How to make solid perfume

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How to make solid perfume

This post is sponsored by Plant Therapy. Thank you, Plant Therapy, for helping me get the word out about using natural ingredients, like essential oils, to create body-care products.

Essential oil perfume is very different than commercially-produced perfume in that it’s not a strong, overbearing product. Essential oil-based perfume is subtle and appropriate.

Natural Perfume Basics

There are three ways to make a natural perfume. The first option is to make a spray perfume by diluting an essential oil (or oils) in distilled water and alcohol. Another option is to use a roller bottle and dilute an essential oil (or oils) in a carrier oil. The third option is to use a carrier oil, beeswax, and an essential oil (or oils) to make a solid perfume.

Perfume that’s been made with essential oils isn’t as strong, or as long-lasting, as commercial perfume. This means an essential oil-based perfume needs to be applied a couple of times during the day (if you’re going for an all-day scent). Carrying a liquid oil in your purse can be quite messy, so a solid perfume is the way to go.

Before I share my solid perfume recipe, let’s talk about each of the essential ingredients used to make this perfume.

How to make solid perfume

How to Make Solid Perfume

Main Ingredient: Carrier Oil

Oil is the main ingredient used to make solid perfume. The oils used in do-it-yourself skincare recipes are typically referred to as carrier oils, although I usually call them nourishing oils.

The carrier oil used to make an essential oil-based perfume is completely up to you. Grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil are my top picks for making perfume. Virgin coconut oil may also be used, but it will impart a coconut scent on the final product.

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Main Ingredient: Beeswax

Beeswax takes the carrier oil from a liquid to a solid state. Beeswax also acts as a barrier, which helps an essential oil-based perfume last a bit longer when it’s applied to the skin.

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Main Ingredient: Essential Oil

Making your own perfume scent can be as easy or as complex as you’d like it to be. There are three ways to achieve a naturally-scented perfume.

Option 1: Single Essential Oil

To keep things simple, a single essential oil–like lavender essential oil–may be used to create a “one-and-done” perfume.

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Option 2: Pre-Blended Synergy

Another simple, “one-and-done” scent option is to use a pre-blended synergy, like: Tranquil (bergamot, patchouli, blood orange, ylang ylang, grapefruit), Love Vanilla (vanilla, ylang-ylang), Blues Buster (tangerine, geranium, grapefruit), or Spring Blossoms (neroli, sweet orange, Lime). A synergy (a blend of individual essential oils) takes all the guess work out of creating complex perfume scents.

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Option 3: Create a Custom Scent Blend

Individual oils may be combined to create your own custom perfume scent. Essential oils are divided into three main categories, based on their unique scent profile: Base Notes, Middle Notes, and Top Notes.

Base Notes (scents are uplifting, very sharp, and slow to evaporate): cedarwood, frankincense, ginger (to Middle), jasmine (to Middle), patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver, ylang ylang (to Middle).

Middle Notes (scents last a couple of hours, supportive): bay, cardamom, geranium, fir balsam, geranium, ginger (to Base), helichrysum, jasmine (to Base), lavender (to Top), lemongrass, palmarosa, orange (to Top), rosemary, ylang ylang (to Base).

Top Notes (introduce the perfume, quick to evaporate, uplifting): bergamot, clary sage (to Middle), eucalyptus, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lime, neroli, orange (to Middle), palmarosa, peppermint, pine, tangerine, verbena.

To find your custom perfume scent, experiment with just a few essential oils (3-6 individual oils– preferably a good mix of Base, Middle, and Top Notes). Add two drops of a Base Note to a small amount of carrier oil, smell the oil and evaluate which Middle Note (from your oil choices) will best accompany the scent. Add two drops of the desired Middle Note, and then repeat the smell test. Finally, add a drop at a time of the desired Top Note, taking time to swirl the mixture and conduct a smell test before adding new drops. If you’d like to go back and add more of the Base Note or Middle Note, now is the time to experiment. Creating a custom scent is all about trial and error, so have fun with the process and take notes.

