Sunday, September 9, 2012

Solid perfume

So it turns out that it is REALLY easy to make your own all natural and fully customized solid perfume. You need some beeswax, a carrier oil, essential oils, and ideally an adorable little container to keep it in.

Take some time dreaming up your essential oil blend. It's nice to blend top, middle, and low aroma notes which will give your perfume a complex scent that develops during the day as you wear it. As a rule of thumb a well-balanced blend will be about 55% top notes, 30% middle, and 15% low notes. Ok, cool. But what does that mean?

Top notes are generally what you smell first and are the quickest to fade. They are fresh, uplifting scents like citruses, lavender, bergamot, chamomile, or spearmint. Middle notes can range from the high to low-ish ranges and add body and warmth to your blend. Middle notes can by woodsy, floral, spicy, or herbal and include clary sage, jasmine, bay, clove, rosemary, cypress, dill, fennel, thyme, ylang ylang, geranium, and pine. Low notes (also called base notes) are the longest lasting and only a small amount is needed to influence your aroma blend. Base notes are grounding and earthy including patchouli, frankincense, myrrh, vanilla, sandalwood, balsam peru, and vetiver.

That said, experiment with different essential oils and come up with something you love. I cheated too- I skipped the middle notes and used two high notes (sweet orange and lavender) with a low note (balsam peru). I was pretty heavy-handed with the balsam peru because 15% just wasn't doing it for me. And you know what? It smells fantastic.

This recipe is sort of footloose. The amount of oil and beeswax you use depends on the size of your container(s).
  • 1 teaspoon beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil (jojoba, sweet almond, or olive oil)
  • essential oils (Roughly 15 drops per teaspoon of beeswax/oil blend. So for this recipe I used about 30 drops total, which makes a fairly potent perfume.)
Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax. When the beeswax is mostly melted, add the carrier oil. When everything is completely melted, remove from heat and swiftly add your essential oils. You might consider mixing your oils ahead of time, although I did not and had enough time before the wax solidified. Stir in the essential oils well and pour perfume into a clean container. Let it cool and solidify for about twenty minutes before using.

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