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.
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.
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.
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.
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.