Simple & Luxurious DIY Essential Oil Solid Perfume
These easy DIY essential oil perfumes are a simple and luxurious way to free your body from the synthetic fragrances found in most conventional perfumes and colognes. Made from carrier oils, beeswax and essential oils, these solid perfumes are fun and easy to make. If you’ve been focused on the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, solid perfume making will expand your olfactory skills and give you the opportunity to try your hand and nose in the ancient art of perfuming.
Solid perfumes can be poured into different types of containers, from simple lip balm tubes to small glass jars. My favorite are small vintage jars and compacts you can find at your local thrift stores and antique shops; using these makes them feel that much more personal and special. There is also a large selection online at Etsy.
A (Very) Brief Guide to Perfuming with Essential Oils
Perfuming is both an art and science with a long history. Traditionally, perfumes were made from pure essential oils and plant resins. While some of the most expensive perfumes still are, today many well know perfumes and colognes are made with synthetic fragrances. Whether natural or synthetic, most perfumes are a blend of fragrances with a range of characteristics that come together in a unique, synergistic way. Perfumers typically combine fragrances to create a balance of top notes, middle notes and base notes, which refer to how the scents will behave in the blend and interact with your sense of smell. Theses characteristic and some of the corresponding essential oils are described in this brief guide.
✧ 5-20% of blend (1-8 drops in a one ounce container)
✧ light, fresh, sharp, or penetrating the first scent you smell and they evaporate quickly also called head notes or peak notes
Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Palmarosa*, Peppermint*, Pink Grapefruit, Siberian Fir*, Sweet Orange
✧ 50-80 % of blend (10-30 drops in a one ounce container)
✧ the main body of the blend, harmonizing, balancing scents that round out the blend adding soothing, soft tones
✧ Unfold within a few moments up to 3 hours after application
✧ also called bouquets or heart notes
Cardamom, Clary Sage, German Chamomile, Holy Basil, Lavender, Siberian Fir*, Rosemary, Peppermint*, Palmarosa*, Jasmine**, Marjoram, Thyme, Rose Geranium, Ylang Ylang
✧ Use sparingly, ~5% of blend (1-2 drops in a one ounce container)
✧ deep, warm and sensuous; provides depth and intensity
✧ be cautious; base notes can be overpowering and unpleasant if used in too high a proportion. More pleasant base notes like Cedarwood, Frankincense and Jasmine can be used in higher amounts.
Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine**, Patchouli, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver
You can find all of the essential oils here. When choosing the essential oils for your solid perfume, keep these guidelines in mind, but most importantly, trust your nose. Scents are intimate and personal. These solid perfumes usually improve with age and it may take days or weeks for a blend to reveal its full beauty and complexity. If you’re not feeling adventurous, this guide, How to Create 5 Iconic Fragrances for Less , offers olfactory insight into the key fragrance notes in some of the most popular perfumes.
Choosing Essential Oils for your Solid Perfume
1. If you’re a beginner in the art of perfuming, keep it simple and elegant. Consider using three to five essential oils.
2. Experiment with a few drops on the thick paper to test various combinations, until you’re satisfied.
3. For a one ounce container, use a total of 20 – 40 drops of essential oils. You can use a simple form like this to record your perfume formula.
DIY Solid Perfume Recipe
Yields ~ 4 ounces perfume (or 4 one ounce containers)
¼ cup (2 fluid ounces) Jojoba Oil
¼ cup (2 fluid ounces) Apricot Kernel Oil
½ ounce (by weight) beeswax
Essential oils of your choice;
20-40 drops ounce of perfume or 80-1600 drops for the entire batch.
Before you begin, set aside a small amount of the jojoba oil and a small amount of beeswax to adjust the consistency of your finished product if necessary. Place the oil in a steel, enamel, or glass container with the beeswax and slowly warm over low heat until the beeswax is fully melted. To test the finished consistency of your product, remove the mixture from the heat source; dip a clean spoon into the mixture. Place the spoon in the freezer for a few minutes where the sample will cool quickly. If the sample is harder than you would like, add some of the reserved oil. If it is softer than you would like, add some of the reserved beeswax and allow it to melt. Continue to test and adjust the consistency until you are satisfied with the result. At this point, if you are using essential oils, there are two options: 1) if you are making a large batch, quickly and gently stir your essentials into the still warm oil/beeswax mixture and quickly pour the mixture into appropriate containers to cool; or 2) add your essential oils to small individual containers and pour the warm oil/beeswax mixture into each container to cool. Label and enjoy!
These solid perfumes are a delightful way to enjoy your favorite essential oils. They also make treasured gifts especially when paired with a charming vintage container. I’d love to see your finished perfumes and hear about your favorite blends. Leave a comment below or post a picture on Instagram and tag it #nectarDIY.