lilac 
Perfume at Home
Make Lilac Perfume at Home
Lilacs are a beautiful addition to the garden, producing an abundance of early-spring to mid-summer flowers ranging in color from white to pink to many shades of purple. But whatever the color, lilacs are known for providing a lovely scent that's popular in perfumes. If you enjoy the light, spring-like fragrance of lilacs, you can create your own lilac perfume right at home for a fraction of the cost that you'd pay for a designer scent. With a few ingredients and a simple recipe, you'll be creating lilac perfume straight out of your garden in no time.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You'll Need:

  • Lilacs
  • Bowl
  • Plate
  • Distilled water
  • Cheesecloth
  • String
  • Pot
  • Glycerin

  1. Step 1
    Harvest a large bunch of lilacs flowers and remove the stems and leaves.

  2. Step 2
    Line a large bowl with a piece of cheesecloth. Make sure the cheesecloth is big enough so that the edges drape over the sides of the bowl. Place the lilacs on top of the cheesecloth in the bowl and pour 2 cups of distilled water over the lilacs. Make sure the lilacs are completely submerged in the water.

  3. Step 3
    Cover the bowl with a plate and let sit overnight.

  4. Step 4
    Gather the edges of the cheesecloth and bring them together, twisting the cheesecloth into a sachet with the lilacs in the middle. Secure the sachet with a piece of string.

  5. Step 5
    Pour the lilac water into a pot and bring to a simmer. Place the sachet in the simmering water and allow it to cook for about an hour, or until it is reduced by half. Allow the perfume to cool completely.

  6. Step 6
    Pour the perfume into a decorative bottle.

  7. Step 7
    Add 4 drops of glycerin. Secure the lid and shake to combine.


  1. Thank you for this article. I think this would also make a refreshing room spray. Do you know the purpose of the glycerin? I wish I had lilacs. Maybe I can find someone to share some with me so I can try this.

  2. Hi Sandra
    You could always use Lilac essential oil if you cannot find Lilacs, but you may have to experiment with the amount to use.Glycerin is a fixative and will further help the perfume to retain its aroma. You can find Glycerin at most Pharmacies.or health food shops,
    Hope this helps,

  3. I really want to use the flowers. I will try to find some. Thanks for the info about glycerin.

  4. I hope you can find some , Maybe if you know a florist you could get some from them instead of them throwing them out , Just a thought.