Solid Perfume




About: Just emerging from my paranoid phase.

This is an inexpensive and easy way to smell nice! I originally looked into this because I wanted to smell like pine trees, and nobody makes that scent (at least until Ralph Lauren gets a whiff of me). Create a personalized scent for a nifty gift.

The only ingredient that can get expensive is the essential oils, especially if you make a complex scent blend requiring an initial investment of many different essentials. Of course, there's nothing wrong with picking a single pleasant scent. One bottle of an essential oil will make lots and lots of perfume; you use only drops at a time!

You will need:
1 tablespoon Beeswax (available at craft shop)
1 tablespoon Almond Oil (or Jojoba Oil or Vitamin E - available at natural foods/health store)
8 - 15 drops Essential Oils (available at natural foods/health store)
1 container (preferably glass, ceramic or stone but plastic is acceptable)

For a cool gift, find an appealing container at your thrift store (it must be bowl-like, not bottle-like, to allow fingers to access the perfume) to make it special.

Step 1: Measure and Melt

.Put about an inch of water in a small saucepan, then put a small glass jar or pyrex bowl in the water.  Measure out the wax and almond oil into the jar/bowl and bring the water around it to a boil.

The wax will melt gradually; when it is 100% liquid, remove from heat and stir in the other ingredients with a straw (the wax will start to form solid on whatever you do your stirring with — a straw has little surface area so you lose less of the end product, and it's disposable so you don't have to clean it off).  When everything is thoroughly mixed together, pour the liquid wax immediately into your final container.  In about 30 minutes, it will be cooled, solid and ready to use.

Here, I'm making a cedarwood essence perfume to rub on my dogs' collars, so I just used a simple plastic container. The scent of cedar repels ticks, and smells good, too!

Step 2: Apply Perfume

To use the perfume, simply rub a finger around on the surface of the waxy perfume, then rub that finger on the area you want to smell good — the inside of your wrists and behind the ears works well.

Some tips for devising the ultimate scent recipe:

• combine drops of various essentials, totalling 8 -15 drops in all
• pick a primary scent and use more of that one, then one or two "background" scents, using less of each
• check out various aromatherapy sites for info on the psychological properties of various scents

Most stores that sell essential oils have sampler bottles of each one that you can use to "preview" the different scents. Open two or three up at a time and try to get a combined whiff, to find a good combination.

Some nice essentials for background scents are:
• clary sage (a slightly smoky herbal scent that's supposed to help creativity and concentration)
• orange or ginger provide a warming sensation (my wife, who is always cold, attests to this)
• ylang-ylang is a floral that isn't too sweet or girly for guys, but it's a happy smell and subtle enough for a backdrop
• cedar repels insects

Here's my personal scent recipe (and purported aromatherapy effects):
6 drops essential oil of pine (confidence)
4 drops essential oil of ylang-ylang (mood-elevating, energizing)
3 drops essential oil of clary sage (concentration and creativity)

Here's the recipe for my wife's personal scent (and purported aromatherapy effects):
5 drops essential oil of ginger (sweet and warming)
4 drops essential oil of orange (warming, mood-elevating)
2 drops essential oil of ylang-ylang (mood-elevating, energizing)
2 drops of clary sage (concentration and creativity)

Other uses:
• rub some on the seats of your car
• clean out a chapstick tube and fill for an on-the-go applicator
• make a cedar or cypress rub for feet — prevents fungus and bacteria-related foot funk
• rub on the inside of dog collars for a pooch perfume
• rub on the inside of your wallet to get rid of dirty money smell
• apply sparingly on business cards — this japanese tradition makes your card unique and memorable

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Never thought about rubbing it onto dog's collars!
    I love the smell of wet dogs, but I imagine a bit of pine would be a bit more welcome ;)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    may i know the best brand for ethyl alcohol?? can i use food flavoring for perfumes??


