Hey, sexy. Yeah, you. The one that smells so good – the one that’s unique and alluring.
Today, we’re going to learn how to make our own solid perfume, and I promise you (PROMISE YOU) that if you choose to do this, no one in the world will smell just like you. Ever again. You’ll have that precious je ne sais quoi that doesn’t just make other people go “yum,” but that keeps your spirits high constantly (because, hello aromatherapy).
Not only do you want to make your own perfume to celebrate your individuality (girl power!), but before you spritz on that mass marketed bottle of Poison (haha! irony!), consider this:
- Synthetic fragrances contain hormone (endocrine) disruptors that can lead to a whole host of medical problems, including hormone imbalance, thyroid issues and cancer
- Synthetic fragrances kick allergic reactions into high gear for many people, leading to headaches, respiratory issues and other disorders
- Millions of people suffer from sensitivities to synthetic fragrance, so that sexy scent you think you’re blessing the world with is actually making life harder for people around you
But we want to smell yummy, right? And we still can. Just not with store-bought perfumes. Instead, we’ll make our own – with all-natural essential oils.
And talk about the most incredible handmade gift to give someone – there’s nothing more personal than scent (except maybe tax returns). Your mom love the smell of nutmeg? Best friend goes gaga over anything lavender? Here. Here is what you do.
Personal Perfumery – It’s All In The EOs
This is so ridiculously easy – seriously hardcore simple. But there’s one little trick to it: Blending essential oils.
Before you start to make your perfume, you’ll need to decide what it’s going to smell like.
Step 1: Deciding on Your Signature Scent
There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t just use a single essential oil when blending your own perfume. It won’t be as complex as the perfumes you’re used to, but it works. And after wearing it for a few days or weeks, it becomes you.
I know a woman – a beautifully warm and vivacious woman – who only wears patchouli as a fragrance. That’s it. But instead of smelling like a hippie-just-showered, she smells like … her. I cannot smell patchouli from a bottle without retching a little (personal preference), but on HER, it’s magical. Warm. Personal. It’s not patchouli – it’s Roxy.
However, you might want to blend a few essential oils to create a more complex and daring scent. And this is where the difficulty – and the magic comes in.
- Go to a natural foods store (like Whole Foods) and spend some time with the essential oils there. Find ONE that calls to you, that gives you that little “lift” as soon as you smell it.
- Buy it if you’d like, but then come home and learn about what the scent blends well with. I like to peruse the essential oil profiles on Mountain Rose Herbs for ideas.
- But then, after you’ve found what the oil blends well with, go to the list here at the middle of the page, and from it pick a top note, middle note, and bottom note that sounds good to you, and then pick up the rest of the necessary supplies.
I like the idea of using three oils together, because it hits all scent receptors and fades away magically over time, but there are no hard and fast rules to scent blending. Even two-scent blends are lovely: Rose-cypress, ylang-ylang-sweet orange, and lavender-clove are all amazing two-scent blends.
I’ll repeat, deciding on your scents will be the hardest part of blending your own perfume. After that, it’s all cake. (Aromaweb has a fantastic five-page tutorial on how to choose and blend scents, starting here.)
How to Create Your Solid Perfume
We’re doing solid perfume only today, because it’s easy, but also because it’s effortlessly portable, the beeswax makes it last a long, long time, and there’s just something so magically vintage about it.
Here’s what you need:
- Carrier oil (like jojoba, sweet almond, olive, or grapeseed)
- Essential oils of your choice
- A container suitable for solid perfume (like an old lip balm container – even if it’s the “stick” variety!)
The rule of thumb is equal parts beeswax and carrier oil. I found that the typical lip balm container used about 2 tsp grated beeswax and 2 tsp carrier oil.
With that in mind, as you blend your scents, use about 40-45 drops of essential oil per 4 tsp solid perfume base.
Step 1: Blend Your Essential Oil
While you can blend as you make the solid perfume (which is how I did it and regretted it on occasion), it might be better to blend ahead of time.
In a very small container, measure out your essential oil blend and make sure you like the way it smells while it’s concentrated (keeping in mind that it will mellow once you add it to the solid base).
So now that you have your blend, here’s what’s next.
Step 2: Melt the beeswax and oil
In a small double boiler (or makeshift double boiler), start the water heating on the bottom pot and drop your measured beeswax into the clean top pot.
When your beeswax is pretty much melted, add in the carrier oil and stir until everything is warm and liquid.
Step 3: Remove From Heat and Quickly Stir In Your Essential Oil(s)
You want to move fast here (which is why it’s a great idea to blend your oils ahead of time), because this sets up and hardens like lightning.
If, for some reason, this hardens before your able to get it into your container, don’t panic. Just put the bowl back on top of your double boiler and let it remelt. (Just don’t leave it over the heat for too long, because you risk losing some essential oils to evaporation.)
Step 4: Pour Into Your Container and Watch It Harden
Carefully pour your homemade perfume mixture into your chosen container:
Within minutes, your perfume will set, and by about 10 minutes, it will be completely hardened, done, and ready for you to enjoy (or give as a gift).
Pretty easy, huh?
A Few Blend Ideas to Get You Started
As you can see, I made a kajillion solid perfumes, and each of them smell different (some of them I like more than others). Here are the ones I particularly liked, but I’ve run out of several essential oils I would have rather used. (Guess what my Christmas presents will be?)
Fresh and Kicky (Vetiver, Ginger, Grapefruit)
- 17 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 14 drops ginger essential oil
- 10 drops vetiver essential oil
Romantically Wistful (Rose, Lime, Vetiver)
- 25 drops rose essential oil
- 10 drops lime essential oil
- 10 drops vetiver essential oil
(I’m on a HUGE vetiver kick right now – it’s so fresh and spicy and sort-of grassy and it makes my face smile really, really big)
Sensuously Deep (Ylang-Ylang, Sweet Orange, Cedarwood)
- 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 15 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
- 10 drops cedarwood (or sandalwood) essential oil
I also created a blend with bergamot, palmarosa, and vanilla. And one with jasmine, nutmeg, and something else. I seriously went crazy, and didn’t document everything I blended (shame!), but my favorite might just be the one where I melted down amber resin and mixed it with ylang-ylang. SO MANY PERFUMES, so little time.
The important part: Experiment! Find your own special scent!
And, as always, if you need to know where to buy these things: Mountain Rose Herbs or iHerb (save $5 with code OZE706 there) are great places to start, if you don’t want to buy at your natural foods store.
What Would Be Your Dream Perfume?
Do you already know what scents you’d want to use for a homemade solid perfume?
What are your favorite scents?
I’m curious to see how many of us like the same essential oils as scents we’d wear as perfume; plus, if I’m going to get new EOs for Christmas, I want to know which to choose (just in case I ever do a handmade perfume gift-giving thing here on the blog … I’m thinking about it!)
Oh! Wait. Speaking of which, Maggie set up a Gift Exchange in the Crunchy Community – check it out. Now you REALLY need to tell me your favorite scents here … just in case I draw you for the exchange!