Plant Therapy also provides guidance on blending essential oils on their website. When looking up an individual oil, the aroma strength (“Strength of Aroma”), aromatic scent description (“Aromatic Scent”), and blending suggestions (“Blends Well With”) are provided on the side of an essential oil photo.

How to make solid perfume

The essential oil (or oils) used to create your perfume will depend on your scent preferences as well as the mood you want to create. Once you know which scent you’ll be using, it’s time to make your solid perfume. Below, you’ll find my basic recipe for creating a custom perfume.

How to make solid perfume

Making this easy solid perfume is probably one of my favorite recent projects. I’m not the only one who loved it, though…

I had some friends over last weekend after having made my last batch, and they were curious as to what I had made in those cute little aluminum tins. When I showed them and let them smell it, they both wanted me to make them some.

Would you be surprised if I told you that I’m not talking about two girls? 😉

That’s what’s so great about this. You can make these in whatever scent you like, be it fruity or floral or woodsy or whatever you prefer. It can be masculine or feminine or even unisex like my last citrusy batch which appealed to both my male and female guests.

This is one of those projects that is truly much more simple than most people would imagine. If you can warm up a bit of oil and wax in a double boiler, you can easily make yourself some solid perfume. Seriously!

I’ve been making salves and lip glosses for years using this technique, but this time I decided to add in more scented essential oils to make myself a solid perfume.

How to make solid perfume

Why would you want to make solid perfume?

Why wouldn’t you?

But seriously, I love having solid perfume for traveling or just taking around in my purse. Liquid perfume isn’t as compact or practical.

Why would I make my own?

Because it’s easy and I can choose the (natural) ingredients to make whatever scent I want to make.

Last Updated on December 21, 2019 by Ellen Christian

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Are you wondering how to make solid perfume? I love wearing perfume and enjoy a variety of different types of scents. I generally apply it in the morning when I’m getting ready for the day. I like to refresh it throughout the day because the scent rarely lasts all day for me.

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How to Make Solid Perfume

I don’t really want to carry a bottle of perfume in my handbag. That could result in a huge mess if it ever leaked or spilled. The solution for me was to learn how to make solid perfume.

I love solid perfume because I can toss it in my bag or leave it on my desk and use it whenever I need to. The problem is that not all of my favorite designer scents are available in solid form. Lately, I have been in love with my BVLGARI au the vert perfume but I have not been able to find it in solid form anywhere. Now that I know how to make solid perfume, I can create my own.

Can I double this recipe?

If you want to make these as gifts, you can double or triple the amounts. I prefer to make one at a time since I make them for myself. They would make a great Mother’s Day gift or they’d work for wedding favors.

What scents can I use to make solid perfume?

While I chose to use my favorite designer scent, you can easily use an essential oil like jasmine or rose if you want to stick with natural. Or, you could make a citrus solid perfume for a fresh, clean scent. You will also need beeswax and a carrier oil for your solid perfume. I used Wonder Oil as my carrier oil because it’s what I have on hand and I love how easy it is to use.

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How to make solid perfume last longer

If you’re wondering how to make solid perfume last longer, you should keep it somewhere cool and out of direct sunlight. Make sure the container stays covered at all times. It should last for months this way provided you take care of it. Melting and getting solid again will cause the scent to dissipate more quickly than if it remained solid and covered.

Materials

  • Organic Beeswax Pastilles
  • Essential oils or your favorite designer perfume
  • Wonder Oil or another carrier oil
  • Little container with a lid to hold your perfume

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How to make solid perfume from liquid perfume

  • Place a tablespoon of Organic Beeswax Pastilles in a small glass bowl.
  • Place the bowl in the top of a double boiler and bring the water to a boil. Stir the beeswax gently with a wooden craft stick until it’s melted.
  • Remove it from the heat.
  • Stir in 1 tablespoon of your Wonder Oil.
  • Stir in about 8-10 drops of your fragrance. How much it takes depends on how strong your fragrance is and how strong you like your perfume. Experiment until you find the perfect amount for your scent.
  • Pour it into a little container with a lid and let it sit until it turns solid.

