Making a solid perfume is as easy as making a lip balm or lotion bar. The hardest part is choosing the fragrance. You must use a fragrance oil from a bath & body supplier, not a perfume.
Fragrance oils are specially designed to work in bath & body products. Perfume isn't. We made this mistake when I started making products, and it smelled horrible! I can't stress this enough! Ick!
You can use essential oils - HOWEVER check the safe usage of the EO before using. We're using 3% in this recipe, and a lot of them shouldn't be used at such a high level. If in doubt, leave it out!
Get your supplies ready, including your Pyrex jug and scale. Weigh out 30 grams beeswax, 30 grams butter of choice, and 37 grams oils. You will add the fragrance after the oils have heated.
Heat the oils, butter, and wax in a double boiler until all the solid bits have melted. When they have, remove from the heat, add your fragrance oil, then pour it all into the containers. Let cool.
Well, that was easy! But wait! I skipped over the best bits, the bits where you customize the oil and butter, choose your cute packaging, and create your own fragrance!
When making bath & body things, always ask yourself "what's my goal is for this product?" For solid perfume, we want a nice smelling lotion bar that melts on contact with our skin.
Consider shea butter. It will glide smoothly on your skin and will melt nicely. Mango and cocoa butters are good too, but they melt at higher temperatures. Or try a combination of two or three.
Coconut oil would be a good replacement for up to 10% of the butter amount as it has a very low melting point. For this same reason, you can't use it as all the oil or all the butter.
My first choice for the oil is always fractionated coconut oil. It's a light feeling, colourless, odourless, and tasteless oil with a two year shelf life. (It's great in all our products!)
You can use any other oil you wish, from sunflower to hazelnut to avocado. Remember that the life span of this perfume will be the shelf life of your oil...
Meaning that if you choose sunflower oil, you'll have six months. Olive oil - a year. Grapeseed oil - three months at best. This is a big deal. No one wants a rancid perfume! Ick!
If you choose fractionated coconut oil, coconut oil, and shea butter, you have a one year shelf life. The butters have about 2 years. Coconut oil a year or so.
Choosing oils is important and I only have so much space, so please visit http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.ca/p/oil-butter-posts.html for loads of information on oils and butters.
You can buy body safe fragrance oils at a number of bath & body retailers. Use one of their blends or make your own! (You can find suppliers around the world in the FAQ on my blog!)
Get some basic scents like vanilla, lavender, lemon, lime, orange, and blend your own combination! You will have to play to see what you like, but here are a few ideas...
Some of my favourites are Creamsicle - 3 parts orange to 1 part vanilla - and key lime pie - 3 parts lime to 1 part vanilla. Try blending citrus scents like lemon, grapefruit, and bergamot!
Try mixing fragrances 1 to 1 at first - say, 1 gram of this and 1 gram of that - in a small container, then add a little of each to get the right blend. Keep really good records of what you do!
Anna Rose suggested this combination: 2 parts rose otto and 1 part citrus.
Jane suggests Spice Cookie: 3 parts vanilla, 1 part cinnamon, 1 part benzoin. (Use at no more than 1.5% by weight.) Combine with cocoa butter for chocolate goodness.
You can also find packaging at these retailers. I like to use lip balm containers - these tubes, but also little jars, tins, and sliding tins! So many choices! These ones hold 4.5 ml.
To summarize: Weigh your ingredients. Heat. Remove from the heat. Add fragrance oil. Mix. Pour into tube, tub, or jar and let set. (Put it into the fridge if you want.) Apply. Rejoice!
One last note: Give your perfume a name and make up a cute label. Mine's called HODOR! A fragrance for a man, for a woman, for a giant. It's HODOR! (Smells like blueberries and cream!)
One last last note: You can turn this into a lip balm by adding 3% flavour oil instead of fragrance oil. But there'll be a guide about that shortly with info on colouring them with micas!
If you enjoyed this guide, look at my other SnapGuides or visit my blog, Point of Interest, to see hundreds of bath & body recipes at http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com
- 30.0g Beeswax
- 30.0g Shea, cocoa, or mango butter
- 37.0g Oil
- 3.0g Fragrance oil
- 1.0 Digital scale
- 1.0 Heatproof container, like a Pyrex jug
- Containers, like lip balm tubes or pots