Not sure when these comments were posted or if this is still current but i love lavender, vetiver, bergamot and cedarwood or lavender, vetiver, lime and patchouli. Still a newbie and still experimenting. I looooooove everything perfume and to be able to put together a scent is very cool.
You can invent your own perfume scent as long as you’ve research it thoroughly. Create your own perfume scents from ideas of the experts. As long as it wouldn’t harm you or anyone else that surrounds you.
Thank you very much for sharing. I have never done this before but I am eager to try it.
Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and useful article. I will surely try out this method of preparing perfume at home as it seems to be easy.
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Hi Betty, this post helped me enormously, for which my thanks. I’m about to create my own unique blend of essential oils but can’t get hold of some of them, can I use fragrant oils as a substitute? Will that do? Thanks.
Greetings from Holland.
I have made quite a bit of solid perfume and one thing I found out with the solid perfume is that the beeswax and carrier oil/essential oil ratio does not work that well for me. If the perfume is too solid you cannot get enough on your fingers to successfully transfer it to your (target) skin. If you use a formula like 3 parts beeswax + 1part solid at room temp. oil like coconut + 4 parts of your carrier/essential oils you get a solid perfume that will slightly melt to the touch of your finger. Personally I like to use the tubes unless you are making a gift of a locket filled with scent. With the tubes you are applying the scent directly to your pulse points as opposed to wasting any of that lovely scent on your fingertips which you will probably just wash right off. As to how to make the scent last, I make an amount of essential oil in carrier oil on the side to be able to layer the scent. Solid perfume with a layer of liquid perfume over the solid.
The coolest thing about making this as a piece of wearable art (in a locket) is that the heat of your body will continuously release fragrance.
I’ve been having issues with getting this perfume’s fragrance to last. I used sweet orange and ylang-ylang essential oils. I know they’re mid notes but any suggestions to make it last.
Just wandering where you got your amber resin from and what else you used with it to create the perfume. Amber is my favorite scent.
I don’t know if I just keep overlooking it. But I see the drop amounts for the essential oils, but what are the measurements for the rest of the ingredients? Thank you!
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How do you make the solid perfume last longer….mine seem to fade in 1-2 hours?
I made this and I used 3 (1/8) cups of beeswax and coconut oil. I was wondering is this too much coconut oil and does this recipe require any setup time? I poured this recipe into lip balm tubes for easier usage. When I pushed on it from the top it was a little too slippery. Should I have increased the beeswax perhaps? Any ideas are welcomed. I should also say that when I tested it it had only been about 7 hours. I used unrefined beeswax and organic coconut oil.
I would love to try this with our girls club at church. Could a crock pot be used to either melt or keep beeswax melted until ready to decant?
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Making a perfume using essential oils is such a great idea and the best part of it is that smelling such a pure natural substance is beneficial for health! Trying the romantically wistfull blend is a must me thinks! Thanks so much
Hey there I am a male and came across your website I have a question I am trying to make a beard balm but all the recipes I come across online I don’t seem to like do you have any suggestions on a mix of essential oils that would be citrusy but yet manly? I saw the recipe you have with orange,ylang ylang and cedarwood is that more for women or is that also good for a man? I am looking for something with cedarwood in it but citrus also don’t wanna smell completely like a forest lol thanks for all your help
Lavender vetiver cedarwood and lime… wonderful citrus and wood combo (im a girl and love citrus smoky woodsy scents)
I love solid perfume and how easy it is to make and experiment with! Just note that EO’s don’t necessarily mean allergy free. I am so allergic to patchouli that my skin burns and raises a rash almost instantly and I start to itch if I’m around someone wearing it, even the purest organic ones! I have a girlfriend that is so allergic to lavender that she sneezes uncontrollably when she’s around the EO’s or flowers! Just do your research and pay attention to your body, it will still turn out awesome! A warning though, Stephanie, I too love bergamot but do some research about it being a known carcinogen, just know the risks before you decide to use it. Happy Crafting!!!! XO
I love the following scents;
Any of these take stir up fond memories of childhood during springtime and 1st crushes on girls while playing outside after drab Chicago winters. I have a peach oil but don’t know if the others exist, well I’m pretty sure there’s lilac actually.
My favorites oils for aroma therapy right now are;
-Peppermint, cypress and lavender mixed together
I’d like to make a blend of myrrh and vanilla, but they’re both so expensive that the only affordable ones I could find are pre-blended with grapeseed oil (only 20% essential oil). How will that affect the formula?
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Hi ! I’ve been wanting to make my own solid perfume for a looong time, and tonight is the night. I was so sad because I could’nt get a scent I liked with the oils I already owned, but buying one new thing just changed everything…cinnamon ! I love it in cakes, hot chocolates, in pastries – and now in perfume. So I’m making some tests but I think my very unique perfume will contain sandalwood, cinnamon and mandarina (mandarin ? sorry i don’t remember the english word…).
So thanks for your tutorial and all the inspiration you can give =)
I just got cinnamon, too! I LOVE it! I was wondering how much this recipe makes, because I’d really like to give some away as gifts but I’m pretty-much the only “hippie” I know so no one is going to like my “meditation blend” creations but me. I’m thinking I’m going to melt the beeswax, add the carrier oil, and then split it (if I have time!) into two or three smaller bowls and scent each as I see fit.
Um, Plan B!! That DOES NOT WORK AT ALL! It literally dries/hardens INSTANTLY, there is NO time to separate, let alone add essential oils to more than one lot. No sooner than I got one poured, the other was already dry! I think I’m smart (apparently, I’m not), so I thought I’d just put both smaller bowls into the double broiler and add water to the bottom of THAT pan. Yeah, that does NOT work! It takes FOREVER, even after more than doubling the heat, I ended up scraping the whole mess back into the original bowl (top of double boiler). Perhaps if you were making a huge batch, that might work. I think not. I was making a very small batch but even so, it dried INSTANTLY upon pouring out of the pan. I did salvage the majority by scraping it all back in and starting over, but I added the essential oils IMMEDIATELY after heating, not even transferring to another container, and it was too firm to even transfer the last bit (stuck to the bowl/pan).
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Thanks so very much for making this endeavor seem so approachable! My husband is allergic to (hay-fever-ish) and I get migraines from just about every traditional perfume either of us have ever tried. Plus, I work in health care, and overwhelming scents are not the best things to wear when in close contact with people. But I do miss smelling non-generic, lol. Freshly washed human isn’t a bad smell, but I like the idea of giving myself that little lift throughout the day. I have heard solid perfumes don’t have that overwhelming scent cloud factor which sounds wonderful.
I am thinking of trying a mix of bergamot, rosemary, and maybe amber or myrrh. My sister has a giant rosemary bush behind her house and all I ever want to do is roll around in it, I LOVE earl grey tea, and my favorite candles have always been rich yummy candles that have that warm amber scent to them. I’m excited. Plus I think all three of those would make pretty lovely single-scents.
Again, thank you!
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I have one I call Odinn’s Beard. It smells like I think Odinn would- woodsy and sexy.
Along with your carrier oil, 10 drops each of:
My next batch may contain mugwort and tobacco as well, I’ll have to see how he likes it.