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the great instructable! I made an awesome birthday gift for a friend who is allergic to everything, and I used some perfume oil i had from zomgsmells to make one for myself, which made it a lot more subtle than the super strong oil. I used some little plastic pill containers I picked up from walgreens for a dollar (cvs has some nice ones too, I got a cute little brown one with blue flowers on it there for the same price).

    I wonder if a nice cedar citronella blend will be good for dog collars to repel ticks and mosquitoes?


    8 years ago on Step 2

    Thanks for this! I've had the basic recipe for the solid perfume for awhile but never was able to get the ratios for the wax vs. oil correct. This is perfect!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is amazing. Thank you so much! I cant wait to whip up a batch as I was wearing a few of my oils straight but found many to be too strong.



    9 years ago on Step 1

     I have a problem with the essential oil, in Romania (where I live :D), we don”t have essential oils, only volatile oils, for aromatherapy.
    Is that a good substitute?
    I know there is the mention on the label that it cannot touch the skin.  
    If not I”ll have to make my own bamboo essential oil, and I don”t know where i can get the plant :P

    4 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 1

    I believe that they are one and the same.

    The label warning is precationary due to the fact that the product is a concentrate in an alcohol base, and concentrates of anything can be dangerous if misused.


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 1

    They are not one in the same!
    They are however similar in the same manner that vanilla extract and imitation vanilla extract have the same chemical formula.  However, the atoms are arranged in a different order.

    Be aware that some of the desired essential oils like peppermint which is cooling to the skin.  As a volitile oil (such a misnomer in chemistry) will cause irritation sufficient quantity.

    Use the metasearch here on Instructables or a search engine to learn how to create your own essential oils. 

    Often times it is as easy as taking high proof ethanol alcohol (i.e. Everclear) and letting your desired organic oil rich substance sit in it for a couple of months.  Others require being dropped into boiling water to release the oils, or soaked in a base oil (i.e. mineral oil).  The last general category that I'm aware of require distillation from a neutral oil/spirit to get a high enough concentration of the desired oils (this is unnecessary for most plants and flowers).  Though should you build a distillation apparatus I would recommend looking into the "theory" of brandy making, *wink wink*. 


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Imitation vanilla does not have the same chemical formula; it only has vanillin, the main flavor/aroma chemical found in vanilla. It's missing all of the other good stuff.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Volatile oils are a synonym for essential oils. Be aware of the therapeutic properties of the oils which you will be using. For example Rosemary is a stimulus, great for morning use to help you wake up but not wonderful if you feel like relaxing. Most essential oils can be used on skin. The warning on the bottle comes from the fact that very few should be used on skin in their pure state, but need to be diluted in oil, alcohol or another substance before use.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I tried your ible and it smells great! However, after I put it on my wrists, the scent only lasted about 10 minutes. I used soy wax and olive oil because I already had those. Do you think that's why the scent didn't last?

    4 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    You stop noticing the smell yourself after a short time just like any smell. It does last though. The first time I wore solid perfume i thought the same thing, but one of my coworkers commented on my scent many hours after I put it on.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    because the perfume is missing a VERY important but VERY expensive ingredient.  I don't remember what it is called, but the best perfumists use it, and it comes from whales.  People's lives have been changed for the very better because of it.  If I remember correctly, the animals do not have to be killed to get it. Again though, it's expensive to get.  
    Look it up if you wish, but I read it in a book somewhere.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    ok...I really want to smell like pine trees but I cant find anything about it accept this. I'm kind of young, and don't have the resources or skills nessacary to create this. Does anyone have any segestions? =/

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    If you can't make a perfume like this, you might want to try doing what I do with essential oils. Buy the one that you like and first make sure that you aren't allergic. You can dip a pin head in the oil (you just want a tiny amount) and touch it onto your forearm, then wait 24-48 to make sure that no rash occurs. If you aren't violently allergic, it should be fine. Put two drops of the oil onto your hair brush before each brushing. If you brush a couple of times per day, you will always smell of the scent you like.