{Tutorial} DIY Luxury Solid Perfumes

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by April MacKinnon of Anointment Natural Skin Care

Seeing the green of spring crop up all around me is putting a new bounce in my step.  I’m looking forward to shedding layers of winter clothes and sprucing up my wardrobe and look!  Inspired by the aromas of freshly mowed grass and lilacs in bloom, here is a tutorial for a little do-it-yourself luxury – solid perfume.  Solid perfumes can be customized to any taste using essential oil blends or fragrance oils.  My personal preference is to use high quality essential oils.

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To make your own solid perfumes you will need:

  • Coconut oil (available in health food stores) or another carrier oil such as extra virgin olive oil or sweet almond oil.
  • Beeswax
  • Measuring spoons
  • A small pot
  • Essential oils or fragrance oils of your choice
  • A small bowl for mixing essential oils
  • Small jars or tins for your completed product (you can re-use a lip balm tin, cosmetic jar, or purchase new ones.
  • Medicine dropper

solid perfume tutorial, natural perfume DIY, make your own perfume, anointment natural skin care{Essential oils above from New Directions Aromatics: lavender, vanilla & ylang ylang}

1. If you are using a combination of essential oils, mix these in a small bowl. I used:

  • 10 drops vanilla
  • 10 drops lavender
  • 5 drops sweet orange
  • 5 drops ylang ylang

This made a floral, slightly earthy scent

2. In a small pot over medium heat combine 1 teaspoon each beeswax and coconut oil.  Stir until melted.

3. Add 10-15 drops of your essential oils and mix gently.

4. Pour into small jars, allow to set.

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This recipe makes about 6 g of final product.  Apply a small amount to inner wrists or at the nape of the neck. 

Caution: citrus oils (orange, mandarin, tangerine, petitgrain, bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lime) will cause your skin to burn faster in the sun.  Please be aware of this when mixing and applying your solid perfume.

Bonus tip:
Create a combination of lavender and peppermint and apply to temples to help relieve headache pain.

What scents will you choose for your own perfume? Share in the comments below!

  • christine goodis

    i love your thoughts and expressions.
    Christine Goodis

  • http://www.n0elle.com Marie Noelle

    I love solid perfumes! And it’s so easy to make at home if you know a little about essential oils and aromatherapy! I was so glad to read this today, it reminded me I should make some soon!

  • http::/gizmofiberarts.blogspot.com/ Jennifer

    This is a great tutorial! I will definitely try it!

  • kathleen

    I know this is not so “green”, but could I simply add my favorite commercial perfume?

    • http://ohmyhandmade.com/members/ohmyhandmade/ Jessika Hepburn

      I’m not sure what the alcohol & chemicals would do to the base or if it would work-I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try though: )

  • Jacqui

    Thank you for the recipe! I’ve seen others that simply leave the essential oils up to me and since I know nothing about mixing them I was reluctant to try. And coincidentally your mix is pretty much the one I was wanting to replicate!

  • http://www.makeyourownperfume.co.uk/ Nell

    Great article, I am delighted to see that other people like making their own beauty products. I think that by designing your own scent you have the opportunity of being unique. Although I designed a few scents by now I will try out your solid perfume recipe. Thank you very much for sharing!

  • amalia

    Thank you! I used your instructions to make gifts for my 5 bridesmaids 🙂

  • Mitch

    I may have to try this using my normal perfume. I wear only 1 fragrance, classic “Oscar”, by Oscar de la Renta, I have worn it for 30 years & it’s my favorite. Many other fragrances tend to “turn” on me… not pretty! But I can always count on “Oscar”! This would make if easy to keep with me at all times, especially if we travel. I had a partial bottle “seized” by TSA in Atlanta a few yrs back b/c it wasn’t in the right sized (allowable) bottle. I almost cried! Not only is Oscar too pricey to throw away, but I had to spend my vaca without it. 🙁 This may just be the answer! Thanks for the idea!! 🙂

  • Korenda

    Has anyone tried with commercial perfume? I only wear an avon perfume that was retired back in the 80’s so this might be the answer for me? Thanks

  • Victoria

    If you’re looking to make a commercial scent, check out designer duplicate fragrance oils. I’ve purchased from Pure Body Oils and Indigo Fragrances. FYI – dupes are legal, so long as you don’t attempt to sell them as the real thing. It can be a great way to find a discontinued or seasonal scent and to make it into a solid perfume.

  • Diane

    In your directions you say to use 10-15 drops of the essential oil to the mixture, Is that the 10-15 drops of the mix that you have above or do you use the entire batch of the mix?

  • http://private Evangeline Caridad

    I Used the 4 ingredients as you have stated in your Website. Let ikt stay for approximately 4 hours to mature the fragrance oils, to produced the Sensual Floral Smell- I did not follow The instructions to have 10-15 drops of different Essential oils. 3 drops of these oils of The above mentioned Ingredients Is just enough, otherwise it’s too strong, I myself makew My own perfumes. I mixed it with jojoba oil.It was a very Sexy smell. write to me on my E- mail. i have made more than a hundred perfumes to sell, some tol keep it for myself. I do it as a hobby

  • Susie

    I’ve heard that beeswax smells too strong and can overpower the essential oils as well as creating a final product that is on the hard side. Any recipes that are not beeswax based?

  • Elizabeth Reitzel

    i really want to try your solid perfumes, but i’m the type that really likes fruity smells, like peach and apple cinnamon. is there any way to acheive this?

  • Shelly

    What a SHAME to NOT use all the pure and natural botanical ingredients our Mother Earth has to offer!! 🙁

    I could not IMAGINE making my own preparations with artificially created fake chemicals in it rather than the huge abundance and bounty of magical natural fragrance our own planet richly gives us….

    Just saying…

  • Survival Betty

    You can get a more refined bees wax that isn’t as fragrant. When it is used in such a small amount you will not notice the smell. You can get fragrance oils, they are not essential oils but they are available in aromas that you cannot get in an essential oil form. Things like pre-made fragrance combinations and scents like coconut, vanilla, etc. I purchase mine for 2 sources; glorybeefoods.com and mountainroseherbs.com for quality ingredients. Thank you for posting such a wonderful tutorial! I plan to make some tomorrow for a dear friend using the Plumeria scented oil.

  • Eriola Prifti

    try soy wax!!!

    • DrowningMermaid

      Have you personally tried the soy wax? I’m super interested in making a solid perfume menagerie (is that a thing?) but want to know what is absolutely best before I buy supplies. The wax is the last thing on my list.

    • Loredana Musat

      is it ok if it’s soy wax flakes ?

  • tiffany snyder

    What’s the difference between essential oil and the oil you use in candles

  • Dana

    horrible ;p

  • Linda Spears

    Only 1 teaspoon of bees wax and coconut oil?

  • Mona King Austin

    I tired this recipe and def smell the beeswax was overpowering. I’ll know to add more perfume next time. Any recipes for little girls you could post would be appreciated.

  • Mae

    Apparently you don’t understand natures products. Each and everyone of these products are from Mother Earth! The essential oils are cold pressed, steamed distilled from botanicals, herbs and so forth… Bees are responsible for Beeswax. Just saying!!!!

  • Renee

    What combo would you use for pachouli, cedar wood, pepper and lemongrass?

  • Tracey Huebshman

    I am looking for a sweet candy scent. Which essential oils would you recommend?