Hi, this sounds great for my guy. Can I get how many drops of each oil you put in?
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Hi, this sounds great for my guy. Can I get how many drops of each oil you put in?
I’m thinking about making a salty chocolate scent. I’m wondering if I can find some really good, fresh sea salt and add it to the solid perfume as it is hardening to get a little kick in there of the salt. However – there is absolutely NOWHERE online that says anything about this.
Hi, did you try this? I found this article purely because I googled about doing this and your comment came up!
Salt itself doesn’t have a smell – but you might get a whiff of sea by adding something that smells of seaweed… or this one http://www.essential-oil-goddess.com/ocean-scent-or-beach-scent.html
Hi! i was wondering what size lib balm container you recommend using? 15ml or 30ml? larger?
I plan on using 15ml, but I’m not sure how they will turn out yet…
But that would take about 1tsp beeswax, 1tsp carrier oil, and about 20 drops essential oils. So we will see!
would love to make my own perfume and solid perfume, two of my favorite perfumes have always been Poison and Opium, any ideas what essential oils I would use to create anything close to these? Love your ideas, can’t wait to try some. Thank you.
Thank you so much for the recipe! I love perfumes and I’m excited to make my own solid. Just a question, where can I find beeswax?
I love your pendants and I made a bunch this weekend. They came out absolutely awesome! I’ve had so much interest in them. But I do have a concern…do they melt when you wear them? Or is the beeswax enough to keep that from happening? Thanks so much!
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I really love the lip balm tube idea. However I can’t imagine how you would get the melted mixture in there without spilling it everywhere! Can any of you who have done this please give any tips for getting the mixture in the lip tube instead of all over the counter? Thanks!
THANK YOU! I made my first solid perfume last night as a going away present for a friend who is moving. Vetiver, Juniper, Neroli, and Lime. It was so fun to make, and I felt confident because your instructions and photographs were so clear. Thank you for taking the time to write this post. I plan on making lots more solid perfumes to bless all the scent-loving people in my life with, and I have you to thank for the inspiration! Thanks again! Lorien
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I made solid perfume tonight and it was very easy I am just a little worried because the base seems to hard. I followed the recipe you listed and I was just wondering if it is suppose to be hard or more oily??? Mine seem hard.
Hi Deanne, the beeswax cools and hardens, but as soon as you touch it, the warmth of your body will begin to melt it so that you can apply it to your pulse points as perfume. Hope this helps, Lorien
I am looking for a recipe on rose water solid perfumes. My wife loves CT&E rose water solid perfume. Unfortunately, it has discontinue. I would like to make one for her. But nnoticed that you use essential oil. So how do i get rose water into the beewax?
Hi Bernard, I would just get some pure rose essential oil and add some to the beeswax and carrier oil. Pure rose essential oil has a tendency to be quite expensive (like $100 for a dram), but your wife is worth it, right? 🙂 Water and wax won’t mix, so if you try to put the rose water into the blend you’ll end up with wax floating on top of water, yuck. Go with the essential oil, and maybe you add some yummy scents, like neroli (orange blossom), sandalwood, vetiver, for example. But pure rose would also be beautiful. Hope this helps. Lorien
Thank you so much Lorien, don’t mind me asking if carrier oil carries any scent? Which carrier can i use with rose essential oil
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I’d made an oil-based perfume once, but found that it left stains, boo. 🙁
So I made a – rather messy – solid one. Admittedly no where near as neat as these ones but it smells good. 😀
My new signature scent: Rose otto, jasmine EO, Patchouli EO, Ylang-ylang EO and maybe a wee drop rose geranium. 😀
That sounds yummy! Last night I made Vetiver, Juniper, Neroli, and Lime, and there was the tiniest smidge of rose from a ridiculously expensive blend of rose and vetiver EO that I got from Floracopeia last year. Mine turned out messy too, because I was trying to scrape the residual beeswax out of the pan and into the tin, but oh well, I figure it will get easier and neater as time goes on. 🙂 Lorien
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Hi MBE, you can tell that this is a self-hosted site because of the domain name “Crunchybetty.com” If it were hosted by wordpress there would be a “wordpress.com” extension at the end. If you’re new, I suggest going with wordpress and learning the ropes of blogging before going with a self-hosted site. WordPress is very user friendly and offers lots of help for newbies to get started. Once you understand the process it should be pretty easy for you to transition to a self-hosted site if that will be better for your business. Hope this helps. 🙂 Lorien
Hi MBE, after rereading your initial comment, I realized you were talking about the platform and not the host. It would appear that Crunchy Betty uses WordPress as her platform but is self-hosted. Have you started a blog yet? How is it going? 🙂 Lorien
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I’m very sensitive to scents and have an extreme dislike for most on the market, so I’ve been blending my own for years. Today I was making wax tarts and decided to see if I could create a solid perfume, so I added grapeseed oil after pouring most of the wax mixture into a silicone ice cube tray. I wasn’t sure about the oil-to-wax proportion (ha, I actually wasn’t sure I was even MAKING a solid perfume) so I appreciate this tutorial. Also, I didn’t have any handy containers so I poured mine into a rubber-sealed glass jar. The lip balm tube is genius! I don’t know why I didn’t think of it. Now I can just warm the mix up a little, pour it into the tube, and refill as needed. Brilliant! Thanks!
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What? You “open a small perform shop”? What is a perform shop? Seems to have nothing to do with this article, so sorry if no one helped. It looks like you’re opening a ‘gym’ type of business…this is about perfume, scents, E.O.’s, etc.
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Hi – quick question, what type of containers do you use for these and do you have any suggestions for where to source them from?
I make all my beauty and hygiene products and I recycle empty mint or lip balm tins, glass spice bottles and the occasional plastic mustard bottle (good for my moisturizing body wash), but I will be making solid perfumes and lotion bars as gifts so I found Mountainroseherbs.com has all types of containers perfect for giving. I like the lip balm tubes for the solid perfume to keep in your pocket or purse. 😀
Thanyou so much for your lovely perfume ideas. I would like to blend one like Princess Dianas BLUEBEll.BY Pengallion or something like that. Any ideas?
Hello! I made the solid perfume and love the recipe. However, I found that the scent (the one in particular is Lavender) wears off very quickly, within a half hour. Is there any way to extend the life of the scent? Thanks!
your body absorbs the solid perfume quickly and i read a suggestion once that you can put it on the inside seam of your clothes (ie sleeve)and it will smell until you wash the garment. it could stain so you wouldn’t want to put it on a part that will show.
If you don’t want to put solid perfume on your clothes, you rub some into the ends of your hair on your head. Perfume is known to last much longer on hair than it is on skin. I massage solid perfume onto all of the ends of my strands of hair. The scent lasts noticeably longer than it does on my skin. Also, I don’t just put solid perfume on my wrists and/or neck. I put it on my wrists, neck, tips of hair, in between my breast, behind my knees and the inner part of my elbows 🙂
I’d suggest you read the link provided in the post about using essential oils. Lavender is a ‘top note’ used in mixing perfumes and will always fade quickly after being applied. Sorry to disappoint.
