We invest so much money and time in choosing the perfect dress or the best hairstyle that we simply can’t fathom the idea of spending time with alchemy in an attempt of finding the ultimate fragrance. Yet, it is proven that the sense of smell is much more powerful that sight or hearing in evoking powerful memories. After many years, people still remember a certain scent and this subtle fragrance can bring back tons of memories in a split-second, in a way that no other sense can.
I hope that I’ve got your attention by now and you are less reluctant to hear me out, as I am trying to convince you that it is worth spending the time to create your own fragrance. Shopping is always an alternative and many of us regard it as the only choice, but only because we don’t know how easy it is to make solid perfumes. Don’t jump to conclusions and assume that you need to buy expensive ingredients or spend countless hours mixing them with no avail.
I find it just as fun to create the concoction as it is rewarding to enjoy the product itself, so I can honestly say that once you succeed in creating a solid perfume you won’t step into a store selling them ever again. The perks of these perfumes as opposed to liquid ones is that you can carry them around without worries and smell divinely without paying a lot of money for the privilege. (hello aromatherapy).
Here’s the Ingredients:
1 1/2 tsp Grated Beeswax
1 1/2 tsp Carrier oil like Sweet almond, Jojoba, Olive, or Grapeseed oil (Tip: Jojoba oil is a favorite carrier, as it has little smell of its own and a long shelf life.)
Essential oils of your choice
Old Lip balm Container
Use equal parts of carrier oil and beeswax depending on your container.
1.) Blend the Carrier Oil and Essential Oil
Measure 1 1/2 tsp of jojoba oil into a small glass or cup and add your favorite essential oils to the mix. This is the fun part as you blend your scents, use about 20-30 drops of essential oil per 3 tsp solid perfume base.
2.) Make the Solid Perfume Base
Using the double boiler, melt the 1 1/2 tsp of beeswax. This is essential when melting the beeswax as high temperature can spoil their quality. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a small pan and fill it half with water, heat it first and then put the inner pan (you can use a Pyrex measuring cup like I did) and let the beeswax melts into the oil using low heat. Try to keep the temperature around 150ºF where the water is not yet boiling to liquefy the beeswax.
Test the consistency by getting some of the mix on a spoon; let it cool off on a paper towel for a few minutes. When it is cooled and appears solid, test it with your finger. If it feels too soft, add more wax to the pot; if too hard, add more oil.
3.) Remove from heat once the beeswax turned into liquid and add the jojoba/essential oils mixture and stir to blend well.
4.) Create your Solid Perfume
Pour the mixture into a container and let it sit undisturbed for around 10-15 minutes or until it cools down. I recommend waiting 48 hours for the perfume oil to settle so you can get an accurate whiff.
Heat can ruin essential oils, so take precaution if you have to reheat the base; keep the mix under 120? Fahrenheit. Test your solid perfume with a spoon and on your skin; add more ingredients if needed, until you have the desired scent intensity.
Other Scent Combinations to Try:
7 drops frankincense essential oil
7 drops of ylang ylang essential oil
5 drops fresh ginger essential oil
6 drops wild sweet orange essential oil
7 drops Clary sage and rosewood
7 drops Patchouli with either rose, ylang ylang, or frankincense
6 drops Plain vanilla extract will work too — imitation not allowed
7 drops sweet orange essential oil
7 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
6 drops cedarwood (or sandalwood) essential oil
Just adjust the amount of beeswax if you find the mixture mushy or too hard (adding a bit of beeswax will make the mixture more solid). You can go for an extra intense scent by adding more essential oils but make sure not to scrimp on whatever carrier oil you’ve used for the base.