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    December 30, 2019 4 min read

    Solid Perfume

    A whole year ago, we first touched on natural perfumes, in The Art of Natural Perfumery, which explains the basics of making perfume with essential oils. I’m not sure why I left a sequel off for so long, but it definitely seems like a good time to revisit natural perfume making! Here we will learn how to make solid perfumes.

    Solid perfumes makes beautiful and unique gifts for your special ones, not to mention they are surprisingly easy to make as well as 100% natural and eco-friendly. Customise your perfume to the wearer by incorporating their favourite essential oils. Add your perfume blends to cute little tins, reuse antique tins, or even make a perfume stick by adding to a reused lip balm container.

    Bases

    Make your solid perfume base from beeswax or unscented cocoa butter and soft oils such as almond oil, jojoba, grapeseed or other unscented oil. If you want a plant based wax instead of beeswax, try soy wax or carnauba (bear in mind carnauba wax is extremely hard so you may need more oil in the base formula).


    Essential Oils Are Your Perfume Scents

    You can go as high as a 50/50 ratio of essential oils to base, for a good strong scent. Solid perfume scents may fade over time faster than alcohol based perfumes, so you often require a higher concentration of essential oils.

    Another trick I do is to pre-blend my essential oil fragrances together in a little glass vial and let them meld together for a week or so. This often improves the fragrance.

    You can use any essential oil; here are a few recommendations:

    Litsea cubeba or May Chang - lemony but without any photosensitivity of lemon essential oil; middle note.

    Lemongrass - fresh; a top to middle note.

    Lavender - a classic favourite; middle note.

    Rose - romantic; middle note.

    Palmarosa - middle note.

    Cedarwood - woodsy; base note.

    Cardamom - spicy; middle note.

    Labdanum (rock rose) - middle note.

    Geranium - sweet, floral; middle note.

    Jasmine - very sweet and floral.

    Lime - fresh; top note.

    Citrus oils - often blend well with many other oils; top notes.

     

    Some combinations could be:

    Romance: jasmineylang ylangneroli

    Kinky fresh: grapefruitgingervetiver

    Floral: jasminelimevanilla


    Combinations for Men 

    Mintpatchoulicedar

    Cedarlime

    Helichrysumsnowbushgeranium

    Rosemarycedar

    Baylime


    You can also refer to The Art of Natural Perfumery for more scent combinations.


    Though not typical for a conventional perfume scent, one of my all time favourite combinations is cocoa butter and coffee bean oil. You float around in a cloud of chocolate coffee  - it's pure delight! This may be perfect for a younger person, or someone who enjoys a simpler, less complicated scent. Coffee and cocoa is also a really nice scent to wear in wintertime, as it evokes warmth and contentment.



    Solid Perfume Recipes

    Spicy Citrus Solid Perfume

    This perfume has soft notes of citrus and tea, woody cedar and a dash of spice.

    8g grapeseed oil

    2g beeswax

    8 drops cedarwood

    4 drops palmarosa

    4 drops cardamom


    Melt the beeswax and oil in a hot water bath, then remove from the heat and let it cool for a minute but don’t let it solidify. Stir in the essential oils and pour into little tins. Put in the fridge  to cool - you want to cool it as fast as possible to preserve the essential oils. To use, rub a little on your finger and apply to neck, temples or wrists.

     

    Lavender Lemon Solid Perfume

    Feel free to multiply the recipe as required. This amount will make 1 x 15g tinful of solid perfume. 


    12g sweet almond oil or another scentless, light oil of your choice

    3g beeswax

    15 drops lavender

    5 drops rosemary

    3 drops litsea cubeba (can also use lemongrass or plain lemon)

    Tin


    Melt the beeswax and oil in a hot water bath, then remove from the heat and let it cool for a minute but don’t let it solidify. Stir in the essential oils and pour into little tins. Put in the fridge  to cool - you want to cool it as fast as possible to preserve the essential oils. To use, rub a little on your finger and apply to neck, temples or wrists.



    Men’s Solid Perfume

    8g grapeseed oil

    2g beeswax

    8 drops peppermint

    4 drops patchouli

    4 drops cedarwood


    Melt the beeswax and oil in a hot water bath, then remove from the heat and let cool for a minute but don’t let it solidify. Stir in the essential oils and pour into into little tins. Put in the fridge  to cool - you want to cool it as fast as possible to preserve the essential oils. To use, rub a little on your finger and apply to neck, temples or wrists.



    Have fun making your natural solid perfumes - the scent combinations are endless. These perfumes make perfect gifts and stocking fillers, or as a present to yourself. A nice gift idea may be to make three different scents, then box the three tins up in a cute cardboard gift box with a ribbon, which will make for a stunning presentation.


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