Also, Grapeseed oil actually makes essential oils take longer to evaporate compared to other oils. You could try using Grapeseed. Or make an oil-based roller perfume using it.
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I would just like to say that I am concerned with essential oils being used for “perfume”. Essential oils are to be studied and respected as to their special qualities.Many are not to be used by some folks at all.. ie peppermint by diabetics Most smell lovely but they do have medicinal properties and can have adverse affects.
Not too sure what to say here. Essential oils have been used to make perfumes for hundreds of years. Yes, some shouldn’t be used on your skin because they can irritate, e.g. cinnamon. But you make it sound dangerous! And some of their “special qualities” include aromatherapy use to affect mood. Peppermint is often suggested for use by diabetics in foot creams to promote circulation (the tingling sensation from peppermint also increases blood flow).
Someone getting hold of a poisonous essential oil for perfume and eating it or something else crazy, well….there’s something to be said for ‘strengthening the gene pool’. Don’t use EO’s without research. Simple.
Your last statement is all I was saying . I just am not comfortable with the use of medicinal oils used carelessly.
Using essential oils for creating perfume isn’t using them carelessly. Especially since the amount being used is so small. Now, what is careless, is INGESTING them without appropriate knowledge. But that is another topic.
I see both sides of this.
Chances are that Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison contains SOME real essential oils as well as synthetics. Then again, at $50 or more per bottle it may be the real thing that you pay and arm and a leg for because some EO is outrageously expensive for being from a superior species for fragrance and grown in low quantity.
There are also things sold as essential oils that turn out to be not quite natural. A look at packaging may give you a “blended fragrance with essential oil”. What was it blended with? will the company tell you? How was it extracted? Were scary chemicals used that may still be in it? Is it technically edible when diluted, or adulterated by the processing into oil?
Then there is the herb itself. Roses naturally contain some cyanide. Now if you use them dried for tea, that means very little because there isn’t enough concentration to be scary. On the other hand, a rose essential oil or absolute may have enough that it needs serious care when handled undiluted.
It’s like any other end of home made beauty products. Spending some quality time learning more about ingredients can help a ton to keep things safe.
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I just had a few essential oils on hand, but ones I love. I used the following ( there aren’t too many base notes, but some spicy middle to go with the subtle woody base):
Top notes: 5 grapefruit, 5 tangerine, 3 lavender, 2 peppermint
Middle: 4 nutmeg, 2 clove
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Cedar is the only base note I have, but it sure does smell delicious! I just poured the wax/oil and the aroma made me want roll back and faint of heavenly loveliness.
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Thank you so much for this post… I have blended essential oils for ages, as I make soap, but for some reason, (derrr!), I never thought to make scent for myself. I have drawers full of synthetic high-end scent that I never use. That comes from working in a pharmacy… and I don’t use most of their products!
I softened my homemade non petroleum jelly, as per Jillee’s recipe over at ‘One Good Thing’, added essential oils and Voila! a jar full of yummy goodness. I used patchouli, juniper berry, lemongrass, peppermint and lavender. It’s just so me….. Thank You so Much!
I really like very few ‘girly’ scents, and often use my husband’s colognes… there is a Bulgari one that is all herbs and clary sage that I love… I’ll have to try getting close to that one!
Thanks again, CB!
Hi Jaya…do you find making the soaps dangerous? Do you get your supplies at a major craft store…Im looking into it but dealing with lye is a big scary..any recommendations?
Curiouser and curiouser
It’s about as scary as working with hot oil. Be as careful as when you’re frying something, and you’ll be fine.
Hi Betty!! I wanted to say thank you for the tutorial! I also wanted to share my blend with you!! It’s slightly sweet, woodsy, and a little bit spicy!
5 drops Night Blooming Jasmine
5 drops Grapefruit
5 drops Lavender
5 drops Vetiver
5 drops Cedarwood
10 drops Rose
10 drops Rosewood
Thank you again! -Claire
How do you bring it on on yourself?
Oh my, this is really great!
I’m so in love with the scent of GUCCI RUSH 2 perfume and I would like to make my own version of this using just pure natural oils but I don’t know which oils to buy. Anyone’s help would be much appreciated.
My absolute favorite scent is this white tea perfume I got as a gift a year ago. And seeing as I am almost out, and it is ridiculously expensive, I have been on the search for a perfume like it that won’t make my wallet cry. But I’m going to see if I can play around with this idea to make something like that amazing white tea perfume. Thanks for the idea!!
i rub it on my pussy
Thanks. What means carrier oil?
I am planning to do a solid perfume just using Lavender oil
I’m making this into a spray perfume. Distilled water and essential oil!!! Easy peesy
I love this! Thanks for the instructions! I’ve been making my own fragrances for a while and didn’t know it was was so easy to make solid ones. Awesome. 🙂
Can’t tell you how thankful I am to have found this. I made my first solid perfumes tonight with my Japanese cherry blossom, dark cherry, and gain scents. now I think i’ll go crazy and make many more. awesome
this is a birthday present. and i wanted to know if you don’t have beeswax what do you use?
do you need a business license to sell solid perfume? Tax EIN or something like this? I would like to create a small business with using solid perfumes.
Plz advise when you get a chance.
Do you need a perfume license or some type of license to sell the solid or liquid perfumes? I would love to start a small business to help support myself and my kids.
Please advise when you get a chance.
Peggy, it would all depend on where you’re selling it at, farmer’s market, etc. I’m in MI and I know in WA if it contains alcohol in it you have to go through a liquor class & license to sell it. I have a friend that was making vanilla extract to sell among all the other items she was selling. I haven’t started selling anything yet, just seeing what people like via friends & family and other parents’ at my kids school. You’ll just have to look into your states process to sell homemade goods like a business license. I hope this has helped.
Hallo I had orchid oil,wen in Berlin Germany,a very small bottle,you needed one drop it smelled great,can’t find it in USA,maby I make it soon,hm,very interesting
Do you have a recipe (ratio of essential oils/beeswax and almond oil) to make “large batches”.? I’m wanting to make 10 one ounce containers at a time. Any help will be greatly appreciated
yes.. I have used solid perfume. now i am finding more excellent perfume.
I just made my first solid perfume….so easy..I did the orange ylang ylang one…and I am pleased cant wait to start wearing it..also if you know of a recipe that would sort of smell like wild musk oil by cody….I would love to have it or if you could tell me which e. oils smell musky…thankx betty…love you site…i find my self visiting you page often! light & love, pam
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Amandameehan: I think vanilla, lime and ylang ylang sounds heavenly! I may have to try that as my next experiment! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Sherrylm: I too, found this recipe to be too hard. I would LOVE to know what else we could do. I suppose just add more oil…..
