I love solid natural perfumes. They can be simple to make, and are so beautiful--and I don't have to worry about synthetics.
One of my new favorites is made with beeswax, vanilla infused jojoba wax, Neroli essential oil (Citrus aurantium var. amara), Petitgrain essential oil (Citrus aurantium var. amara or Bigaradia) and Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis). It's divine!
To make it, use regular jojoba wax (jojoba oil is actually a wax), or infuse the jojoba with vanilla. I use vanilla oleoresin when I'm infusing, but you can also use vanilla bean pods. The oleoresin has a thick, syrupy texture and doesn't dissolve in jojoba--it's not fat soluble (this works to our advantage)!
Just add a large "blob" of vanilla oleoresin to 16 oz of jojoba and let it infuse for a week. The jojoba will absorb the aroma of the vanilla, but it won't blend with the vanilla, so the vanilla blob stays on the bottom of the bottle. Once you have used all the jojoba you can re-use the vanilla by adding another 16 oz of jojoba--no need to add more vanilla! I have re-used my one blob of vanilla in 16 oz of jojoba six times already and the aroma of the vanilla in the jojoba is still strong!
Now that your vanilla infused jojoba is done, you can make your perfume!
1. Melt 1 oz of beeswax and 2 oz of vanilla infused jojoba in a double boiler. I use a Pyrex glass measuring cup in a soup pot. Use enough water to fill the soup pot 1/4 full, add the jojoba and beeswax to the Pyrex, and place the Pyrex into the pot.
2. Once melted, add 10 drops Neroli, 10 drops Petitgrain and 20 drops Orange essential oils to the Pyrex and stir. Pour immediately into three 1 oz tins, or three 1 oz glass jars. Cover and allow to cool.
It's fun to experiment with different essential oil blends, but even just one essential oil can make a beautiful perfume. Some people use just Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia) or just Rose (Rosa damascena). Allow your creativity to guide you, and enjoy!
To learn more about essential oil blending, Aromahead Institute has created a free online class called "Introduction to Essential Oils". Click here to sign up.
If you've made solid perfumes, will you share a favorite recipe by commenting below? Thanks!