Solid perfume is something that has always fascinated me. As a child I remember wanting some that came in a locket and smelled like leather. You can thank Crayola and their scented crayons for that particular scent obsession. (The dirt scent was also really awesome.)
There is a very small selection of solid perfumes out there. They are seen as dated and messy. But the magic of being able to safely transport a scent for use out of the house is largely underrated. Have you ever had a perfume explode in your bag? I have, many a time. It’s not pretty, no matter what the quality or quantity spilled.
Perfume is made up of volatile essential oils and/or alcohols, which evaporate when exposed to air, and leave behind scent. More than a mere spritz or drop is enough chemical exposure to cause sensory overload. If you don’t get fragrance headaches, you are lucky, as many of us can attest, chemical sensitivity is no joke and can cause migraines, nausea, and dizziness. Oh, and make you and everything you touch smell like you have your face in an atomizer.
If you have seen Sable’s lip balm tutorial, you have peeked behind the curtain of using beeswax to make homemade cosmetics. Making your own stuff is really as simple as melt and pour, with a few variations depending on what you are making.
A bag of beeswax pastilles should run you no more than $11/lb, and a pound is A LOT. I mean enough to make a batch of 50 lip balms, 12 body butters, and probably like four or five jar candles. And I’m probably lowballing that estimate.
Encapsulating scent into a buttery base is super-simple, and provides you with a tasteful to-go version of your favorites that don't come in solid formulas. Plus, it's dirt cheap and uses next to no product, so why not?!
The two supplies that you may or may not have on hand are not even 100% essential. Cocoa or any butter is the other ingredient. This makes the product spread and also is what will actually be surrounding the fragrance. You can use a chunk of unscented lip balm in a pinch, as this recipe makes less than a teaspoon’s worth of product, and maybe you don’t feel like buying anything to do it--that’s cool, too.
This makes enough solid perfume to fill up an empty Chapstick tube, but you can also pour your mix into a locket, jar, or recycled makeup tub, or anything you want!
- Put ¼ teaspoon beeswax and ¼ teaspoon cocoa butter into a small cup.
- Microwave in 30-second increments until fully melted.
- Using an eyedropper, add up to 1mL total of scent into the liquid and mix thoroughly.
- Pour into container and let cool for at least 30 minutes
Now you can take your smell on the road, and reapply whenever necessary!
I used a mixture of my custom Lalita blend and a few drops of my beau’s Tom Ford (he’s going to be pissed when he reads this) with some straight patchouli and a spray of Angel, so it’s everything I love about four different scents, literally poured into one.
Making your own is simple and satisfying, and really only took me 20 minutes from start to clean up, happy melting!