Lorraine: My absolute favorite is: Jasmine, Lavender and Vanilla. Try it. It is unbelievable! 🙂
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Hi. Like this post of yours. Made me thinking about this a lot. But essential oils are quite expensive, so I wouldn’t just buy lots of them and experiment – at least not now, have to try it first. Tell me, have you ever tried to mix rose, sandal and orange? We have this salt (for the bathtub), which I really adore. And it includes sandal oil, orange oil, and there are dry rose petals inside – don’t know if that is only decoration, besides the rose oil, or is it the smell. I like it, because it’s deep. I like deep smells. Not too spicy, not too sweet… Do you know let’s say how Yves Saint Laurent – Elle perfume smells like? Or Calvin Klein Euphoria? These two are the only perfumes I liked. But now I get headaches from it, that’s why I wish to make solid perfume! 🙂 Any ideas, suggestions?? Would apreciate it a lot.
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This looks so cool, but I have a question, please don’t tease! How do I apply it? Do I just rub it on my skin? Do I have to fill the fixer in a container where it can pop out?
Oh my word. I found this site a while ago and thought it was a good idea, and kind of put it on the back burner of my mind for a year or so, but now I have Lavender Essential Oil and Orange, and my they smell tasty together. I love expressing my individuality (like a true american, so cliche..) and what better way to do that than to have my own scent?
I just tried with single essential oils. In each one, the essential oil didn’t mix with the beeswax/carrier oil mixture. Instead it kindof beaded. I tried one with Vanilla (10 fold), and one with Peru Balsam. I used grapeseed oil instead. Could it have been the grapeseed oil, or what would make this happen. I think will still smell the same, but just looks “unmixed”. Any advise would be great.
My all time favorite perfume is L’Instant D’Un Ete perfume for Women by Guerlain.
I know it has these oils in it Grapefruit, Bitter Orange, Magnolia, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla, Benzoin, Musk but I am kinda lost on how much to put in.
I just made my own lavender perfume solid, i could of used more of the essential oil, but i can still smell it. i love it. What other essential oils can i use with the lavender oil when i make my next batch? I was thinking of Jasmine.
sandalwood, ylang ylang and ginger
Any suggestions on what would blend well with violet?
I tried your recipe and found the end product was too hard. Used 2 tbsp of white beeswax pellets and 2 tbsp of sweet almond oil. Any suggestions of what to do to make it more creamy?
Use a bit more oil in proportion to the beeswax.
Hello! I am trying to find a site where I can get quality orders but at a reasonable price. Has anyone heard of Ananda Apothecary? Does anyone have any opinions on it? The oils seem relatively cheap compared to other sites but can I trust the quality?
im so into stuff like this. maby ill even start selling…? thank you so much for this idea!!!
I have a solid perfume that I love and it is discontinued so i want to make my own version of it. It’s black coconut, but i cant seem to find a coconut essential oil anywhere! Does anyone know where i could find that?
I’ve never heard of a coconut essential oil, but I think that’s because coconut oil is usually a carrier oil. Try looking for coconut oil. That’s usually pretty easy to find. Perhaps in your perfume you could melt coconut oil with the beeswax instead of adding jojoba!
Yes, I agree: use coconut oil, but it’s important to select one that has the coconut scent, such as Nutiva, as opposed to Spectrum brand, which while organic, has the scent processed out of it (still ideal as a butter substitute and in cooking where you don’t particularly need/what the coconuttiness).
I would use several drops, treating it as an essential oil out of fear of using too much and risking the melts-over 76*-or-pretty-close, ie worn close to one’s warm body may result in leaks–of now luscious lotion instead of solid perfume…
My absolute favorite combination but hard to find is Cherry Blossom, Peach, and white jasmine <3
thanks for article! very useful!!!!
Every year around Christmas time a health conscious store called Lush has this amazing shower gel called Twilight. I believe the main ingredient is Lavender. It is so intoxicating I feel like I’m drowning (but I’m not complaining) I want to make a perfume that smells like it.
Love this site!! I have just started making my own scents for body and home…your site is one that I will use often as I learn and grow.
Love your site! Years ago my brother gave me a tin of solid perfumed with a lavender-mandarin scent and I haven’t been able to find it again since. I think I will just make my own!
Rebecca – Sadly you’ll never be able to copy a commercial fragrance with essential oils because many of the thousands of chemicals that go into making them mimic smells that simply aren’t available in essential oils.
Anon9 – there is zero possibility of finding an essential oil that smells like strawberry. Or many, many other scents that are available commercially. Sorry to dissapoint. speaking of broad categories of scent m- you’ll never find a real essential oil or absolute that smells like anything fruity or like a typical fresh/ocean smell. They simply aren’t possible without synthetic chemicals. Re cocoa absolute – yes, it is natural. And smells awesome. but like any absolute, a drop goes a looooong way and on it’s own, it’s not a great smell, but goes beautifully with blonde tobacco flower absolute, vanilla absolute, benzoin, peru balsam and rose geranium.
I have made and sold pure cosmetics. soaps and perfumes for may years and have spent a lot of time studying many of the things people speak about as being “natural”. As for the proposition that natural = better/healthier or less allergy-inducing, that’s a false, but common proposition. “Natural” perfumes may, in fact contain phthlates, and some contain chemicals that are even worse. Each essential oil is made up of thousands of chemical constituents itself, some of which are actually highly toxic and/or allergy producing. Very few “natural” drugs/herbs and oils have been studied to determine their safety. With good reason – no pharmaceutical or chemical company is going to spend money testing the safety of compounds anyone can access. Just be careful, and don’t assume that just because something, including essential oils, is natural, that it is any safe than the commercially made stuff.
Thanks for your recipe,I want to try it.
does anyone know about how much this costs?
i saw a comment from a man who made his with bergamot and clary sage. Sounds wonderful. I’ll make this for my guy.
I saw a reply (I think in these comments) from a man who used bergamot and clary sage. Sounds wonderful for a man. This man seemed very happy about it.
Hi! Is there any substitute to beeswax? I can’t find any!!
Do you have a recipe for a man’s cologne? Jaime in Medellin, Colomgia
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Where can I find the locket/necklace perfume holder?
Search Ebay and Etsy “solid perfume compact necklace” (no need to use quotes). You can sometimes find some really nice vintage ones.
My favorite scents are those of flowers, honeysuckle, gardenia and lilly of the valley. Mmmmmm … just the tiniest of wiffs can make my eyes roll back…lol
I use to work at a health food store and I use to mix either myrh, frankincense, or sandalwood. It smells very woodsy but I loved it it was warm and comforting and I recieved loads of complements. I also really enjoy jasmine and vanilla. I can not wait to go buy some oils and try this.
I made this recipe and i LOVE IT! thank you. my clients loved it and they said the fragrance lasted about 2 hours which is not bad for a completely natural product:)
By the way, I used a small glass jar in a pot with a little steaming, not boiling, water that came about halfway up the outside of the jar. Melt the beeswax in the jar, then stir in the oil; then add fragrance, turn off heat and remove the jar. Wipe the outside dry so no water drips into perfume, pour into your containers, put on cabinet to harden.
Today I made beeswax furniture polish — same recipe, larger quantities! How funny! I use tea tree oil in my polish because it has antibacterial qualities and because I like it. Will try perfumes tomorrow!
