DIY Solid Perfume: Sweet and Sensual Vanilla, Sandalwood and Sweet Orange

All natural, sweet and sensual solid perfume. Forget the $50 bottle of perfume made with toxic ingredients that will make everyone choke as soon as you walk in the room. Make your own in 5 minutes for a fraction of the cost and save yourself, at the very least, a headache.

When I stopped using traditional body products due to the nasty ingredients, I also chose to stop wearing perfume. Before too long my body no longer tolerated synthetic perfumes. Now I feel ill, and develop a headache. When I am in the same room as someone wearing a strong-smelling, synthetic fragrance, whether it be perfume, lotion, soap or hand sanitizer, I have a hard time not opening the nearest window. When I began to make my own body products and realized I could also make perfume REALLY easily, I was quite thrilled. I don’t know WHAT it is in the perfumes that bothers me, but whatever it is, it isn’t in all natural perfumes. I love it.

Perfumes are generally made up of top, middle and base notes.

Notes in perfumery are descriptors of scents that can be sensed upon the application of a perfume. Notes are separated into three classes; top/head notes, middle/heart notes, and base notes; which denote groups of scents which can be sensed with respect to the time after the application of a perfume. These notes are created carefully with knowledge of the evaporation process and intended use of the perfume. The presence of one note may alter the perception of another – for instance, the presence of a certain base or heart notes will alter the scent perceived when the top notes are strongest, and likewise the scent of base notes in the dry-down will often be altered depending on the smells of the heart notes.


This means that, while you can make a perfume from just one or two essential oils, the fragrance has a much more “full” aroma when you have top, middle and base notes in your fragrance. Click here for a list of notes to choose your fragrance. Then, for fun, try some samples out at your local essential oil supplier, and choose your favorites.

Solid perfumes are pretty much made up of half oil and half beeswax. This creates the perfect texture for your perfume: not too hard and not too soft. When choosing your oil, make sure you are buying a fresh one that isn’t rancid. Choose a mild one that doesn’t have a strong odor on its own. Great ones are apricot kernel oil, almond oil, jojoba oil and grape seed oil. Less desirable would be olive oil.

You can buy beeswax online in little pellets, or you can just use a pure beeswax candle, melted down. Either will work: make sure it is pure beeswax.

When choosing your essential oils, look high quality, pure ones, preferably not ones that are mixed with carrier oils, which dilutes the overall product and may alter the scent of your perfume. If you are shopping online, Mountain Rose Herbs is the line of essential oils that I recommend: they are pure, high quality, and dependable.

When combining your essential oils, use a total of 45 drops, and make your largest portion the fragrance you would like to stand out most.  The latest perfume combination I am thrilled with is 25 drops sandalwood, 10 drops vanilla absolute, and 10 drops of sweet orange.

You can use any small container you want.  You can buy them here or you can reuse ones that you have collected over time.  Even an old roll-up lip balm container will work well!

Have fun creating the perfect perfume for you! And please take a moment to name and share the combinations of essential oils work best for you!

Crunchy Betty has some great looking essential oil combinations on her site.  Click here to check them out.


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DIY Solid Perfume: Spotlighting Sweet and Sentual Vanilla, Sandalwood and Sweet Orange
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Make your own all natural solid perfume! Learn how to combine essential oils for the perfect, full fragrance especially tailored to your liking. Skip the synthetic and toxic ingredients by using safe, natural ones!
  • 2 tsp. grated beeswax
  • 2 tsp. carrier oil (sweet almond, jojoba, apricot seed, grape seed etc)
  • 45 drops total of your three essential oils (top, middle and base)
  1. In a thick bottomed pot on low heat, melt wax with oil.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add essential oils.
  4. Pour into perfume container.
  5. Allow to cool until solid.
  6. Enjoy!

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