Perfume. Sniff sniff. Love it. I've always wanted to make my own. I've dabbled in mixing essential oils and used to love to wear a baby powder scented oil with patchouli. But I haven't made a solid perfume...until now.
Perfumer Mandy Aftel says what we all know is true, but don't often think about -- scents affect your mood. Lavender calms, lemon is uplifting, and sandalwood is sensual. I could use some of that -- all of that!
Aftel shares in her book, Scents & Sensibilities: Creating Solid Perfumes for Well-Being, how to make your signature scent and I've got a recipe.
You will need:
- A container like an empty lip balm/cosmetic jar or tin similar to an Altoids box cleaned out to pour in scent
- Essential oils (2 or 3 to form top, middle, and base notes of scent)
- 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of grated beeswax
Most of these items can be found at local health food stores or shops like Whole Foods.
Photo from Amazon
Choose your signature scent when purchasing essential oils. Lemon, tea tree, and sandalwood go well together. I also like lavender and patchouli and a mix of cedarwood with orange. Test out some oils together to see what you like best.
How to make solid perfume:
- Combine 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil with a mixture of 20 drops of your essential oils. If you are making it with three oils, you can use 6 drops of one, 6 drops of another, and then 8 drops of the last. Or do more of the note you want to smell more. Aftel offers examples in her book.
- Melt 1/2 teaspoon of grated beeswax over heat using a double broiler, hot plate, or do it like I did -- in a pot over the stove, low heat, stirring and monitoring carefully. .
- Mix all ingredients together and pour into container. Perfume sets into a solid in about 15 minutes.
- Scoop out with finger and wear on pulse points.
It's all natural, lasts longer than most perfumes, and is a scent all your own.