P.S. This site is amazing!!! Thank you so much for all the helpful info! It’s so nice to see people trying, succeeding, and finding their way to living naturally and frugally, it is some of the greatest inspiration one can find when they are trying to do the same! Thank you, and God bless. Sincerely Anony9.
Hey, so I’ve been researching on a lot of stuff concerning perfumes, essential oils and the like. (I am in the process of starting my own business.) So here’s a question that I’ve had for a while, but no one seems to know the answer, maybe one of you do.
So I know that fragrance oils are synthetic and not good for you, but many of the fragrances that I like are ones that can not be made into EO’s, such as fruit and some flowers. (Example: Lilacs and strawberries.) Can I find 100% natural and organic fragrances and/or extracts of these fruits and flowers? Or would I be able to infuse/make tinctures of these and add them to my products without taking away the healing benefits?
Also, does anyone know if ‘Cocoa Absolute’ is natural? I’ve heard it is, and if it is please tell me where I can find it, and if I can find it organic. please respond quickly, thank you very much. Sincerely, Anony9.
Tried this recipe today, so much fun!! I just received my goodies from
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for customs, great company). Mixed Vanilla 10 fold, lime & ylang
ylang. It smells very relaxing, fresh, floral and sexy! I’m hoping to
make a few formulations for mood. I know a few friends and family (and
myself included) that are managing anxiety and depression, would love to
work on some blends to help with relaxation and mood lifting. Thank you
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I just made some tonight and it’s awesome! I will make one suggestion that will make it easier. Use a small crock pot instead of a double boiler. Then use a pipette to fill the containers. The perfume stays warm enough in the pot to stay liquid while you fill your containers and you never have to worry about it firming up before you’re ready.
what is a pipette?
Pipettes are like tiny turkey basters. Think medical droppers and such.
just made my own! i mixed jasmine with orange, yum!!! now i want to make a lavender one for my mum. any ideas on getting wax out of a tin can so it doesn’t spoil my next perfume?
try putting the tin in a double boiler and the steam will melt the wax- once it is melted, with a paper towel wipe it clean. Then you can wash it once it is clean.
I take my heat tool and heat the liquid as well as the tin holding the tin with a pair of craft tweezers and it works brilliantly! I just wash it out and sterilize it after that. Dry and fill with new scent and enjoy!
if you just want to try a really good, organic, all natural solid perfume, Pacifica makes a line of really great ones that go for around 9 dollars each. i really love their tuscan blood orange scent, light, but not too heavy. actually, i want to try and create a scent just like that. any ideas for EO’s?
I know you can buy Blood Orange EO. You should be able to google the Pacifica scent and find out the main notes of the fragrance.
You can find what “notes” are in your perfume at this site: http://www.basenotes.net
I’m excited to put my essential oils to use on this because I love things that smell like trees, and most perfumes out there make me sneeze anyway. I’d like to try this with fir needle, but haven’t hit on a good pairing for that yet. Decisions, decisions.
I read this post when you published it, but couldn’t find the right blend of essential oils even after going to the store and smelling a bunch of them. So, I mentally bookmarked this for later- for someday when I stumbled upon the right smell.
Well, that someday came last month when my friend gave me some soap that smelled so amazingly good I just wished I could breathe that smell for the rest of my life. She couldn’t remember what it was called so I bugged her and bugged her about it until she found out the name of it from her friend who made it. Black pepper ylang ylang.
I had never smelled either if those oils, but I ordered them without hesitation since my local store doesn’t carry them. The ylang ylang arrived first and when I opened it up and took a big whiff – EW. It smells so disgustingly sweet. I held out for when the black pepper oil arrived a few days later, and it smells like… Black pepper. I hesitated for a few days because I was afraid of the ylang ylang, but I finally gave it a shot. I mixed 2 drops of each in some jojoba oil and rubbed it on my skin and it worked! It smells just like that soap that I’ve been savoring (there’s only a sliver left) and nothing like plain ylang ylang.
Something happens when you mix the two together and the result doesn’t smell anything like the two separately. This morning I made solid perfume in an Repurposed mini altoid tin and I’m so excited to have found my blend, and so have a convenient way to apply it!
Without this post I would’ve enjoyed that soap, but would not have been motivated to discover the EO blend myself and the smell would have been lost forever when the soap sliver went away. Thank you for all your ideas and inspiration!
For reference: I used 2 tsp each of beeswax beads and grapeseed oil, then 20 drops each of ylang ylang and black pepper.
I found some at my local health food store, but you can get it from websites like Bramble Berry and Camden Grey.
Hi , cant wait to try this !
What are the oil quantities, or do we just try til we get it right ?
Thanks for the idea x
is it possible to use chamomile as one of the essential oils? and what would suit it?
Btw i loooooove your blog 🙂 its a lifesaver-i live in a country where professionals are incredibly harsh with my delicate skin, so iv’e swapped to just following your advice!
so pumped to try this!!! my favorite scent ever is cinnamon so i thought for the essential oil i would mix cinnamon with a plain smelling oil and add it to the concoction. thank you so much i hope it turns out
Cinnamon can irritate sensitive skin if you use too much, so I would maybe start with a small amount to see how your skin reacts.
Sweet Pea Mom
Thanks for the great recipe! While I’m exploring soap making at the moment, that’s something i would love to try in the future! 🙂
Any ideas of a site that suggests “if you like X parfum, try XYZ essential oils?” Thats where i get lost. My current parfum, Bulgari Crystalline has lotus flower, Nashi, and balsa wood…any suggestions of where to start? I would love to ditch the synthetics!
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LOVE this!! I am trying to make a dupe for the BBW Bergamot & Coriander sets esp the candle ,any ideas?
I decided to make this today and I’m thrilled at how it came out! I went with sweet orange, fennel, and vanilla absolute EOs in my beeswax and sweet almond oil base. AMAZING! I love the combination of smells and the ease of application. I love that I now have a perfume that is my own unique scent. Thanks so much!
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Great article! I love the idea of making my own perfume, and I recently found out about the solid perfume. I think it is a great way to be unique and be able to stand out. Thank you very much for sharing!
Simple as to make and super fun!! Thanks so much 🙂
IS IT OKAY TO USE COCONUT OIL AS MY CARRIER OIL???
THANKS SO MUCH! THIS IS GREAT!!!
Coconut oil would do well in certain temperatures, but since it turns solid and back to liquid again at such a low temperature it would probably be a bit unstable or unpredictable. I’d recommend buying a small portion if jojoba oil or grapeseed oil. You can use it for this project, and so many others!
I realy like this idea. I have not seen solid perfume for a while. Thanks for the ideas on finding good blends as well, I have been wondering how to mix the right scents.
Making this right now! So excited.
Will be adding some precious arabic oil
that my ex brought from Egypt
Is there an alternative to Beeswax? I’m allergic to Beeswax :(!!!
