When people go into a store to purchase perfume, they aren’t exactly reading the labels to see what ingredients give it the enchanting scent. They spray various perfumes on strips of paper and smell them, taking breaks to whiff coffee beans to reset their nose palates in between. It’s all about what perfume smells best, not which perfume has the best ingredients, and this is a problem.
It’s not easy to identify what goes into perfumes by simply reading the labels. Because companies have signature scents, they do not have to display the ingredients that go into making those scents on the perfume labels. This would make it so that any person or company could replicate that scent and sell it as his or her own. Chemicals that go into these perfumes are simply covered by the word “fragrance,” which could really mean anything. Hidden chemicals in perfumes commonly trigger skin reactions, allergies, or other sensitivities, and you have no way of knowing what is causing the reactions. That’s why we prefer natural perfumes, which contain ingredients that are beneficial for the body.
Humans want to smell good, plain and simple. People have been concocting potions and mixtures to make themselves smell delicious for thousands of years. In fact, archaeological research found plant-based perfumes in artifacts from Ancient Greece. The perfume in this article, however, is slightly different than the classic spray. It is a solid perfume, which is similar to a lip balm. You can easily apply it to the insides of the wrists or on the neck. And, it’s a fraction of the cost of traditional perfumes that you purchase in the store. Some of the featured ingredients in this recipe include:
Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon essential oil contains aromatic notes of citrus, which is why it is commonly used in various perfumes. It is bright, zesty, and the aroma has been known to enhance productivity and boost mood.
Lavender Essential Oil: The sweet floral notes of lavender blend well with both the lemon and eucalyptus essential oils in this DIY perfume. Lavender essential oil promotes feelings of calm and relaxation, which is why it has a history of being used in bathing rituals.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil: This essential oil has a woody, minty aroma that is quite pungent, but you won’t be using a lot of it in this recipe. It has an intoxicating scent that helps to clear the sinuses and improve focus.
Rosemary Essential Oil: In aromatherapy, rosemary essential oil is used to help reduce stress levels, improve mental clarity, and support respiratory function. You may find that the herbaceous aroma adds a forest-like note to your perfume.
DIY Solid Perfume
- 1.5 cups sweet almond oil
- ½ cup grapeseed oil
- ½ cup beeswax pastilles
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 60 drops lemon essential oil
- 25 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 20 drops rosemary essential oil
- Add the sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and beeswax to the top of a double boiler. Warm the mixture over medium heat until it is completely melted.
- Pour the mixture into a measuring cup and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Add the vitamin E oil and essential oils to the measuring cup and stir with a wooden spoon or skewer.
- Pour this mixture into small tin containers and allow it to cool. It should completely solidify before you cover the tins.
- When ready to use, apply a small amount on the wrists or neck. We hope you like it.
- This recipe makes a lot so you can give the solid perfume as gifts.