Learn how to make DIY solid perfume using fragrance oils, beeswax and sweet almond oil. Create your own signature scent using your favorite fragrance oils or recreate our romantic Pacific orchid blossom, Cashmere and sugar blend.
Have you ever tried solid perfume?
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It’s a wonderful way to enjoy a favorite scent. With a texture similar to lip balm, you just massage solid perfume into your pulse points for a sensual — and scentual — experience. We could probably all use a little extra self care these days.
I find solid perfume is a great alternative to liquid perfume sprays and roller bottles, especially when you’re traveling. Just don’t leave a tin of it in a hot car in the summer because it may melt and make a mess!
As far as DIY beauty products go, solid perfume is really easy and inexpensive to make. (The designer Tom Ford had a solid orchid perfume that cost around $200 for less than an ounce!) This DIY orchid solid perfume is so much more affordable.
You only need a few basic ingredients and a few minutes to make the perfume. These little tins of homemade perfume are good for gifts and favors for wedding showers, bridesmaids or spa parties.
Supplies & Ingredients for Solid Perfume
- microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl
- graduated pipettes
- fragrance oils
- beeswax pellets
- carrier oil
- round metal tins and small slide-top tins
- perfume labels (I’ve included printable versions of the labels I used after the recipe and instructions.)
How To Make Solid Perfume
I used a perfuming kit from Scent Workshop, a locally owned company, to create this solid perfume.
Lindsay, the company’s owner, used to teach in-person perfume and candlemaking workshops in her Greensboro, N.C., studio. I’ve attended several of her in-person workshops and learned a lot about the art and science of perfuming there.
Lindsay has recently pivoted her business and is now selling candle and perfuming kits online. The kits teach you how to blend custom scents, and they include everything you need to make multiple candles or bottles of perfume.
I treated myself to the Romantic perfuming kit. After making several different bottles of perfume, I had some leftover fragrance oil. So I mixed up a delicious floral blend, combining four fragrance oils from the kit with some items from my Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box to make solid perfume.
The scent is a tropical, slightly sweet floral with herbal, musky notes.
Orchid Solid Perfume Recipe
This recipe makes two 2-ounce round tins of perfume, plus four smaller travel-sized slide-top tins. It can be doubled or tripled if you want to make a larger quantity. You can use different fragrance oils, but make sure to keep the ratio of oils to other ingredients the same.
- 1 ounce beeswax pastilles
- 3 ounces sweet almond oil
- 8 ML Pacific Orchid fragrance oil
- 12 ML Cashmere fragrance oil
- 4 ML Olive Branch fragrance oil
- 8 ML Sugar fragrance oil
First, combine the beeswax and sweet almond oil in a microwave safe measuring cup or bowl.
Microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring each time, until the beeswax is completely melted.
Next, use graduated pipettes to add the fragrance oils to the beeswax and almond oil mixture. Stir well to combine and pour into metal tins.
Allow the perfume mixture to cool and harden completely before using.
Print out labels on sticker paper and add to the tins. The labels provided are designed for 2-inch round Avery (22807) labels and OnlineLabels.com (OL160) rectangle labels. (You can also print the rectangle labels on full-sheet sticker paper and cut out with a paper trimmer and corner rounder punch.
Solid Perfume Labels
Click on the images and links below to download printable versions of the orchid perfume labels.
Make sure to use the appropriate size and style label.
More Homemade Beauty Projects
If you enjoyed making solid perfume, you may like these other homemade bath and beauty projects:
- Summer Days Coconut Lotion
- Healing Salve for Gardeners
- DIY Lotion Bars
- Sensual Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub
- Homemade Heart Bath Bombs
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