Try soy wax or candelilla wax. You can use the same amount of soy wax as bees wax, and halve the amount for using candelilla wax.
where can u get beeswax? I got all the rest of the stuff @ Iherb.com, but I couldn’t find the beeswax
This is such an easy thing to make. I did this for the ladies in my family. I bought a bunch of lockets from etsy.com. I tried to make sure that they were pretty big–without being too big; that would just be weird. Anyway, I bought the beeswax, sweet almond oil, and essential oils. I did cinnamon, sweet orange, and grapefruit. This combo is great for the winter, because (according to my sister) it has a nice warmth, but a freshness too. It is really easy to make. I bought a pound of beeswax, but you really don’t need that much for such a small container. The wax melts super fast so this is really easy to make. This is a great thing to make and makes a great gift.
i am very excited to try this perfume..i love perfume but am not familiar with essential oils…my fav scent is lilac which almost impossible to find in perfume or lotions..do they make essential oils in lilac scents? if so which other scents would go good with lilac..i had a ylang ylang soap once that i loved the smell of…i love floral perfumes or candy smelling perfumes any sugestions for essential oil combinations?????
There is a true lilac CO2 extract over at Victorie Inc, but it’s very expensive because of the time and amount that goes in it. There are plenty of places that claim to have lilac EO or absolute, but these are fraudulent claims. (Lilac can not be distilled in traditional terms, and the hexane absolute process seems be ineffective in extracting the scent). Any Lilac EO’s you may find will be synthetic fragrance oils, which if your fine with, would be considerably cheaper compared to the very and pricey CO2 extract. However, there are plenty of other nice floral essential oils that are not god awfully expensive, Geranium or Rose Geranium ( a variety of geranium), Rose Absolute (Expensive, but cheaper than Rose Otto or straight Rose EO, you may be able to get Rose Absolute in small amounts from some online sources) and liquid benzoin ( a very vanilla based resin, get the liquid or oleoresin, not the hard straight resin pieces. ) These three seem to marry well, the geranium backs the rose floral, and the benzoin gives it tenacity and sweetens it. If you like candy smells or gourmand accords try cocoa absolute, vanilla absolutes, orange EO’s or butter CO2. Victorie Inc, NaturesGift, Mountain Rose Herbs and Sunrose Aromatics are a few online sources you may want to consider for authentic aromatic material, including beeswax, carrier oils, and other waxes. Good luck on your aromatic endeavors! Betty, this is a nice blog 🙂
I made a blend of jasmine, ylang ylang and orange and was told by a few people that it smelled like lilac. To me, it smelled like a warm and delicious summer night. You may want to give that a try
My husband and I made this for Christmas gifts! We did aromatherapy solids. Stress relief-Eucalyptus mint and peppermint. Headache relief- peppermint. Sleepy time-Chamomile and lavender. And my personal favorite Energy- ginger and sweet orange! They were so easy to make a cheap way to make a great Christmas gift! Thanks!!!!
I am going to be making these for Christmas gifts; very excited!
Can anyone recommend a “manly” scent blend that I can make for my husband? He is almost out of store bought cologne, and I don’t want to buy more, due to the chemicals. He might not go for it…but I sure want to try! 🙂
On strawberrynet.com they have almost every fragrance under the sun, and when you click into them it tells you the top middle and bottom notes, so maybe you should see what makes up the cologne he already wears and then make your own natural version 🙂
Hello, we at earthwaysoap.etsy.com have natural solid men’s cologne like bayrum, to die for scent and is made with only 3 simple ingredients too!
My favorite scent by far is lime, cardamom, clove and sandalwood! Amazing!
this is so great! thank you for the tips as well as pictures and sample recipes!!
Thanks for this! I am ALWAYS looking for home made ideas for the holidays! This is perfect…I’ve done the lip balm, powder & lotions…I’ll be adding this to my repertior (SP?) along with your sugar scrub…Also, for those who don’t use essential oils much…Spend the money on a good quality therapeutic grade oil…there are so many other uses for what ever oil(s) you may choose. I think you’ll be amazed at all the benefits of essentials…they can be diffused or simply taking a whiff straight from the bottle can be very beneficial whether it is calming or enlivening..I’m new to aromatherapy…but essential oils are my new medicine cabinet! They are that good…I’m so excited about this project! Not only does it smell good…It’s good for you as well! Thanks again!
I love perfume, but I stopped wearing it after I have had my children because I don’t want them breathing in the chemicals when they are so little. This idea is fantastic! My ideal scent would be roses and lavender together, but I have no idea if that would work or how to make it work!
This is amazing! But do you think it would be possible to extract the scent dirrectly, for example, from orange/grapefruit peel or even nutmeg? Like to infuse them with vodka or something? If you had an idea, it would be very helpful since I don’t really want to buy loads of essential oils whilst I only need a few drops.
I love this idea! I can’t wait to try it. The blend I’m going to try is: Orange, Vanilla, Cherry Blossom. Yum!
WOW!!! This sounds great and also relatively simple! Unfortunately I live overseas in China where a lot of this stuff is difficult to get ahold of without spending the big bucks or purchasing online (which I can’t do because yadda yadda yadda). Essential oils are hard to get because sometimes they are ‘fake’ essential oils that aren’t good quality and are very weak. (However I DO have some really nice lavender oil from XinJiang).
Maybe one day when I live somewhere where this stuff is easy to get I’ll make this! Until then I will dream of the day when I can cook up my own fabulous perfume!
Not that I really wear perfume. I don’t really wear anything actually. Apart from clothes.
I was so excited to see this post when I came home from vacation (that’s why I’m so late to comment.) I’m making coffee infused sweet almond oil to mix with vanilla essential oil for this solid perfume. It’s a copycat of Lush’s Vanilla in the Mist soap (love the scent, don’t love that it stains my bathtub yellow). I’m super stoked to wear the finished product!
What perfect little stocking stuffers (along with the lip balms).
Okay I just went down to my local honey man and got a huge tub of raw honey (for my face and my tea) and also got a huge block of beeswax for $5-. I just made my first perfume in a beautiful old chinese tin I’ve had forever. I used jasmine, clary sage, lemon & lavender. So stoked!! Thank you for the great recipe 🙂
Thanks for sharing this wonderful post! Making your own solid perfume is definitely the way to go, especially since most perfumes and colognes are manufactured using synthetic chemicals, even petroleum.
Super stoked about this idea. Chemical perfumes make me very sick, but I would still like to feel lady like. Thanks for sharing.
Looks super easy! I was looking for something like this a few weeks back. Great for gifts. Thanks Crunchy!
Does anyone here have a recommendation for an oil that smells like fresh linen? That scent has always worked best for me.
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I have been totally addicted to the lavender/grapefruit combo ever since you suggested it in one of your other recipes (can’t remember which one!). I made my last batch of homemade deodorant with that combo and have been really enjoying it. And I have been intending to try making a solid perfume for a while now, so this is just perfect. I’m sure this will come in handy for Christmas gifts, too 🙂
Love this ides! A local store carries “Fragrance oils” Can I use these instead of essentials?
Sadly, no. Fragrance oils are synthetic, just like perfume. So, I mean, I guess you could use them just fine – if you don’t mind the synthetic-ness of it, but if you do, definitely stick with essential oils.
I found this site recently and have been trying all sorts of stuff from it, with great results. I’m 24 years old, and living in Thailand… so some things are harder to find than others. This includes good skincare for my pasty acne-prone skin.
