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Smell Great Naturally . . . Make Your Own Solid Perfume

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For centuries, humans have been concocting potions designed to make them smell good. Researchers have discovered evidence of oil and plant-based perfumes dating back to Ancient Greece and beyond! Unfortunately, the art of making natural perfumes has been replaced in the modern age with artificial scents and chemicals. And as if that wasn’t enough, they can be SO expensive! A glance at a few price tags in the fragrance section at any department store is enough to make your head spin!

I recently read about making your own “solid perfume,” and knew it was the natural alternative I was looking for.

Instead of a spray, this perfume is solid, like lip balm, so it’s just as easy to apply. Simply swipe on your wrists and/or neck!  It’s also easy to make…..totally customizable…..and you can make it for a fraction of the cost of traditional spray perfumes! It also contains natural, identifiable ingredients that you can feel good about putting on your body.

Solid Perfume

DIY Solid Perfume Base

Solid Perfume

Combine the Almond oil, Grapeseed oil, and beeswax in a double boiler. Heat the mixture over medium heat until the beeswax has melted completely. Pour immediately into a jar or measuring cup, and let it cool for a minute or two.

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Next, add the Vitamin E oil and your essential oil or oils of choice, and stir to combine with a wooden spoon or skewer.

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Pour the mixture into your containers, which could be little cosmetic pots, lip balm tubes, small jars, or whatever you would like. Allow your solid perfume to cool and set up completely before using.

(This recipe makes quite a lot, so it would be perfect to use as gifts or party favors! If you’re just making some for yourself, feel free to cut the recipe in half or even fourths.)

Essential Oil Blends for Solid Perfume

You know what sorts of scents you like to wear, so that’s a good place to start when choosing your essential oils for your perfume. I love lavender and lemon, so this is the blend I used:

This blend smells so fresh and clean! But if you tend to gravitate more towards woodsy or musky scents, feel free to swap out any of these oils in exchange for something like Cedarwood, Sandalwood, or Silver Fir.

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If you could benefit from an energy boost during the day, your perfume can work double duty as a scent that both smells great and perks you up! Citrus oils like Grapefruit, Lemon, and Sweet Orange are all energizing scents, and smell amazing when mixed with more earthy scents like Ylang Ylang or Sandalwood.

Whatever blend of oils you choose, you can rest assured that you’ll smell great and that you will be using safe, natural ingredients! So go ahead and carry your solid perfume around with you for scentsational touchups whenever the urge strikes. :-)

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • Thanks for the recipe! I’m a big fan of your blog and the many great recipe ideas you share.

    I don’t know if I missed it in this blog entry, but I wondered if you mentioned any warnings about the essential oils you recommended. Lemon EO (in expressed form–not distilled form) is considered to be a photosensitizer and I’ve also read warnings about using rosemary during pregnancy and rosemary/eucalyptus around children, etc. Sorry, don’t mean to be a downer, but essential oil safety is so important that I thought I’d better share.

    Thanks again and I’ll be looking forward to making some solid perfume soon!

  • Thank you so much, Jillee–you always have such fabulous ideas. I really appreciate all of the natural and healthy methods you promote for home, body and healthcare! Keep up the great work!

  • Thank you. I have been hoping to make this for a long time!
    By chance would you happen to know how to make perfumed skin softener? That’s another thing I had hoped to make.

    I enjoy your emails!

      • I think she meant how to make lotions, things that soften your skin with the same fragrance. I suppose you could get something without a scent and use the same essential oils?

  • Thanks for this helpful post! It would be great if you had a final rendered quantity with this recipe and a final total cost of all your ingredients and materials. I personally love sandalwood and bergamot but they’re both very expensive to purchase even in small quantities.

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