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You can make as many or as few of these as you would like. Vary the containers depending on the type of scent you’re making and who you are giving it to.

How do you use solid perfume?

Once the perfume has returned to solid form, just rub your finger over the top and apply it to your scent points. This could be your wrists, behind your ears or at the base of your neck. During the summer, why not try a bit behind each knee? If you prefer, you can always use a cotton swab instead of your finger.

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Essential oil crafts

If you love essential oils and want to use them when you craft, you might want to try these essential oil crafts. And, if you’re new to essential oils, I definitely recommend that you pick up an essential oil book. That way you will learn about which scents work best and what projects you can create.

More perfume crafts

If you love perfume as much as I do, you might want to make a perfume tray to hold all of your scents. You won’t believe how easy it is to make. Why not learn how to make a body spray. This spray uses essential oils.

How to make solid perfume Over the years, I’ve noticed that many natural fragrances don’t last quite as long as their chemical-laden counterparts. So, what is one to do when you don’t want to compromise a natural lifestyle to achieve an enjoyable, long-lasting fragrance? In my years-long journey of creating and testing homemade skincare and aromatherapy products, I’ve learned that not only are solid perfumes incredibly handy, but their texture also helps them stay on the skin longer.

They are also enjoyable in that they do not leak or get messy during travel and are able to keep up with my more rugged lifestyle. One fun lifehack that I discovered is that by pouring them into previously used lip balm tubes, I get to re-use the tubes and they keep the mess off of my hands. Or for another fun gift-worthy way to present these aromatic companions, pour the mixture into small molds and then store them in a locket or other travel-worthy container.

Here are two easy solid perfume recipes to get you started, but you can also create your own aromatherapy blends to add to the base recipe provided.

How to Make Solid Perfume

Makes about 5 oz.

Base Recipe

How to make solid perfume

Soothing Aroma

Okay, I know this isn’t a DIY blend, but my philosophy is if it’s not broken, don’t fix it! The Mountain Rose Herbs calming blend is simply divine and imparts a lovely blue hue! Made in our kitchens, this perfect fusion of lavender, clary sage, tangerine, vetiver, ylang ylang, and blue tansy essential oils is soothing to all of the senses.

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Revitalizing Solid Perfume Aroma Blend

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a double boiler, melt the beeswax pastilles into your carrier oil mix.
  2. Once completely melted, remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  3. Add essential oils and vitamin E oil.
  4. Stir and pour into containers. You can also find beautiful lockets at thrift stores to use instead of tins, just be sure to sterilize them first. These make sweet gifts and are fun to wear!
  5. Allow to cool on a safe shelf, away from pets and children.
  6. To use, apply a bit to your neck or wrists for an aromatherapy boost anywhere you go.

Pro Tips

  • You’ll notice that the essential oil dilution is a bit higher than usual. With perfume recipes, it’s generally okay to use a higher percentage of essential oil. This is because you use less of it at any given time. If you have more sensitive skin, you can start will less essential oil to see how your skin reacts.
  • Keep in mind that the warmth of your body will amplify the aroma a bit. The smell from container may not smell as strongly as it will on.

Want more handy on-the-go DIY recipes?

Try our Uplifting Coffee Cardamom Lip Balm Recipe

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  • Mint Chocolate Body Butter
  • DIY Body Sprays with Essential Oils
  • 9 Best Essential Oils for Stress Management

How to make solid perfume

How to make solid perfumeBecome a bona fide perfumer with just this recipe

Perfume does so many things. It can bring back long-forgotten memories, serve as an indispensable element of seduction, and help you stand out from the crowd. It’s so much more than a simple cosmetic! Each note in these cleverly created concoctions is carefully selected to create a beautiful, balanced scent. Coming up with a homemade perfume is an art unto itself, which we’re sharing with you today!

