Hello everyone! I recently did some research on how toxic perfume and synthetic fragrances are. I was surprised to learn that perfume includes carcinogenic chemicals, neurotoxins, respiratory irritants, solvents, aldehydes, hundreds of untested and unregulated petro-chemicals, phthalates (hormone disrupters), and narcotics, to name a few. Long story short, I am no longer using perfume or any products with synthetic fragrances. However, since I am a scent person, I decided to create a solid perfume using natural ingredients and essential oils!
Not only will the essential oils provide a lovely scent, they will have therapeutic benefits as well. Creating your own solid perfume is a great natural alternative to synthetic perfumes, a great low-waste DIY project, and a more sustainable choice!
For my solid perfumes, I chose one to be lavender scented and the other to be rose scented. You can choose whichever essential oils you prefer – you can even mix essential oils to create a unique scent.
Rose Essential Oil
The smell of rose essential oil makes me unbelievably happy, simple as that. However, rose essential oil has many other benefits as well! Rose essential oil is said to reduce stress, reduce anxiety and depression, reduce menstrual cramps and pain, stimulate circulation, sharpen memory, and boost mood. It also can hydrate dry skin, clear acne, reduce signs of aging, minimize the appearance of scars, and help with skin conditions.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender has such a peaceful scent that reminds me of visiting the Tangled Garden in Nova Scotia. Lavender essential oil is said to calm you down, reduce anxiety, stress and tension, promotes sleep, and relaxes tense and tight muscles. It can also decrease acne, reduce wrinkles, and due to its antifungal properties, it can reduce inflammation, eczema, and psoriasis.
One of the reasons I love making solid perfume is that I can throw it in my bag or put it in a pocket and it will not leak or spill like a liquid perfume may. I also like controlling the size of the container I use and the amount I put into the containers. Usually, solid perfumes last for about 6 months to 1 year, so I like to make small amounts so I am able to use them up before they go bad.
You Will Need
- double boiler (I thrifted mine from Value Village, I have a double boiler that I only use for melting down beeswax because beeswax is difficult to clean off)
- glass or tin container
- 1 tbsp pure beeswax
- 1 tbsp carrier oil (jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil, or castor oil, etc)
- ~45 drops of preferred essential oil(s)
- 2-4 drops of Vitamin E oil (to help preserve freshness of both carrier and essential oils)
- fill the bottom of your double boiler about 1/2 full with water (or fill a saucepan half way with water and place a glass measuring cup/bowl in the saucepan)
- put the burner on medium heat
- add 1 tablespoon of beeswax and 1 tablespoon of carrier oil into the top of the double boiler or into the glass bowl
- casually stir until everything is melted into a liquid (I usually tilt the top of the double boiler so the mixture runs to one side)
- turn off the burner, keep the container tilted so the majority of the mixture is in one side. Allow to cool slightly and add essential oils and mix (hot temperatures degrade essential oils, so do not add essential oils any sooner)
- quickly pour into chosen containers (as it will start solidifying quickly!)
- allow to completely dry then twist on the lid!
Note: feel free to make larger batches, just always keep the beeswax and carrier oil ratio 1:1
I made sure to buy my beeswax at my local Farmer’s Market, supporting a local business and cutting down on the carbon footprint of the product itself is important! This was a very simple and quick process.
The scent lasts quite long, as long as nothing (like clothes) rub against where you apply it. It is easily applied by rubbing your finger into the solid perfume and placing it wherever you want. I love how I can bring this little container anywhere and I can also just smell it for an instant calm. In a pinch, I use it as a hand salve as well! I upcycled an old glass eyeshadow container and a David’s Tea sample container for my solid perfume – save, wash and store reusable containers so you can use them again in DIY projects like this!
It is fun to create a unique scent for yourself! Better yet, buy the ingredients in bulk and make this with your friends!
As always, the dose makes the poison. Essential oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil before being applied to the skin. Essential oils are absorbed through skin and toxicity can occur if too much is applied.
Check out the video of me making some of my DIY projects on CTV Morning Live here!