This perfume jam is incredible.
I have been wearing Clary Sage mixed with Bergamot oil as a cologne for a few years now, but really just dab it on my skin.
Now I’ve made it into a stick.
People love it, with the crisp citrus mixed with earthy, musky Clary Sage.
I don’t see why more men aren’t willing to try it. My girlfriend loves it, and it is MY smell.
Thanks for the tips, and good luck with the aluminum foil.
I just finished a solid perfume that I really like.
11 drops sweet orange
16 drops rosemary
2 drops cinnamon
1 drop clove bud
I’m trying to come up with a cool name for it. I’m lousy at naming things.
a bakers dream lol
I make lipbalm like this, but with rosehip oil… I never thought of adding essential oils instead! Seems so obvious now! I’m just wondering, is vanilla essence (like for cooking) what i should use for a vanilla scent? Or is there a vanilla essential oil which is different?
just made some body oil, loving the scent – if anyone loves woody with a clean scented dry down:
I used 6 oz. carrier oil (sweet almond and hemp seed)with…
16 drops vetiver
20 drops petitgrain
10 drops palmarosa
10 drops lemon
3 drops rose absolute (it just needed a little ‘lift’ of a sweeter floral)
I opened a bottle of cream soda today (I’m taste-testing for when I get to make my own kefir cream soda) and I KEPT the bottle cap on purpose! LOL
I really love the idea of putting it in a locket. I think that makes it such an old-fashioned gift (in a good way – like lace), and that it’s much fancier than a plastic jar or even a tin. Do you think you could pour fast enough to do several lockets with the same scent? That would be a perfect bridesmaids’ gift.
I mix Amber, Lotus, Frankincense and Jasmine. I wear it all the time, and people at our new age store say they know when I’m there because I’m the only one who wears that combination. Never made it as a solid, would be a lot easier to carry. BC, you are AWESOME!
Whoops, I mean C.B. Damn those years in the military! =)
Great stuff– keep it up!
Bwuahahahaha- Bug repellant smells better, thanks, that just made my day. And, why, yes, everytime I pull out the bug spray I get asked for the recipe!
As for perfume, I go the super lazy route and put a smidge of orange on my nose! Lol. Because really, let’s face it I am putting on the perfume for me to smell it and to cover up the -children under five- smell. Ya know boogers and food.
I will consider making some bug spray for my sister in law, she really seems to like it. Lol.
1/2 oz Citronella
1/8 Tea Tree Oil
1/8 Clove or Cedar
Mix in a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol as a carrier. Spray, repel bugs, and smell fabulously!
Love the look of this recipe and will be trying it. Thanks so much for sharing!
You read my mind! I have had almost no problem making the transition from commerical products to all natural ones; I am a no-‘poo guru, I slather myself in EVCO instead of lotion, and my makeup is mineral. However, I have not found a good solution to my scent-obsession, until now! Thanks!
I can’t wait to try sweet orange, ylang-ylang, and vanilla; I think it sounds yummy and romantic.
Oh, and Stephanie, perhaps the reason Estee Lauder perfumes give you headaches is because they smell TERRIBLE. Bug repellant is more appealing than most of those scents.
How wonderful! I’ve mixed EOs before, to use as perfume oil, but have never tried the solid. Can’t wait to give it a whirl. Absolute fave combo is (highest concentration to lowest) patchouli and frankincense, with a hint of cedarwood and rosemary.
BTW, my name isn’t Roxy, but I, too, wear patchouli straight from the bottle!
Oooo! This sounds fun!!!! My favorite scents are citrusy with just a little bit of floral – not too much, though. I’ll have to do some research and experimenting to see how I can achieve that! This is just in time for a jump start on the Christmas gift-making season! Yay!
get out of my head, you!! i’ve had a recipe for solid perfume up on my browser waiting to be made for the past two days! its almost eerie sometimes…the crunchy connection…
ooohhh fun! I love cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla, cedarwood, sandalwood… also like lemon and vetiver. And grapefruit. If you like spicey warm smells, try cardamom it’s lovely.
I LOVE peppermint, vanilla and lavender… Vanilla could go with either, so I may have already picked out two, two scent ‘me’ perfumes! 🙂
My daughter and I make Christmas presents every year… hand sewn makeup bags, soap, etc. This is such a brilliant idea and we’ve got plenty of time to get started. Thank you!
Oh, I am off to class, but just saw this blog post and HAD to comment. I ADORE ESSENTIAL OILS!!!!!!!!
I have made what I call “spa spritzers” many times (water+alcohol+essential oils) and “room sprays” (water+EOS) nearly every single month.
I have never made solid perfume before. A very cool gift for those who live far away. Mega excited to give these a try!
My favorite base is homemade vanilla extract where I leave the vanilla bean in the bottle of vodka indefinitely. I’m not sure how that would work for solid perfumes. However, I just received my first cedarwood EO and I have several other base notes in my collection.
My favorite top notes are citrus and I may own all of them, except lime. I adore lime, too, but have just used lemon for simplicity.
I’d have to look up my notes to tell you my favorite combination, but I called it vanilla-citrus — so it at least had homemade vanilla extract and 2+ citrus EOs – and it probably had 5-7 EOs.
I have been using EOs for 15-20 years, so I have a nice collection by now.
Well this explains why Estee Lauder perfumes always gave me headaches. I’m excited to try making a solid scent (loved the spray I made from your post last spring). My favorites are lavender, vanilla, lemongrass, grapefruit, cinnamon, and sweet orange (so far).
Are those bottle caps in the last photo? How fun!
I am that person who has the starts of a migraine as she walks past a department store perfume counter and when my best friend is with me, she’s reaching for her inhaler! Haven’t used perfume in forever!! So excited to try this. Thanks!!!
Definitely excited for this. I really love sweet orange, vanilla, and peppermint, not necessarily all together. I’ve been meaning to try out your aromatherapy spray (from the road trip post). I think I’ll just go with making this instead (or both!). Every time I go shopping for essential oils I am struck with sticker shock. I keep thinking I’ll find them cheaper someplace else but have yet to really figure it all out.
The bf is addicted to Vick’s VapoRub… Do you think I can make some sort of peppermint/eucalyptus/tea tree blend (just thinking of what EOs I have) to replace it? Or is there a different recipe for something like VapoRub?
As someone who has never blended EOs before, I found this to point me in the right direction: http://www.rainbowmeadow.com/infocenter/calc_eoblend/blendselect.php and am super excited to try some recipes of my own 🙂
Check out camphor.
you could try using a base of menthol crystals…
I’ve found that the Wintergreen EO smells a lot like Ben Gay. Maybe you could use that?
I read somewhere that wintergreen essential oil is to be used with caution. Be sure to check out before you use!
You have READ MY MIND. A few months ago I saw a perfume recipe somewhere else that used vodka, but had the suggestion of using beeswax if that’s unavailable, and I’ve been wanting to do this ever since.
As for scents… I don’t know; I’ll have to play. But that’s the best part! That site you linked looks like it will be really helpful.