We chose to develop a solid perfume recipe for several reasons. Unlike traditional alcohol-based perfume sprays, which irritate some people’s skin, our DIY solid perfume is created with wax, butter, and oil, making it suitable for all skin types. Solid perfumes are also handy: you can easily bring this one along with you thanks to its wee metal container, making touch-ups quick and discreet—and you’ll never accidentally spray everyone around you! Lastly, solid perfumes are highly concentrated, so you don’t need to use very much. They’re practical, budget-friendly, efficient and easy to apply … what more could you want in a perfume?

Except, perhaps, to be able to say that you made it yourself! Let’s get started.

How to make solid perfume

IngredientsHow to make solid perfume

Solid base

  • 21.6 g (37.9%) Golden Wax 415 soy wax
  • 11.2 g (19.6%) caprylis oil
  • 18.4 g (32.3%) mango butter
  • 5.8 g (10.2%) scent blend

Suggested scent blends

Boreal Mist
  • 1.2 g (2.3%) black spruce essential oil
  • 1.2 g (2.3%) Virginia cedar essential oil
  • 1.7 g (3.2%) white grapefruit essential oil
  • 1.2 g (2.5%) frankincense essential oil
Flore
  • 2.6 g (4.6%) Bulgarian rose aromatic essence
  • 1.9 g (3.3%) lily of the valley aromatic essence
  • 0.6 g (1.1%) rose geranium essential oil
  • 0.7 g (1.2%) gardenia aromatic essence
Earthly Delights
  • 3.2 g (5.6%) frankincense essential oil
  • 0.6 g (1.1%) vetiver essential oil
  • 0.6 g (1.1%) patchouli essential oil
  • 1.3 g (2.3%) true lavender essential oil

Tools

  • Small stainless steel bowl
  • Components to make a double boiler
  • Small silicone spatula
  • Scale, accurate to 0.1 g
  • A few pipettes
  • A few ramekins
  • Thermometer
  • Two metal tins, 60 ml and 15 ml
  • A fridge or freezer

Good to know!

  • Boreal Mist will make you feel like you’re wandering in a deep green coniferous forest, catching the occasional surprising whiff of citrus. This woody and fruity blend is enhanced with frankincense, which adds comforting warmth. It’s the perfume for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Flore is as light and floral as its name suggests! Combining sweetness and lightness with a subtle fruity note, it’s like a beautiful bouquet that you just can’t stop breathing in. Flore is the perfect perfume for spring and summer days or to brighten grey evenings in winter.
  • Earthly Delights is a heady, earthy fragrance with spicy and floral notes. This rich and complex perfume never fails to leave an impression. It’s perfect for a soirée and suits anyone who likes to stand out from the crowd.
  • We advise against modifying the proportions of the solid base; if you do so, the final product may not be optimal or safe for body use. You may alter the scent blends or create your own, but be sure to keep in mind the warnings at the end of this section about dermocaustic and photosensitizing essential oils.
  • You can replace the caprylis oil with another vegetable oil. However, the oil you choose should not be prone to oxidation, or if it is, you will need to add 1% vitamin E and reduce the quantity of vegetable oil by 1%.
  • We strongly advise against replacing the Golden Wax 415 soy wax with another vegetable wax. This is the only wax that we recommend for skin application.
  • We chose mango butter because it will yield a soft yet firm solid perfume. Also, it’s quickly absorbed by your skin, so it won’t leave a greasy film.
  • You can modify the essential oils and aromatic essences to make your solid perfume exactly what you want. However, some essential oils are dermocaustic ( clary sage , cinnamon bark , cinnamon leaf , clove , ginger , oregano , peppermint , spearmint , thyme ). You may choose to use them, but they cannot make up more than 0.5% of the total recipe, as dermocaustic essential oils can irritate or even burn your skin.
  • Boreal Mist contains a photosensitizing essential oil (white grapefruit), so exercise caution! We advise against applying it prior to sun exposure, though you can apply it to a non-exposed area of skin. Note that this word of caution applies to all other photosensitizing essential oils that you may wish to add to your recipe ( bergamot , celery , lemon , lime , litsea , pink grapefruit , red mandarin , sweet orange , tangerine , white grapefruit ).

