If you are ready to ditch synthetic perfumes and fragrances and opt for a more natural way to use scent and perfume, essential oils can be a great toxic-free alternative.
The perfume industry is overloaded with thousands of synthetic aromatic components, many of which have recently been identified as causing allergies and other adverse reactions. So if you are someone who loves scent, and perfume - why not try going natural and using essential oils instead.
One of the best ways to experience a botanical perfume blend is when it’s made into a solid. Solid perfumes are perfumes that feel more like a skin salve or moisturizing butter when applied to the skin, than a perfume.
The advantage of using them is that they tend to prolong the perfume’s aroma, making it last longer.
Solid Perfumes are a particularly good option when creating pure essential oil perfume blends because essential oils, since they are much more volatile than fragrance oils, can fade away fairly quickly. But by adding your essential oil perfume blend to a solid base, made from carrier oils and beeswax, the aromatic experience of the blend can linger much longer, than if the pure blend was applied directly to the skin, without a carrier.
Solid perfumes can also be packaged in a variety of beautiful ways, like tiny artful containers, and jewelry, like bracelets, and necklaces with lockets.
Here is a simple DIY solid perfume recipe you can make at home.
Making a solid perfume is much like making an aromatherapy salve, you’ll need the same kinds of blending tools and simple kitchen items:
- Find the types of containers you would like your solid perfume to be in and make sure you know how much space they can hold. We would recommend a container no larger than .25 ounce. Here is an example of a locket style container.
- Heat source, like an electric hotplate or your kitchen stove top - you need this to help slowly melt all the ingredients together.
- A shallow saucepan filled with about 1 inch of water
- Mixing tools, like a stainless steel spoon, or disposable wooden sticks, like popsicle sticks.
- Various small glass bowls, measuring cups and spoons to place your ingredients in.
- A digital scale that can measure amounts to .00, and has a “tare” feature and can easily switch between grams and ounces.
- Paper Towel
- Oven Mit
- Parchment Paper
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make 5 little solid perfume lockets:
- 15 grams of beeswax, we recommend using beeswax pellets so you can get a more accurate measurement. We use beeswax in the recipe because beeswax gives the solid perfume its solid hard texture.
- 4.5 tsp of Jojoba Carrier Oil. We are using Jojoba Oil in this recipe because it doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy or oily, and it is a very stable oil that won’t go rancid.
Here are the Essential Oils for salves:
- 9 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
- 12 drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
- 24 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
- 24 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- 21 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Here is how you make it:
- Thoroughly clean and disinfect a counter or table top in your kitchen, and line a 18 inch area with parchment paper
- Open up all the lockets you’ll be using, and set them on top of the parchment paper.
- Using your digital scale, measure out the beeswax and set aside
- Measure out the Jojoba Carrier Oil in a separate measuring cup and set aside.
- In a small glass cup, or bowl, or measuring cup, mix together all the essential oils and set aside.
- Set your saucepan filled with about 1 inch of water on your heat source and warm until it starts to steam.
- Place the container with the measured beeswax into the saucepan and let it melt thoroughly.
- Once it is melted, add the Jojoba Oil and stir thoroughly over the heat until everything is melted and well incorporated
- Turn off heat, and using your oven mit, lift the container with the melted beeswax and Jojoba Oil out of the pot and wipe the sides and bottom dry with your paper towel, so no water is left dripping.
- Add your essential oil mixture to the melted mixture and stir well.
- Carefully pour the mixture into each locket, and snap shut, carefully without letting the mixture spill out or ooze out the sides. It is important to close the locket so the aroma of the essential oils doesn’t evaporate.
- Let the lockets set on your table or counter top for at least 4 hours.