I’m not really much of a girly-girl, and this isn’t really a gardening topic (unless you use essential oils you made from things growing in your garden), but I absolutely love perfumes and scented body lotions. I started ordering more natural lotions and perfumes from local sellers on Etsy, but that gets pricey after a while, and, being a DIYer, some of the items didn’t seem like they would be all that difficult to make.
The most straightforward items seemed to be the solid perfumes I was buying, so I decided to try making those first. And, it is really, really easy. There are some initial costs involved in this project, but the supplies you’ll be buying will provide you with several batches of perfumes, and can be used for other items as well, such as candles and homemade lip balms.
What You’ll Need:
- Olive Oil or Sweet Almond Oil
- Essential Oils
- Bamboo skewer or chopstick for stirring
- A clean tin can or glass measuring cup (you can still use the cup in the kitchen after you make this)
- A small pot or pan
- A small container to pour finished perfume into.
There are several things you could use for your perfume container: a used, clean chapstick tube, little watchmaker tins (craft stores and seed catalogs sell them). You could also use the plastic tops to milk jugs or other bottles — they won’t have covers, though, so the only downside to this option is that you wouldn’t be able to have them with you on the go.
How to Make Solid Perfume:
1. Add one tablespoon of olive oil and about 3/4 tablespoon (I’ve also seen recommendations to add equal amounts of both oil and beeswax, but my perfume seemed a little too firm to me with that ratio. Add more beeswax if yours seems like it’s not thick enough.) of beeswax to your can or glass measuring cup.
2. Place the can or cup into a pot that has about an inch of water in the bottom, and place it on the stove on medium-high heat.
3. Once the water starts to boil, the wax will melt pretty quickly. Stir it every once in a while.
4. Once everything is melted, remove it from the heat and add your essential oils. Between 5 and 15 drops of your chosen oils is about right, depending on how strong you want your perfume to be. You can go with single-note scents such as lavender, patchouli, orange, sandalwood, or rose, or you can do combinations. I’ve done a patchouli perfume with just a hint of sweet orange oil, and a lavender/vanilla combo that turned out to be one of my favorites. For more ideas on scent combinations, check out this article (they have instructions for making alcohol-based perfumes, but the essential oil combos they use should give you a few ideas.)
5. Stir the essential oils in well, and carefully pour your perfume into your container of choice. Let it sit and harden for at least 30 minutes, and it’s ready to use.
Sources For Perfume Making Supplies:
Here are a few local Etsy shops for purchasing supplies for this project:
- Natural Light Co. — Michigan shop selling beeswax pellets, candles, and cocoa butter wafers
- Swarm Natural — Michigan shop that sells beeswax by the pound
- Z Oils — Michigan company that sells a wide range of essential oils
(Note: I don’t know any of these shop owners, and I haven’t purchased from all of them. I just thought a list like this would be useful for all of us — myself included!)