DIY: Solid Perfume Tutorial

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Lately, I have been ‘pinning’ up a storm of DIY projects and I actually attempted one of them! Other Pinterest addicts can relate, I’m sure. Anyway, my sister and I tackled a do-it-yourself solid perfume project which has been making its rounds on the internet. I have always loved solid perfume and combined with the fact that it’s not always available in stores, this was a perfect day project to complete with my sibling. Sister time, yay!

As always before starting a new DIY project, I researched on Pinterest. There were a few websites which I consulted (which will be listed below) but we eventually came up with our own recipe using beeswax, coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, and essential oils.

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You may be thinking, where the heck do I purchase such things? For people in the Vancouver GVRD area, Wicks & Wax in Burnaby is a candle-making shop with very affordable beeswax and supplies with really great customer service. My chocolate bar sized hunk of wax only cost $4! They also have online ordering and wholesale rates, and even lip-balm flavours like raspberry which cost a couple bucks. You can’t go wrong with this place!

As for the coconut oil, I bought a tub of it for $7 at Superstore. I wanted to try Jojoba oil, but it was too expensive. The Vitamin E oil I picked up at Pharmasave (little gel capsules) and I bought a bunch of essential oils at Escents Aromatherapy near my place of work in Vancouver. I thought Superstore also carried essential oils, but I couldn’t find any at the Grandview location.

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I could’ve spent all day at Escents Aromatherapy, but I decided on the Aroma Blend Trio of Tuberose, Lilac, and Narcissus because I love floral scents and it was cheaper than buying them individually. For my base note, I decided on Cedarwood as it is more palatable than musk and the fact that it reminded me of my dad growing up as he worked in the forest industry. Plus, I live in the Pacific Northwest and anyone who says they dislike the smell of cedar doesn’t belong here! To round out the scents, I grabbed Mandarin (lighter and less one-note than Orange) to cut the heaviness of the florals and Noir Love (a blend of Jasmine and Violet) because it was 50% off. Who doesn’t love a deal?

Considering I wanted to try different blends of scents (I bought ten 1 oz. containers at Wax & Wicks), instead of mixing the oils right into the melted wax as the tutorials online suggested, I blended the oils with a toothpick in each individual container before pouring in the melted wax. Just don’t leave the toothpick in the oil blend, as the wood sucks the mixture up.

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How to make DIY solid perfume:

  1. Grate or chop up beeswax. I ended up using half a chocolate bar-sized brick of beeswax.
  2. Combine a 1:2 ratio of coconut oil to beeswax in a double boiler (stovetop was on low). Stir until melted. For about four 1 oz. tins filled halfway (as we were just testing out scents) I melted 4 HEAPING tbsps of beeswax to 2 tbsps coconut oil. Then I punctured a couple Vitamin E capsules to throw into the mix. If unsure about the consistency, grab a little spoon and let the melted wax solidify. Test.
  3. Mix your essential oils with a toothpick in a tin. I used about 10 drops.
  4. Pour melted wax into the tin and quickly stir with your toothpick until it begins to solidify. Leave for about 1/2 an hour. Then enjoy! Just make sure to write down your recipe as you go, for future reference.

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Overall, I would say that DIY solid perfume is a very fun and easy project to complete with another person but there would be some things I would change next time around:

  • Instead of the 1:2 coconut oil to beeswax mixture, I might increase it to 1:1 for a more malleable solid perfume. Don’t get me wrong, the 1:2 ratio works, but it’s about individual preference.
  • Increasing the ratio of the ‘lighter’ essential oils. Lavender and Cedar are very strong, even with 1 or 2 drops.
  • Try replacing coconut oil with jojoba oil and beeswax with soy wax, as coconut oil and beeswax can go rancid.
  • Replace the 1 oz. tins with different containers, like lockets for solid perfume necklaces or even seashells, and vintage jars and glasses for a retro look.
  • Find a way to make the perfume last longer. Might have to do with increasing the amount of essential oils.

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