Steps to follow

  1. Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace .
  2. Weigh the ingredients for the solid base and melt them in a double boiler. How to make solid perfume
  3. Weigh the scents in a ramekin.
  4. Once the base has melted, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool. Once the base has cooled to 45°C or less, add the scents.
  5. Mix with the small spatula to evenly disperse the scents. How to make solid perfume
  6. Pour the mixture into the tins. How to make solid perfume
  7. Place the tins in the freezer for 30 minutes or in the fridge for one hour to set. If they still haven’t set when the time is up, leave them in your fridge or freezer a little while longer.

Use and conservation

This homemade perfume is formulated for all skin types. To apply, just rub the surface with your finger then apply to your wrists, neck, or behind your ears.

When made in optimal sanitary conditions, it will keep for at least six months.

Store in a cool place and be sure to close the lid after each use.

How to make a solid perfume out of your favourite scent, essential oils, or an aromatherapy mix!

Making a solid perfume is easier and quicker than you think. It only takes a few simple ingredients to turn a perfume into a portable, non-leaking and easy-to-use balm. They make great gifts for the guy or gals in your life, whether you know their favourite scent or would like to experiment with making your own!

If you haven’t already converted to the solid perfume buzz, have a look at these benefits of owning a solid perfume.

To hold your solid perfume, you can either buy small-sized pots in the travel section of a supermarket or pharmacy, or have a look around at home for some small containers. Maybe you have some empty lip balm tubes or pots, a used up blush (or other makeup) compact, tiny jars from condiments or even a locket necklace.

How to make solid perfume

Making a solid perfume is similar to making a lip balm if you’ve ever done one – you can just be a bit more creative with the fragrance! So firstly, here’s some ideas on different fragrances to use:

-Turn your favourite perfume into a solid balm for travel
-Use up sample perfume bottles you may have lying around
-Make aromatherapy balms instead of carrying bottles of liquid on you
-Create your own scent by mixing essential oils and other fragrances!

A few aromatherapy ideas:

Perfume balm for relaxation: Lavender and Rose
For sleep: Chamomile and Cedarwood
For alertness: Lemon and Peppermint

How to Make a Solid Perfume

Beeswax
A Carrier Oil (such as olive oil)
Fragrance (your perfume or essential oils)
Small containers (such as lip balm tubs and tubes)
Pipette (optional)

How to make solid perfume

Firstly, put equal parts beeswax and carrier oil into a small container or jar. How much you use will depend on how many you’d like to make. To melt the wax, put the container in the microwave for small intervals, stirring in-between. You could also hold it over a larger bowl of hot water while stirring if you didn’t want to use a microwave.

How to make solid perfume

Once the mix has completely melted, add in your fragrance or scented oils. How much you add will depend on how large a portion you are making, but aim for around a few drops per finished product. Add just a few drops for a milder scent or more drops for a stronger scent. If you are using a perfume, it will be diluted in the balm so you can use more for a stronger scent. If you want to make different fragrances in the one batch, just divide the liquid mix into separate containers before adding in the scent.

Don’t worry if your mix starts to solidify while you’re working. Just reheat it until its completely melted again. Working quickly, use a pipette or teaspoon to transfer your mixture into your containers or carefully pour it into the containers. Leave it to solidify (if shouldn’t take too long), and voila, you have your first solid perfume!

