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DIY Woodsy Perfume Balm Recipe (so easy!)

May- Blog - May 20 - blog title- DIY Woodsy Perfume Balm Recipe - 600 x 900- V1A DIY Perfume Balm Recipe to Help You De-Stress and Smell Amazing

There is something so relaxing about the aroma of the forest!

If only you could bottle it up and take it with you, then you could experience that centered, restored sense whenever you like.

Well, I don’t know about bottling up the whole forest, but essential oils can come pretty close! A little bottle of Cypress essential oil contains the essence of the tree—its fresh foresty scent, as well as its ability to support breathing and center our emotions. If we combine Cypress with Juniper for a touch of pinaceous spice, and with Patchouli for a deep earthy aspect, we have a “mini-forest” blend!

This combination really smells lovely. I included it as a perfume balm recipe in my book, Essential Living. Over on YouTube this perfume balm recipe has received a lot of sweet comments! I thought I’d share it with you all on the blog, too.

If you want to see the stovetop melting setup I use to make this perfume balm, check out the video. (This is how I melt all of my butters and oils.)

Woodsy Perfume Balm

  • 1 oz (28 g) beeswax (Cera alba)
  • 3 oz (90 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 6 drops Vintage Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
  • 6 drops Juniper (Juniperus communis)
  • 5 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)


  1. Set up the “Stovetop Melting Method” by placing a Pyrex measuring cup in a soup pot that’s ¼ full of gently boiling water.
  2. Put the beeswax in the Pyrex and melt.
  3. Add the jojoba and melt, stirring gently with a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel spoon.
  4. Remove the blend from heat and add the essential oils, stirring gently.
  5. Pour the perfume balm into four 1 oz (30 ml) salve tins.

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A few other benefits this perfume balm recipe offers are helping you feel emotionally balanced and calming inflammation. Try using it as a hand salve if your fingers hurt! Your hands will smell so good, and the essential oils will help soothe sore, inflexible joints.

I will only give you one “warning” about this perfume balm . . . once you start making your own natural perfumes, you might not want to stop!

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Founder at Aromahead Institute
Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

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