11/12/2016

DIY Cruelty-Free Solid Perfume


If, like me, you find yourself reaching for your favourite perfume to complete your morning routine, you can imagine my dismay at realising that I only had a few spritz’ left of my Dear John body mist from Lush.

I'm finding myself in quite a crafty mood at the moment (well, more so than usual!), so gave making my own perfume a go to make use of my favourite essential oils. It went so well that I've decided whip up a batch as little token gifts to add to my handmade Christmas gifts this year.

For this how to post, I’ve replaced the traditional beeswax with soy wax to make this a vegan alternative, making it the perfect gift for fellow cruelty-free lovers!

What you’ll need:
Makes one 15ml solid perfume

2 tbsp soy wax
2 tbsp carrier oil (Jojoba or Almond)
A selection of your chosen essential oils
Container of your choice


First, heat some water in a double boiler. If you don’t own one (like myself), create your own by boiling some water in a pan and placing a bowl over the top, much like you would do when melting chocolate.

Add your wax and carrier oil of choice and stir continuously whilst it melts. I’ve gone for Jojoba oil, as this is what I had handy. It’s also a great moisturising oil, so is perfect for making balms and nourishing hair oils too!

Once it's melted, add your combination of chosen essential oils to add the scent. I’d advise mixing your essential oils in a separate jug first to make sure you’re completely happy with the fragrance before you add it to the oil and wax.

I’ve gone for sandalwood as the base, with a mixture of vanilla, ylang-ylang and bergamot as middle and top notes for a fresh, floral fragrance to remind me of our forest adventures.

Tip: go easy with your oils. They're highly concentrated, so you won't need much to make an amazing scent! It's worth noting the health and safety elements of using essential oils to avoid causing any irritation by doing a little research first.

Mix gently. You can then pour your mixture into your chosen container, but move quickly as the wax sets fast! I bought an inexpensive batch of silver metal tins from Amazon, as well as matching kraft stickers, but you could get creative and add yours to a favourite locket or compact to take with you on the go.


Leave to set before using your new and unique solid perfume. Enjoy!

Have you tried making your own solid perfume before? Let me know what fragrance combinations you’re loving in the comments below!

2 comments:

  1. I had no idea you could use soy wax for solid perfumes. I like how portable solid perfume is, but I've never tried making one on my own. Definitely will try this in the future!

    Alyse (J.X.L.) ▲ Lumière & Lens

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    1. I didn't realise either until I started hunting around for alternatives to beeswax, but it works so well! I'd definitely recommend giving it a go. It's such a nice way to make your own personalised scent too! x

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