How to make solid perfume

You can always make a solid perfume special gifts, personalising scents for friends and even creating aromatherapy mixes for different occasions. Know someone going through a stressful time? A mix including lavender balm in a cute gift pack would be so thoughtful.

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236 · December 1, 2018 · Updated June 2, 2021 · Post may contain affiliate links.

Is it just me or is solid perfume seriously one of the best beauty inventions? I bought a few from Pacifica years ago and I’ve carried them in my purse ever since. By now I’m down to the last little bit in the bottom of the tin but I just can’t bring myself to use it up.

With the holidays right around the corner, I figure it’s a great excuse to make a whole bunch of DIY solid perfume options so I can keep a few for myself and give the rest away. Make a few different scents, like I did for this giftable perfume trio, and package them up in a ribbon-tied box for an easy DIY present your besties will actually love.

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DIY Solid Perfume Trio

One of the best things about essential oil perfume is that it’s not strong or overbearing like commercial perfumes. It’s subtle, which I love, and it has aromatherapy benefits to boot. Because of that, this perfume trio doesn’t smell like the floral perfumes you’re used to. It does contain hints of geranium, but instead of just smelling good, it was designed to calm frazzled nerves, banish the blues, and energize a tired mind. It’s perfume with a purpose.

To be honest, this was my first time making solid perfume, so I had to learn the art of scent-making as I went along. But luckily scents are flexible, which means I could mix and match whatever I had lying around instead of purchasing all new essential oils.

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If this is your first time making your own perfume, it helps to know a bit about layering scents.

Essential oils are divided into three main categories: Base, Middle, and Top Notes.

Base Notes are sharp, uplifting and slow to wear off. Think cedarwood, frankincense, ginger, vanilla and sandalwood.

Middle Notes are supportive and last for an hour or two. Bay, geranium, jasmine, lavender, rosemary, and orange are typically considered middle notes.

Top Notes are the easiest to detect in a perfume and they evaporate quickly. Grapefruit, eucalyptus, ginger, bergamot and clary sage are some of my favorites.

How to make solid perfume

But rather than worrying over your scents and whether you’ve layered them correctly, I say just go with your gut. Most of us know instinctively what smells good and what doesn’t. And while learning about perfume chemistry can help, combining scents that smell good to you is easier and much more rewarding than playing by the book.

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How to Make DIY Solid Perfume

To make your own solid perfume, first combine a neutral-smelling oil (like almond or grapeseed) with beeswax pastilles. Gently melt it in the microwave or on the stove, then add your essential oils. Start slowly, adding just a few drops of oil at a time until you have a scent you like. Then pour the mixture into a small container and let harden. That’s it!

Calming Blend

  • 4 tablespoons beeswax
  • 5 tablespoons almond oil
  • 20 drops bergamot
  • 15 drops vanilla
  • 20 drops patchouli
  • 2 ounce metal tin with lid

Combine beeswax and almond oil in a small bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals until melted. Add your essential oils and stir to combine, then pour into a lidded tin and let cool.

Energizing Blend

  • 4 tablespoons beeswax
  • 5 tablespoons almond oil
  • 25 drops grapefruit
  • 10 drops ginger
  • 20 drops lemongrass
  • 2 ounce metal tin with lid

Combine beeswax and almond oil in a small bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals until melted. Add your essential oils and stir to combine, then pour into a lidded tin and let cool.

Joyful Blend

  • 4 tablespoons beeswax
  • 5 tablespoons almond oil
  • 18 drops bergamot
  • 15 drops orange
  • 20 drops geranium
  • 10 drops lemon
  • 2 ounce metal tin with lid

Combine beeswax and almond oil in a small bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals until melted. Add your essential oils and stir to combine, then pour into a lidded tin and let cool.

How to make solid perfume

How to make solid perfumeTired of TSA throwing out your perfumes or relegating them to a checked bag and spilled contents? Then have I the tutorial for you. We’ve talked about making perfume oil and eau de parfum, so it feels right that we should now discuss solid perfuming.

Making solid perfume is incredibly easy and fun! Once you get the process down, it only takes about 15 minutes and you’re left with endless gift possibilities. You can put your perfume in a locket, compact, tin, pocket watch. seriously, any kind of small compartment will do.

No complicated maths this time around (HECK YES) so let’s get right to it!

What You Need

3 essential oils or fragrance oils depending on what you want. If you want all natural perfume, only use essential oils. Fragrance oils can contain synthetics but have already been diluted in carrier oil so they tend to be less irritating. When choosing essential oils, make sure to look up any health advisories they may have as not all EOs are skin safe. Brambleberry has a nice, affordable selection of both EOs and fragrance oils. If you would like just one specific scent (lavender, jasmine, etc) it’s ok to just use one essential oil.

3 pipettes or glass droppers

2 small bowls – use ceramic or glass as you will be melting the wax. I put the glass bowl over a candle and melt but you can use a stove or microwave.

1 tablespoon beeswax

1.5 teaspoons of Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil. Trader Joe’s has a nice Jojoba in their spa section that is both affordable and great for dry skin beyond your perfuming needs.

Locket or container for your perfume

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Let’s Do This!

In our other tutorials we talked about a perfume being made up of base, heart, and head notes. If you need help deciding what essential oils to use and in what order, refer back to the sections “The Basics,” and “How Do You Pick the Right Oils to Go Together?” in the tutorial on making perfume oil.

Alright, in this recipe, we are going to use 40 drops of essential oils. As we learned previously, the ratios of base, heart, and head are:

2 parts base : 1 part heart : 1 part head

That means we will have 20 drops of our base note and 10 drops each of our heart and head. Math, we have conquered you!

Using your pipette, count out 20 drops of your base essential oil. When finished, put the oil and the pipette aside. Next, use a clean pipette and count out 10 drops of your heart essential oil. Finally, using your last clean pipette, count out 10 drops of your head essential oil. Put your pipettes and oils to the side, they are done.

Next, measure out 1.5 teaspoons of Jojoba or Sweet Almond oil and mix with your essential oil concoction. Stir it up and sniff to make sure you like the scent. If you don’t like it, toss it now and repeat the process until you’ve found a combination you like. If it smells heavenly, then let’s move on to wax melting.

How to make solid perfume

That site I mentioned earlier, Brambleberry, carries beeswax or you can find it at your local health food store. Slice off a tablespoon of beeswax and place it in your empty ceramic/glass bowl. Melt the beeswax thoroughly so that it is completely liquid. I prefer to do this over a candle but however you can melt it is fine. Once it has been liquefied, pour your essential oil/jojoba mixture in with the beeswax and stir over low heat. If you see solids form when you pour the perfume into the beeswax just gently stir it until the mixture is liquid again. Once your perfume/beeswax concoction is stirred and thoroughly liquid, pour it into your container. If you have a small locket I advise using a pipette to transfer the perfume so that it doesn’t spill. Be advised that the wax will start to harden so if you do use a pipette make sure it’s one you don’t care about as it’s hard to get wax out.

Let your locket or container sit open for the next 15 minutes. Marvel at the wonders of science as you watch your liquid perfume slowly solidify. Once it has cooled down and looks hard, close the lid. It’s ready for immediate wear/use, but solid perfumes tend to smell amazing after they have sat untouched for a week. I’m not telling you what to do, but I am. Wait. It’s worth it.

If your perfume comes out mushy that means you might not have added enough beeswax. The beautiful thing about making solid perfume is that if you mess up. you can just re-melt it and fix.

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Clean Up

As you have no doubt noticed, melted wax is messy! Soak your bowl for a bit and then rub it down with a paper towel. Try to scoop all the wax out with the paper towel before putting it in the dishwasher.

I hope your solid perfume came out amazing and that it was a fun experience. I got into perfumery after making a solid perfume locket for a friend as a birthday gift. You never know where life will take you.